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

The NFL season is rapidly passing by and there are now seven weeks completed. In Week 7, quite a few quarterbacks had notable performances in fantasy football.

Among them, none of them were nearly as impressive as Aaron Rodgers against the Oakland Raiders. The Green Bay Packers longtime quarterback carved the Raiders defense for 429 yards and five touchdowns through the air.

On top of that, Rodgers also decided to score a touchdown with his legs. While he posted the first game in his career with a perfect passer rating, he scored 43.8 fantasy points to aid his owners in securing a victory in Week 7.

Now, let’s take a look at the quarterbacks who could be in for productive performances in Week 8. Before we do that, the picks in this article are based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues.

With that being said, here are the quarterbacks you should start and sit in fantasy football in Week 8.

QBs to Start in Week 8

Jared Goff

Rams’ Jared Goff (vs. Bengals): As predicted, Jared Goff was able to get back on track in Week 7 versus the Atlanta Falcons. The Los Angeles Rams quarterback threw for 268 yards, two touchdowns, and also ran in a touchdown as he posted a season-high 25 fantasy points.

For the second consecutive week, Goff has a favorable matchup in Week 8 as he takes on the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals defense has given up 21.6 points to quarterbacks per game (fifth-most in the NFL).

Saints’ Teddy Bridgewater (vs. Cardinals): The New Orleans Saints may be getting Drew Brees back in Week 8. In the event that Brees doesn’t play, Teddy Bridgewater becomes an intriguing option this Sunday.

Bridgewater is coming off of a game where he scored 19.9 fantasy points against an elite Chicago Bears defense. This week, the Saints will draw an Arizona Cardinals defense that has surrendered 17 passing touchdowns (tied for most in the NFL).

Vikings’ Kirk Cousins (vs. Redskins): Since Kirk Cousins apologized to his wide receivers for his poor play, he’s been lights out from under center. The Minnesota Vikings signal-caller has had three straight games of scoring over 20 fantasy points.

It wouldn’t come as a surprise if he extends that to four as he faces the Washington Redskins in Week 8. Cousins’ former team will have a short week to prepare for Minnesota’s revamped offense and they’ve allowed 14 passing touchdowns (tied for fourth-most in the NFL).

Other QBs to Start: Steelers’ Mason Rudolph (vs. Dolphins), Bills’ Josh Allen (vs. Eagles), Lions’ Matthew Stafford (vs. Giants)

QBs to Sit in Week 8

Baker Mayfield, Browns


Browns’ Baker Mayfield (vs. Patriots): Baker Mayfield appearing on the sit list should come as no surprise considering the circumstances. The second-year quarterback has mightily struggled this season and has yet to score 20 fantasy points in a game.

To make matters worse, Mayfield will come out of the bye week to face the insanely talented New England Patriots defense. The Patriots have forced 21 takeaways and have only surrendered one passing touchdown (both are best in the NFL).

Eagles’ Carson Wentz (vs. Bills): The Philadelphia Eagles are a complete mess right now and Carson Wentz is faltering because of it. The Eagles’ franchise quarterback scored just 6.8 points in Week 7 on the road against the Dallas Cowboys.

Now, in Week 8, he’ll hit the road again to square off with an underrated Buffalo Bills defense. The Bills have given up just 12 fantasy points per game to QBs (fourth-best in the NFL).

Chargers’ Philip Rivers (vs. Bears): Similarly to the Eagles, the Los Angeles Chargers are out of sorts on both sides of the ball. Every week, Philip Rivers seems to be thrust into a position that sees him trying to dig the Chargers offense out of a hole.

Usually, having a quarterback who is playing catch up is nice to have but he doesn’t have a favorable matchup in Week 8. On Sunday, Rivers will face a Chicago Bears defense who is motivated to get back on track at home and that has allowed just six passing touchdowns (tied for fourth-best in the NFL).