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Fantasy Football Week 8: Kirk Cousins and other top quarterbacks to start

By William Schneiderhan
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears warms up prior to the game against the New England Patriots at Soldier Field on October 21, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears warms up prior to the game against the New England Patriots at Soldier Field on October 21, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 21: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears warms up prior to the game against the New England Patriots at Soldier Field on October 21, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 21: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears warms up prior to the game against the New England Patriots at Soldier Field on October 21, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Here’s the Week 8 edition of top five quarterbacks to lock into your fantasy football lineup.

Week 7’s edition of top five signal callers to start on your fantasy football team didn’t do well. Only two players finished as top 10 scoring QBs in ESPN PPR scoring leagues.

Patrick Mahomes was listed as number one last week, and he finished as the top scoring quarterback with his 32.8 points. He continues to add on to his jaw-dropping start to the 2018 NFL season.

Jameis Winston rounded out the top 10 scorers with his 20.1 points. Matt Ryan accumulated 19.3, Jared Goff racked up 16.5, and Andy Dalton only gathered 7.9.

Dalton was probably the biggest disappointment, as the Bengals laid an egg during the team’s 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on prime time TV. Well, let’s try to turn the page and have a better week this time in Week 8 fantasy football.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – OCTOBER 21: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 21, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – OCTOBER 21: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 21, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck? Yeah, he is back. The former first-overall pick seems like he is finally back in form after dealing with injuries that sidelined him for a large chunk of time.

Luck has become a solid fantasy find since he went for 35.7 points in Week 4 against the Houston Texans. Since then, he has gone for 20+ points in each game.

Need more? Luck has tossed three or more touchdowns in every game during that stretch, including four touchdowns three times.

The Indianapolis Colts travel to Oakland to play the depleted Raiders this week. The Raiders have surrendered 12 touchdown tosses to opposing QBs so far this season.

Next: 4. Mitchell Trubisky

CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 21: Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears passes against the New England Patriots at Soldier Field on October 21, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Patriots defeated the Bears 38-31. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 21: Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears passes against the New England Patriots at Soldier Field on October 21, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Patriots defeated the Bears 38-31. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

4. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears

This may be the boldest start this week. But, Mitchell Trubisky should really be considered this week.

Trubisky started the season slowly, but he’s picked it up after his killer six touchdown, 43.5-point Week 4 game. He has backed that game up with two 25+ point games in Week 6 and 7.

Week 7 was perhaps his best performance. Yes, he threw for six TDs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, throwing two scores and going for 31.4 points against the New England Patriots is more impressive.

Week 8’s match up against the New York Jets seems to be highly underrated. The Bears defense will look to run Sam Darnold off the field, while Trubisky will take advantage of the banged-up Gang Green secondary.

Next: 3. Aaron Rodgers

3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

The simple thought of Aaron Rodgers coming off a bye week should be enough to start No. 12 in your lineup. He has had two monster days his last two games.

In Week 5, Rodgers threw for 442 yards and three scores, resulting in 28.7 points. Week 6 he tossed two touchdowns for 425 yards, which led to 28.4 points.

Yes, Rodgers has been incredible for the Pack. This week is his toughest task, as the Packers take on the undefeated Los Angeles Rams in LA.

The Rams have grabbed the headlines with the team’s dynamic offense, but the Rams’ defense has been just as good. They have done a great job at holding the oppositions signal callers in check, although Rodgers is a different beast.

Next: 2. Patrick Mahomes

KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 21: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs rolls out of the pocket in the second quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium on October 21, 2018 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 21: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs rolls out of the pocket in the second quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium on October 21, 2018 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

2. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

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As mentioned before, Patrick Mahomes was the highest scoring signal caller in Week 7 with his 32.8 points. He has followed up his down day in Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars with back-to-back four touchdown games.

Furthermore, Mahomes’ 15.8-point game against the Jags is his only such performance. Other than that game, he has racked up 20+ points six times this season.

Mahomes’ has not only had six games of 20+ points, but he has also had two games of 30+. In Week 8, the Kansas City Chiefs welcome the Denver Broncos to Arrowhead.

The Broncos have allowed an average of 14.7 points per game to opposing gunslingers. While that’s good, the Mahomes magic may be too much to contain.

Next: 1. Kirk Cousins

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – OCTOBER 21: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings looks to pass against the New York Jets during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – OCTOBER 21: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings looks to pass against the New York Jets during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

1. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

Much to the dismay of Jets fans, Kirk Cousins came into MetLife Stadium and grabbed the win in Week 7. He had an OK day with 17.5 points.

Week 8’s head-to-head with the New Orleans Saints may be the most favorable match up among quarterbacks this week. Cousins and the Vikings host the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints have one of the worst pass defenses in the league, which is a surprise after the year the team had last season. According to Pro Football Reference, the Saints have allowed an average of 25.3 fantasy points per game.

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Cousins has all the weapons a QB needs. This week may be a 30+ point performance by Cousins as he starts to build some serious momentum.

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