QB rankings and streaming advice for Week 8 of the 2018 fantasy football season.
In the tale of the interchangeable quarterbacks, Blake Bortles was benched for Cody Kessler and Derek Anderson came in for an (injured) Josh Allen and (inept) Nathan Peterman, despite having been signed to the Bills just 12 days prior.
On a more positive note, Drew Brees notched his 500th career touchdown and Lamar Jackson scored his first career touchdown.
While we’re talking milestones, let’s turn to the Patrick Mahomes tracker: With three touchdowns in the first half against the Bengals, Mahomes tied Kurt Warner for the most touchdown passes in any player’s first eight games in NFL history (21). In the second half, he surpassed Warner by scoring his 22nd touchdown in eight games.
My week was (almost) as successful as Mahomes’ with all three picks in the top 15. Mitchell Trubisky was 1.5 fantasy points away from the top spot, making it his third consecutive week putting up QB5 or better numbers (Week 4 QB1, Week 6 QB5, Week 7 QB2). Meanwhile, Baker Mayfield bounced back to fantasy relevance despite failing to secure a win in the Browns fourth overtime game of the season and Joe Flacco’s Week 7 production put him in nineteenth in fantasy points per game among quarterbacks.
|Pick||QB||ESPN Points||QB Rank|
Now fully entrenched in bye week season — with four teams on bye and injuries (Ryan Tannehill, Josh Allen) continuing to leave no team behind, here are your Week 8 rankings and streaming picks.1
Week 8 Quarterback Rankings
|Andrew Luck||at Oakland||1|
|Patrick Mahomes||vs Denver||2|
|Kirk Cousins||vs New Orleans||3|
|Mitchell Trubisky||vs NY Jets||4|
|Drew Brees||at Minnesota||5|
|Ben Roethlisberger||vs Cleveland||6|
|Tom Brady||at Buffalo||7|
|Andy Dalton||vs Tampa Bay||8|
|Aaron Rodgers||at LA Rams||9|
|Jared Goff||vs Green Bay||10|
|Jameis Winston||at Cincinatti||11|
|Cam Newton||vs Baltimore||12|
|Alex Smith||at NY Giants||13|
|Carson Wentz||vs Jacksonville||14|
|Case Keenum||at Kansas City||15|
|Brock Osweiler||at Houston||20|
|Deshaun Watson||vs Miami||17|
|Matthew Stafford||vs Seattle||16|
|Joe Flacco||at Carolina||21|
|Russell Wilson||at Detroit||18|
|Baker Mayfield||at Pittsburgh||19|
|Eli Manning||vs Washington||26|
|Derek Carr||vs Indianapolis||24|
|CJ Beathard||at Arizona||22|
|Josh Rosen||vs San Francisco||23|
|Sam Darnold||at Chicago||25|
|Blake Bortles||vs Philadelphia||27|
|Derek Anderson||vs New England||28|
TwoQB Pick of the Week – Mitchell Trubisky vs NY Jets
Having scored the second most points per game (35.7) in the last four weeks, it’s hard to make a case to not continue to ride the Mitchell Trubisky train. Clearly, I’m not the only one, as Trubisky’s ownership has increased by more than 20 percent in ESPN leagues since last week. In his near-win against the Patriots last week, Trubisky put up over 300 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions with another 81 yards and a touchdown on the ground. It is important to note, despite these numbers, Trubisky struggled in the pocket and down the field last week. He went 8-for-20 in the first half and made several risky throws. Despite the first half, he still managed to make plays on the ground and deliver a win for fantasy owners.
Last week was Trubisky’s third consecutive game with over 300 passing yards and at least three touchdowns, making him an ideal second quarterback with QB1 potential going into a week full of byes and question marks. His matchup helps ensure he’ll rebound, as he’ll be facing a Jets defense that’s given up an average 29 points per game in the last four weeks. At this point, if you have or can still get Trubisky, he’s your best option in 2QB leagues.
Favorite Streamer – Case Keenum at Kansas City
Though Case Keenum has thrown a pick in each game this season, there is room for optimism in his second meeting with the Chiefs this week. Keenum put up 20 fantasy points in Week 5 and 6, both games in which the Broncos were coming from behind. He’ll all but likely face a similar scenario against Mahomes and the Chiefs. The Kansas City defense, before holding Andy Dalton to 10 points last week, had allowed all other quarterbacks (minus Keenum) to put up over 20 fantasy points — the sixth-most fantasy points per game to the position. When Keenum faced the Chiefs in Week 4, he threw for over 245 yards but no touchdowns. Since then, the Chiefs defense has allowed Bortles and Tom Brady to post 20.6 and 21.8 fantasy points respectively.
Coming off a much needed-win, Keenum will look to continue to streak in this AFC West showdown. Despite being at Arrowhead, Keenum is a solid streamer who will need to rely on his passing game if (and when) the Broncos get down early.
“Bounceback Candidate” – Andy Dalton vs Buccs
Andy Dalton put up his worst fantasy performance of the season last week facing one of the league’s worst pass defenses. In the past three weeks, Dalton has declined in yardage and completion percentage week over week. While it is a disturbing trend, he’s still eighth in this week’s ratings due to his ideal matchup against a Bucs defense that has allowed the most points per game (35) in the last four weeks. At home, where Dalton is more successful — 23 FPPG vs. 15.8 FPPG this season, he is poised to recover from last week’s pathetic primetime performance.
- Ownership and projected points are from ESPN Fantasy. Rankings based on GSLP, FPPG and matchup. GSLP models were run three times — seven weeks back, five weeks back and three weeks back, and results were averaged. It is important to note that certain quarterbacks, like Jameis Winston, who have not played in three or more games are likely projected too high and can be considered as outliers. (back)