Week 9 Rankings (2016): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Things should get easier, but we once again have to maneuver around six teams on bye weeks and a few extremely difficult matchups.  The potential return of Ben Roethlisberger would certainly help, but it’s hardly enough.  Let’s take a look at how things stack up for the coming week, as we try to sort it all out:

  1. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Tampa Bay
  2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Indianapolis
  3. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Green Bay
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at San Francisco
  5. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Tennessee
  6. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Atlanta
  7. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Los Angeles
  8. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at Cleveland
  9. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Baltimore
  10. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at San Diego
  11. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Buffalo
  12. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
  13. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
  14. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Denver
  15. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. New York Jets
  16. Sam Bradford – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Detroit
  17. Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets – at Miami
  18. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Jacksonville
  19. Josh McCown – Cleveland Browns – vs. Dallas
  20. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Pittsburgh
  21. Trevor Siemian – Denver Broncos – at Oakland
  22. Case Keenum – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Carolina
  23. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Kansas City
  24. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at New York Giants
  25. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at Seattle


  • Sure Aaron Rodgers “only” threw for 246 yards in Week 8, but he added 60 yards on the ground and threw 4 TD.  He’s clearly going to continue airing the ball out, considering the status of the running game, has 7 TD passes over the past two weeks and draws a Colts defense that has allowed 14 TD vs. just 2 INT.  It’s hard not to like him once again this week.
  • Obviously part of the damage against Tennessee in Week 8 came during garbage time, but that doesn’t change the fact that they have now allowed at least 337 passing yards in back-to-back weeks.  Over the past six weeks Philip Rivers has thrown for at least 320 yards four times and the only time he was under 267 was against the difficult Denver defense.  In other words he’s a good bet to put up big numbers once again.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep losing running backs, with Jacquizz Rodgers going down in Week 8.  Assuming he can’t play, that is going to force the team to lean even harder on Jameis Winston, who threw for 281 yards, 4 TD and 1 INT against the Falcons in Week 1.  Atlanta has continued to be hospitable to opposing QB all season long (2,403 yards, 19 TD), so it’s easy to envision another strong day for Winston in Week 9.
  • There have been reports that Ben Roethlisberger will return this week, so as of now we are going to include him on the rankings.  That said, we’ll have to monitor the news closely and see how things play out.  Landry Jones would come in significantly lower on these rankings, so be prepared to find an alternative option.
  • Sure Philadelphia has been a good defense this season, but they just allowed Dak Prescott to get them for 287 yards and 2 TD.  Coming off the bye week and hopefully figuring things out, Eli Manning should be considered a high level QB2.
  • In most weeks Matthew Stafford and Derek Carr would be above average options.  This week, though, their draws are among the toughest in the league.  That’s going to drop them to QB2 options, but with the bye weeks and other questionable situations they are still viable.
  • The Jets just allowed Josh McCown to throw for 341 yards.  Sure Ryan Tannehill has his question marks, but it’s impossible not to like him as a high-end QB2 for this week.

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  1. Patriots says:

    Hello Professor, 12 team standard, I have been streaming eli and bradford but flaco, Kaepernick and cutler are on waivers. For ros, Would you drop bradford for one of the qb’s on waivers? Thank you

  2. Krysta says:

    The usual…Blake or Tyrod?

  3. Patriots – I could see dropping him for Flacco (or Cutler). I wouldn’t trust Kaepernick, but those three are pretty interchangeable.

    KYsta – I hate them both this week, but I hate Bortles just slightly less

  4. Cara Stewart says:

    I have Russel Wilson but he has been so bad I have been playing Andy Dalton. With Dalton on a bye I can grab Tannehill or McCown or just take my chances on Wilson??? Thoughts??

  5. James says:

    Rivers or Winston?

    Who will have the bigger points total?

  6. Jason says:

    Ryan Tannehill or Nick Foles?

  7. JZ says:

    I have Brady on BYE and need another QB. Would you go with Flacco over Siemian? Or should I look elsewhere in perhaps Bradford or McCown?

  8. James – I’m leaning Rivers, but it’s really a coinflip. Good problem to have.

    Jason – Tannehill for me

    JZ – Of those I’d go Bradford, but don’t love it

  9. Hello,

    I know it’s a good problem to have, but would I be crazy to start Rivers over Brees?
    My thinking is both the Saints and Niners D are terrible against the run and both teams would be wise to run the ball. That means the clock would be killed and limits Brees’s opportunity. I know Brees will be good for 250 yards and 2 TD’s. On the flipside, the Charger vs. Tenn game has the making of a shootout. Rivers has been money at home. I just need someone to tell me it wouldn’t be crazy to start Rivers over Brees.
    What do you think?
    Thanks for your help!

  10. Aaron says:

    I have aaron rodgers and drew brees somehow on my team, which one should i start?

  11. K says:

    Ok, here’s my situation…

    Someone dumped Carr, and I may drop Wilson for him when he comes off waivers. Problem is that I also have Big Ben and if he can’t go for some reason, I’d be stuck playing Carr against DEN this week.

    Worth it to nab Carr ROS over Wilson while possibly gambling on QB this week?

    As always, thanks!!

    • That’s tough, as I think Wilson should be on the rise while Carr could take a step back. At the end of the day, Roethlisberger would likely be your starter most weeks, so I’d look at it from a Week 9 and that’s Wilson

  12. James Teitelbaum says:

    I’m in a bit of a pickle, big ben is my go to quarterback and my only other option is sam Bradford or picking up Nick foles, Collin kappernick, tannehill, or Kessler in his place. Would you start one of these guys or take yours chances with big ben.

  13. Chria says:

    Carr or mariota???

  14. Max says:

    Eli or Nick Foles? Not much of a choice.

  15. Jon says:

    Wilson, tannehil, or foles?

    Wilson has been costing me.

  16. bBoss says:

    I’ve got T. Montgomery/Davante Adams and B. Cooks and Enunywa

    Professor, which to bench?

    lastly,Prof., Mariota or Brees to start? expecting a shootout with SD and Tenn and a huge rushing attach with NO vs SF.

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