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Fantasy Football 2013 Quarterback Rankings: Week 8

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Robert Griffin III

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.

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

Rk

Player

Team

OPP

Notes

1

Peyton Manning

DEN

vs. WAS

Didn't win return to Indy, but still posted 386-3-1.

2

Drew Brees

NO

vs. BUF

Bills tied for most TD passes allowed (15) in NFL.

3

Aaron Rodgers

GB

at MIN

Rodgers getting it done despite all the injuries.

4

Matthew Stafford

DET

vs. DAL

Cowboys allowing second-most fantasy pts. to QBs.

5

Robert Griffin III

WAS

at DEN

Posted season-high 84 yards rushing last week.

6

Cam Newton

CAR

at TB (Thurs.)

Has completed 81 percent of his passes in last 2 G.

7

Tony Romo

DAL

at DET

Lions gave up 372-3-0 to Dalton last week.

8

Matt Ryan

ATL

at ARI

Season-best 3 TD passes last week w/o Jones, White.

9

Russell Wilson

SEA

at STL (Mon.)

Has posted 6:2 TD-to-INT ratio on road this season.

10

Colin Kaepernick

SF

vs. JAC (London)

Since Week 1, his high in passing yards is 252.

11

Tom Brady

NE

vs. MIA

Has 0 TDs in 2 of last 3 games, but did get Gronk back.

12

Michael Vick

PHI

vs. NYG

Expected to start after missing last two games.

13

Eli Manning

NYG

at PHI

Had first INT-free game of '13 on MNF vs. Vikings.

14

Ben Roethlisberger

PIT

at OAK

Big Ben put up 384-4-0 in his last game in Oakland.

15

Terrelle Pryor

OAK

vs. PIT

Will need to make plays with arm and legs vs. PIT.

16

Andy Dalton

CIN

vs. NYJ

Averaging 350+ yards and 3 TDs over last 2 games.

17

Alex Smith

KC

vs. CLE

Browns seventh in the league in passing defense.

18

Carson Palmer

ARI

vs. ATL

Can Palmer do damage against Falcons' pass D?

19

Ryan Tannehill

MIA

at NE

Patriots have allowed 236+ yards passing just once.

20

Geno Smith

NYJ

at CIN

Other than Week 5 vs. ATL, road stats have not been good.

21

Mike Glennon

TB

vs. CAR (Thurs.)

Panthers D toughest test yet for rookie starter.

22

Chad Henne

JAC

vs. SF (London)

Has 300+ yards in each of last 2 G, but 0 TDs, 3 INTs.

23

Josh Freeman

MIN

vs. GB

Suffered concussion last week, Ponder will go if he can't.

24

Thad Lewis

BUF

at NO

Played through foot injury last week in win in Miami.

25

Jason Campbell

CLE

at KC

Campbell gets first start w/ Browns vs. KC pass rush.

26

Kellen Clemens

STL

vs. SEA (Mon.)

First start in place of Bradford vs. Seahawks? Good luck.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
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

Kickers

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