Week 10 Rankings (2014): Top 25 Quarterbacks

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:


  1. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at Oakland
  2. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New York Jets
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. San Francisco
  5. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. St. Louis
  6. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Tampa Bay
  7. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New York Giants
  8. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at New Orleans
  9. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at Jacksonville
  10. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Miami
  11. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Philadelphia
  12. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at Green Bay
  13. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Cleveland
  14. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Tennessee
  15. Mike Glennon – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Atlanta
  16. Austin Davis – St. Louis Rams – at Arizona
  17. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Seattle
  18. Mark Sanchez – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Carolina
  19. Michael Vick – New York Jets – vs. Pittsburgh
  20. Brian Hoyer – Cleveland Browns – at Cincinnati
  21. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Denver
  22. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at Detroit
  23. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at Buffalo
  24. Kyle Orton – Buffalo Bills – vs. Kansas City
  25. 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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  1. Randy says:

    Good morning! Can you tell me who you like more ROS in a standard league, out of Hillman and Ryan Mathews? Thanks!

  2. jason says:

    Which two quarterbacks would you rather have for the rest of the season in my 14-team league: Kyle Orton, Mike Glennon, Mark Sanchez

  3. jason says:

    Which two tight ends would you rather have for the rest of the season: Travis Kelce, Owen Daniels, Mychal Rivera, Kyle Rudolph, Tyler Eifert

    Which running back has more potential for the rest of the season: Bryce Brown or Charles Sims

  4. John says:

    My whole team is on bye this week. I’m in first place in this league but need fill-ins this week. Been starting AMorris and Bradshaw every week. (Both on bye). Brady and Gronk on bye. Vinitairi bye. Have so many receivers it’s crazy, Calvin, Marshall, Maclin, KBenjamin, Watkins, Josh Gordon. Thinking of offering Maclin for Eddie Lacy with Foles out maybe his value drops. Other RBs are Bryce Brown and Charles Sims. It’s ugly. Who would you trade out of my receivers and who would you target? Thanks.

  5. Randy – It’s Hillman for me, but really close at this point

    jason – Glennon & Sanchez

    jason – Kelce & Rudolph

    John – Tough to say who to target, but trding Benjamin or Gordon would make a lot of sense

  6. Andrew says:

    Hey roto I lost foles this week. I still have Russell but I’m not that comfortable with him as my number 1. I can pick up dalton, romo, rg3. I was offered by the gio owner Big Ben for Jeremy hill. I have hill penciled in for my flex. Do u think I should hold off one the trade seeing hill is prob going to be a stud one more week or is ben that much better than the other options. I have kendall wright or Terrence west to replace hill. Thx

    • For this week I’d have them as Roethlisberger, Wilson, Romo, Dalton

      I would be comfortable with West as well as my FLEX, though Hill is the better option.

      Just curious, why are you so uncomfortable with Wilson that you feel like you need to do something? I would say Roethlisberger is better than the other options (especially given Romo’s injury) and Hill won’t be a viable option after this week. I’d still rank Wilson ahead of him though

  7. Billy Bats says:

    Hey roto Stafford or Palmer this week? I also have megaton and Michael Floyd already in my lineup

  8. REon says:

    So, Brees or Flacco this week?

  9. Jim says:

    I have Matt Ryan and Russell Wilson. I feel good about starting Ryan this week, but for the rest of the season I don’t have great reliability in either. Matt Stafford is available. He hasn’t been great so far, but with Megatron back I think he should be better. Should I drop Russell Wilson and grab Stafford?

  10. Billy Bats says:

    Michael Floyd or Andre Williams for my flex spot? Thanks again

  11. Josh says:

    I’ve been offered brees and ivory for kaep and hillman. I have to pull the trigger on that, right? My other rbs are Charles and gio/Hill.

    • If you don’t need Hillman than it does make sense, as Brees is. Big upgrade. Just be ready to have RB questions, at times, with rumors of a Bernard/Hill split coming (though I have a tough time buying it)

  12. Nick says:

    I have Randle and ODB from the Giants…..would you pick up Martavis Bryant for either of them?

    • Are we talking for this week or long-term?

      I’d rank Beckham as the best of the group, regardless, as he has by far the highest upside. Randle should be #2, but he’s been struggling. I’d probably stay the course but long-term, I could see Bryant outproducing Randle

  13. Kermit says:

    M. Ryan and R. Wilson are close in all of the QB rankings – I think Ryan would be more likely than Wilson to throw for 300 yards (10 team PPR league w/ a 5 pt. bonus for 300 yards by QB). I like Ryan’s matchup against TB vs. Wilson’s matchup w/ Giants. I’ve got Ryan plugged in – your thoughts? Thanks.

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