Fantasy Football Week 8: Breaking Down Best QB Plays This Weekend

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIIOctober 26, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 20:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass in the third quarter during an NFL game against the Chicago Bears at FedExField on October 20, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

As bye weeks pile up, it's incumbent on the fantasy owner to find the best quarterbacks to get them through.

There are a number of quarterbacks who face favorable matchups in Fantasy Football Week 8, and they have to be in your starting lineup.

Who are the best QB plays of the weekend?

Read on to find out. 


Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

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I think it's safe to say that RG3 is back.

Yes, the Redskins still aren't that good, but Griffin is starting to look like the quarterback who set the world on fire last season.

He threw for 298 yards last week against the Chicago Bears and rushed for a healthy 84 yards.

The Redskins will face the Denver Broncos, who have the worst pass defense in the league, giving up 319.9 yards per game.

The Broncos should win this game since the Redskins couldn't stop a parked car. The Redskins will be behind and will need to throw the ball to try and get back in it.

Griffin will be able to put up huge numbers. It would not be surprising to see him throw for over 350 yards with three touchdowns and 50 rushing yards. He's a must-start. 


Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

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It hasn't been a great year for Big Ben and the Steelers, but this is a week where Roethlisberger could really break out. 

Michael Fabiano of notes that Roethlisberger excels against the Oakland Raiders:

He's thrown for 275-plus yards in each of his four career meetings against the Raiders. Plus Roethlisberger has eight total scores in his last two games against Oakland. 

The Raiders defense isn't awful, but that doesn't mean it's great. They give up an average of 22 points per game, although in losses they give up nearly 26 points. 

The Steelers are starting to find their groove, winning two straight after starting the season with four straight losses. The playoffs may be out of the question, but the Black and Gold could rebound to finish .500.

Roethlisberger is primed for a big game. Given that he excels against the Raiders, there's no reason why he shouldn't be on your starting roster.


Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

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Normally, Wilson is not a must-start fantasy quarterback. In reality, he's a better football player than fantasy player.

But six teams are on byes, and Wilson is going up against a St. Louis Rams team that is really reeling. 

The Rams give up 26 points per game. Yet in all four losses, they have given up upwards of 30 points.

The Seahawks should roll in this game, and Wilson has the chance to put up big numbers. The Rams give up an average of 247 passing yards per game, and since they give up an average of 126.4 rushing yards per game, Wilson should have the chance to break off a few long runs.

Don't get used to starting Wilson every week, but this is a plum matchup. The quarterback doesn't throw too many picks, and he should be able to exploit a Rams team that hasn't had many things go right for them.