Fantasy Football Rankings, Week 8: Quarterbacks

Mike Ehrmann

Last week's great quarterback performances are examined and our Week 8 Quarterback Rankings.

Hopefully your team survived byepocalypse 2012 and you were able to pull out a win with your fantasy team. The New Orleans/Tampa Bay game turned out to be the game that we were expecting it to be with 797 passing yards, seven passing touchdowns and only one interception. This weekend's game that could turn out very similar and produce some eye popping numbers would be the New Orleans/Denver matchup on Sunday night.

Josh Freeman has now turned in back to back excellent fantasy scoring weeks against Kansas City and Tampa Bay. Against Tampa Bay, he passed for 420 yards and three touchdowns. His totals would have been even better had it not been for a couple missed opportunities. Vincent Jackson ran out of steam on a ninety-five yard reception and was tackled at the one yard line. The Buccaneers failed to punch it in but Freeman could have had another touchdown on that play or drive. At the end of the game, Mike Williams caught what seemed to be a game tying touchdown but he was pushed out of bounds and re-entered the field of play which negated the touchdown. Over the last two weeks, Freeman has passed for 748 yards and six touchdowns. The rematch with Tampa Bay happens during the fantasy playoffs in Week 15, so you may want to play the matchup game in that week.

Across the field, Drew Brees did not disappoint his owners. He passed for 377 yards and four touchdowns, despite being without one of his favorite targets in Jimmy Graham. The one thing that stood out to me though, was that Brees also could have had an even better performance. All but sixty-four of his passing yards and his four touchdowns came in the first half. Denver has a great pass rush but no owner should sit Brees with the way he is playing right now.

Robert Griffin III experienced his first NFC East matchup and came through with another strong performance. Griffin passed for 258 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and a fumble. He also ran for eighty-nine yards. The two turnovers are a concern but with the way Griffin is putting up points, I think it is something that we can live with. Griffin lost tight end Fred Davis for the season with a torn Achilles. Davis has been receiving four to seven targets per game, so hopefully Logan Paulsen or Niles Paul can pick up the slack. Griffin faces another challenge in his next game, when the Redskins travel to Pittsburgh. At this point though, Griffin is a must start every week, no matter who he is playing.

My predictions for quarterbacks that will have a strong Week 8:

Josh Freeman, Buccaneers - Freeman has a tougher matchup this week than he has seen the past two weeks. Although the Vikings did allow John Skelton to pass for 262 yards and a touchdown last week. I wouldn't shy away from Freeman this week but don't expect 350 yards and three touchdowns.

Christian Ponder, Vikings - Ponder had a terrible game against the Cardinals but what better way to fix that than a game against the Buccaneers. I have a feeling that he'll pass for at least 250 yards and two touchdowns in this matchup.

Brandon Weeden, Browns - I continue to be impressed by Weeden and think that he is the third best rookie quarterback at this point in the season. He has passed for at least 230 yards over his last six games and has three straight games with two touchdown passes. Weeden will take on the Chargers this week and their pass defense has given up fourteen passing touchdowns this season.

Quarterback
1 Aaron Rodgers
2 Drew Brees
3 Peyton Manning
4 Tom Brady
5 Matt Ryan
6 Ben Roethlisberger
7 Robert Griffin III
8 Michael Vick
9 Eli Manning
10 Cam Newton
11 Andrew Luck
12 Jay Cutler
13 Matthew Stafford
14 Philip Rivers
15 Tony Romo
16 Christian Ponder
17 Josh Freeman
18 Carson Palmer
19 Sam Bradford
20 Brandon Weeden
21 Alex Smith
22 Mark Sanchez
23 Matt Hasselbeck
24 Chad Henne
25 Russell Wilson
26 Ryan Tannehill
27 Brady Quinn
28 John Skelton
29 Blaine Gabbert
30 Tim Tebow
31 Colin Kaepernick
32 Jake Locker
33 Jason Campbell

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