Week 11 Rankings (2014): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We have two more week of byes, though they don’t have as big of an impact in Week 11 as they have recently.  Of course, that’s not to say that our QB picture is crystal clear given the struggles of some bigger names (like Cam Newton, Jay Cutler and even Ben Roethlisberger on the road).  With some surprising names coming in near the top of our rankings, let’s take a look at how things shake out:

 

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Philadelphia
  2. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at St. Louis
  3. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. New England
  4. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Indianapolis
  5. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Oakland
  6. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Cincinnati
  7. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Arizona
  8. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
  9. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – vs. Tampa Bay
  10. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at New York Giants
  11. Mark Sanchez – Philadelphia Eagles – at Green Bay
  12. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Kansas City
  13. Josh McCown – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Washington
  14. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. San Francisco
  15. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Tennessee
  16. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta
  17. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota
  18. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at New Orleans
  19. Teddy Bridgewater – Minnesota Vikings – at Chicago
  20. Brian Hoyer – Cleveland Browns – vs. Houston
  21. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at San Diego
  22. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. Buffalo
  23. Drew Stanton – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Detroit
  24. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Seattle
  25. Zach Mettenberger – Tennessee Titans – vs. Pittsburgh

Thoughts:

  • Think the Andrew Luck-Tom Brady showdown could be entertaining?  They have been two of the best quarterbacks in the league this season and there is no reason to think that they won’t continue producing.  Look for both to light up the scoreboard this week.
  • The Washington Redskins don’t give up many passing yards per game (222.9), but they have allowed 18 TD against just 3 INT.  Josh McCown, meanwhile, is coming off an impressive performance against the Atlanta Falcons as he threw for 301 yards, 2 TD and 2 INT.  With a pair of highly talented receivers to work with, consider him a borderline QB1 given the bye weeks.
  • Ben Roethlisberger didn’t quite live up to the expectations on Sunday, despite throwing for 343 yards.  After throwing for 12 TD over the previous two games, only 1 TD and 2 INT against the New York Jets and their abysmal secondary?  Really?  That said, he’s actually struggled on the road this season averaging just 228.5 yards per game with 5 TD and 4 INT (he has 18 TD at home and is averaging 361.2 yards per game).  Taking his show on the road once again, it’s hard to get overly excited about him.
  • It’s easy to forget about Matthew Stafford, but he’s now attempted 40+ passes in three straight games.  He’s thrown for at least 280 yards and 2 TD in each of those, and also has a healthy Calvin Johnson at his disposal once again (7 receptions, 113 yards, 1 TD in Week 10).  Don’t underestimate him.
  • With Odel Beckham Jr. quickly coming into his own, you have to like the upside for Eli Manning.  He is coming off a 283 yard performance against the Seattle Seahawks.  Sure a lot of his success these part two weeks can be attributed to “garbage time”, but with the way they are running the football there’s every reason to believe that the Giants are going to continue putting the ball in the air.
  • Favorable matchup or not, does anyone truly have faith in Cam Newton right now?  He’s struggled too much for too long to simply consider him a QB1, favorable matchup or not.
  • The Arizona Cardinals have a lot of faith in Drew Stanton, but he’s stepping into a tough matchup with the Lions (who are giving up the fewest points per week to opposing quarterbacks).  There’s definite intrigue, given his weapons, but he’s not a player we’d want to count on if we could avoid it.

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18 comments

  1. mogli says:

    should i drop Martellus Bennett and pick up Sanu because he’s on waiver wire my other TE is Gates. I can’t rely on either TE.

  2. Mike in Georgia says:

    I have been carrying only one QB all year and it is Cutler…I picked up Eli to use on his bye week and went back to one QB. Obviously, this isn’t a good strategy now due to Chicago’s failures. I have RG3, Tannehill, Eli, Bridgewater, Orton and Josh McCown on waivers with my position as #2. Who do you like for this week….as well as beyond this week?

  3. Billy Bats says:

    Hey Roto. Trying to figure out who to flex this week. I got rashad Jennings, CJ Anderson, or Montee Ball. I’m starting Ellington and Bradshaw for the RB slots. Also between San Diego or Minnesota for my d/st. What’s your take? Thanks again

  4. Joe says:

    Brees or Kaepernick this week? Im not sure because brees is better but Kaep is playing the giants.

  5. Drew says:

    What’s up would u drop either Russell or romo for Big Ben. Lost foles and I wanna see which one would be better down the stretch. Thx

  6. Joe – With the way Kaep has played, I couldn’t sit Brees to play him

    Drew – If Roethlisberger is on waivers he’s worth grabbing and I’d simply play matchups. Any of the three could have big days, but Wilson probably has the lowest upside because it’s all based on his legs at this point (for the most part)

  7. Andy says:

    Hi Prof, someone dropped Tony Romo last week and i used my CB to pick him up. Now i have to drop someone for my CB; who should i drop? I need only one QB, but i have 3 right now and prepare for play off week 15-17.I am sure I will keep Tony Romo.
    Thanks.
    1. Matthew Stafford.
    – Wk15 Vs Viking
    – Wk16 @ Chicago Bear
    – Wk17 @ Greenbay
    2. Tony Romo
    – Wk15 @ Eagle
    – Wk16 Vs Indy
    – Wk17 @ Wash Red skin

    3. Jay Cutler
    – Wk15 Vs Saint
    – Wk16 Vs Lion
    – Wk17 @Viking

  8. Bobby says:

    Who would you start for week 11 brees stafford or Big Ben

  9. Andy – At this point it’s tough to trust Cutler. There’s a lot lf reward, but also a lot of risk. If I were going to drop one he’d be it.

    Bobby – Brees, but only slightly above Stafford (it’s real close)

  10. Dale H says:

    Sanchez or Ryan today

  11. Dale H says:

    I am thinking of dropping matt ryan and picking up ryan fitzpatrick of houston. Kinda over ryan. What do u think.

  12. Dale H says:

    Yes mallett

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