Fantasy Football: Tom Brady leads quarterback pack in Week 8

Jamie McDonald

Lots of good (and several bad) performances from signal-callers in Week 8. Here's the breakdown of the biggest impacts you need to know about, plus a couple of bad-luck injuries in the AFC.

From Manning to Manning, these are the good, the bad, and the injured from the signal-callers in Week 8.

The Good


It must be fashion week in London, because the stylish Brady has Giselle of a game against St. Louis. Brady was 23-of-35 for 304 yards, 4 TD and 0 TD as the Patriots coasted to a 45-7 win. I'm sure that the Brits want an NFL team, "Just not the Rams, please!" For Brady, it as his first four touchdown game since he threw six against the Broncos in the playoffs last year, and first time in the regular season since Week 3 of 2011 against the Bills.

He now has 16 TD and 3 INT at the halfway point of the year, and the Patriots have a Bye in Week 9.

As for the Rams, after holding four of their first six opponents under 200 yards passing, the "re-invented" defense has taken a hit. St. Louis hasn't forced a turnover in any of their last three games and they've been been torched by Aaron Rodgers and Brady for 7 TDs combined. They'll also get a break from London in Week 9. One has to wonder if they though they were playing futbol instead of American football.

Matthew Stafford against the Seahawks (THROW-TOWN)

The Rams aren't the only NFC West having a defensive breakdown. Stafford was on pace for about 13 TD passes this season, but came alive against Seattle with 352 yards passing, 3 TD, 1 INT and running for a score. It was the first time he's thrown multiple touchdowns this season, the first time he threw a touchdown in any of the first three quarters, and the first time he looked like the great prospect he was starting to blossom into last year. And on top of it all, Detroit saved their season with a last-second victory.

After allowing 175 yards rushing to the 49ers last week, the once-unbreakable Hawks defense has had many breaks over the last two weeks. They return home for meetings against the Vikings and Jets to start the second half of the year.

Detroit travels to Jacksonville, another opportunity for Stafford and the offense to get back on track.

Peyton Manning against the Saints (SOMEBODY PUT THIS GUY ON NATIONAL TV)

Seriously, this guy needs more coverage. The Saints wouldn't know anything about coverage. Manning continued his "36 is not that old" tour with his fifth straight 300-yard game and fourth straight 3-TD game of the year with a drubbing of the Saints on Sunday night. With 17 TD passes in seven games, Manning is on pace for his most touchdowns in a year since 2004.

New Orleans continues it's "We're really bad at defense" tour, and Michael Vick will buy tickets to that show next week, as long as Andy Reid doesn't bench him.

Josh Freeman against the Vikings (DID YOU WAIVE HIM GOODBYE?)

A few weeks ago, Freeman could be had for a pittance, but now he pities the fool that doesn't start him every week. Freeman had 3 TD and 262 yards against Minnesota on Thursday night. He now has 9 TD and 1 INT over his last three games as he tries to put 2011 behind him and prove it was a fluke. Against the Raiders next week, he's got a good case to be starting in every league.


With 3 more scores against Philly on Sunday, Ryan has 17 TD passes and a 7-0 record. Just in case you forgot about that MVP talk.

Honorable Mentions: Blaine Gabbert (303 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT), Ben Roethlisberger (222 yards, 3 TD), Andrew Luck (297 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT)


Michael Vick against the Falcons (REID BETWEEN THE LINES)

It's not the day he had against Atlanta (191 yards, 1 TD, 0 turnovers) but rather the post-game talk from Vick about how he thought Andy Reid might bench him. Vick, a top QB selection in many leagues, has had a mediocre season for a losing Eagles team with a coach whose seat is hotter than the Falcons team that just beat him. The Eagles are 3-4, losers of three straight, and go on the road in four of their next six games.

It could be any moment that both Vick and Reid are gone from Philadelphia.

If you have Michael Vick, I sincerely hope you've got a backup option. And unlike Reid, maybe you already benched Vick for him.

Eli Manning against the Cowboys (REMEMBER WHEN HE WASN'T ELI-TE?)

Yeah, because that was 95% of his career. It's funny what two championships will do for you. Yes, Manning has improved markedly throughout his career, but duds like the one he put up against Dallas are going to happen. Manning had 192 yards, 0 TD and 1 INT, but the Giants won and moved to 6-2. That's why he is a "winner" but not much of a fantasy QB this year.

He now has 2 TD and 3 INT in his last three games, and he has 1 TD pass or less in five of eight games this year.

Tony Romo against the Giants (THE GUY THAT WAS BAD AND ALSO LOST)

Part of the reason that Eli is a "winner" is because guys like Tony Romo throw four interceptions. Overall, Romo racked up decent fantasy points with 1 TD pass, 1 TD run, and 437 yards, but it's hard to call a guy a winner when he throws four picks... and loses.

Romo has an incredible 13 interceptions in seven games, already tying the second-most picks he's ever thrown for an entire season. He'll be back throwing picks against the Falcons next week. Unless Jason Garrett calls up Andy Reid for advice and benches him.

Robert Griffin III against the Steelers (YOU MEAN HE CAN DO WRONG?)

Again, it's not that he was terrible against Pittsburgh (177 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT) but you've come to expect more. Add in a fumble and only 8 rushing yards and RG3 was just a R3Gular dude. Again you'll expect more against the Panthers next week.

Honorable Mentions: Philip Rivers (154 yards, 0 TD), Brandon Weeden (129 yards, 0 TD)

The Injured

Brady Quinn was getting his first chance to hold onto a starting job in Kansas City and he left with a head injury after only four passes. Matt Cassel returned from his head injury and had 218 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. After their 26-16 loss to the Raiders, Chiefs fans everywhere have their own head injuries.

Ryan Tannehill faced hard knocks for the Dolphins, leaving with an injured quad and knee in Miami's easy win over the Jets. Matt Moore came in relief for 131 yards, 1 TD and 0 INT. Tannehill is optimistic about next week as the 4-3 Dolphins head to Indianapolis.

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