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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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