Week 8 proved to be the week of the quarterback. I usually try and find guys from all different positions on both offense and defense to round out my list of studs and duds, but this week screamed all signal caller to me. Here’s your week 8 studs and duds, QB edition.
I could just throw Brees’ stat line up here and it speak for itself, but I think his record tying performance deserves more attention than that. In a shootout against the Giants, the veteran Quarterback finished the game with 511 yds (10th most all-time) and 7 TD’s (tied for the most all-time) for a total of 47 fantasy points. He looked every bit the vintage elite quarterback that we know Brees as, spreading the ball all over the field and finding 9 different receivers, with 5 different guys scoring TD’s. He just plain out balled. In terms of Dynasty, now would be the perfect time to sell high as he only has a few years left to play and could fetch a handsome reward for teams in rebuild mode.
Brees’ counterpart in this weekend’s contest would have come in as the #1 quarterback in any other week. With 350 yards and 6 TD’s, Manning finished the game with a cool 38 fantasy points. Beckham Jr. was the main beneficiary of the shootout from the Giant’s side of the field with 130 yards and 3 touchdowns, but Manning did a great job getting the ball into 8 different players hands. I didn’t even know that the Giants had 8 different skill position players. This performance was a classic example of Eli’s, where he comes out of nowhere to be the (almost) best quarterback on the week, but I would expect him to be back to his mediocre ways moving forward.
This season is definitely Derek Carr’s coming out party. With heavy investment in the surrounding offensive talent, the Raiders may finally have found their Quarterback of the future. Building upon his 289yd/3TD performance against the Chargers in week 7, Carr blew the doors off against a vaunted New York Jets defense to the tune of 333 yards and 4 TD’s, all without turning the ball over. His passer rating of 130.9 was the second highest of his young career with the resurrected Michael Crabtree accounting for 102/1. For those of you who held onto Carr as a struggling rookie, congratulations, it looks like you have an elite talent for years to come.
If you had any question as to the validity of Denver’s defense, look no further. It’s not often you will find Rodger’s name on any Dud’s list. The Packer’s signal caller is known to have the highest floor of any quarterback in fantasy, but this week threw that all out the window. Mr discount double check himself walked away with a paltry 77 yards on 22 attempts with no scores and could not get anything going against the Broncos. That is by far the lowest output of his entire career. I think we all know that this is an extremely rare performance and one that will more than likely never happen again to the future Hall of Famer.
Those of you expecting Big Ben to fall right back into his pre-injury ways were given a solid dose of reality this past weekend. As one of the best QB’s of the past decade, this just goes to show how difficult it is to perform at a high level after taking any amount of time off. Roethlisberger finished the game with a solid 262 yards and a TD, but was picked off three times by the Bengals in the losing effort. With the loss of Le’Veon Bell to a MCL, I expect Roethlisberger to be right back to his elite fantasy status as early as next week as the Steelers will be forced to throw the ball a ton as that is where their talent will lie moving forward.
Fantasy’s #5 Quarterback through 7 weeks finally showed us that he is still, in fact, the old Andy Dalton. In an ugly win against the Steelers, the Red Rocket finished the game much like Big Ben with decent but unspectacular numbers and multiple turnovers. Dalton came away with a slash line of 231/1/2 with a fumble lost and a QB rating of 64.7, the worst he has posted this season. He is much the product of playmakers around him, but even AJ Green and his 118 yds and a TD could not make Dalton look good this week. I think week 8 is a sign of things to come, so if you can find someone that believes Dalton can hold onto his top 5 status for the remainder of the season, now is the time to move before his stats fall off of a cliff.