Fantasy Football 2013 Quarterback Rankings: Week 8

Robert Griffin III gets his shot at Denver and its 32nd-ranked passing defense on Sunday

Despite last week's loss in his Indianapolis homecoming, Peyton Manning remains atop Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 8 quarterback rankings. Even though Denver left with an L, Manning still finished as the No. 4 scorer at his position for the week, following 386 yards passing, three touchdowns and an interception against the Colts. The Broncos will look to get back into the win column against the Redskins, who are allowing 389 yards and more than 30 points per game.

In fact, the game in Denver could feature plenty of fireworks, as the Broncos are giving up nearly 320 yards through the air and 28 points per contest. Robert Griffin III is coming off of his best game yet, including a season-high 84 yards rushing in the 45-41 home win over the Bears, so fantasy owners' patience in RG3 may really pay off come Sunday.

Otherwise, with six teams on bye, some fantasy owners may have to dig deep into their bench or on the waiver wire to find their starting signal-caller(s). Sam Bradford is not one of those options, as he tore his ACL last week and is done for the season. And if you want to take your chances with Kellen Clemens on Monday night against Seattle, you go right ahead. There is some good news on the injury front, as Michael Vick is expected to return to face the Giants after missing the past two games because of a bad hamstring. And if any owners are smiling this week it's because they get Drew Brees and Terrelle Pryor back, although the latter is facing a pretty tough matchup in the Steelers and their fourth-ranked passing defense.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks
Teams on bye: Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego, Tennessee

1Peyton ManningDENvs. WASDidn't win return to Indy, but still posted 386-3-1.
2Drew BreesNOvs. BUFBills tied for most TD passes allowed (15) in NFL.
3Aaron RodgersGBat MINRodgers getting it done despite all the injuries.
4Matthew StaffordDETvs. DALCowboys allowing second-most fantasy pts. to QBs.
5Robert Griffin IIIWASat DENPosted season-high 84 yards rushing last week.
6Cam NewtonCARat TB (Thurs.)Has completed 81 percent of his passes in last 2 G.
7Tony RomoDALat DETLions gave up 372-3-0 to Dalton last week.
8Matt RyanATLat ARISeason-best 3 TD passes last week w/o Jones, White.
9Russell WilsonSEAat STL (Mon.)Has posted 6:2 TD-to-INT ratio on road this season.
10Colin KaepernickSFvs. JAC (London)Since Week 1, his high in passing yards is 252.
11Tom BradyNEvs. MIAHas 0 TDs in 2 of last 3 games, but did get Gronk back.
12Michael VickPHIvs. NYGExpected to start after missing last two games.
13Eli ManningNYGat PHIHad first INT-free game of '13 on MNF vs. Vikings.
14Ben RoethlisbergerPITat OAKBig Ben put up 384-4-0 in his last game in Oakland.
15Terrelle PryorOAKvs. PITWill need to make plays with arm and legs vs. PIT.
16Andy DaltonCINvs. NYJAveraging 350+ yards and 3 TDs over last 2 games.
17Alex SmithKCvs. CLEBrowns seventh in the league in passing defense.
18Carson PalmerARIvs. ATLCan Palmer do damage against Falcons' pass D?
19Ryan TannehillMIAat NEPatriots have allowed 236+ yards passing just once.
20Geno SmithNYJat CINOther than Week 5 vs. ATL, road stats have not been good.
21Mike GlennonTBvs. CAR (Thurs.)Panthers D toughest test yet for rookie starter.
22Chad HenneJACvs. SF (London)Has 300+ yards in each of last 2 G, but 0 TDs, 3 INTs.
23Josh FreemanMINvs. GBSuffered concussion last week, Ponder will go if he can't.
24Thad LewisBUFat NOPlayed through foot injury last week in win in Miami.
25Jason CampbellCLEat KCCampbell gets first start w/ Browns vs. KC pass rush.
26Kellen ClemensSTLvs. SEA (Mon.)First start in place of Bradford vs. Seahawks? Good luck.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 8 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams


Week 8 Waiver Wire

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