Fantasy Football QB Report: Stream Mitchell Trubisky, Plus Other Week 8 Starts

Oct 24, 2018 8:15 PM EDT
  • The Action Network ranked all 32 starting quarterbacks based on their Week 8 fantasy football value.
  • Here's a deeper dive on Patrick Mahomes, Kirk Cousins, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton and Mitchell Trubisky.

Which quarterbacks have the most favorable fantasy matchups? Who is the best streaming option? And who has a poor matchup?

Here’s a breakdown of five notable quarterbacks featured in Sean Koerner, Chris Raybon and Matthew Freedman’s Week 8 fantasy football rankings.

The No. 1 QB

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Mahomes has been on fire this season. His worst fantasy performance was a 20.82-point showing, and he’s exceeded 25 points in all other starts.

He’s the top QB in our weekly rankings (again) and leads all quarterbacks in median, ceiling and floor projections in the FantasyLabs Player Models.

The Most Favorable Matchups

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

Cousins is in a prime spot against a New Orleans defense that ranks in the bottom five in yards allowed per attempt (8.7) and passing yards given up per game (293.7). The Saints are also Pro Football Focus’ No. 31 unit in pass coverage.

Cousins carries an average rank of 4.0 among our rankers.

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

Pressure can generate turnovers, but fortunately for Luck, the Raiders can’t pressure the quarterback or defend the pass. Overall, the Oakland defense ranks as PFF’s No. 29 unit in pass coverage and No. 31 unit in pass-rushing.

Luck has an average rank of 6.0 and has the third-highest ceiling projection in the FantasyLabs Player Models.

Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Cam Newton

Matchup Downgrade

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

You can’t sit Newton because he carries such a high floor with his rushing attempts, but this spot against the Ravens isn’t great. Baltimore is allowing a league-low 4.5 yards per play and has one of the NFL’s best secondaries.

The Panthers have an implied team total of only 20.5 points, and Newton ranks outside two of our three rankers’ top 10 QBs.

The Best Streamer

Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears

Trubisky could be available depending on what site you play on and your league size. He has the 10th-best median projection and an average rank of 12.7 among our rankers.

Aside from the matchup against a banged-up Jets secondary, Trubisky also isn’t afraid to run, which solidifies his floor:

Want another edge? Be sure to keep up with the week’s news on FantasyLabs.

Credit:

Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Mitchell Trubisky

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