Week 8 QB Rankings, Projections and Analysis
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Saints QB Drew Brees
By Greg Buchphoto of journalist Greg Buch
Greg develops and updates FFSwami's website. He's played in various fantasy football leagues the last 15 years and is a life-long Cincinnati Bengals fan.
This is how we rank the QBs for Week 8 of the fantasy season. Our rankings aren't just based on name value or past performance - each week we take a comprehensive look at the match-ups and each QBs past performance and factor that into our projections. The ratings are based on a standard league where 25 passing yards equal 1 point, passing and rushing TDs equal 6 pts. and INTs or fumbles deduct 2 points.

This week the premier quarterbacks in the league all have difficult match-ups so it's a week where we may find a lot of suprises at the top of the fantasy leaderboard. While I'm not going to rank Kyle Orton or Teddy Bridgewater at the top of my list, I'm sure there will be some QBs on your league's waiver wire who'll put up fine performances this week and that just helps nobody!

QB Rankings
  1. Drew Brees
  2. Peyton Manning
  3. Tom Brady
  4. Carson Palmer
  5. Aaron Rodgers
  6. Matt Stafford
  7. Philip Rivers
  8. Tony Romo
  9. Joe Flacco
  10. Cam Newton
  11. Russell Wilson
  12. Nick Foles
  13. Ryan Tannehill
  14. Andy Dalton
  15. Matt Ryan
  16. Jay Cutler
  17. Andrew Luck
  18. Brian Hoyer
  19. Ben Roethlisberger
  20. Alex Smith
  21. Derek Carr
  22. Kyle Orton
  23. Colt McCoy
  24. Teddy Bridgewater
  25. Austin Davis
  26. Ryan Fitzpatrick
  27. Zach Mettenberger
  28. Blake Bortles
  29. Mike Glennon
  30. Geno Smith
Cowboys QB Tony Romo
By Greg Buchphoto of journalist Greg Buch
Greg develops and updates FFSwami's website. He's played in various fantasy football leagues the last 15 years and is a life-long Cincinnati Bengals fan.
Paying attention to the match-ups each week can help you identify less heralded players with the upside to surprise and help you avoid some potential land mines. This is our list of players we expect to surpass expectations, along with a few stud QBs who may fail to deliver:

Start
Tony Romo
Cowboys QB Tony Romo
Because of the effectiveness of the Cowboys ground game with a healthy DeMarco Murray on the field, Romo hasn't been relied upon as much in years' past. However, this match-up looks very compelling, as I don't think the Cowboys will have much effectiveness running the ball against a Redskins defense that's allowed just 3.8 yards a carry and ranks 12th in the league against the run. So I expect Dallas to have to move the ball a lot through the air and that should benefit Romo. Still I'm tempering my expectations a tad because of his history against them. Washington's had his goat over the years and Romo's only had a handful of games where he's eclipsed 250 yards. This may be one of those contests.

Carson Palmer
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer
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Palmer's flying under the radar because, well, he's Carson Palmer and that normally means plenty of point-killing interceptions and he's missed several games with lingering shoulder issues. Nonetheless, you can't ignore that he's thrown for 250 or more yards with 2 TDs in his 3 performances this year. He's also cut down on the mistakes, with only 1 pick. This week he's got a compelling home match-up against an Eagles secondary that's allowed almost 20 fantasy points a game to quarterbacks. I would start him over many of the bigger names with less favorable match-ups. It doesn't hurt his chances either that the Eagles will be making a cross-country road trip.


Sit
Jay Cutler
Bears QB Jay Cutler
Cutler travels to the East Coast to take on a surging Patriots team that's been very hard on opposing quarterbacks. The Patriots have allowed just 14.5 fantasy points a game to QBs this year and with their offense finally clicking, I see the Bears falling into an early hole. Look for the Patriots fierce pass rush to put a lot of pressure on Cutler, causing multiple turnovers, even without Chandler Jones suiting up. He'll probably end up with over 250 yards but you won't like the final stat line when all is said and done. I would start a few of the less-heralded QBs with better match-ups before relying on Cutler this week.

Andrew Luck
Colts QB Andrew Luck
Luck is the top-scoring fantasy quarterback by a wide margin this year and has been virtually match-up proof, so it may come as a shock but I think he lays an egg this week. The Steelers, who have been stingy against the pass, ranking 13th in the league and allowing just 14.5 points to quarterbacks, are always a tough draw at home. This game should be a battle and I think the Colts will have some success running the ball, which may produce one of those games where Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson, if he suits up, end up being the fantasy beneficiaries rather than Luck. You're probably not going to bench Luck but just keep your expectations in check.


Alex Smith
Chiefs QB Alex Smith
Alex Smith has been the epitome of Alex Smith this year - a caretaker quarterback who can be relied upon to just hand the ball off to Jamaal Charles and not make costly mistakes. Despite the fact he ranks just 19th in fantasy scoring, I like his prospects this week going up against a Rams team that's probably due for a letdown after a huge last-minute victory over the Seahawks. The Rams have allowed the 2nd-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, so if your QB1 has a difficult match-up and you've got a wild hair up your keister, he's worth considering.

Joe Flacco
Ravens QB Joe Flacco
I hate to say it, since they're my hometown team, but this Bengals defense has fallen apart. They've been decimated by injuries, are now down to several third-string LBs, and their aging secondary has been exposed by the Patriots, Panthers, and Colts the last 3 weeks. When Mike Zimmer was DC he was able to get the most out of the talent available but I'm not convinced these guys are even playing for new DC Paul Guenther. I don't see anything changing this week, even though they're at home. The Bengals' offense should keep this game competitive but the Ravens should be out for vengeance and I see their offense firing on all cylinders. Cincinnati ranks just 27th in the league against the pass and have allowed 18.3 points a game to opposing quarterbacks. This is a great match-up for Flacco and the only real danger is that Baltimore runs all over a Bengals pathetic run defense that's been allowing almost 5 yards a carry and his services aren't even needed.


Redskins QB Robert Griffin III
By Greg Buchphoto of journalist Greg Buch
Greg develops and updates FFSwami's website. He's played in various fantasy football leagues the last 15 years and is a life-long Cincinnati Bengals fan.
Don't get too discouraged if your draft didn't work out as you planned. Fantasy success isn't the exclusive result of a solid draft - often it's the in-season waiver wire moves that determines who makes it to the post-season. We've got some hot tips for you that should help you improve your roster and catch up to those lucky sons-of-guns who always seem to draft the right players:

Must Adds

Robert Griffin III
Colt McCoy led the Redskins to an improbable victory on the road against the Cowboys but there's no doubt who the Redskins will crown as their chief next week. There's no guarantee RGIII will perform like he did his rookie year but if you're in need of quarterback help, he's worth taking a flyer on. He's available in almost half of all NFL.com leagues.

Carson Palmer
If you didn't listen to me last week when I insisted this ain't your Daddy's Carson Palmer, you really should listen now. Palmer's been on fire like a wildfire in the Arizona desert and has thrown for 2 or more TDs in every appearance this year without his usual bone-headed interceptions. He has a tough match-up this week on the road in Dallas but could come in handy down your playoff stretch.

Don't Believe the Hype

Zach Mettenberger
You might be tempted to take a flyer on the rookie just looking at his final stat line against the Texans. Mett threw for 299 yards with 2 TDs and just 1 INT but struggled with accuracy and did most of his damage late in the game with the Texans protecting a lead in a prevent defense. I know the name kind of sounds like "Roethlisberger" and with his size, he kind of looks like Roethlisberger, but somehow I don't think you'll find the same fantasy success with him. He's also on bye this week, if you were really thinking of adding him.

Trade Target

Cam Newton
Short-sighted owners are probably disgusted with Newton after a back-to-back poor outings against Green Bay and Seattle, where he threw for just 171 yards with no touchdowns and a pick. Better days should be in store for him with match-ups on the horizon against the Saints' 31st-ranked pass defense, followed by the Eagles and Falcons before the Panthers' go on bye in Week 12. Float that dejected owner a trade proposal now while his value's at a low.