- It’s not often that I rank anyone ahead of Patrick Mahomes, but the red-hot Kyler Murray against the porous Seattle defense is apparently what it takes for me to pull the trigger. Murray’s 29.3 fantasy points per game are nearly three full points ahead of the second-place Mahomes on the year, and the Seahawks have given up the most passing yards on the year. Murray dropped 38 points on this same defense in Week 7, while Mahomes dropped 30 on this Raiders defense in Week 5. They honestly deserve their own tier atop the rankings.
- It’s easy to watch Cam Newton spike the ball on errant passes and write him off for fantasy purposes. But he’s ranked within the top 12 fantasy quarterbacks in 6 of 8 weeks, and his rushing ability gives him an excellent floor. Against a defense that can’t stop the run or the pass, Newton is a solid play with nice upside if the Texans can put up points of their own.
- I tried to fight it, but Jameis Winston comes in as QB14 in my rankings and at the end of the solid starter category. I’m skeptical that he is comfortable in the offense, taking whatever snaps were leftover behind Drew Brees and Taysom Hill in practice. And with Brees injured, there’s always the threat that Hill steals snaps from Wintson. I’m also not sure that he will have that check-down connection with Alvin Kamara, and is Michael Thomas really back to his old self yet? A lot of questions to be sure, but it is hard to get past the fact that he is facing a Falcons defense giving up the third-most passing yards per attempt and the second-most passing yards on the season. Even if it is ugly, he should give you a startable game at the least, with potential for more if the Saints are able to answer the questions above.
- In streamer territory, Kirk Cousins has a great matchup against the Cowboys, but how much will he have to throw it? An Andy Dalton return to competence would certainly help, but even in a blowout we can probably grab a couple of touchdowns from Cousins, you could do worse. Joe Burrow is a tough call for me, I’m avoiding him against any feared pass rush, and the Washington Football Team… well they are second in the league in sack rate. Still, they aren’t a good football team, so Burrow could manage a decent game. Just be warned if Chase Young is slicing through the line early in the game, wrecking any shot of a big game from the Bengals offense.
Green=Strong Starter, Yellow=Solid Starter, Red=Look for Better Options
|1||Kyler Murray||ARI||@ SEA||Thu 8:20pm ET|
|2||Patrick Mahomes II||KC||@ LV||Sun 8:20pm ET|
|3||Russell Wilson||SEA||vs ARI||Thu 8:20pm ET|
|4||Lamar Jackson||BAL||vs TEN||Sun 1:00pm ET|
|5||Justin Herbert||LAC||vs NYJ||Sun 4:05pm ET|
|6||Ben Roethlisberger||PIT||@ JAC||Sun 1:00pm ET|
|7||Aaron Rodgers||GB||@ IND||Sun 4:25pm ET|
|8||Deshaun Watson||HOU||vs NE||Sun 1:00pm ET|
|9||Cam Newton||NE||@ HOU||Sun 1:00pm ET|
|10||Matthew Stafford||DET||@ CAR||Sun 1:00pm ET|
|11||Carson Wentz||PHI||@ CLE||Sun 1:00pm ET|
|12||Tom Brady||TB||vs LAR||Mon 8:15pm ET|
|13||Matt Ryan||ATL||@ NO||Sun 1:00pm ET|
|14||Jameis Winston||NO||vs ATL||Sun 1:00pm ET|
|15||Kirk Cousins||MIN||vs DAL||Sun 4:25pm ET|
|16||Joe Burrow||CIN||@ WAS||Sun 1:00pm ET|
|17||Derek Carr||LV||vs KC||Sun 8:20pm ET|
|18||Tua Tagovailoa||MIA||@ DEN||Sun 4:05pm ET|
|19||Philip Rivers||IND||vs GB||Sun 4:25pm ET|
|20||Teddy Bridgewater||CAR||vs DET||Sun 1:00pm ET|
|21||Andy Dalton||DAL||@ MIN||Sun 4:25pm ET|
|22||Jared Goff||LAR||@ TB||Mon 8:15pm ET|
|23||Alex Smith||WAS||vs CIN||Sun 1:00pm ET|
|24||Ryan Tannehill||TEN||@ BAL||Sun 1:00pm ET|
|25||Baker Mayfield||CLE||vs PHI||Sun 1:00pm ET|
|26||Drew Lock||DEN||vs MIA||Sun 4:05pm ET|
|27||Jake Luton||JAC||vs PIT||Sun 1:00pm ET|
|28||Joe Flacco||NYJ||@ LAC||Sun 4:05pm ET|