While there are some health issues at the bottom of the rankings (Cody Kessler, Geno Smith and Brian Hoyer were all forced out in Week 7 and are out for Week 8), the bigger issue comes thanks to six teams being off on byes. While there are obviously more than enough usable options, the list does come off as shallower than normal. Let’s take a look:
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Atlanta
Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Green Bay
Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Buffalo
Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Kansas City
Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Seattle
Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Washington
Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Tampa Bay
Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Carolina
Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Houston
Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Arizona
Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at New Orleans
Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Oakland
Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Cincinnati
Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – vs. Jacksonville
Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Tennessee
Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets – at Cleveland
Sam Bradford – Minnesota Vikings – at Chicago
Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at Indianapolis
Brock Osweiler – Houston Texans – vs. Detroit
Trevor Siemian – Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego
Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – vs. New England
Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota
Is Aaron Rodgers “back”? He’s now thrown for 294 yards or more in back-to-back games, including 326 with 3 TD and 0 INT against the Bears in Week 7. This week he draws a Falcons defense that has allowed the second most passing yards this season (2,157) and has been the most prone to running backs catching the football (league high 476 yards). With the Packers new approach, utilizing Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb as a RB, that’s going to be something Green Bay exploits. While you may be skeptical given Rodgers’ struggles this season, he’s the best bet for a big day.
Russell Wilson has a juicy matchup against the Saints, but he has either 0 TD or 1 TD in five of his six games this season (5 TD total). He also isn’t adding value with his legs, something we’ve long become accustomed to him doing, totaling 22 carries for 33 yards (over the past four games he has 13 carries for 3 yards). He’s still a QB1 thanks to his upside, but we have to temper our expectations.
In three starts at home this season Andrew Luck has averaged 346.0 yards per game (259.0 on the road), while throwing 7 TD against 1 INT. As long as he avoids interceptions (the Chiefs have 10 of them), he should be in store for another big day.
Over the past three weeks Marcus Mariota has 8 TD vs. 1 INT, while also scoring a rushing TD and posting a pair of 60+ rushing yard games. The Jaguars aren’t an easy matchup, but he’s done enough to consider him a viable streaming option.
Generally we shy away from quarterbacks facing the Seattle Seahawks. However they’ve now allowed 300+ yard passing yards in back-to-back weeks and draw Drew Brees and the Saints, with the game coming in New Orleans. We all know how well Brees generally plays at home, so he’s not a player to shy away from due to matchup concerns.
The Raiders have allowed the most passing yards to opposing QB this season (2,160), so how can we not like Jameis Winston this week? Obviously his questionable receiving corps does limit his value a bit, but there’s a good chance that Mike Evans has a monster day and helps guide Winston to a big day.