With all of the explosive matchups that were offered to us in week 8, only a few quarterbacks left their owners disappointed. This was easily the biggest fantasy week for quarterbacks so far this season and it will be very hard to top it. In addition to the monster day from Ben Roethlisberger - who threw for a total of 522 yards - there were 3 other quarterbacks that threw for over 400 yards and another 5 that threw for over 300. Colt McCoy and Zach Mettenberger both just missed out of this group with only 299 yards each.
Not only was it an incredible week for passing yards, there were 8 quarterbacks that threw at least 3 touchdown passes. Roethlisberger led the pack again with 6 and Tom Brady threw for 5. Even Kyle Orton - who only completed 10 passes the entire game - had 4 touchdown passes to go with his 238 yards. With the limited exceptions, everyone should have been pleased with the performance of their QBs - unless they are just jealous that they didn't have Roethlisberger.
From the looks of the matchups this week, there are plenty of good games, but not many that would bring confidence in the probability of repeating the fantasy bonanza from last week. Everyone always loves the Brady v Manning matchups that usually provide fruitful fantasy days for most involved. If good Eli shows up this week, there could be an abundance of points against Luck and the Colts. And this could be the one week to consider starting Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Texan wide receivers since they will be forced to throw to keep up with Philly.
Most of these other matchups look to be more defensive struggles than shootouts. This is good news for the owners that will be affected by another big bye week that will force Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford, and Matt Ryan to the bench. Even Orton has been a decent play that will not be available this week. But if this week plays out the way I think it does, there will not be a large margin of points between the mid-QB1s and the lower-QB2s. It should be a fairly easy week to get through using quarterbacks on the waiver wire.
To help with which ones to start, use the rankings below and start the quarterback ranked the highest.
|1||Peyton Manning||Denver Broncos||@ Patriots|
|2||Tom Brady||New England Patriots||vs Broncos|
|3||Andrew Luck||Indianapolis Colts||@ Giants|
|4||Nick Foles||Philadelphia Eagles||@ Texans|
|5||Drew Brees||New Orleans Saints||@ Panthers|
|6||Ben Roethlisberger||Pittsburgh Steelers||vs Ravens|
|7||Phillip Rivers||San Diego Chargers||@ Dolphins|
|8||Cam Newton||Carolina Panthers||vs Saints|
|9||Carson Palmer||Arizona Cardinals||@ Cowboys|
|10||Russell Wilson||Seattle Seahawks||vs Raiders|
|11||Colin Kaepernick||San Francisco 49ers||vs Rams|
|12||Joe Flacco||Baltimore Ravens||@ Steelers|
|13||Brian Hoyer||Cleveland Browns||vs Buccaneers|
|14||Andy Dalton||Cincinnati Bengals||vs Jaguars|
|15||Ei Manning||New York Giants||vs Colts|
|16||Tony Romo||Dallas Cowboys||vs Cardinals|
|17||Ryan Fitzpatrick||Houston Texans||vs Eagles|
|18||Robert Griffin III||Washington Redskins||@ Vikings|
|19||Mike Vick||New York Jets||@ Chiefs|
|20||Alex Smith||Kansas City Chiefs||vs Jets|
|21||Ryan Tannehill||Miami Dolphins||vs Chargers|
|22||Mike Glennon||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||@ Browns|
|23||Teddy Bridgewater||Minnesota Vikings||vs Redskins|
|24||Austin Davis||St. Louis Rams||@ 49ers|
|25||Derek Carr||Oakland Raiders||@ Seahawks|
|26||Blake Bortles||Jacksonville Jaguars||@ Bengals|
Quarterbacks on Bye: Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan, Kyle Orton, Zach Mettenberger