Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings: Breaking Down Top Quarterbacks

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 23, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 20: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers passes the football during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field on October 20, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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With six teams on bye and several quarterbacks suffering major injuries, Week 8 is going to be a tough one for fantasy owners at the quarterback position.

Philip Rivers, Joe Flacco, Andrew Luck and several other QBs will be taking the week off.  In Week 7, Sam Bradford tore his ACL and Jay Cutler tore his groin, meaning some owners will be scouring the waiver wire for someone to pick up.

A number of the quarterbacks who are playing in Week 8 have ideal matchups, so let's take a look at the upcoming week's fantasy QB rankings, followed by a few quarterbacks with matchups that are more than ideal.

Note: All information regarding points scored is based off of ESPN's standard scoring leagues.

Week 8 Quarterback Rankings
1.Peyton ManningDenver BroncosWashington Redskins
2.Aaron RodgersGreen Bay PackersMinnesota Vikings
3.Drew BreesNew Orleans SaintsBuffalo Bills
4.Matthew StaffordDetroit LionsDallas Cowboys
5.Robert Griffin IIIWashington RedskinsDenver Broncos
6.Cam NewtonCarolina PanthersTampa Bay Buccaneers
7.Tony RomoDallas CowboysDetroit Lions
8.Colin KaepernickSan Francisco 49ersJacksonville Jaguars
9.Michael VickPhiladelphia EaglesNew York Giants
10.Tom BradyNew England PatriotsMiami Dolphins
11.Russell WilsonSeattle SeahawksSt. Louis Rams
12.Matt RyanAtlanta FalconsArizona Cardinals
13.Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh SteelersOakland Raiders
14.Terrelle PryorOakland RaidersPittsburgh Steelers
15.Andy DaltonCincinnati BengalsNew York Jets
Rankings by Tyler Brooke


Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

A lot of people are automatically putting Drew Brees at No. 2 behind Peyton Manning this week, but I think Aaron Rodgers has a more ideal matchup, even with all of the injuries on offense for the Green Bay Packers.

Before the game against the Cleveland Browns, we saw Rodgers struggle in three straight games, putting up a total of just three touchdowns along with three interceptions.  He had a much better game in Week 7, throwing for 260 yards and three touchdowns.

Despite the injuries, Rodgers still has weapons to throw to.  Jordy Nelson has some of the best hands in the NFL and can occasionally break out some huge plays.  Meanwhile, Jarrett Boykin emerged as a serious threat last week, catching eight passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.  

To make things even better, James Jones is already getting close to coming back after spraining his left knee, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.

Rodgers will be going up against a weak pass defense when the Minnesota Vikings coming to Lambeau Field on Sunday Night Football.  They rank 29th in pass defense, allowing 288.8 passing yards per game and giving up 14 total passing touchdowns.


Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

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There's very little chance the Washington Redskins will win this game against the Denver Broncos, but as weird as it sounds, that's actually good news for fantasy owners who have Robert Griffin III.

The Redskins are likely going to be playing from behind most of this game, and that means they'll be forced to throw the ball more, giving RGIII more opportunities to put up points. The Broncos have not played well against the pass, allowing 320 passing yards per game.

RGIII will also be able to put up big numbers thanks to his legs.  Over the past two games, Griffin has run for over 160 yards and put up 37 fantasy points, meaning he's finally back the the great fantasy QB he was in 2012.

We saw earlier in the season that Griffin is the king of "garbage time" points, and with a game against one of the best offenses but worst pass defenses in the NFL, the Broncos should give Griffin even more opportunities to keep scoring, even if the Redskins lose.


Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

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I could just write, "He's playing the Jacksonville Jaguars" and call it a night, but I'm better than that.

After exploding for 30 fantasy points to start the season, Colin Kaepernick took a bit of a step back for a few weeks.  Luckily, he's returned to being a solid fantasy option, scoring 34 points over his past two games.

While he hasn't put up huge numbers through the air, Kaepernick finally made some plays once again with his legs last week, running for 68 yards and a touchdown.  It was his best fantasy output since Week 1, which is really good news heading into this game.

While the Jaguars have only allowed 238 passing yards per game, they've also allowed 15 passing touchdowns, and opposing quarterbacks are putting up a 105.0 passer rating against their struggling defense. They're even worse against the run, allowing 153.3 rushing yards per game.

This is another opportunity for Kaepernick to show off both his arm and his legs, and you can bet he will take full advantage of playing this weak defense in Week 8.