by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The bye weeks are finally behind us, though that doesn’t mean that the decisions are going to be easy. There are numerous big name quarterbacks who are hard to trust, whether it’s Jay Cutler, Cam Newton or Colin Kaepernick. If they aren’t options, what surprising names can be depended on? Let’s take a look at how our rankings shake out for the coming week:
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Washington
- Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at Kansas City
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Green Bay
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. New England
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Pittsburgh
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Baltimore
- Mark Sanchez – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Chicago
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. New Orleans
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Jacksonville
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. San Diego
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Tampa Bay
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Arizona
- Zach Mettenberger – Tennessee Titans – at Houston
- Josh McCown – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Cincinnati
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at Detroit
- Cam Newton – C arolina Panthers – at Minnesota
- Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Seattle
- Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – at Indianapolis
- Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. New York Giants
- Teddy Bridgewater – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Carolina
- Detroit entered the week yielding the fewest points to opposing quarterbacks, then Tom Brady torched them for 349 yards and 2 TD. He’s now thrown for at least 2 TD in seven straight games and has thrown for at least 333 yards in four of his past six outings. At this point does the opponent really matter? Brady has to be considered one of the best.
- Ryan Tannehill hasn’t been throwing for a significant number of yards (288 yards is his high for the season), but he’s thrown for 2+ TD in three of his past four games (including a pair of 3 TD performances). Considering that the Jets are among the worst teams at stopping opposing QB this season, it’s hard not to like Tannehill as a QB1 option.
- Would anyone have predicted that Matthew Stafford would go back-to-back games without a touchdown pass this season? That’s exactly what’s happened, though things get significantly easier against the Bears (who just allowed Josh McCown to throw for 341 yards). Look for him to have a “breakout” performance of sorts.
- Russell Wilson hasn’t been throwing for a significant number of yards of late, but he’s rushed for 70+ yards in three straight games. It’s a tough matchup against the 49ers, but he’s been too hot not to consider him a QB1.
- Think Mark Sanchez fits into the Philadelphia offense? He’s thrown for 300+ yards in three straight games and has 2 TD in three of his four starts. At this point there’s little reason to think that anything is going to change.
- Know when the last time Colin Kaepernick threw for more than 1 TD in a game was? Back on October 13, five games ago. Just to make matters worse, in two starts against Seattle last week he failed to top 175 yards in a game and combined for 2 TD and 3 INT. It’s definitely hard to consider him a viable option for this week.
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