Kevin Hanson joins SI for the 2019 season. His fantasy rankings have placed him in the Top 20 in each of the past two seasons among all the industry experts tracked by FantasyPros.com, and he has been in the Top 25 in six of the past eight years.
QB Start of the Week: Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (vs. PHI)
Even though things started slowly last week, Buffalo’s Josh Allen still finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in Week 7. On a per-game basis, Allen is fantasy’s QB13 this season. Things may not always go smoothly for Allen, but the second-year quarterback has either thrown two touchdowns and/or rushed for a touchdown in five of six games this season.
It’s another favorable matchup for Allen this week even if it’s not as favorable as last week’s matchup against Miami. Philadelphia has allowed the sixth-most passing yards per game (270.6) this season. In addition, only five teams have allowed more passing touchdowns than the Eagles (14) in 2019. Given his dual-threat abilities, Allen has plenty of upside in another fantasy-friendly matchup.
QB Sit of the Week: Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (at NE)
Baker Mayfield and the Browns entered the 2019 season with loads of hype. So far, however, Mayfield has fallen short of everyone’s expectations.
No quarterback has thrown more interceptions (11), even though Cleveland’s had their bye, and he’s thrown twice as many picks as touchdowns (five) this season. In addition, he has yet to throw more than a single touchdown in any game.
Speaking of single passing touchdowns, the Patriots have allowed only one passing touchdown—all season. In addition to allowing a league-low passing touchdown (one), they have intercepted a league-high 18 passes. Carolina is second, but with only half as many (nine).
Nearly two-touchdown underdogs, Cleveland (16.25) has the third-lowest implied total in Week 8 based on Vegas odds ahead of only Washington (13.0) and Miami (14.5).
Bouncing back against the league’s stingiest fantasy defense for opposing quarterbacks seems unlikely. The next quarterback to score double-digit fantasy points against the Patriots will be the first as no quarterback has scored more than 9.74 fantasy points (Ben Roethlisberger, Week 1) against them this season.
Week 8 fantasy football quarterback rankings:
QB1: Deshaun Watson, HOU vs OAK
QB2: Russell Wilson, SEA @ ATL
QB3: Aaron Rodgers, GB @ KC
QB4: Jared Goff, LAR vs CIN
QB5: Tom Brady, NE vs CLE
QB6: Matthew Stafford, DET vs NYG
QB7: Josh Allen, BUF vs PHI
QB8: Drew Brees, NO vs ARI
QB9: Kirk Cousins, MIN vs WAS
QB10: Kyler Murray, ARI @ NO
QB11: Jacoby Brissett, IND vs DEN
QB12: Gardner Minshew, JAC vs NYJ
QB13: Carson Wentz, PHI @ BUF
QB14: Mason Rudolph, PIT vs MIA
QB15: Jameis Winston, TB @ TEN
QB16: Ryan Tannehill, TEN vs TB
QB17: Daniel Jones, NYG @ DET
QB18: Philip Rivers, LAC @ CHI
QB19: Jimmy Garoppolo, SF vs CAR
QB20: Matt Moore, KC vs GB
QB21: Sam Darnold, NYJ @ JAC
QB22: Andy Dalton, CIN @ LAR
QB23: Derek Carr, OAK @ HOU
QB24: Mitch Trubisky, CHI vs LAC
QB25: Joe Flacco, DEN @ IND
QB26: Baker Mayfield, CLE @ NE
QB27: Matt Schaub, ATL vs SEA
QB28: Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA @ PIT
QB29: Kyle Allen, CAR @ SF
QB30: Case Keenum, WAS @ MIN
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