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Week 8: Peyton Back on Top - 14 comments

By R.J. White

Week 8 is upon us, and with it comes one of the better QB matchups of the season. The Saints and Broncos square off on Sunday night, featuring the best per-game fantasy QB in the league (Drew Brees) and the renaissance man himself (Peyton Manning). They are my top two QBs this week, but if you happen to have both, who do you choose? I’d have to give it to Manning, as the Saints have been over-accommodating to fantasy QBs this year. More recommendations after the rankings below.

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Andrew Luck. RG3 is making all the headlines, but Luck’s been a fantasy QB1 as well this season; he gets a great matchup.
Matthew Stafford. The Lions have a tough matchup against the Seahawks, but if the Lions are going to win, it’s going to be by air.
Michael Vick. Enduring a rough season, Vick should take advantage of a week off and a healthy Jeremy Maclin to get back on track.


Jay Cutler. Despite the presence of Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte, Cutler has been one of the worst fantasy QBs in the league.
Cam Newton. Newton faces the toughest test for fantasy QBs in the league when he takes on the Bears this week, so pass on him.
Tony Romo. He has a decent matchup, but Romo hasn’t done enough to trust in a fantasy matchup yet, not if you have options.

Running Backs


Rashad Jennings. The No. 1 waiver pickup becomes a workhorse back immediately, one the Jags will lean on even when down.
Shonn Greene. He’s been on fire in recent weeks, so keep rolling him out there, even against a tougher rush defense like that of Miami.
Mikel LeShoure. He draws a tough matchup, but he should see a large volume of carries, making him a borderline RB2 play anyway.


Trent Richardson. His health is such that even if he plays, you can’t count on a full 60 minutes. Keep him benched this week.
Vick Ballard. Donald Brown may be able to play this week, so think twice before rolling Ballard out there without checking reports.
LaRod Stephens-Howling. Cards rode the hot hand in Week 7, but expecting another 20 carries against SF is pure craziness.

Wide Receivers


Jeremy Kerley. He’s emerged as an every-week starter in fantasy with Santonio Holmes out, and the Fins give up plenty of WR points.
Josh Gordon. Gordon has really opened up the Cleveland offense with four TDs in three weeks. If T-Rich is out, even better.
Brandon Gibson. With 12 catches for 151 yards over past two weeks, Gibson has been the PPR threat to complement Chris Givens.


Brian Hartline. Capable of anything from zero to 250 yards in a week, Hartline has the toughest WR matchup possible ahead.
Nate Washington. Despite a TD last week, Washington is just the fourth option for Tennessee moving forward; keep him benched.
Titus Young. Now the WR2 for the Lions, Young has a tough matchup this week, so only consider him a flex play at best until Week 9.

Tight Ends


Kyle Rudolph. He was blanked last week, but he’s still getting a lot of playing time, and that’ll translate into points most weeks.
Greg Olsen. The Bears will probably shut Steve Smith down, leaving Olsen as the likely top receiver for the Panthers this week.


Jermichael Finley. Yeah, like I have to tell any remaining Finley owners to keep him on the bench. If I owned him, I’d cut him.
Jacob Tamme. A matchup against NO seems great, but Tamme is splitting too many looks with Joel Dreessen to consider starting.



Jason Hanson. Don’t be alarmed by his one-pointer against Chicago; Hanson is still the best per-game kicker in fantasy and my No. 1.
Shaun Suisham. Scoop Suisham off the wire for a credible Week 8 option, as the Redskins are averaging 2+ FGs and XPs each weekly.


Garrett Hartley. The Saints have been scoring TDs so much, they’re leaving hardly any FGs for Hartley. That won’t change here.
Alex Henery. The Falcons don’t give up a lot of FGs, and I think the Eagles will be scoring TDs in a shootout this week.

Team Defenses


Miami Dolphins. They don’t get enough credit in fantasy football, but the Dolphins have played well and could rattle Mark Sanchez.
Atlanta Falcons. They’re coming off a bye, so be sure they get picked up against a Philly team that’s had turnover problems.


Oakland Raiders. The matchup against Brady Quinn looks great, but the Raiders are too low-scoring to trust against anyone.
Detroit Lions. Seattle on the road seems like a solid play, but the ‘Hawks are likely to stick to the ground game, limiting turnovers.

R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe and contributes to's MLB Rumors blog. He has previously written for FanHouse, Razzball and FanDuel. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
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14 Responses to “Week 8: Peyton Back on Top”

  1. jfella22 says:

    I love your rankings.

    What’s your take on Neutrilizing QB’s? I’m playing Brady and have

    WR: Wayne, Welker, Colston, Decker, Austin.

    Also have Gronk at TE.

    I’m thinking I should start Wayne and Welker, but am afraid that I might be leaving points on my bench with Decker and Colston on my bench in that matchup?

  2. User avatar daullaz says:

    @jfella22: Always go with the players you think will score the most, regardless of the other team’s players. I think it’ll be Wayne and Colston, but Welker and Decker are also great options if you prefer either.

  3. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Why do you like McCoy as the #3 this week? Eagles O has struggled and McCoy has dropped way down in the rankings.

    I am starting AP but was thinking of benching McCoy for Mathews in my standard scorin league.

  4. Philomath says:

    Love the rankings RJ. Followed you on your previous site (where there was a lot of marguerita drinking) and paid attention to your posts here (not realizing you were Duallaz). Long story short, thanks for the work. I have both K.Rudolph and G.Olsen. Who would you play?

  5. User avatar daullaz says:

    @joejlitz: I feel like the Birds are going to get back to basics this week after firing DC Castillo during the bye. I expect McCoy to get a heavy number of touches as the team tries to protect Vick against a ball-hawking secondary.

    @Philomath: Thanks! I’m going with Rudolph of the two, but I like both matchups.

  6. User avatar joejlitz says:

    I hope you are right. Problem is every time we think Reid has learned his lesson, he goes and tries to show how “smart” he is.

  7. ObeYsXeGianT says:

    I got Sproles, Bradshaw, and Jennings PPR. Can only play 2. No flex spot :(. Who would you play. I know you have Bradshaw listed 9, but his lack of practice and all this talk about his foot has me worried. I was thinking of playing Sproles and Jennings.

  8. User avatar daullaz says:

    @ObeYsXeGianT: All three should be good plays. If you like Sproles/Jennings, go with it.

  9. User avatar Matt214racer says:

    I have Matthew Stafford on my Roster and am Very iffy on his match up this Week against SEA. Defense!! So I Wanna Pick up 1 of the FA QB’s in My NON PPR Standard Scoring League, but can’t Decide Witch FA QB I wanna Pick Up To Start Week 8!!! So Witch FA QB Would U Pick up just To Start Week8 Out of These> (T. Romo vs NYG),(C. Palmer vs KC),(B. Weeden vs SD),(S. Bradford vs NE),(R. Wilson vs DET) or (M. HasselBeck vs IND)? Or do u think I should just Start M. Stafford vs SEA And there Stout DEF? If I pick up 1 of those QB’s I can drop’em Next Week if needed bc My other QB J. Flacco Will be back from his Bye week!! I’d appreciate all the Help I can get, Thanks!!!
    My League Is NON PPR and Standard Scoring For This Question!!! Thanks, WHIR 100%!!!

  10. User avatar daullaz says:

    @Matt214racer: Stafford is probably your best best. If you think Stafford will fall flat on his face, I like Palmer out of the other options, with Romo just behind him.

  11. Why Vick so high over Romo? I have both and can’t decide who to play. I like Vick coming off the bye but Romo typically plays well against NYG, seems to be lacking a running game and will likely have to throw all day in a likely shootout. Thoughts?

  12. chawksfan says:

    I was thinking about starting: Matt Ryan, Eric Decker,Hakeem Nicks,Bradshaw,Felix Jones,& Celek…..
    Bench has: Julio Jones,Big Ben,Maclin & witten..
    Any advice on this would help..
    Thanks guys

  13. User avatar daullaz says:

    @BronXBombers51: Vick has been much more liable to venture into QB1 territory on a weekly basis. I have him scoring 20 points or more in four of his six games, including his Week 1 four-INT abomination. Romo’s only 20-pointer came in Week 1, and yes, it came against the Giants, but this is a stronger unit with Prince Amukamara starting. It just seems to me that Vick is a safer option, especially with Jeremy Maclin back to full strength.

  14. User avatar daullaz says:

    @chawksfan: Looking at my rankings, I have Jones and Maclin just ahead of Nicks, so I would play one of them in your situation. If you could play two of those receivers instead of Felix Jones (don’t know if he’s a flex or an RB2), that would be good as well. I also like Witten over Celek pretty easily.


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