Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes killed it last week. They totaled four touchdowns apiece, combined for 781 passing yards, and each finished with 33.9 fantasy points on the day. Both should continue to roll this week and rank as the top two options in my Week 8 quarterback rankings. Keep in mind that we don’t need to manage players on byes this week, but a few injuries at the position may put a wrinkle in your Week 8 lineups.
Injuries to monitor for Week 8
- Justin Fields is doubtful this week with a dislocated thumb on his throwing hand. Tyson Bagent will get the start against the Chargers on Sunday night. UPDATE: Fields was ruled OUT for Week 8.
- Brock Purdy entered the league’s concussion protocol on Wednesday, making him unlikely to suit up in Week 8. Sam Darnold would get the start in Purdy’s absence. UPDATE: Purdy cleared concussion protocol and will play on Sunday.
- Deshaun Watson re-aggravated his shoulder on Sunday and is questionable for Week 8. If he can’t play, P.J. Watson will suit up against the Seahawks. UPDATE: Watson was ruled OUT for Week 8.
- Daniel Jones missed two weeks with a neck injury and has yet to be cleared for contact. Another week with Tyrod Taylor under center is looking likely for the G-Men this week. UPDATE: Jones was ruled OUT for Week 8.
- Jimmy Garoppolo missed Week 7 with a back injury but is expected to suit up in Week 8 against the Lions on Monday night.
- Ryan Tannehill is dealing with a high-ankle sprain he suffered in Week 6 and is unlikely to play this week. Rookie Will Levis is expected to get the start, but HC Mike Vrabel indicated that Malik Willis could also see some playing time. Both are shaky fantasy options in 2QB-leagues. UPDATE: Tannehilll was ruled OUT for Week 8.
- Justin Herbert is coming off his worst game of the season. He completed 17 of his 30 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown. He also threw a couple of picks. However, Herbert should find more success through the air this week against the Bears. Chicago has given up 14 passing touchdowns to quarterbacks this season, tied for second-most. They’ve also allowed the fourth-most passing yards and seventh-most fantasy points to the position. Week 8 presents a prime rebound opportunity for Herbert, and I expect him to take full advantage at home this week. He’s my QB5 in Week 8.
- Derek Carr has posted QB9 and QB10 performances in the last two weeks, partly by attempting 50+ passes and racking up 300+ yards in each game. Carr should continue slinging the ball in Week 8. He faces a Colts defense that allows the seventh-most pass attempts and ninth-most passing yards to quarterbacks through seven weeks. Carr is a top-tier QB2 for me with QB1 upside.
- Jordan Love underwhelmed last week against the Broncos, but he still put up a solid fantasy line. He finished as the week’s QB13 and completed 21-of-31 passes for 180 yards, two scores, and an interception. Love has another plus matchup this week against a Vikings defense that has allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Love’s play has been erratic at times, but he gets it done fantasy-wise. Despite one dud game against the Raiders in Week 5, Love is still averaging 17.6 fantasy points per game — tied for 10th-best among quarterbacks this season. Love is a strong streaming option in Week 8.
- Russell Wilson has failed to throw for 200 yards in three consecutive weeks, ranking as the QB22 in that span. Things won’t get any easier for Wilson in Week 8 when he faces a tough Kansas City defense that has allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. They’ve also given up the 10th-fewest passing yards to the position. Indeed, when Wilson played the Chiefs in Week 6, he was limited to 95 yards and threw one touchdown and two picks. Wilson is a fade for me this week.
Week 8 Quarterback Rankings