I am a very happy fantasy football owner of Lamar Jackson. However, now in Week 8, not so much. That is only because LJax joins Dak Prescott on bye this week. However, looking over the fantasy football quarterback options this week I am not worried. I am more than happy to go with Mason Rudolph, who I like far more than consensus this week. In fact, my ranking for Rudolph vs. consensus might be higher than any other quarterback I preferred this year in any given week.
Rudolph has played only four games but is still among the top 30 fantasy scorers at the position. He has seven touchdowns and just two interceptions. And this Monday night he takes on the Miami Dolphins at home in Pittsburgh. Expect Rudolph to come out firing in his return from a concussion and add another brick to his already impressive season.
Meanwhile, Matt Ryan's perch atop my rankings went crumbling down. Even if he is able to play through a high ankle sprain (which is no guarantee), I don't like his chances against the Seattle secondary. The Seahawks have given up just eight touchdown passes this year, which ranks them among the top 10 stingiest defenses in that respect. Of course, it will be the quarterback on the other side of the ball I really like this week.
Along with Russell Wilson, I'm sure many other experts will have Aaron Rodgers in the top three. Where I differ is the absence of Deshaun Watson. It might be surprising. Oakland hasn't been great keeping quarterbacks in check, but neither has Cincinnati. Houston is coming off a tough defeat at the hands of the Colts. Meanwhile, the Rams are coming off an absolute battering of the Falcons. It looks like Sean McVay has made some adjustments and Jared Goff might be back. But let's be clear, both Watson and Goff are pretty strong quarterback options in Week 8.
Teams on bye: Baltimore, Dallas
NFL QB Rankings: Week 8
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.