Week 9 Rankings (2014): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Will Geno Smith be replaced by Michael Vick?  Will Robert Griffin III be ready to return?  There are definitely a few questions hanging over who the starting quarterbacks will be for the coming week.  Vick has officially been named the starter, making him a low-end QB2 option.  As for Griffin?  Time will tell, but for now we are going to leave him off the rankings.  If he does start consider him a low-end QB2, as there will be risk in his first start.

How do all of our rankings look given the significant number of byes leaving our options depleted?  Let’s take a look:


  1. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at New York Giants
  2. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at New England
  3. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Carolina
  4. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Miami
  5. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Denver
  6. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
  7. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Arizona
  8. Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – at Houston
  9. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Oakland
  10. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
  11. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Indianapolis
  12. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Dallas
  13. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Jacksonville
  14. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  15. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
  16. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. New York Jets
  17. Brian Hoyer – Cleveland Browns – vs. Tampa Bay
  18. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Houston Texans – vs. Philadelphia
  19. Mike Glennon – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Cleveland
  20. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. San Diego
  21. Michael Vick – New York Jets – at Kansas City
  22. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Cincinnati
  23. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Seattle
  24. Austin Davis – St. Louis Rams – at San Francisco
  25. Teddy Bridgewater – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Washington



  • Both Andrew Luck (the Giants have allowed 10 passing TD) and Peyton Manning (the Patriots are allowing 210.9 passing yards per game) draw tougher matchups this week.  Does that really scare anyone off, though?  They are the elite in the league and should be viewed as such regardless of the matchup.
  • While Oakland’s passing defense hasn’t been bad, it also hasn’t been great with just 3 INT and 7 sacks.  Given the type of potential Russell Wilson has shown, both with his arm and his feet, it’s impossible not to like him this week.  Consider him one of the better options once again.
  • While Nick Foles did throw for 411 yards in Week 8, it also took him 62 attempts to get there.  Does anyone believe he’s going to get anywhere near that number once again?  It’s unlikely, though he has thrown the football at least 34 times each week with 37+ in all but one game (and 41+ four times).  With the Texans being among the worst defenses stopping the pass, including 271.4 yards per game and 15 TD, look for Foles to be busy once again this week.
  • Ben Roethlisberger threw for 522 yards and 6 TD last week, but he draws a Baltimore defense that has allowed just 7 TD passes in eight games.  Included in that performance was a Week 2 showdown with Roethlisberger, and he was held to 217 yards and 0 TD.  While he is going to be a viable option, he shouldn’t be pushed too far up the list based on last week.
  • Alex Smith is generally a QB we tend to shy away from, but anyone taking on the New York Jets has got to be on our radars.  With 22 TD vs. 1 INT, it’s an obvious matchup to try and exploit.  Of course, Kansas City’s offense tends to run through Jamaal Charles and there’s talk of a minor shoulder injury, so he’s more of a borderline option as opposed to a must start.
  • We may want to push Andy Dalton into QB1 status, given the matchup with the Jaguars, but he’s only thrown for 6 TD on the season.  Obviously there’s upside (especially if A.J. Green returns), but it’s hard to get too excited given his production thus far.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 9 rankings:


Week 9 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Kickers
Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 20 Tight Ends


  1. Dave says:

    Would you start Brees vs Carolina or Kaepernick vs St louis this week given that Kaep had 29 points in my PPR league last time he faced St Louis this season?

  2. Dale H says:

    Want to pick up spare quarterback. Need to drop a WR. Davante Adams or Alan Robinson or Percy Harvin or Rubin Randle. Got Calvin Johnson Beckham Jr. and Cooks that I want to keep.

  3. Adel says:

    It seems like very week Russel and Cam are ranked right next to each other. And owning both it’s almost always tough to pick one over the other. Would you start Russel over Cam this week even though the panthers have the favorable match-up?

  4. Dave – I’d still go Brees, but it’s close enough that you should go with your gut.

    Dale H – I’d keep Randle for sure. I also like Adams’ upside more than Harvin. While the latter is a big name, he has consistently failed to produce and it’s going to take some time before he’s fully trustworthy. That said, Adams is still the third WR on his team. Take your pick, but Adams is the “safer” drop

    Adel – I would because I like Wilson’s matchup as well and he’s simply been better this season

  5. Bob says:

    Ailing Romo owner over here. Who is a better pick up for this week – RGIII (if he’s ready) or Carson Palmer?

  6. Liz says:

    Who should I start this week. Payton Manning against New England or Russell Wilson against Oakland

  7. Chris says:

    Another romo owner here if he doesn’t start Eli or hoyer this week?

  8. Andrew says:

    Hey tanahil or rg3 if he starts. Also two out of garcon, djax, colston, and cpatt Thx

  9. Ed Steinberg says:

    Do I start Romo or Roethlisberger this week?

  10. Andrew – I’d go RG3 if e plays. As for the WR, Jackson is the lock for me. If healthy I’d go Patterson as the second option, otherwise Garcon (though that’s a lot of Washington players in there)

    Ed Steinberg – Romo for me, if healtht

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