Week 9 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks: Questions, Questions & More Questions…

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are questions hovering all across the quarterback position as we head into Week 9.  There are six teams with their bye week…  There are injuries causing questions (like for Joe Flacco and Jay Cutler)…  There is potential change on the horizon…  Oh, and just for fun there was a major shakeup with the 49ers acquiring a new starting QB (the only question is if he’ll be ready to play in Week 9 or not).  How does this all shake out?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Washington
  2. Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – vs. Indianapolis
  3. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Kansas City
  4. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at Dallas
  5. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Denver
  6. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Seattle
  7. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta
  8. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  9. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
  10. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Miami
  11. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Green Bay
  12. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
  13. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at New York Giants
  14. Josh McCown – New York Jets – vs. Buffalo
  15. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – vs. Baltimore
  16. Drew Stanton – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
  17. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Cincinnati
  18. Jacoby Brissett – Indianapolis Colts – at Houston
  19. C.J. Beathard – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
  20. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  21. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  22. Trevor Siemian – Denver Broncos – at Philadelphia
  23. Brett Hundley – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
  24. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Jacksonville
  25. Jay Cutler – Miami Dolphins – vs. Oakland


  • Drew Brees as a favorable matchup, taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, though his numbers have been rather pedestrian of late (including eclipsing 2 TD just once this season and 1 TD over the past two weeks).  With the Saints turning to Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara as the offenses focus, even with the matchup there’s a good chance Brees could underwhelm.  He’s a QB1, but not a locked in Top 5 as we’d like to think.
  • The weather played a role in Dak Prescott’s limited opportunities in Week 8 (143 yards, 0 TD), but he had thrown for 3 TD in each of his previous three games.  If you take out his 2 INT against Denver he only has 2 on the season, as he’s been efficient and gets an extremely favorable matchup (and also could be without Ezekiel Elliot, though the legal process continues to play out there).  Fire him up as one of the better options this week.
  • Over the past four weeks Carson Wentz has thrown for 13 TD vs. 3 INT, though he’s been at 268 yards or fewer in each of the past three games (including days of 222 and 211 yards).  That’s going to make him a TD dependent QB, and while he could continue the roll against the Broncos it’s hardly a guarantee.  It downgrades him, but it doesn’t mean he isn’t one of the better options.
  • We may want to call Matt Ryan’s Week 8 performance as a “bounce back”, though he still only threw for 254 yards and 2 TD against the Jets.  The yardage is his best since Week 3, and only twice has he been above it (Week 1 and Week 3).  Considering the matchup against Carolina, it’s easy to argue him as a QB2 for the coming week.
  • Matthew Stafford has attempted fewer than 31 passes just once on the season (21 back in Week 2), and has now thrown the football at least 45 times in each of his past two games (and over 41 times in four of seven games).  Amazingly his 45 attempts and 423 yards didn’t yield a TD in Week 8, but how often will that happen?
  • Drew Stanton, Jacoby Brissett and C.J. Beathard have favorable matchups, though have they given us reason to believe that a big performance is coming?  They are viable QB2, but hardly players we can trust.  Beathard has the biggest questions hanging over him, thanks to the acquisition of Jimmy Garoppolo.  If the 49ers feel their new QB is ready to go, he’d at the very least assume Beathard’s spot on these rankings but could also rise as high as about #15.
  • There are rumblings that Trevor Siemian could be out as the Broncos starting QB after a miserable Monday night performance.  Monitor the news, but even if he keeps his job he’s a tough sell right now.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 9 rankings:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Week 9 Rankings (2017): Top 40 Running Backs
Week 8 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers


  1. James says:

    Would you start Doyle over Kroft this week?

  2. Andy says:

    Good morning Eric,
    This is my line up week 9
    QB: Drew Brees
    WR: Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate
    RB: Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara
    TE: Zach Ertz
    Flex: Doug Martin
    BN: Sterling Shepard, Keenan Allen, DEMarco Murray
    Def: Buffalo or Detroit or Houston or RAM

    1. I did not know start Christian McCaffrey or DeMarco Murray or Doug Martin or what line up you will do to make it better ?
    2. What Def should I use
    I lost 2 in a row so need to win this week

  3. Eric says:

    IM suprised to see you have Cousins ranked so high- going against a tough Seahawks D and beat up OLine- would mind elaborating ? THanks

  4. darrick says:

    hey professor, which qb would you start this week mariota or goff

  5. Haggy says:

    Got Prescott and Watson.. Who do I start this week.

  6. Darrick says:

    I was just offered a trade. Wilson and Jeffrey for Mike thoma. Would you accept this trade. At the moment my qbs are mariota and rivers

  7. chris says:

    Winston or Wentz????

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