Looking at week eight, we have a bunch of cheap quarterbacks that are in a prime spot to shine. I’ll give you my picks for who to target this week in the NFL Quarterback Targets! Lets jump right into it and as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
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Cream of the Crop
Philip Rivers, San Diego (at BAL) – $6600
In my opinion, Rivers is underpriced this week. At $6600, he’s only the 9th most expensive quarterback on the week, when you’re looking at the Sunday only slate. Rivers has certainly thrown his fair share of picks this season with seven, but 15 touchdowns is still 15 touchdowns. The least amount of yards he’s thrown for the season was 241 in a matchup with the Bengals. Since then, he’s had four out of five games with 300+ yards, which also gives us a nice bonus on DraftKings. The Ravens are the worst team against the quarterback, and I think Rivers will be in a prime spot for another high scoring affair.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta (vs TB) – $7100
A great spot for Ryan this week, as he takes on a struggling Tampa Bay defense. Ryan continues to see his price go down, which makes him all the more enticing to me this week. I think Ryan will low owned this week, as his production has been disappointing the past two weeks, scoring under 20 points each time. In each contest this year, Ryan has thrown for at least 250 yards with at least 27 attempts or more. His surrounding cast is healthy, as Julio Jones was looking good last week against the Tennessee Titans. Even with the emergence of Devonta Freeman on the ground, I think Ryan can pull off a solid week.
Cam Newton, Carolina (vs. IND) – $6800
I love that Newton remains under the $7K range. He’s close, at $6800, but it’s just like buying something for $9.99, it isn’t $10! Newton continues to be extremely mobile this season, as he’s rushed for four touchdowns on the season. Add in the fact that he’s thrown for nine, and you have options all over the place in this one. The Indy defense is one that can certainly be had, as they’ve given up 12 passing touchdowns on the season. The Colts are underdogs in this one, so I like the idea of having Newton run some in this one when he has the opportunity.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati (@ PIT) – $6000
The boy wonder is BACK! Dalton has been one of the biggest surprises of the 2015 season, and I have no reason to believe that any of that will end this week. The Steelers haven’t exactly been the stone wall against the quarterback position. On the season, the Steelers have allowed 11 passing touchdowns with a decent 68% completion rate. With Big Ben also making a return this week, we have a good chance of seeing the Bengals falling behind, which would allow more opportunities for Dalton to air it out. Paying $6K for someone averaging 25 points per game is a steal. A steal I say!
Middle of the Pack
Joe Flacco, Baltimore (vs. SD) – $5500
Flacco certainly doesn’t get enough attention. He’s not the elite quarterback that Donald Trump says he is, but he consistently gets the ball out of his hands and can throw up those 300+ passing games, which he’s now done three times this season. He’s a big underdog to the Chargers this week, which should bring a ton of opportunities, one of my favorite aspects to look for when choosing my quarterback. Four times this season, Flacco has thrown over 40 times, this could be one of those weeks.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit (@ KC) – $5800
I want to believe in Stafford so bad. He has the weapons; he certainly has the arm, SO DO SOMETHING! He has a fantastic matchup this week in the early 9:30 am game against the Chiefs, so I’m hoping this could be the week. Also, a change in the offense could hopefully spell some change for Stafford. The Chiefs have given up the second most passing touchdowns in the league at 15, which is tied with Buffalo, Tampa, and Chicago. Stafford has certainly had his struggles this season, as he’s only thrown for over 300 yards once this season. His price tag and matchup makes him a legitimate option for me this week, but my expectations are also in check.
Carson Palmer (@CLE) – $7000
I might be down a bit more on Palmer than most, but with his rising price tag, he’s starting to look a little less unattractive to me. He certainly has a good matchup this week against the Browns. However, he also had one last week and came away with a score 19.2. Not a bad score by any means, but I was hoping for a bit more against a team that is the worst against the quarterback position. Again, Palmer is in a good spot against the Browns this week, but I think we have plenty of lower priced quarterbacks to jump on in week eight.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York (@ OAK) – $5200
I’m always finding myself heading over to the FitzMagic side. He quietly is putting together a solid season and has a prime matchup this week. Over his last two starts, Fitzpatrick has passed for 548 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Oakland struggles against the quarterback position, allowing 11 touchdowns, but they have grabbed seven interceptions on the season, which is certainly a weakness for Fitzpatrick. His price tag makes him extremely enticing and someone worth looking at.
Rest of the Field
Nick Foles (vs. SF) – $5100
On paper, this is such a good matchup for Foles. In reality, Foles has been in the toilet the entire season. Regardless, Foles faces a leaky San Fran defense that has allowed 12 touchdowns on the season and a 59% completion rate. I want to like Foles this week so much, but the outcomes have not gone his way at all this season.
Jameis Winston Tampa Bay (at ATL) – $5200
Personally, I hate this spot for Winston. However, I know a lot of eyes would be heading his way after a strong performance last week. The Falcons are tough against the quarterback position. They’ve allowed only eight passing touchdowns on the season while nabbing eight interceptions. Winston doesn’t have a very impressive TD:INT ratio, which sits at 9:7 on the season. I understand his price tag makes him enticing, but I’ll pass on this one.