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2021 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Quarterbacks

2021 fantasy football, quarterbacks

We are right in the middle of the fantasy football season. Bye weeks are in full session and there are some quarterbacks you need to pay attention to this weekend. Let’s continue our fantasy football start ’em sit ’em series and take a look at the QB position.

So far in 2021, we aren’t seeing much of a drastic change in quarterback play this year. There are a few that are playing better than last year like Kyler Murray, Joe Burrow, and Daniel Jones. Everything else is just where we thought it would be. Fantasy football has about 13-15 solid QBs that could start every week. With bye weeks in full effect and matchups causing for concern, this is a perfect time to think about switching out your QB if you aren’t confident in your current option.

This year’s rookie class isn’t playing well at all. Mac Jones is playing the best out of everyone and he seems like the only one rising to the occasion. Trevor Lawrence isn’t a bad fantasy option, but he hasn’t played to his expectations this year. Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, and Trey Lance should not be on your fantasy rosters. With that being said, let’s take a look at Week 8’s start ’em and sit ’em.

Fantasy Football Week 8 Start ‘Em

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins is probably the most slept-on quarterback this year for fantasy football. He scored over 22 points in his first three games while having his best outing in Week 6 against the Carolina Panthers. Cousins is currently 13th in overall fantasy points but just had a bye last week. He would probably be in the top 10 if he had played a game last week.

Cousins is on this list because he is deserving of a start for your fantasy team this week. He faces the Dallas Cowboys who are 24th against opposing QBs. Now, some of you are probably thinking to yourself that Trevon Diggs plays for the Cowboys. His seven interceptions through Week 7 is just incredible. The odds of him picking off Cousins are actually pretty high, but I don’t think that will affect Cousins’ fantasy production much. The Cowboys’ defense is playing well, but they do give up a good amount of points each game. I expect Cousins to pick up where he left off two weeks ago and produce over 20 fantasy points.

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals

Burrow is starting to play like the No. 1 overall pick in last years’ NFL Draft. The Bengals are rolling through Week 7 and are tied for the AFC lead in wins with five. This team is playing like a contender and look like they can beat anyone they go up against. Burrow is fresh off what could be the best game of his career. Against a great Ravens’ defense, he torched them for 416 yards and three touchdowns. His connection with Jamar Chase is unstoppable so far this season.

Burrow and the Bengals will face the New York Jets this weekend. This may come as a surprise, but the Jets are ranked 10th against opposing QBs this year. Despite their 1-5 record, the Jets have shut down opposing QBs for the most part. Burrow should change that this week. The Jets are coming off a horrible game giving up 54 points to the New England Patriots.

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

I can’t believe I’m actually saying this but if you own Rodgers in your league … then start him. Rodgers and the Packers are going against the 7-0 Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night. The Cardinals are ranked third against QBs this year, but they haven’t gone up against the reigning league MVP. Rodgers has played very well since his horrendous Week 1 outing. The Cardinals are very good, but I still expect Rodgers to play well.

Now, the Packers are going to be without Devonte Adams and Allen Lazard because they both are on the COVID-19 list. Losing both of them, especially Adams, is devastating. The good news is Robert Tonyan and Aaron Jones are playing, so look for them to have huge games this week. You might be thinking that the Packers will run the ball a lot more, but I actually think Rodgers will get Jones involved in the pass-game a lot more.

Fantasy Quarterbacks Week 8 Sit ‘Em

Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers

Darnold is fresh off of his worst outing of the season. He threw for only 111 yards and threw one interception. Darnold scored only 2.4 fantasy points per ESPN and has a combined 23 points over his last three games. Darnold is not a worthy fantasy option at this point in the season.

He is going up against the Atlanta Falcons who are ranked 30th against opposing QBs. I still don’t think he is going to play well enough for you to consider starting him.

Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan is still trending downward this year. He played well against the Washington Football Team and Jets, but that is about it. He faces the Panthers this week who and ranked 20th. The Panthers are coming off a bad all-around performance, and I expect them to bounce back defensively. If Ryan is your starter this week, I suggest rethinking your options.

Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints

Winston is a very streaky quarterback this year. It’s tough to tell if he is going to play well in any given week. He faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week who are ranked 18th against opposing QBs. If you have the option to start someone else, I would.