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Over the past two seasons, Davante Adams has missed six games. Aaron Rodgers has been fantastic for Fantasy purposes in four of them. I am not expecting a repeat in Week 8.

For one thing, Rodgers also won't have Allen Lazard or Marquez Valdes-Scantling. His top three receivers project to be Randall Cobb, Equanimeous St. Brown, and Amari Rodgers. No offense to those guys, but the Lions might not have the worst receiving corps in the NFC North this week.

But it's not just about his weapons. Rodgers has thrown a third of his passes to his running backs when Adams has been out, and he'll still have Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon. He'll also have a surprisingly difficult matchup.

The Cardinals have only allowed two quarterbacks (Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins) to score more than 15 Fantasy points against them. Some of that is the fact that the Cardinals have played a lot of bad quarterbacks, but even Stafford posted his lowest passer rating of the season against Arizona.

I understand it's going to be hard to look at some of the streaming options below and say you're starting them over Aaron Rodgers. But on a short week, against a good defense, without his top two receivers, that's exactly what I'm going to do.

Let's get to the rest of the Week 8 preview:

Week 8 QB Preview
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Numbers to know
  • 2 -- Aaron Rodgers has been a top six Fantasy quarterback twice this season.
  • 9 -- Patrick Mahomes leads the NFL with nine interceptions. 
  • 77.5 -- Sam Darnold's passer rating this season, which is lower than it was under Adam Gase.
  • 229 -- Daniel Jones has run for 229 yards this season, behind only Lamar Jackson and Jalen Hurts.
  • 9.2 -- Joe Burrow's 9.2 yards per pass attempt ranks second behind Russell Wilson.
  • 84.9% -- Nearly 85% of Kyler Murray's throws have been graded "on target" by Pro Football Reference, the best mark in the league.
  • 39 -- Jalen Hurts has been hurried 39 times, the most in the NFL.
  • 34 -- Teddy Bridgewater has scored at least 20 Fantasy points in all four games he's thrown at least 34 passes. Quarterbacks are averaging 39.6 attempts per game against Washington.
  • 11.3 -- The Bills have allowed the fewest Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. 
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Matchups that matter
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DEN Denver • #5
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs WAS DEN -3 O/U 43.5
OPP VS QB
32nd
PROJ PTS
20.6
QB RNK
14th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1701
RUYDS
69
TD
12
INT
5
FPTS/G
19.2
NYG N.Y. Giants • #8
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC KC -10 O/U 52
OPP VS QB
31st
PROJ PTS
20.1
QB RNK
17th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1727
RUYDS
229
TD
7
INT
4
FPTS/G
18.6
IND Indianapolis • #2
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TEN TEN -1 O/U 49
OPP VS QB
27th
PROJ PTS
19.6
QB RNK
13th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1695
RUYDS
97
TD
12
INT
1
FPTS/G
20.5
MIA Miami • #1
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BUF BUF -13.5 O/U 48
OPP VS QB
1st
PROJ PTS
14.1
QB RNK
19th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
835
RUYDS
52
TD
8
INT
4
FPTS/G
19.6
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DEN Denver • #5
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs WAS DEN -3 O/U 44.5
OPP VS QB
32nd
QB RNK
13th
ROSTERED
50%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1701
RUYDS
69
TD
12
INT
5
FPTS/G
19.2
Each of the past six quarterbacks to face Washington has scored at least 26 Fantasy points. Bridgewater has averaged 21 Fantasy points per game in his six complete games and now he's getting back Jerry Jeudy. This should be the best opportunity yet for the Broncos passing game.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #8
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC KC -9.5 O/U 52
OPP VS QB
31st
QB RNK
17th
ROSTERED
57%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1727
RUYDS
229
TD
7
INT
4
FPTS/G
18.6
As of Tuesday, I'm anticipating at least one of Sterling Shepard, Kadarius Toney, or Kenny Golladay will return on Monday night to face the Chiefs. If they're all out again, Jones will be on this list, but lower.
IND Indianapolis • #2
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TEN IND -1.5 O/U 51
OPP VS QB
27th
QB RNK
12th
ROSTERED
72%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1695
RUYDS
97
TD
12
INT
1
FPTS/G
20.5
This is a good matchup for Wentz, and he's been very efficient as a passer this season. Wentz has thrown at least two touchdown passes in four straight games and he's only thrown one interception all season. The downside is that he's only topped 251 passing yards once this season.
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CAR Carolina • #1
Age: 32 • Experience: 11 year
In very deep leagues, or two-quarterback leagues, Newton needs to be added. Pete Carroll has confirmed that the team has spoken with Newton and the veteran quarterback would be very interesting with both DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett to throw to.
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BUF Buffalo • #17
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIA BUF -13.5 O/U 48
OPP VS QB
29th
PROJ PTS
30.8
QB RNK
1st
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1723
RUYDS
214
TD
17
INT
3
FPTS/G
31
Allen coming off the bye after a loss is enticing enough. Throw in one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, and I'm more than happy to pay up at quarterback this week.
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NO New Orleans • #2
Age: 27 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Especially after he let us down this week, I don't expect Winston to be popular, even with the revenge game narrative. But his up-and-down Fantasy production is exactly what we're looking for in tournaments.
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