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:
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Washington
- Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – vs. Indianapolis
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Kansas City
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at Dallas
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Denver
- Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Seattle
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Miami
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Green Bay
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
- Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at New York Giants
- Josh McCown – New York Jets – vs. Buffalo
- Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – vs. Baltimore
- Drew Stanton – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
- Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Cincinnati
- Jacoby Brissett – Indianapolis Colts – at Houston
- C.J. Beathard – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
- Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Trevor Siemian – Denver Broncos – at Philadelphia
- Brett Hundley – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Jacksonville
- 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.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 9 rankings: