Week 8 Rankings (2020): Top 25 Quarterbacks

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While we do have two rookie quarterbacks rising into a weekly Top 10 status, with Kyler Murray and Deshaun Watson (among others) on bye and few difficult matchups we get some surprising trustworthy options in Week 8. Did anyone really expect to see someone like Teddy Bridgewater finding himself as a must start?

Who joins him, though? Let’s take a look at how our rankings currently stand:

  1. Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. New York Jets
  2. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Francisco
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
  4. Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Pittsburgh
  5. Justin Herbert – Los Angeles Chargers – at Denver
  6. Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills – vs. New England
  7. Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Tennessee
  8. Tom Brady – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New York Giants
  9. Teddy Bridgewater – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta
  10. Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans – at Cincinnati
  11. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  12. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Cleveland
  13. Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers – at Seattle
  14. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Baltimore
  15. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
  16. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Miami
  17. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Indianapolis
  18. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Chicago
  19. Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
  20. Cam Newton – New England Patriots – at Buffalo
  21. Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns – vs. Oakland
  22. Drew Lock – Denver Broncos – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  23. Nick Foles – Chicago Bears – vs. New Orleans
  24. Philip Rivers – Indianapolis Colts – at Detroit
  25. Tua Tagovailoa – Miami Dolphins – vs. Los Angeles Rams

Thoughts:

  • Aaron Rodgers bounced back from a down Week 6 with a monster Week 7, throwing for 283 yards, 4 TD and 0 INT. If you take out his disaster against Tampa Bay he has 17 TD vs. 0 INT, including three games of 4 TD. Now he takes on a Minnesota defense that’s allowed 14 TD vs. 3 INT (seventh most points per week to opposing QB), so it’s hard to expect things to change. Rodgers torched the Vikings in Week 1 (364 yards, 4 TD), and it’s safe to anticipate another impressive performance.
  • Will the 49ers defense be able to slow down Russell Wilson and the Seahawks passing game? Wilson has thrown for 22 TD in six games, while throwing for 288 yards or more five times. He also has been showing more and more with his legs, with 142 rushing yards over the past two games. While San Francisco has been good against opposing QB this season, it shouldn’t be enough to deter you.
  • After a slow start, Justin Herbert has been on fire over the past three weeks having thrown for 10 TD (3+ in each game) vs. 1 INT. He also showed off an ability to make plays with his legs (66 yards and 1 TD) in Week 7, while the matchup with the Broncos is not going to deter you. Don’t get used to him being a borderline Top 5 option in 2020, but for Week 8 that’s where he is.
  • Speaking of young QB, Joe Burrow has now thrown for 300+ yards in five of his past six games. He’s also coming off a 3 TD day (tying his career high), and Tennessee isn’t a defense that we try to avoid. While Burrow isn’t a locked in QB1, he is an option depending on your alternatives.
  • Teddy Bridgewater hasn’t thrown for more than 2 TD in a game yet in 2020, though he has thrown for 2 TD in three of his past four games. With Atlanta continuing to struggle against opposing QB, including watching Matthew Stafford toss for 340 yards in Week 7, Bri0gdewater is well worth it as a QB1.
  • So much for Tom Brady and no longer being a trustworthy fantasy option, huh? All he did in Week 7 was throw for 369 yards and 4 TD, and the Giants are hardly an imposing matchup. While a repeat performance is hard to expect, a QB1 performance is not.
  • Will the Patriots bring back Cam Newton as the starter, after he was pulled in Week 7, or will they go a different direction? We’ll just have to wait and see, but owners will want to find a suitable alternative just in case.

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com

Make sure to check out all of our Week 8 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

8 COMMENTS

  1. Good morning professor! Thanks again for all your help! Murray is on a bye for me so who should i pick up? Goff, Jimmy g, mayfield, Carr, cousins lol.

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