As the fantasy season heads into Week 8, Josh Allen remains the highest-scoring quarterback (33.21 FPPG) while delivering more than an 11-point edge over the sixth-ranked quarterback (Kyler Murray – 21.81 FPPG). Essentially, any team rostering Allen gained 66 fantasy points or more over seven opponents in a 12-team league in his six starts.
Here’s a look at the top 10 quarterbacks and their fantasy points per game after seven weeks:
· Patrick Mahomes (28.05)
· Joe Burrow (27.69)
· Jalen Hurts (27.17)
· Lamar Jackson (25.14)
· Kyle Murray (21.81)
· Justin Herbert (21.15)
· Geno Smith (20.70)
· Trevor Lawrence (20.25)
· Jared Goff (20.18)
Teams on bye: Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers
Here’s a look at the top DFS quarterbacks in Week 8:
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (DraftKings – $8,500/FanDuel – $9,400)
Since losing to the New England Patriots last December in Buffalo, the Bills have won five straight games at home by outscoring their opponents 166 to 49. Over this span, Allen delivered 15 touchdowns while averaging 285 combined yards. SI Sportsbook has Buffalo favored by 11.5 points. If the Packers don’t keep this game competitive, the Bills could turn to their run game to speed up the clock. The Packers have the second-best defense against quarterbacks (17.45 FPPG), helped by a poor run defense (4.8 yards per carry and seven scores) and facing five low-ranking passing quarterbacks (Justin Fields, Bailey Zappe, Daniel Jones, Zach Wilson, and Taylor Heinicke). Allen should keep this defense on their heels, leading to another elite game.
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (DraftKings – $8,300/FanDuel – $9,200)
Six games into the NFL season, Hurts only has six passing touchdowns despite averaging 252 passing yards. His edge comes from his production in the run game (77/293/6). Hurts scored more than 30.00 fantasy points in three of his six starts. The Steelers slipped to 25th in defending quarterbacks (23.10 FPPG), with two teams passing for more than 300 yards (CIN – 385/2 and BUF – 472/4). In addition, Pittsburgh will give up big plays to wide receivers (99/1,467/9 on 160 targets – 14.8 yards per catch), pointing to Hurts potentially having his best day of the year passing the ball. His ceiling could be capped if the Steelers’ Kenny Pickett can’t keep the game competitive with multiple touchdowns.
Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (DraftKings – $7,500/FanDuel – $8,200)
Anyone riding Murray in the season-long contests has to be frustrated by his lack of passing touchdowns (seven over seven starts). He has picked up the pace on the ground (45/263/2), helping him to rank sixth in quarterback scoring (152.65 fantasy points). Over his last four starts, Murray averaged only 221 passing yards. His best showing came in Week 2 (305 combined yards with two scores). DeAndre Hopkins (10/103) looked sharp in his return from his six-game suspension, pointing to better stats for Murray going forward. Minnesota sits 22nd in defending quarterbacks (21.83 FPPG). The Vikings had the most trouble against the Eagles (390/3) and Dolphins (437/2) while allowing 8.4 yards per pass attempt on the year. Minnesota should set the tempo offensively, creating a higher-scoring environment for the Cardinals’ passing attack.