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Week 8 Quarterback Rankings

Some juicy week 8 matchups should lead to fantasy fireworks for your quarterbacks after what was a very disappointing week 7. Find out which quarterbacks must be in your lineup this week as Brad Duffendack offers up his weekly rankings.

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In the same week that we witnessed Peyton Manning break Brett Favre's touchdown record, we were still left wanting more. Week 7 was very weak for fantasy as only two teams scored more than 30 points. A few quarterbacks - like Wilson, Manning, and Rodgers - had decent fantasy outings and Ryan Tannehill emerged as the best streaming option of the week. However, most others seemed to severely underperform expectations. Kaep, Cam, and Dalton couldn't get anything going against their opponents. Cousins - in a good matchup against Tennessee - was forced to the bench and lost his job to Colt McCoy. And right after the news of contract extension talks with Brian Hoyer arose in Cleveland, he had a horrible performance against the 0-6 Jaguars that might end up being the turning point toward an impending move to "Johnny Football."

Week 8 should be a completely different story. Vegas has set the over/unders for four total matchups at 50 points or above, implying that these games should be very high scoring.

WAS @ DAL - 50

CHI @ NE - 50.5

SD @ DEN - 51

GB @ NO - 55.5

Also, the IND/PIT and PHI/ARI matchups are set at 49 and 48 respectively and might be a set too low for what could be two more shootouts in a very exciting and fantasy friendly week.

Throughout this week, we will witness Manning vs Rivers, Rodgers vs Brees, Wilson vs Cam, Brady vs Cutler, and Luck vs Ben. This should be a great week of football - both for viewing and fantasy - to make up for the downer that was week 7.

Picking which quarterback will lead their team to victory will be a tough task. But, more importantly, picking which one will lead your fantasy team to victory will be even more difficult. To help in any tough roster decision you may be facing for your quarterbacks this week, I rank all the starting quarterbacks for this week from 1-30 based on how I think they will finish in standard scoring leagues.

Rank

Player Team Opponent
1 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers @ Saints
2 Peyton Manning Denver Broncos vs Chargers
3 Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts @ Steelers
4 Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks @ Panthers
5 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints vs Packers
6 Phillip Rivers San Diego Chargers @ Broncos
7 Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions @ Falcons
8 Tom Brady New England Patriots vs Bears
9 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys @ Redskins
10 Carson Palmer Arizona Cardinals vs Eagles
11 Nick Foles Philadelphia Eagles @ Cardinals
12 Jay Cutler Chicago Bears @ Patriots
13 Cam Newton Carolina Panthers vs Seahawks
14 Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers @ Colts
15 Teddy Bridgewater Minnesota Vikings @ Buccaneers
16 Ryan Tannehill Miami Dolphins @ Jaguars
17 Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens @ Bengals
18 Kyle Orton Buffalo Bills @ Jets
19 Mike Glennon Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Vikings
20 Austin Davis St. Louis Rams @ Chiefs
21 Alex Smith Kansas City Chiefs vs Rams
22 Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons vs Lions
23 Brian Hoyer Cleveland Browns vs Raiders
24 Andy Dalton Cincinnati Bengals vs Ravens
25 Jake Locker Tennessee Titans vs Texans
26 Derek Carr Oakland Raiders @ Browns
27 Ryan Fitzpatrick Houston Texans @ Titans
28 Geno Smith New York Jets vs Bills
29 Blake Bortles Jacksonville Jaguars vs Dolphins
30 Colt McCoy Washington Redskins @ Cowboys

Quarterbacks on Bye: Colin Kaepernick, Eli Manning