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Week 8 Rest of Season Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings: Ben Roethlisberger Returns to Top-5

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Up to date rankings of NFL QBs for the remainder of the 2015 fantasy football season before Week 8.

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There is nothing makes the NFL more fun than fantasy football and few things make fantasy sports more fun than rankings, rankings, and more rankings. QBs are ranked in this post with the ESPN and Yahoo! standard fractional scoring.

Rank

Player

Team

Last Wk

1

Tom Brady

Patriots

1

2

Cam Newton

Panthers

2

3

Aaron Rodgers

Packers

3

4

Philip Rivers

Chargers

4

5

Ben Roethlisberger

Steelers

11

6

Andy Dalton

Bengals

7

7

Carson Palmer

Cardinals

5

8

Matt Ryan

Falcons

8

9

Andrew Luck

Colts

6

10

Drew Brees

Saints

9

11

Eli Manning

Giants

10

12

Brian Hoyer

Texans

17

13

Blake Bortles

Jaguars

12

14

Matthew Stafford

Lions

13

15

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Jets

20

16

Ryan Tannehill

Dolphins

23

17

Derek Carr

Raiders

18

18

Jay Cutler

Bears

15

19

Russell Wilson

Seahawks

16

20

Joe Flacco

Ravens

14

21

Sam Bradford

Eagles

19

22

Peyton Manning

Broncos

22

23

Jameis Winston

Buccaneers

24

24

Josh McCown

Browns

21

25

Marcus Mariota

Titans

31

26

Teddy Bridgewater

Vikings

26

27

Tyrod Taylor

Bills

25

28

Tony Romo

Cowboys

29

29

Alex Smith

Chiefs

27

30

Colin Kaepernick

49ers

28


Notes:

  • There is a special bump for QBs who have already have their bye weeks, as they have 10 games remaining to their regular seasons against everyone else's nine. These ranks will swing greatly as QBs eat their byes and have more remaining games on their schedules than their counterparts.

  • These rankings generally hold water with six-point passing TDs. Cam Newton is the notable drops in the escalated passing TD bump closer to the bottom of the top-5 and Russell Wilson maybe falls out of the top-20, behind those whom can project for more passing TDs. No one else in the top-24 can be expected to rush for TDs.

  • For two-QB leagues, INTs are something of which to take more caution because losing one less point can bump a 12-point game in standard scoring by about 8-12%, whereas the effects on QB1s are more in the 5-8% range.

  • I did not rank Nick Foles because St. Louis just doesn't pass. He does have a great schedule, though, so is probably QB27 in 2QB leagues, as he is a better QB3 to have than those below that.

  • As we go down the rankings, there is an increase in the weight of strength of schedule. And the better matchups sooner than later are more valuable because there is little value in stashing QB2s. These are not weekly rankings, but the idea of these rankings is to measure whom we should be owning now over whom. A mediocre QB with a bad schedule until Week 12 is useless to our rosters compared a below average QB with two or three nice matchups in the coming weeks.

  • Do your research and use rankings cautiously, as they are always a work-in-progress. Rankings are a bad tools to tell us what to do. They are conversation starters, tier setters, value mirrors, and a combination of the scientific explanations of what has happened with the art of predicting what will happen. Feel free to supply contrary evidence to me on Twitter at @AlexSontySBN or in the comments. They will help me help you.