Fantasy Football Today - fantasy football rankings, cheatsheets, and information
A Fantasy Football Community!

Create An Account  |  Advertise  |  Contact      

Staff Writer
Email Bill

Bill's Articles

The Shot Caller's Report - QBs
Your Weekly Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 8
Positions: QBs | RBs | WRs

Everyone knows to start Peyton Manning every week, regardless of the match-up. But not all decisions are as easy at that one. So to help you decide who you should start and who you should bench I have identified the players at the QB, RB and WR positions that should excel this week and should be started, as well as the players who will struggle this week and should be benched. Oh, by the way – Happy Halloween!

Let's start with the QB position. You shouldn't have to be told, but just in case... always, always start the following players: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Schaub and Philip Rivers. Now onto the question marks…


Bye Weeks: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, N.Y. Giants, and Philadelphia so that means Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco (or Falco as Dan Marino likes to call him), Jay Cutler, Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace, Eli Manning, and Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick are all benched.

Start 'Em:
Quarterbacks Providing Treats in Week 8

Matthew Stafford

Stafford: Back in the saddle.

Matthew Stafford vs. WAS
It looks like Stafford is finally coming back to quarterback those scrappy Detroit Lions after more than a month of injury rehab. Shaun Hill filled in admirably until breaking his arm, and luckily for Detroit they only had to deal with Drew Stanton for one week. The only stats we have for Stafford this year are from week 1 when he went 11-15 for 83 yards. His return comes against the Redskins, which includes DeAngelo Hall and his NFL leading 5 INTs (4 last week against Jay Cutler). Washington is 31st in pass and total defense, giving up 292 yards and 1.5 TDs per game. They’re the only team in the league to give up 2,000+ passing yards this year. They give up the 2nd most big plays and teams throw against them a league high 43 times per game. Seems to me this is a good game for Stafford to make his return.

Jon Kitna vs. JAX
As if the Cowboys season wasn’t already doomed, now they lose Tony Romo for the bulk of the year and turn to Jon Kitna. Kitna hasn’t played since 2008 when he was with Detroit, but the good news is that his first start since 2008 is against the 27th ranked pass defense. The Jaguars allow opposing QBs to complete 67% of their passes and earn a 113 QB rating. They give up 253 yards per game, 9 yards per pass completion and allow more big plays than anyone in the league – by a wide margin. This could be the start of a Cowboys winning streak thanks to some big numbers from Kitna.

Matt Cassel vs. BUF
Cassel only averages 174 yards per game passing but has a nice TD-to-INT ratio of 3 to 1 (9 TDs against 3 INTs). He’s been sacked a league-low 5 times and has a great running game to balance the offense and keep his QB rating in the 90s. This week he faces the 9th ranked Buffalo pass defense who is only giving up 204 yards per game, but it’s the other numbers that makes Cassel a good start this week. Buffalo has the worst QB rating allowed at 114.1, thanks to having just 1 INT all year and giving up 14 TDs. They only have 8 sacks, allow QBs to complete 65.3% of their passes, and give up a league worst 33 points per game. All this adds up to no pressure, no turnovers, and lots of TDs, so take advantage of the matchup.

Tarvaris Jackson @ NE
Assuming the great Brett Favre streak ends this week, Tarvaris Jackson will finally get a chance to play and his opponent is a nice matchup for him and teammate Randy Moss. New England’s 30th ranked pass defense allows 282 yards and 2 TDs per game. They only have 12 sacks, allow a 94.1 QB rating, and a league worst 70% completion percentage. The Patriots will likely be doing most of their game planning for Favre so that should help Jackson too. Last year Jackson only got mop-up work but in 2008 he started 5 games (played in 9 total) and amassed 1,100 yards, 9 TDs, 2 INTs and a 95.4 QB rating. Of course he had a bad case of the fumbles so that’s a concern. Still, I think Jackson has a surprising impact this week.

Bench 'Em:
Quarterbacks Playing Tricks on You in Week 8

Vince Young @ SD
The Chargers’ #1 ranked pass defense gives up just 159 yards and less than a TD per game. They’re tied for the lead league in sacks with 25 and allow the 2nd lowest QB rating in the league. San Diego as a team is not very good (bye bye Norv Turner) but their pass defense is solid and Vince Young is still nursing a sprained knee and ankle which obviously limits his mobility and takes away a huge part of his game. Even if the Titans decide to go with Young this weekend over Kerry Collins, you shouldn’t make the same mistake.

Ben Roethlisberger @ NO
In two games so far this year, Big Ben has thrown for 559 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, and has a QB rating of 122.4, and has the highest yards per completion in the league at 10.4 – he averages a first down on every completion. But his first game back was at home against Cleveland and last week he had some issues, getting sacked 3 times and fumbling the ball 3 times (lost 1). That is a concern going into New Orleans where the Saints, who might be disappointing as a team so far, are solid in pass defense at #3 in the league. New Orleans allows just 179 yards and 1 TD per game. I think it’s time for Roethlisberger to struggle so stash him on the bench this week.

David Garrard @ DAL
Garrard should be back from his concussion this week sending Todd Bouman back to the sidelines. But that doesn’t mean you should start him this week; not against the 7th best pass defense in the league – and that ranking is after getting torched by the Giants. Dallas gives up 200 yards and nearly 2 TDs per game. Dallas’ season may be over between their record and losing Romo but their defense is still solid and I expect them to take out their frustrations on Jacksonville so avoid Garrard.

Sam Bradford vs. CAR
Aside from his 2 TDs, the rookie struggled to get yards and hold onto the ball last week against a good Tampa pass defense. Bradford’s having a good year for a rookie (he’s 14th in the league in passing yards and 13th in TDs) but Carolina only allows 183 yards and 1 TD per game, making them the #4 pass defense in the league. They are one of only five teams to have more INTs than TDs allowed, are 4th best in allowing big plays, have the 6th lowest completion percentage (55.5%), and lead the league in QB rating with a 65.7. Carolina should prove a little too much for the rookie this week, even with fellow rookie Danario Alexander in the lineup.

Running Backs