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2020 Fantasy Football: Week 8 quarterback rankings

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Halfway through the season and the NFL quarterback position, especially from a fantasy aspect, is getting harder to evaluate. Some upper-echelon signal callers like Cam Newton haven't performed up to snuff, while rookie quarterbacks like Justin Herbert have shown flashes of being automatic QB1 selections every week.

Here are the best quarterback options for Week 8.

Byes: Washington Football Team, Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars

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2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL QB RANKINGS: WEEK 8 (STANDARD SCORING)

1. Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) vs. Jets

  • 2020 stats: 159 completions, 1899 yards, 16 TDs

The Chiefs destroyed the Denver Broncos Sunday, 37-16, but Mahomes had an extremely pedestrian day. He finished 15-of-23 for 200 yards and a touchdown but due to the stellar job by the Chiefs defense and special teams units, that's all Mahomes really had to do. Either way, Mahomes has yet another juicy matchup against the New York Jets who have one of the league's worst defenses.

2. Aaron Rodgers (Packers) vs. Vikings

  • 2020 stats: 137 completions, 1657 yards, 17 TDs

Rodgers had an easy day at the office Sunday against the Houston Texans completing 23 of his 34 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns. Rodgers found his go-to receiver, Davante Adams, frequently against the Texans, connecting with him 13 times for 196 yards and two touchdowns -- something that's paramount for the long term success of Green Bay. Oh, did I mention that the Vikings gave up 40 points to the then winless Atlanta Falcons two weeks ago? Should be an easy matchup for the Packers offense.

 

3. Josh Allen (Bills) vs. Patriots

  • 2020 stats: 175 completions, 2018 yards, 16 TDs

The Patriots defense has been shaky all season, whether it's giving up four rushing touchdowns to the San Francisco 49ers or allowing Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to throw for five touchdowns, it hasn't been a stellar start to the season for New England. Coming off a scoreless outing against the Jets, Allen will be primed to get back on track against a flustered Patriots unit.

4. Tom Brady (Buccaneers) vs. Giants

  • 2020 stats: 145 completions, 1711 yards, 16 TDs

Brady has found his stride this season and with a 1-6 New York Giants team set to line up across from him Sunday, fantasy owners should have zero doubt on who to start. Brady has now passed for at least 360 yards and four touchdowns in two of his past four games.

5. Russell Wilson (Seahawks) vs. 49ers

  • 2020 stats: 156 completions, 1890 yards, 22 TDs

This game against San Francisco isn't a favorable matchup on paper for any NFL quarterback, however Wilson isn't just a quarterback, he's the MVP front runner. Wilson completed 33-of-50 passes for 388 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions while adding six rushes for 84 yards on the ground in a 37-34 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

6. Ryan Tannehill (Titans) vs. Bengals

  • 2020 stats: 139 completions, 1590 yards, 15 TDs

In every game this year, Tannehill has either 300 yards or multiple touchdowns passing — and that’s despite missing No. 1 wide receiver A.J. Brown for Weeks 2-3, No. 2 wide receiver Corey Davis for Weeks 5-6, No. 3 wide receiver Adam Humphries for Week 5 and No. 1 tight end Jonnu Smith for most of Week 6. Side note: the Bengals pass defense is putrid.

7. Carson Wentz (Eagles) vs. Cowboys

  • 2020 stats: 163 completions, 1760 yards, 10 TDs

The Dallas Cowboys are a mess. Last week they gave up three touchdowns to Kyle Allen and a Washington offense that has looked extremely underwhelming all season long. Wentz, on the other hand, is coming off the heels of his season-best performance against the Giants in which he completed 25 of 43 passes for 369 yards and two touchdowns. Look for him to keep things going in this favorable matchup.

8. Lamar Jackson (Ravens) vs. Steelers

  • 2020 stats: 102 completions, 1135 yards, 10 TDs

Jackson hasn't been as electric this season as he was last, however a strong performance against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6 was definitely a positive sign for Jackson fantasy owners. Against the Eagles, Jackson completed 16 of his 27 attempts for 186 yards and one touchdown, while also adding 109 yards on the ground and another score. Jackson will face a fierce Steelers defensive line but he's had two weeks to prepare due to the Week 6 bye.

9. Teddy Bridgewater (Panthers) vs. Falcons

  • 2020 stats: 169 completions, 1930 yards, 8 TD

Bridewater threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns last week against his former team the New Orleans Saints. This week, he plays the Falcons who carry  an abysmal pass defense. In their last meeting  earlier this season, Bridgewater threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns on the road, now he’ll get them at home.

10. Justin Herbert (Chargers) vs. Broncos

  • 2020 stats: 124 completions, 1542 yards, 12 TDs

Herbert continued to impress while picking up his first career win, not just through the air  but also on the  ground, as the rookie took just one sack and easily led the  Chargers in rushing. Herbert’s mobility gives him even more fantasy upside, and he helped LAC put up nearly 40 points Sunday with lesser-known receivers Jalen Guyton, Virgil Green, and Donald Parham Jr. the recipients of touchdown strikes.

11. Jared Goff (Rams) vs. Dolphins

  • 2020 stats: 151 completions, 1789 yards, 12 TDs

12. Cam Newton (Patriots) vs. Bills

  • 2020 stats: 88 completions, 969 yards, 2 TDs

13. Joe Burrow (Bengals) vs. Titans

  • 2020 stats: 195 completions, 2023 yards, 9 TDs

14. Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) vs. Ravens

  • 2020 stats: 146 completions, 1446 yards, 13 TDs

15. Matthew Stafford (Lions) vs. Colts

  • 2020 stats: 127 completions, 1580 yards, 10 TDs