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Week 8 Rankings

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: October 27, 2019, 11:53 am ET

Rankings updated 10/27 at 11:50 AM ET. Removed then re-added Keenan Allen. I typically avoid weather adjustments, but the reports in Buffalo are concerning enough that I have moved down the Bills and Eagles passing games. 

 

Week 8 Quarterbacks 

RK

Player

TM

Opp

1

Deshaun Watson

HOU

OAK

2

Aaron Rodgers

GB

@KC

3

Jared Goff

LA

CIN

4

Russell Wilson

SEA

@ATL

5

Matthew Stafford

DET

NYG

6

Jameis Winston

TB

@TEN

7

Kyler Murray

ARI

@NO

8

Tom Brady

NE

CLE

9

Kirk Cousins

MIN

WAS

10

Drew Brees

NO

ARI

11

Jacoby Brissett

IND

DEN

12

Josh Allen

BUF

PHI

13

Ryan Tannehill

TEN

TB

14

Gardner Minshew

JAC

NYJ

15

Carson Wentz

PHI

@BUF

16

Derek Carr

OAK

@HOU

17

Daniel Jones

NYG

@DET

18

Sam Darnold

NYJ

@JAC

19

Jimmy Garoppolo

SF

CAR

20

Matt Moore

KC

GB

21

Mason Rudolph

PIT

MIA

22

Philip Rivers

LAC

@CHI

23

Andy Dalton

CIN

@LA

24

Ryan Fitzpatrick

MIA

@PIT

25

Baker Mayfield

CLE

@NE

26

Matt Schaub

ATL

SEA

27

Mitchell Trubisky

CHI

LAC

28

Kyle Allen

CAR

@SF

29

Joe Flacco

DEN

@IND

30

Case Keenum

WAS

@MIN

 

QB Notes: An antidote for a quarterback who has just two passing scores to four picks over his past two starts? A Raiders Defense fresh off silver plattering a perfect 158.3 rating to Aaron Rodgers. Generating zero pass rush, the Silver and Black are permitting 290 weekly passing yards. Deshaun Watson will miss Will Fuller, but Kenny Stills is a perfect fill-in. … It would be nice for Russell Wilson if Matt Ryan (ankle) plays in Atlanta, increasing the shootout potential. That is the current expectation. No team is allowing more quarterback fantasy points than the Falcons. … Aaron Rodgers won’t be as lucky vs. the Chiefs — Patrick Mahomes (knee) is expected to sit despite practicing Wednesday — but last week’s Perfect One is still a green-light god for a game with a 47.5 over/under. Rodgers had been building toward last Sunday’s outburst for weeks. Davante Adams (toe) might also finally return. … Jared Goff came uncomfortably close to capsizing in last week’s gorgeous road spot vs. the Falcons. He rallied to finish as the QB5 thanks in part to a rushing score. Facing a Bengals D with scarily little talent, Goff is not a Week 8 landmine in London. 

Matt Ryan finally goose egged last week and nearly wrecked his ankle in the process. For his troubles, the Falcons traded No. 3 receiver Mohamed Sanu on Tuesday. Ryan still has an enviable trio of weapons, and a plus Week 8 opponent in a Seahawks D that is nothing like it used to be. … Surprisingly deputized to be a down-field attacker this season, Matthew Stafford trails only Jameis Winston in average intended air yards at 10.5. Stafford has averaged at least 8.1 yards per attempt in 5-of-6 starts. With Kerryon Johnson (knee) on injured reserve, Stafford isn’t about to be dialed back vs. a Giants “defense” hemorrhaging an 8.9 YPA. … Perhaps you wanted more fantasy points from Josh Allen last week, who emerged as the QB16 in a clean, controlled performance against the Dolphins. He will be neither vs. an Eagles D that gets after the passer but can’t cover anybody. Allen will have to throw more than 26 times against one of the league’s worst secondaries, creating smash spot potential. … The Titans are far from a great matchup for Jameis Winston, but it’s hard to see how Winston comes out of this one without hitting the over on his weekly average of 37 attempts. 

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Coming off a surprising dud vs. the Giants, Kyler Murray has a concerning matchup in the Saints, who have erased the past four quarterbacks they’ve faced, including Dak Prescott and Jameis Winston. A 48 over/under keeps Murray’s QB1 case afloat. … Tom Brady has averaged 43 attempts over his past three starts but produced as “just” the QB8 in the process. His lack of consistent weapons was becoming a problem. Enter precise route runner Mohamed Sanu, who was known mostly for hurting others’ fantasy value in Atlanta. He will certainly enhance his own, as well as his quarterback’s, in target-starved New England. … Kirk Cousins’ topsy-turvy 2019 has reached a peak, with the Vikings’ fully-guaranteed QB averaging 325 yards while posting 10 total scores over his past three starts. At home vs. the Redskins is another glorious setup, but Cousins will be missing Adam Thielen (hamstring) in a game where the Vikings won’t need to throw to win. Temper your expectations … Posting Philip Rivers-ian statlines so far this season, Jacoby Brissett has multiple scores in 5-of-6 games. The Broncos have strong numbers against the pass but had the looks of a team taking a turn for the worse last week.

Teddy Bridgewater is averaging 36 attempts over his past three appearances compared to 27 over his first three. That includes a surprising QB12 finish in Chicago last Sunday. The Cardinals finally have Patrick Peterson back, but they will be ripe for the picking in the Superdome. Of note for Bridgewater is the chance Drew Brees (thumb) returns early. Brees is claiming he will. Sean Payton wasn't quite as sure. … Lord help me re: this Ryan Tannehill ranking. An expected upgrade over Marcus Mariota last Sunday, Tannehill has the matchup dreams are made of in a Bucs D coughing up 305 weekly passing yards. … Struggling for rhythm behind the Chargers’ nightmarishly bad offensive line, Philip Rivers hasn’t established a ceiling even as he’s maintained his top-18 floor. He will be relying on the latter in Chicago. … It took longer than expected, but Gardner Minshew has gotten badly exposed the past two weeks. He managed just 15 completions and one score vs. the bottomed-out Bengals in Week 7. The Jets’ defense is not as bad as Sam Darnold made them look by playing exclusively from behind on Monday night.  

Daniel Jones has only four scores over his past four starts. The healthy return of Sterling Shepard (concussion) would make for the first time Jones has had his full supporting cast. … Sam Darnold remains a talented player, but that was the kind of performance that could leave a long-lasting mark on his psyche. Any road matchup should be considered a dangerous situation for the time being. … I don’t necessarily think there are 21 better plays than Mason Rudolph this week, but his floor is through the foundation. … If Patrick Mahomes (knee) can’t make a miracle comeback, Matt Moore will have plenty of weapons at his disposal vs. a Packers D that has looked increasingly shaky. … Don’t look now, but the Dolphins actually have some interesting weapons to throw to. If you’re tanking, you could do far worse than DeVante Parker, Preston Williams, Albert Wilson, Mike Gesicki and Kenyan Drake. The problem for Week 8 is a Steelers Defense that still appears formidable. … There’s a non-zero percent chance Baker Mayfield gets Darnold’d vs. the Pats. It’s also possible he comes out looking much more like he did against the Ravens after a bye week to lick his wounds and make adjustments. … Kyle Allen’s weapons won’t be able to save him in this awful matchup.

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Patrick Daugherty
Patrick Daugherty is a football and baseball writer for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .