by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Andrew Luck… Tom Brady… Philip Rivers… Among the six teams on bye this week, fantasy owners will be without three sure fire QB1s. That certainly makes it a little bit tougher to set our lineups, but it doesn’t mean that there aren’t options available. Let’s take a look at how everything shakes out for the coming week:
- Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at Oakland
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New York Jets
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. San Francisco
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. St. Louis
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Tampa Bay
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New York Giants
- Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at New Orleans
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at Jacksonville
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Miami
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Philadelphia
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at Green Bay
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Cleveland
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Tennessee
- Mike Glennon – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Atlanta
- Austin Davis – St. Louis Rams – at Arizona
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Seattle
- Mark Sanchez – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Carolina
- Michael Vick – New York Jets – vs. Pittsburgh
- Brian Hoyer – Cleveland Browns – at Cincinnati
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Denver
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at Detroit
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at Buffalo
- Kyle Orton – Buffalo Bills – vs. Kansas City
- Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Dallas
- Will Tony Romo be able to return after missing Week 9? Time will tell, but early reports appear to be positive (so we are ranking him as if he’s starting). For now we are going to keep him on the rankings, in what would be a favorable matchup. Of course there’s always the risk of an in-game setback or the team trying to protect him by focusing on the run more than usual. If he’s forced to sit out once again don’t bank on using Brandon Weeden.
- Maybe the New York Jets haven’t allowed a ton of passing yards this season, but they’ve yielded 24 TD vs. just 1 INT. Really? That seems almost impossible, but obviously fantasy owners should be incredibly optimistic about Ben Roethlisberger for the coming week (who has 6 TD passes in each of the past two weeks). He’s been among the best options as it is, but along with Antonio Brown and company he should really ost a standout performance.
- Cam Newton is coming off a terrible performance and has now gone back-to-back games without throwing for a TD. In fact he’s thrown for 205 yards or fewer in three straight games and has completed 56% of his passes or worse in five of his past six games. The matchup with the Eagles seems appealing, but Newton is making it tough to trust him. The bye weeks keep his as a QB1 option, but he’s not quite as highly ranked as we would’ve thought entering the week.
- We’ve discussed Matt Ryan’s notable home (308.3 yards/game, 9 TD, 2 INT) and road (268.3 yards/game, 6 TD, 6 INT) split before, so you’d think that his ranking would be suppressed as he’s set to play on the road this week. However, taking on Tampa Bay is a different story as they are allowing 285.2 passing yards per game, as well as 18 TD vs. 6 INT. Ryan torched them for 286 yards and 3 TD earlier this season and has thrown for fewer than 250 yards and without multiple TD just once in his past five starts against them.
- Ryan Tannehill is coming off a big game, but the Lions have allowed just 9 TD and have 9 INT on the season. The status of Lamar Miller could force the Dolphins’ to lean on Tannehill more than anticipated this week, but it’s still a little bit tougher to trust him.
- While Jay Cutler has had his struggles of late, is anyone really willing to bet against him coming out of the bye week? Earlier in the season he threw for 256 yards, 2 TD and 2 INT against the Packers and you would think he would be on the same page as Brandon Marshall & Alshon Jeffrey. Don’t rule him out as a QB1 this week.
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