Aaron Rodgers finished Week 8 with the second-most fantasy points among quarterbacks (Derek Carr and his 513 yards, 4 TDs led the way). Rodgers has thrown seven touchdown passes over the past two weeks. This Sunday, he faces Indianapolis, which has allowed two TD passes to every quarterback faced over the past six weeks except for Alex Smith last week. Rodgers should throw for at least two scores in what could end up being a high-scoring game.
To that end, Andrew Luck also is near the top of the rankings, checking in at No. 3 behind Drew Brees. Green Bay just gave up 288 yards and three TD passes. Between the matchup and the return of Donte Moncrief, Luck should come through for his fantasy owners this week.
Among those quarterbacks that won’t in Week 9 because they are on bye is Tom Brady, Kirk Cousins, Andy Dalton and Carson Palmer. Ben Roethlisberger’s status also is up in the air, although he was getting first-team reps in practice on Wednesday. So pay careful attention to his progress the rest of this week.
Teams on bye: Arizona, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, New England, Washington
— Rankings by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.