by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Injuries have played a significant role in the quarterback landscape, but they are not the only think wreaking havoc. There have been numerous quarterbacks across the league whose performance has struggled (like Eli Manning), though others have stepped up and emerged as viable QB1 (like Josh McCown and Jared Goff). How does it all come together, along with the bye weeks, for Week 10? Let’s take a look:
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Denver
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at Atlanta
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Buffalo
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Cleveland
- Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – vs. New Orleans
- Josh McCown – New York Jets – at Tampa Bay
- Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Houston
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Indianapolis
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Dallas
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Miami
- Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – vs. Minnesota
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – at San Francisco
- Jay Cutler – Miami Dolphins – at Carolina
- Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – vs. Cincinnati
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Tennessee
- Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- C.J. Beathard – San Francisco 49ers – vs. New York Giants
- Ryan Fitzpatrick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New York Jets
- Brock Osweiler – Denver Broncos – vs. New England
- Case Keenum – Minnesota Vikings – at Washington
- Jacoby Brissett – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Pittsburgh
- Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – at Jacksonville
- Tom Savage – Houston Texans – at Los Angeles Rams
- Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – vs. Green Bay
- Remember when the Broncos were a scary defense for your QB to square off against? In Week 9 Carson Wentz torched them for 4 TD, and while the yardage wasn’t necessarily there it didn’t have to be. The stigma of facing Denver simply isn’t there, and it’s unlikely you’d shy away from using Tom Brady anyway. Fire him up as one of the best options once again in Week 10.
- In his first game post-Kelvin Benjamin, Cam Newton managed just 137 yards passing with 0 TD and 0 INT. His day was saved by rushing for 86 yards and 1 TD, and that’s something that he’ll likely need to continue depending on moving forward. He has 1 TD throw over his past three games and 2 TD vs. 6 INT over the past four. While opposing QB have been able to pass against the Dolphins, they haven’t given up much on the ground. The risk of them bottling up Newton drags down his potential value, though he’s still a QB1 given the uncertainty surrounding the position across the league.
- Who would’ve thought that Jared Goff would be a solid play as a QB1 in any given week? He’s coming off a monster performance against the New York Giants (311 yards, 4 TD) and now draws a banged up Houston defense that has consistently been beaten by opposing QB (for example, Jacoby Brissett threw for 308 yards and 2 TD in Week 9).
- We all know that Kirk Cousins has the upside and it will be tough to sit him down, but he’s struggled finding the end zone for two straight weeks (510 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT). The Vikings also represent a difficult matchup, and that further limits the potential. It is all going to depend on your alternative, but he’s only a borderline QB1.
- Eli Manning has been a bitter disappointment, partly due to injuries to his supporting cast. At the same time let’s not pretend that he was impressive at any time during the season, even before the Giants’ season snowballed out of control. A favorable matchup with the 49ers keeps him as a solid QB2 for this week, but under normal circumstances he would’ve been a locked in QB1 in this same situation.
- It has been a disappointing season for Marcus Mariota, though the return of Corey Davis should help and he did throw for 2 TD in Week 9. Is that enough to get excited, though?
- Brock Osweiler struggled in his first start, going 19-38 for 208 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT. He has a favorable matchup against the Patriots, but you have to wonder if Paxton Lynch will get his opportunity as soon as he’s viewed as healthy and ready to roll. If Osweiler plays the full game he’s going to be a viable QB2, but know that the plug could be pulled at any moment.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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