Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings: Eli Manning and Other QBs Poised to Surprise

Zachary D. RymerMLB Lead WriterOctober 26, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 16:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at MetLife Stadium on October 16, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Generally speaking, there aren't many surprises at the quarterback position week in and week out. Aaron Rodgers has consistently led the charge and he's been flanked by usual suspects like Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

With the exception of Rodgers, who has a bye week, my guess is that not much is going to change in Week 8. The list of the week's high-scoring quarterbacks will be chock-full of names we know and love.

However, don't be surprised if the three guys listed below earn prominent placement on said list. They're not typically viewed as some of the better fantasy quarterbacks, but they might just score big in Week 8.


3. Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee Titans

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 09: Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Tennessee Titans drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on October 9, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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After starting the season hot, Matt Hasselbeck simply hasn't been good in Tennessee's last two games. He needed 49 passes to throw for 262 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers and he managed just 104 yards passing with a touchdown and two interceptions against the Houston Texans before he was lifted to give Jake Locker some snaps.

But the end is far from nigh for Hasselbeck. He still has gas left in his tank and he should get to expend some of it against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

As you may recall, the Colts were last seen giving up 325 yards passing and five touchdowns to Drew Brees. That's not a typical performance against the Colts, but they did give up four touchdowns to Matt Cassel not too long ago.

In short, a matchup against the Colts is a perfect excuse for Hasselbeck to bounce back. Don't be surprised when he does.


2. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Yes, Joe Flacco. The same Joe Flacco who was last seen at the head of the worst offensive performance the world has seen since the late Cretaceous Period. 

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 24:  Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens attempts a pass during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on October 24, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Make no mistake about it, Flacco and the Ravens were that bad. That said, they have every reason to bounce back on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

This is because the Cardinals couldn't defend the pass if their lives depended on it. They rank 28th in the league against the pass and were last seen giving up three touchdown passes to Ben Roethlisberger.

In addition to Big Ben, the Cardinals have also been conquered by Eli Manning and Cam Newton. Flacco could be next in line.

Shoot, he almost needs to be next in line. Otherwise, haters gonna keep hating.


1. Eli Manning, New York Giants

Speaking of Eli Manning, he's another guy the haters love to hate. More often than not, the hate is largely justified.

My guess is that there will be no reason at all to hate Manning after he takes care of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. We're probably all aware of how awful the Dolphins are, and they can definitely be beaten through the air. Tim Tebow wasn't able to do it, but pretty much every other quarterback who has faced the Dolphins this year has done well against them.

So who knows? Sunday's contest could be one of those rare days in which Eli looks like his older brother. They do happen every now and again, you know.


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