As we near the halfway point of the NFL season, plenty of quarterbacks have established themselves for the year, while others have still left most us spectators and fantasy football players a bit confused as to what they’re still capable of due to their past performances.
Being a field general requires at most time the most pressure and burdens out of any position on the team, which can honestly demolish most fantasy football owners’ rosters with an unsuccessful outing from their starting quarterback. As such, having the right quarterback, against the right defense can be beneficial in a fantasy football owner walking away with a victory at the end of the week.
With that, we look at our start ’em sit ’em lineups for quarterbacks in Week 8.
QBs to Start in Week 8
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 8 should be easy money for Brady. The 43-year-old has turned up his performances in recent weeks, moving him into MVP conversations. His most recent outing is prime evidence to that. Against the Las Vegas Raiders, he completed 73.3 percent of his passes for 369 yards which resulted in four touchdowns. He also rushed for one touchdown.
Now, he transitions to a wobbly New York Giants squad, priming Brady for another 300-plus yard performance while throwing at least three touchdowns, if not more. The Giants haven’t been able to muster up more than one win for the season. Their defense is just one of many aspects that need to be detonated and rebuilt.
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
The Browns may have won the Mayfield-Burrow quarterback battle, but Joe Burrow may very well end up winning the war. The rookie quarterback has been sensational in his recent outings, quickly changing the conversation on how he can impact the Bengals franchise in the future. He went off for 35 passes against the Browns resulting in 406 yards and three touchdowns. He was also able to rush for one touchdown.
The Titans haven’t had the best success containing quarterbacks in prior weeks, leaving the door wide open for Burrow to have another successful outing in Week 8. Through seven games, he’s thrown for over 300 yards in five of those games, clearing over 60 percent of his passes in each game.
Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
It’s hard at this point to not love Herbert. While he entered the season scheduled to be a backup to Tyrod Taylor, he undoubtedly answered the call as a starter. Even though the Chargers are struggling to generate wins this season, Herbert has been the cause of most of their success this season.
The rookie’s recent performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars paid huge dividends to fantasy football owners, and he’s expected to do it again in Week 8. Herbert finished the contest against the Jaguars completing 62.8 percent of his passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns. He also performed well in the rushing game, totaling 66 yards off nine carries, which resulted in one touchdown.
The Broncos have allowed opposing quarterbacks to have a field day on their defense all season, so expecting a different result in Week 8 would be insanity.
QBs to Sit in Week 8
Cam Newton, New England Patriots
We knew this would happen, and honestly it would’ve taken a lot of convincing in terms of the choice of opponent being a factor in why Cam Newton should be sat in Week 8. Newton hasn’t been able to shake off the “rust” that’s come from his return of dealing with COVID-19 in his last two games.
His Week 7 performance against the San Francisco 49ers was definitely an eye-sore and hard to watch. He completed only nine passes off 15 attempts, while throwing three interceptions. While head coach Bill Belichick still believes in the his first-year quarterback, fantasy football owners should be wary with him in Week 8.
Though the Bills defense doesn’t pose as a legitimate threat, it’s hard to see Newton turning things around so soon. Expect a subpar performance at best.
Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins
Whichever excuse you want to use for this, you can. While he was phenomenal during his time with Alabama, Tagovailoa still hasn’t seen much playing time in the NFL. His first taste of action was against a poor New York Jets team in which he completed both of his passes for nine yards. None of that will matter against the Rams.
This Rams defense isn’t something that a rookie should happily walk into. They rank third in sacks for the season while coming in fourth for passing touchdowns allowed.
Tagovailoa will clearly be an elite quarterback in the future, but that future doesn’t have Week 8 in it.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
While Stafford’s play has been exceptional for the Lions this season, it hasn’t garnished many fantasy points from it. He’s averaged at least three touchdowns in only one game this season, which doesn’t leave much of a desire for fantasy football owners to rush and insert him into their starting lineups.
To top it off, the Colts have been formidable against recent quarterbacks lately. Burrow wasn’t able to generate much offense against the Colts’ defense in Week 6, which resulted in him throwing no touchdowns and one interception. The Colts are also coming off a bye week, giving them fresh legs against Stafford.