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
Didn't win return to Indy, but still posted 386-3-1.
Bills tied for most TD passes allowed (15) in NFL.
Rodgers getting it done despite all the injuries.
Cowboys allowing second-most fantasy pts. to QBs.
Robert Griffin III
Posted season-high 84 yards rushing last week.
at TB (Thurs.)
Has completed 81 percent of his passes in last 2 G.
Lions gave up 372-3-0 to Dalton last week.
Season-best 3 TD passes last week w/o Jones, White.
at STL (Mon.)
Has posted 6:2 TD-to-INT ratio on road this season.
vs. JAC (London)
Since Week 1, his high in passing yards is 252.
Has 0 TDs in 2 of last 3 games, but did get Gronk back.
Expected to start after missing last two games.
Had first INT-free game of '13 on MNF vs. Vikings.
Big Ben put up 384-4-0 in his last game in Oakland.
Will need to make plays with arm and legs vs. PIT.
Averaging 350+ yards and 3 TDs over last 2 games.
Browns seventh in the league in passing defense.
Can Palmer do damage against Falcons' pass D?
Patriots have allowed 236+ yards passing just once.
Other than Week 5 vs. ATL, road stats have not been good.
vs. CAR (Thurs.)
Panthers D toughest test yet for rookie starter.
vs. SF (London)
Has 300+ yards in each of last 2 G, but 0 TDs, 3 INTs.
Suffered concussion last week, Ponder will go if he can't.
Played through foot injury last week in win in Miami.
Campbell gets first start w/ Browns vs. KC pass rush.
vs. 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