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With the Week 8 quarterback rankings comes the realization that we’ve officially entered the two-week catastrophe we like to call, “Bye-pocalypse”!

That’s when six teams take off Week 8, and then another six teams are on a bye in Week 9.

The six teams on byes this week include Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, N.Y. Giants, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. That means we’re losing Eli Manning, Joe Flacco – and some lesser guys like Case Keenum and Ryan Tannehill.

Things get much worse in Week 9, with Arizona, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, New England and Washington on byes. Players like Tom Brady, Kirk Cousins, Andy Dalton and Carson Palmer will be watching games from their couches next weekend.

That means we’ll see Fantasy Football teams everywhere stuck starting guys like Dak Prescott, Alex Smith and Carson Wentz – quarterbacks you’d rather see on your bench than in your lineup.

If you don’t have any issues with players for the Week 8 byes, consider bolstering your Week 9 lineup and getting in on those decent free agents now that might have good matchups.

If you have more than one Fantasy Football team, you should try out the “My Playbook” tool that connects with all of your Fantasy teams, no matter where they’re hosted. Their Experts Consensus Rankings tool gives you instant analysis for waiver wire pickups and drops, as well as great start/sit advice.

Week 8 Quarterback Rankings Reaction

In this section, I explain why I like or dislike a couple quarterbacks compared to our staff’s Fantasy rankings.

Who I Like More

Russell Wilson, Seattle at New Orleans

Part of the reason I believe Wilson has struggled scoring Fantasy points is because his knee injury keeps him from taking off for 40 to 75 yards per game, like he did six different times last year. (He has a total of 33 rushing yards in six games this season!) But against the Saints, he’s facing a ballclub he doesn’t need to run against to rack up points.

The Saints are allowing the seventh-most Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, but quarterbacks are earning those points through the air, throwing for over 297 yards per game on average. Since shutting out Eli Manning in Week 2, the Saints have allowed two touchdown passes each to Cam Newton, Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan and Alex Smith.

Carson Palmer, Arizona at Carolina

The 14-year veteran hasn’t thrown for more than one touchdown since Week 2, totaling just two touchdown passes over his past four games.

Rankers have him lower because of those numbers, and because he’s facing a Panthers defense that came into the league as one of the unquestioned toughest to play against.

However, Palmer has gone up against the Bills, Patriots, Rams and Seahawks in his past four outings, all four of which rank in the top half of the NFL against Fantasy QBs.

The Panthers, meanwhile, finds itself ranked as the fourth-worst defense against Fantasy QBs, allowing 2.17 passing touchdowns per game, including two four-TD games given up to Matt Ryan and Drew Brees. The other quarterbacks they’ve faced include Trevor Siemian, Blaine Gabbert, Sam Bradford and Jameis Winston. Which group do you think Palmer belongs in? He’s in for a big week against a team that has given up over 450 yards twice in its past three games.

 

Who I Like Less

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay vs. Oakland

I was way off on Winston last week against the 49ers, but one of the reasons for that is another reason why I’m down on him again this week: this offense is inconsistent. I’m all for starting Winston if you don’t have a star quarterback on your roster already, but I just don’t have him as a top-five option against the woeful Raiders pass defense, like a couple of our experts do.

While it’s true, the Raiders have allowed the second-most passing yards in the NFL, the Buccaneers have problems in their passing game, as Mike Evans is truly their only threat. Adam Humphries does nice work underneath, and Russell Shepard is stepping into Vincent Jackson’s role, but Winston is going to continue to make Evans a target machine. I like him much more than I like Winston this week.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati at Washington

The Redskins are giving up just one touchdown pass per game on average this season, and Dalton has thrown for averaged just over one touchdown pass per game this year.

Dalton’s owners should also know that his schedule is pretty tough over the next six weeks, as he faces the Redskins (ninth-toughest vs. QBs), Giants (eighth), Bills (sixth), Ravens (13th) and Eagles (first), as well as a Week 9 bye.

Don’t forget to check out our other position rankings reactions:

If you’re looking for help with your waiver wire decisions or wondering who you should start or bench, try the My Playbook app over at FantasyPros.com. It’s easily the best in-season Fantasy Football tool around, and it will help you with every facet of your game – including if you’re in multiple leagues!

Our Week 8 Fantasy Football rankings should help you to another win this season, as you pick up the pace for a playoff spot! Our Week 8 Quarterbacks Rankings Reaction article should give you an assist on another win!

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David Gonos

David Gonos has been writing about Fantasy Sports online since 2000 – and playing Fantasy Sports since 1989. He has drafted both Curt Warner and Kurt Warner, along with Big Unit and Big Papi. A veteran of hundreds of drafts in the past 15 years alone, Gonos is closely acquainted with sleepers, breakouts and busts – as he has drafted many of all three. He was a Senior Fantasy Writer for CBSSports.com for five years, and he has been columnist on SI.com and FanDuel.com, while also getting published on MLB.com, NFL.com, FoxSports.com and USAToday.com.
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