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