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:
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at New York Giants
- Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at New England
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Carolina
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Miami
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Denver
- Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Arizona
- Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – at Houston
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Oakland
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Indianapolis
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Dallas
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Jacksonville
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. New York Jets
- Brian Hoyer – Cleveland Browns – vs. Tampa Bay
- Ryan Fitzpatrick – Houston Texans – vs. Philadelphia
- Mike Glennon – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Cleveland
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. San Diego
- Michael Vick – New York Jets – at Kansas City
- Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Cincinnati
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Seattle
- Austin Davis – St. Louis Rams – at San Francisco
- 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: