Fantasy Football Week Eight Rankings: Quarterbacks

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 29, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 25:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers passes the ball during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 25, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Week Seven in the NFL brought about some interesting developments at the quarterback position.

The San Francisco 49ers were down big against the Houston Texans until Alex Smith was brought in off the bench, nearly leading the team to a come-from-behind win. As a result, Smith has been given the starting position over Shaun Hill for this week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts .

In other news, the Buffalo Bills have decided to stick with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback for Week Eight over Trent Edwards , who is still nursing symptoms from his concussion.

Then there’s Derek Anderson of the Cleveland Browns and Jake Delhomme of the Carolina Panthers , who are both hanging on to their starting jobs by a thread. As for JaMarcus Russell of the Oakland Raiders , he is just flat-out terrible, and don’t be surprised if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers start to ease rookie Josh Freeman into the mix with Josh Johnson .

Having said all that, there are some intriguing matchups this week, so to find out where your quarterback stands, continue reading the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week Eight Quarterback Rankings .


1. Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers) vs. Oakland

The San Diego Chargers aren’t playing up to their potential this season, but one player on the team that is playing well is quarterback Philip Rivers . In his last three games, Rivers has thrown seven touchdowns with no interceptions, and he hasn’t had a pick since Week Two.

This week he’ll be playing at home against the Oakland Raiders , a team that he threw for 252 yards with one touchdown and one interception against in Week One. The Raiders put up a good effort in that game, but they’ve only gotten worse since then, and they are 25th in the league in points allowed. Look for a big day out of Rivers.

Point Projection: 22 Points


2. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) vs. Atlanta

Not even a 21-point, first-half deficit can slow down quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints offense. This past Sunday, Brees led the Saints to a 46-34 come-from-behind win over the Miami Dolphins , a game in which all he did was throw for 298 yards with one passing touchdown and two rushing touchdowns.

Sure he also had three interceptions, but his performance still equated to 19 fantasy points. Brees won’t throw three picks again this week against the Atlanta Falcons , and it’s likely he’ll get a couple touchdowns as well. Atlanta hasn’t given up a lot of points this season, but did yield 37 in this past week’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys , plus the Falcons are just 25th in the league against the pass.

Point Projection: 21 Points


3. Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts) vs. San Francisco

The season isn’t even halfway over yet, but if it ended today, then Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning would be the MVP. He’s playing at a level he’s never played at before, and with an average of 2.5 touchdown passes per game, you know he’s going to rack up the fantasy football points. The only question is "How much will he get in a given week?"

Well, this week he gets to play at home against a San Francisco defense that started out the season strong but has been pretty bad recently, including a performance in which they gave up 264 yards and two touchdowns to Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in a loss this past week. Thus, you can expect another solid game out of Manning, who might be limited this week if the Colts get out to an early lead.

Point Projection: 19 Points


4. Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears) vs. Cleveland

It’s easy to be fooled by the Chicago Bears’ lackluster performance last week against the Cincinnati Bengals , but for those that watched the game, it was clear the Bears gave up not too long after the first quarter. Cutler threw for 251 yards with a touchdown, three interceptions, and two fumbles, marking his worst performance this season since Week One.

This week provides the perfect opportunity for Cutler and the Bears offense to bounce back as they’ll host the Cleveland Browns . The Browns are 24th against the pass, last in total yards allowed and 27th in points allowed. Don’t expect Cutler to post back-to-week single-digit weeks.

Point Projection: 18 Points


5. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) vs. Minnesota

Even without offensive linemen Mark Tauscher and Chad Clifton this past weekend, the Green Bay Packers offense, led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers , found little resistance in beating up on the Browns. Rodgers threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns, earning his first three-touchdown game of the season last week.

This week he finds himself pitted against the Minnesota Vikings , and though the Packers struggled the last time the two teams met, Rodgers still had a good fantasy performance as he had 384 yards and two touchdowns along with one interception. The Packers have decided to run the ball a little more recently, so Rodgers may not approach 400 yards again, but he’ll still have a good game against the Vikings.

Point Projection: 18 Points


6. Kurt Warner (Arizona Cardinals) vs. Carolina

Entering the season, it was thought that the Carolina Panthers would be one of the better teams in the NFC, but after seven weeks that’s clearly not the case. The Panthers are struggling this season, especially on offense and that leads to more opportunities for the opposing team’s offense.

This week Kurt Warner and the Arizona Cardinals have the pleasure of hosting the Panthers, who are 23rd in the league in points allowed, and Warner will continue his good play, which has been at a consistent and high level since the bye week. Warner’s stats against the New York Giants weren’t great, but he still registered double-digit fantasy points and led the team to a win. He’ll have an easier time this week against the Panthers.

Point Projection: 17 Points


7. Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys) vs. Seattle

Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo has now posted back to back games with huge performances as he’s thrown for 662 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in his past two games. It also so happens that he’s found a new favorite target in wide receiver Miles Austin .

The Seattle Seahawks appeared to have one of the better defenses in the league early in the season, but injuries have caught up with them. It, also, is a boon to Romo’s value this week that he’s playing at home instead of on the road in inclement weather. Expect a third consecutive big game from Romo this week.

Point Projection: 17 Points


8. Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle Seahawks) at Dallas

In the four games that Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has played, he’s had two great ones and two that he’d like to forget.

The Seahawks used the bye week to get healthy and made some adjustments in regards to the offense. Hasselbeck is one of the quarterbacks that plays well coming off a bye week, which is why you can expect a nice rebound this week. The Cowboys’ defense isn’t as strong as some believe as they rank 22nd in passing yards allowed.

Point Projection: 16 Points


9. Matt Schaub (Houston Texans) at Buffalo

There’s no doubt that Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is a good player, but part of the reason he’s put up some many points has been the team’s inability to run the ball effectively.

This week Schaub will play against the Bills, who have a pretty strong defense, but rank 24th in total yards allowed and sit last in rushing yards allowed. This leads us to believe that the Texans will be able to get the running game going, so while Schaub should have a solid performance, don’t expect another 20-point game from him.

Point Projection: 16 Points


10. Brett Favre (Minnesota Vikings) at Green Bay

In Week Four, Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre went for 274 yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Packers. However, it was last week in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers that showed the Vikings offense is indeed vulnerable.

Favre failed to throw a touchdown pass in a game for the first time this season, had an interception returned for a touchdown, and a fumble returned for six. The Packers, meanwhile, have allowed just three points in the last two weeks combined and had four interceptions in those games. Favre should have a solid game; however, he won’t repeat his week four performance.

Point Projection: 16 Points


11. Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia Eagles) vs. New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb hasn’t done much the last couple of weeks from a fantasy football perspective. Two weeks ago, he just didn’t play well against the Raiders. However, even while he did play well against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night, the fantasy football points still didn’t come.

This week he should improve on that a little bit as the Eagles play at home against a reeling New York Giants team. Considering how talented the Giants secondary is, you shouldn’t expect a huge game from McNabb, but a moderately successful one is more in line for him this week.

Point Projection: 15 Points


12. Eli Manning (New York Giants) at Philadelphia

The last two games have been a struggle for Eli Manning and the Giants. In those two games, Manning has thrown two touchdowns and four interceptions in posting consecutive single-digit fantasy football performances.

Playing the Eagles in Philadelphia this week won’t make things any easier. Philadelphia is sixth in passing yards allowed and fourth in total yards allowed, but the Eagles are just 13th in points allowed. Manning has been growing more comfortable with his younger receivers, such as Marion Manningham and Hakeem Nicks , so expect a small rebound for the quarterback, just nothing too big.

Point Projection: 14 Points