Patrick Mahomes is not in our Week 8 fantasy QB rankings, and he won’t be in next week’s or the week’s after that. It’s just something we all need to accept. But the fantasy football gods might have taken more than Mahomes from us, as Matt Ryan, another top-five quarterback, might also miss the next two weeks because of an ankle injury and bye week. We already know Lamar Jackson and Dak Prescott are out for Week 8 because of their byes, so this is shaping up to be one of the toughest QB weeks yet. Fortunately, there are several matchup-based sleepers, some of which could be found on the waiver wire, as well as the potential return of future Hall-of-Famer, Drew Brees.
For now, we’re leaving Ryan (ankle) in our rankings and keep Brees (thumb) out, but that could easily flip based on mid-week reports. We’ll be ready to update as soon as we get word on either. Assuming both play, both would be in the starting tier, but we’ll have to wait to see how they progress.
WEEK 8 NON-PPR RANKINGS
Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
There are some nice matchups for more under-the-radar QBs this week. Josh Allen (vs. Eagles) will get another chance to exploit a bad pass defense after a ho-hum day against Miami. Derek Carr (vs. Texans) has put up decent numbers this year and will get a vulnerable Houston defense at home. Kirk Cousins (vs. Redskins) actually produced in a neutral matchup last week, so getting a bad defense like Washington’s should have him in fantasy lineups even if Adam Thielen (hamstring) is out. If you’re really going deep, Ryan Tannehill (vs. Buccaneers) proved competent and will get a chance to exploit the Bucs secondary woes.
On the other side, Carson Wentz (@ Bills) has played himself out of every-week status and is probably best left on bench this week. We already know that’s the case for Baker Mayfield (@ Patriots), who is off limits in single-QB leagues. Jameis Winston (@ Titans) is his usual boom-or-bust self, and Philip Rivers (@ Bears) is also a risk despite the Bears defense proving more vulnerable as of late.
WEEK 8 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end
Even if Ryan and Brees are out, there are enough QBs to go around, but depending on how the backups are divvied up in your league, you might be in a bind. Don’t be afraid to hit the waiver wire and upgrade for the week even if you own someone like Wentz or Rivers. We’re at the point in the season where it’s tough to play the “long game”, so scrap for every point.
WEEK 8: Waiver pickups
Note: These rankings will be updated throughout the week, so check back for player movement and invidividual analysis.
Week 8 Fantasy QB Rankings
WEEK 8 DFS: Lineup Builder
These rankings are for standard leagues with 4-point passing TDs.
|1||Russell Wilson, SEA @ ATL|
|2||Deshaun Watson, HOU vs. OAK|
|3||Aaron Rodgers, GB @ KC|
|4||Matt Ryan, ATL vs. SEA. It would make sense for Ryan (ankle) to sit this game since Atlanta has a Week 9 bye, but this could also be considered a “must-win” if Atlanta has any illusions of making a playoff run. As long as Ryan is active, he’s a must-start in fantasy leagues even after a disappointing performance last week. The Seahawks have been merely average against the pass (249 passing yards allowed), and prior to last week, Ryan had throw for at least 300 yards in every game.|
|5||Josh Allen, BUF vs. PHI|
|6||Jared Goff, LAR vs. CIN (in UK)|
|7||Matthew Stafford, DET vs. NYG|
|8||Kirk Cousins, MIN vs. WAS. Cousins tore up two bad pass defenses in Weeks 5 and 6 (Washington and Philadelphia), then kept it going against a decent Detroit unit in Week 7. With a big revenge game on tap for Thursday, we expect Cousins to keep it going against a Redskins defense that’s allowed 14 passing TDs despite facing Miami and San Francisco in a rain storm the past two weeks. Even if Adam Thielen (hamstring) is out, Cousins is a solid option.|
|9||Tom Brady, NE vs. CLE.|
|10||Derek Carr, OAK @ HOU. Carr has multiple TDs in three of the past four games and posted a season-high 293 passing yards last week. The Texans allow the sixth-most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to QBs, so this could be a shootout that allows Carr to post decent stats even if Oakland loses. If Tyrell Williams (foot) is back, Carr has even more upside.|
|11||Jacoby Brissett, IND vs. DEN. Brissett has posted multiple TDs in all but one game this year, and he’s coming off a season-high 326 yards and four touchdowns in Week 7. Denver is allowing the third-fewest FPPG to QBs, so this isn’t a matchup play as much as it is a Brissett-is-legit play. Patrick Mahomes and Matt Moore combined for 193 yards and two scores in a blowout win in Denver last week, so 200 yards and two TDs seems like a baseline for Brissett, and given how he’s played this year, fantasy owners should expect more.|
|12||Kyler Murray, ARZ @ NO. Murray hasn’t thrown a touchdown in three road games this year, so that’s a worry, but we all know the upside he has once he gets running. He could also be a menace in garbage time if this game gets to that point. Either way, against a Saints defense allowing the eighth-most FPPG to QBs, it’s tough to sit Murray.|
|13||Carson Wentz, PHI @ BUF. Something’s off in Philadelphia, and Wentz hasn’t been able to completely overcome it the past few weeks. He usually gets his numbers one way or another, but with Buffalo allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to QBs — which includes a 4:6 TD-to-INT ratio — Wentz will have a tough time even hitting a decent floor.|
|15||Ryan Tannehill, TEN vs. TB. The matchup is great and Tannehill looked solid in a neutral matchup last week against the Chargers (312 yards, two TDs), so there’s a strong argument that he should be higher. But it’s tough to trust someone whose recent history is so checkered — and that includes a subpar relief performance in Denver in Week 6. Tannehill’s ceiling might be higher than a couple of the guys in front of him, but if things go south, his floor could really crater.|
|15||Daniel Jones, NYG @ DET. Jones gives points away with turnovers, but his floor always seems higher because of his running ability. Admittedly, he hasn’t really shown a high floor since his starting debut back in Week 3, but against the Lions, who give up 20 FPPG to QBs (ninth-most), Jones is in a good spot.|
|16||Philip Rivers, LAC @ CHI. Rivers has posted back-to-back 300-yard games with multiple touchdowns, so what’s the problem? The problem is how he’s done it. He needed garbage time/quasi-garbage time to get there the past two weeks, and even the paltry 211 yards to put up in Week 5 was aided by a garbage-time drive full of checkdowns to Austin Ekeler. Rivers has enough weapons to produce in any given week, and after watching Teddy Bridgewater do work against the Bears, it’s not as if this defense is inpenetrable. But Chicago still allows sixth-fewest FPPG to QBs, and Rivers doesn’t figure to be as sharp in his second straight road game.|
|17||Teddy Bridgewater, NO vs. ARZ. Bridgewater isn’t a bad high-floor option if he starts against an Arizona defense allowing the fourth-most FPPG to QBs, but given his game-manager tendencies, it’s tough to expect huge numbers. If Drew Brees (thumb) gets the call, he’ll be in our top 10.|
|18||Sam Darnold, NYJ @ JAX|
|19||Mason Rudolph, PIT vs. MIA|
|20||Jameis Winston, TB @ TEN|
|21||Matt Moore, KC vs. GB. Moore has weapons, but we doubt he has the skills to really pay off, even in a favorable matchup.|
|22||Jimmy Garoppolo, SF vs. CAR|
|23||Gardner Minshew II, JAX vs. NYJ|
|24||Andy Dalton, CIN vs. LAR (in UK)|
|25||Baker Mayfield, CLE @ NE|
|26||Joe Flacco, DEN @ IND|
|27||Case Keenum, WAS @ MIN|
|28||Mitchell Trubisky, CHI vs. LAC|
|29||Kyle Allen, CAR @ SF|
|30||Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA @ PIT|