October 23, 2008
Week 8 is a bit of a weird one all around in the fantasy world.
Given the drab mudfest at London’s Wembley Stadium last year between the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants, we feel like we’re going out on a bit of limb this week by ranking Philip Rivers and Drew Brees #1 and #2 amongst fantasy QB plays. If the notoriously dreary, rainy, fall weather across the pond sets in again, both could very well see their high-octane passing attacks give way to the thrilling action of handoffs to Deuce McAllister and LaDainian Tomlinson over and over … and over.
But aside from Favre’s “slam-dunk” matchup at home against the dismal KC Chiefs– we saw what Favre did (or didn’t do) against the Raiders last week and he’ll be without Coles and maybe Cotchery this week–there really aren’t too many matchups to get psyched about at quarterback. It’s a bit murky at wide receiver, too, given the suckiness of Brad Johnson and other fill-in QBs having a negative impact on the likes of T.J., T.O. and Dwayne Bowe. At least one thing’s for certain though: our man Andre Johnson is rolling.
He’s torched the Colts, Dolphins, and lowly Lions these last three weeks for a combined 30 receptions, 450 yards, and 2 TDs… and despite their artificially inflated ranking against the pass (6th overall), I don’t expect the Bungles to offer much resistance either.
Onto the Week 8 ranks…
Fantasy Week 8 – Top 20 Quarterbacks
1. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers @ NO
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints vs. SD
3. Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia Eagles vs. ATL
4. Brett Favre, New York Jets vs. KC
5. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans vs. CIN
6. Kurt Warner, Arizona Cardinals @ CAR
7. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts @ TEN
8. Jason Campbell, Washington Redskins @ DET
9. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. NYG
10. Eli Manning, New York Giants @ PIT
11. Matt Cassel, New England Patriots vs. STL
12. Jake Delhomme, Carolina Panthers vs. ARZ
13. Jeff Garcia, Tampa Bay Bucs @ DAL
14. Marc Bulger, St. Louis Rams @ NE
15. Derek Anderson, Cleveland Browns @ JAX
16. David Garrard, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. CLE
17. Trent Edwards, Buffalo Bills @ MIA
18. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons @ PHI
19. J.T. O’Sullivan, San Francisco 49ers vs. SEA
20. Dan Orlovsky, Detroit Lions vs. WSH
The rest of the Week 8 fantasy football ranks after the break…