One way to look at the quarterback position is that everyone else has been so bad that Daniel Jones is a good Week 9 streamer and Justin Fields could be a rest-of-season starter after a terrible matchup in Week 8 against the Cowboys.
That's the pessimist's view, and it's at least partially correct. The optimist's view is that Jones and Fields have been unlocked in the running game and are growing more comfortable throwing in their new offenses. Again, that's at least partially true. They're both averaging at least 49 rushing yards per game. And with the state of the quarterback position, if you can run for 50 yards a game you only need 200 yards passing a touchdown to be a borderline top-12 quarterback.
I like Jones' chances of hitting those numbers a lot more than Fields' in Week 8. Jones faces a Seahawks defense that has allowed the most rushing production to quarterbacks this season (if you count Taysom Hill) whereas Fields faces the Dallas Cowboys. I want to stream Jones, and stash Fields, but I have high hopes for both with their recent usage.
Let's get to the rest of the preview:
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Week 8 QB Preview
Numbers to know
- 49 -- Daniel Jones ranks fourth amongst NFL quarterbacks with 49 rushing yards per game.
- 27.5 -- The Raiders have surrendered 27.5 FPPG to opposing QBs. No other team is allowing more than 26.
- 11.4 -- Jameis Winston averaged a league-high 11.4 yards per pass attempt. If he returns this week against the Raiders, there should be fireworks.
- 22.2% -- Marcus Mariota's 22.2% bad throw rate is the highest in the NFL per Pro Football Reference.
- 11.5 -- Since Week 1, no QB has scored more than 11.5 Fantasy points against Denver.
- 31 -- Sam Ehlinger had 31 rushing TDs in his final three seasons at Texas. If Frank Reich lets him run, Ehlinger could be a good QB2.
- 2.5% -- Kyler Murray has a minuscule 2.5% pass TD rate. Even for him, that's low, better days are ahead.
Matchups that matter
Waiver Wire Targets
Dalton threw for 362 yards and four touchdowns and now faces a Raiders defense that has given up the most Fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Sam Ehlinger QB
IND Indianapolis • #4
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Ehlinger is a start in two-quarterback leagues only for this week. But he has rushing upside as well. He ran for 31 touchdowns in his final three seasons at Texas. If Frank Reich lets him loose on the ground, Ehlinger could be a streaming option in one-quarterback leagues.
CHI Chicago • #1
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
I don't want to start Fields against the Cowboys, but his recent play has been very encouraging. He's run the ball 26 times in his last two games for a combined 170 yards. His passing has improved as well. Fields has averaged at least seven yards per attempt in each of his last four games. He only hit that mark once in the first three weeks of the season.
I was really excited about Tagovailoa's return in Week 7 and he played arguably his worst game of the season. But I have no fear about going right back to him in a dome against arguably the worst defense in the league. Hopefully his poor showing in Week 7 will keep him from being the chalk at the position.
Daniel Jones QB
NYG N.Y. Giants • #8
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
I really like the idea of running a cheap three-player stack in the Seahawks-Giants game surrounded by studs at running back and tight end. That will work much better if Wan'Dale Robinson is a full go in practice by Friday. Darius Slayton is in play as a stack with Jones as well.