Fantasy Football Week 8 Quarterback Power Rankings

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Week 8 Fantasy Quarterback Rankings

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The quarterback position in Fantasy Football during this 2013 season hasn’t been quite as big of a factor as it has been in past years. There are many quarterbacks throughout the NFL that can aid and carry your Fantasy team to a win.

Unless you have Drew Brees or Peyton Manning on your roster, nearly any of the other NFL quarterbacks are starter worthy. The trick each week for teams that roster these other quarterbacks, is deciding on which one will produce your team the best numbers.

Matthew Stafford throws more passes than any other quarterback in the past few seasons, expanding his opportunities to succeed. With Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush as offensive weapons, Stafford makes a fantastic Fantasy start every week.

Quarterbacks that don’t throw the ball quite as much as Stafford can still bring your Fantasy team a decent enough amount points to gain you a win. Andy Dalton has only thrown for over 300 yards in two games this season, yet he is averaging 15.3 points per week in standard Fantasy leagues.

If you’re more a fan of the mobile type of quarterback, gaining Fantasy points on the ground, there still are great quarterback’s to start every week. Robert Griffin III looks to be back in old form and Michael Vick is back this week and is an on field threat every down.

No matter what types of quarterbacks you roster, choosing the right guy to start on your Fantasy team can be a headache but hopefully these Week 8 power rankings will make your last minute decision a little easier.

Tristen Challe is a Fantasy Writer for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter @TristenChalle or on Google

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24. Kellen Clemens

Clemens
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Clemens is the starter for now for the St. Louis Rams and has nearly zero upside against a stellar Seattle Seahawks defense. Clemens’ name shouldn’t even come up when debating your starting quarterback.

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23. Jason Campbell

Campbell
Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Campbell has been announced as the Week 8 starter for the Cleveland Browns and finds himself facing one of the best defenses in the Kansas City Chiefs. Avoid starting Campbell at all costs.

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22. Thad Lewis

Lewis
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After a 21-point performance in his first start for the Buffalo Bills, Lewis followed it up with a measly seven-point performance. His offensive weapons are banged up and the New Orleans Saints defense has allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Lewis is not worthy of a start in any type of league.

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21. Geno Smith

Smith
Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re a believer in continuing patterns for quarterbacks, Smith is destined for an awful game. So far this season, Smith has been boom or bust every other week and after a 20-point performance last week, by the pattern, he’s poised for a sub-10 fantasy point performance.

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20. Christian Ponder

Ponder
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Likely the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8, Ponder finds himself a tough matchup in the Packers. Ponder is a low-end QB2 in Week 8 and based off his performances this year, that ranking may be a little high.

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19. Chad Henne

Henne
Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

In his last two starts, Henne has thrown for over 300 yards but never found the end zone. Against the San Francisco 49ers, that trend is sure to continue.

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18. Carson Palmer

Palmer
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Since Week 1 where Palmer posted 17 Fantasy points, he’s only gained over 10 points for his owners in three other games. Facing the Atlanta Falcons defense, that has looked horrible this season against the pass, Palmer is only worthy of a start in two QB starting leagues.

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17. Ryan Tannehill

Tannehill
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The New England Patriots' defense has vastly improved this year and is a turnover machine. Tannehill’s three-turnover performance in Week 7 does not bode well against the Patriots' defense. Tannehill is better left on your bench in Week 8.

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16. Ben Roethlisberger

Roethlisberger
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Facing an Oakland Raiders' defense that has allowed nearly 260 passing yards per game and 16.7 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, you may think about starting Roethlisberger. While it’s a sure bet he will gain a decent amount of points, Roethlisberger won’t be that explosive quarterback you’re looking for.

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15. Alex Smith

Smith
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As the head of the last undefeated team in the NFL, one would think Smith is a fantastic Fantasy start, but this is not the case. Smith has done enough to get the job done but is only averaging 14.6 points per game. In Week 8, he faces a Browns' defense who has allowed 23 points to opposing quarterbacks in the last two weeks so this may be Smith’s best Fantasy game of the season but he’s still not starter worthy.

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14. Terrelle Pryor

Pryor
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Pryor’s running ability makes him an enticing play every week but he is yet to gain over 20 Fantasy points in a game. Against one of the stingiest defenses against quarterbacks in the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pryor will undoubtedly struggle.

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13. Eli Manning

Manning
Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Last week was Manning’s first week without throwing an interception, but don’t be fooled. As of right now, you can’t start Manning in any week.

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12. Tom Brady

Brady
Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Brady has been a thorn in the side of his Fantasy owners all year. Against one of the top half of the league defenses versus opposing quarterbacks, Brady is better left on the bench.

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11. Andy Dalton

Dalton
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

With back to back 20+ Fantasy point performances, Dalton looks to be a top-tier Fantasy option. Squaring off against the New York Jets, who aren’t the greatest yet not the worst against quarterbacks, Dalton is a 50/50 start. But if he’s my top quarterback on my roster, I’m starting him.

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10. Colin Kaepernick

Kaepernick
Robert Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Owners who drafted Kaepernick with high expectations have been quite disappointed this season. He’s recorded three games scoring less than 10 Fantasy points but against a winless Jacksonville Jaguars team, he’s worth a start.

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9. Russell Wilson

Wilson
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As one of the best young quarterbacks, Wilson has been an up and down Fantasy play this season. He’s recorded a game as high as 22 points and one as low as nine points in standard scoring leagues. On Monday night, Wilson faces off against a Rams team that is ranked as 14th against opposing quarterbacks, Wilson is most likely a fantasy starter.

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8. Matt Ryan

Ryan
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

While his team has been struggling, Ryan seems to still be playing at an efficient level. Even with the loss of some of his weapons, you can still trust Ryan. The Arizona Cardinals have allowed multiple touchdowns to all but two opposing quarterbacks this season and Ryan should have no problem finding the end zone.

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7. Michael Vick

Vick
Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Vick is back on the field for Week 8 and his owners have been waiting for an opportunity to use his again. Facing one of the worst defenses in football this year, feel safe starting Vick and don’t be surprised if his stat-line explodes.

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6. Robert Griffin III

Griffin
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

After a slow start to the season, RGIII looks to be back on the right track. His arm and legs could bring his owners big points against a Denver Broncos defense.

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5. Tony Romo

Romo
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Romo is having himself a top-5 Fantasy quarterback type of year and is averaging 18.1 points per game. Against a Detroit Lion’s defense that let Andy Dalton throw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns, Romo is a no-brainer play.

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4. Matthew Stafford

Stafford
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Each and every week there are multiple opportunities for this quarterback to succeed. He has played well so far this season and could very easily record his best Fantasy numbers of the year against the Dallas Cowboys.

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3. Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

While Rodgers hasn’t put up the Fantasy numbers his owners were hoping for, he’s still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Against the Vikings' defense, Rodgers is a stellar play.

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2. Drew Brees

Brees
Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

If you have Brees on your roster, you’re starting him every week regardless of matchups. This is one player you never need to second guess yourself in starting.

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1. Peyton Manning

Manning
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

No explanation needed for this outstanding quarterback. In the latter portion of his playing years, Manning is now playing arguably his best football of his career.

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Week 8 Fantasy Quarterback Rankings

Fantasy
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The quarterback position in Fantasy Football during this 2013 season hasn’t been quite as big of a factor as it has been in past years. There are many quarterbacks throughout the NFL that can aid and carry your Fantasy team to a win.

Unless you have Drew Brees or Peyton Manning on your roster, nearly any of the other NFL quarterbacks are starter worthy. The trick each week for teams that roster these other quarterbacks, is deciding on which one will produce your team the best numbers.

Matthew Stafford throws more passes than any other quarterback in the past few seasons, expanding his opportunities to succeed. With Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush as offensive weapons, Stafford makes a fantastic Fantasy start every week.

Quarterbacks that don’t throw the ball quite as much as Stafford can still bring your Fantasy team a decent enough amount points to gain you a win. Andy Dalton has only thrown for over 300 yards in two games this season, yet he is averaging 15.3 points per week in standard Fantasy leagues.

If you’re more a fan of the mobile type of quarterback, gaining Fantasy points on the ground, there still are great quarterback’s to start every week. Robert Griffin III looks to be back in old form and Michael Vick is back this week and is an on field threat every down.

No matter what types of quarterbacks you roster, choosing the right guy to start on your Fantasy team can be a headache but hopefully these Week 8 power rankings will make your last minute decision a little easier.

Tristen Challe is a Fantasy Writer for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter @TristenChalle or on Google

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24. Kellen Clemens

Clemens
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Clemens is the starter for now for the St. Louis Rams and has nearly zero upside against a stellar Seattle Seahawks defense. Clemens’ name shouldn’t even come up when debating your starting quarterback.

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23. Jason Campbell

Campbell
Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Campbell has been announced as the Week 8 starter for the Cleveland Browns and finds himself facing one of the best defenses in the Kansas City Chiefs. Avoid starting Campbell at all costs.

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22. Thad Lewis

Lewis
Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

After a 21-point performance in his first start for the Buffalo Bills, Lewis followed it up with a measly seven-point performance. His offensive weapons are banged up and the New Orleans Saints defense has allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Lewis is not worthy of a start in any type of league.

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21. Geno Smith

Smith
Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re a believer in continuing patterns for quarterbacks, Smith is destined for an awful game. So far this season, Smith has been boom or bust every other week and after a 20-point performance last week, by the pattern, he’s poised for a sub-10 fantasy point performance.

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20. Christian Ponder

Ponder
Jim OConnor-USA TODAY Sports

Likely the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8, Ponder finds himself a tough matchup in the Packers. Ponder is a low-end QB2 in Week 8 and based off his performances this year, that ranking may be a little high.

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19. Chad Henne

Henne
Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

In his last two starts, Henne has thrown for over 300 yards but never found the end zone. Against the San Francisco 49ers, that trend is sure to continue.

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18. Carson Palmer

Palmer
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Since Week 1 where Palmer posted 17 Fantasy points, he’s only gained over 10 points for his owners in three other games. Facing the Atlanta Falcons defense, that has looked horrible this season against the pass, Palmer is only worthy of a start in two QB starting leagues.

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17. Ryan Tannehill

Tannehill
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots' defense has vastly improved this year and is a turnover machine. Tannehill’s three-turnover performance in Week 7 does not bode well against the Patriots' defense. Tannehill is better left on your bench in Week 8.

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16. Ben Roethlisberger

Roethlisberger
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Facing an Oakland Raiders' defense that has allowed nearly 260 passing yards per game and 16.7 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, you may think about starting Roethlisberger. While it’s a sure bet he will gain a decent amount of points, Roethlisberger won’t be that explosive quarterback you’re looking for.

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15. Alex Smith

Smith
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

As the head of the last undefeated team in the NFL, one would think Smith is a fantastic Fantasy start, but this is not the case. Smith has done enough to get the job done but is only averaging 14.6 points per game. In Week 8, he faces a Browns' defense who has allowed 23 points to opposing quarterbacks in the last two weeks so this may be Smith’s best Fantasy game of the season but he’s still not starter worthy.

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14. Terrelle Pryor

Pryor
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Pryor’s running ability makes him an enticing play every week but he is yet to gain over 20 Fantasy points in a game. Against one of the stingiest defenses against quarterbacks in the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pryor will undoubtedly struggle.

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13. Eli Manning

Manning
Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Last week was Manning’s first week without throwing an interception, but don’t be fooled. As of right now, you can’t start Manning in any week.

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12. Tom Brady

Brady
Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Brady has been a thorn in the side of his Fantasy owners all year. Against one of the top half of the league defenses versus opposing quarterbacks, Brady is better left on the bench.

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11. Andy Dalton

Dalton
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

With back to back 20+ Fantasy point performances, Dalton looks to be a top-tier Fantasy option. Squaring off against the New York Jets, who aren’t the greatest yet not the worst against quarterbacks, Dalton is a 50/50 start. But if he’s my top quarterback on my roster, I’m starting him.

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10. Colin Kaepernick

Kaepernick
Robert Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Owners who drafted Kaepernick with high expectations have been quite disappointed this season. He’s recorded three games scoring less than 10 Fantasy points but against a winless Jacksonville Jaguars team, he’s worth a start.

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9. Russell Wilson

Wilson
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

As one of the best young quarterbacks, Wilson has been an up and down Fantasy play this season. He’s recorded a game as high as 22 points and one as low as nine points in standard scoring leagues. On Monday night, Wilson faces off against a Rams team that is ranked as 14th against opposing quarterbacks, Wilson is most likely a fantasy starter.

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8. Matt Ryan

Ryan
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

While his team has been struggling, Ryan seems to still be playing at an efficient level. Even with the loss of some of his weapons, you can still trust Ryan. The Arizona Cardinals have allowed multiple touchdowns to all but two opposing quarterbacks this season and Ryan should have no problem finding the end zone.

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7. Michael Vick

Vick
Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Vick is back on the field for Week 8 and his owners have been waiting for an opportunity to use his again. Facing one of the worst defenses in football this year, feel safe starting Vick and don’t be surprised if his stat-line explodes.

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6. Robert Griffin III

Griffin
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

After a slow start to the season, RGIII looks to be back on the right track. His arm and legs could bring his owners big points against a Denver Broncos defense.

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5. Tony Romo

Romo
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Romo is having himself a top-5 Fantasy quarterback type of year and is averaging 18.1 points per game. Against a Detroit Lion’s defense that let Andy Dalton throw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns, Romo is a no-brainer play.

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4. Matthew Stafford

Stafford
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Each and every week there are multiple opportunities for this quarterback to succeed. He has played well so far this season and could very easily record his best Fantasy numbers of the year against the Dallas Cowboys.

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3. Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

While Rodgers hasn’t put up the Fantasy numbers his owners were hoping for, he’s still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Against the Vikings' defense, Rodgers is a stellar play.

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2. Drew Brees

Brees
Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

If you have Brees on your roster, you’re starting him every week regardless of matchups. This is one player you never need to second guess yourself in starting.

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1. Peyton Manning

Manning
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

No explanation needed for this outstanding quarterback. In the latter portion of his playing years, Manning is now playing arguably his best football of his career.


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