by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
If you strictly look at the name appeal you are going to have issues setting your starting lineup each week. As the 2017 season drags on it has become crystal clear that players like Matt Ryan and Drew Brees, recently locked in Top 5 plays, are no longer must use options. In their place we’ve seen Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and others rise and fill the void. Who are the quarterbacks we should be trusting for Week 11? Who should we be skeptical about? Let’s take a look:
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Atlanta
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Oakland
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at New York Giants
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. New England
- Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Minnesota
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Tennessee
- Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at New Orleans
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Washington
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Kansas City
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Seattle
- Jay Cutler – Miami Dolphins – vs. Tampa Bay
- Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Cleveland
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Denver
- Drew Stanton – Arizona Cardinals – at Houston
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Green Bay
- Ryan Fitzpatrick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Miami
- Case Keenum – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Buffalo
- Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
- Brett Hundley – Green Bay Packers – vs. Baltimore
- Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at Pittsburgh
- The New York Giants were thought to have one of the elite secondaries in the NFL, though they’ve clearly given up in what is a lost season. That’s the only plausible explanation, after watching C.J. Beathard and the San Francisco 49ers rip off big plays and the rookie QB finishing by going 19-25 for 288 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT. If they did that, what type of numbers will Alex Smith and a capable passing attack put up? He may not be the top option, but he’s clearly Top 5.
- Speaking of the Chiefs-Giants matchup, this is a rare week that Eli Manning is going to return to QB1 status. The Chiefs have struggled against the pass and Manning showed in Week 10 that he can still put up viable numbers with Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard as the top options. He’s not elite, given the questions, though he does have Top 5 upside.
- The outlook for Dak Prescott is a bit of a question, after he was under consistent pressure in Week 10. You would think that the loss of Ezekiel Elliot would mean more throwing opportunities, but he managed just 176 yards and 0 TD in the first game that the suspension was in effect. His day was saved, to an extent, by a rushing TD. He’s accomplished that in 3 of 4 games, and that’s a trend that could easily continue. He’s still a QB1 and a must use option, but don’t overlook the concerns. If the Cowboys can’t fix the protection issue, the numbers are going to remain suppressed.
- Over his past three games Derek Carr has racked up 300+ yards in each game, with 5 TD vs. 3 INT. We’d love to see fewer interceptions, though the Patriots have just 7 on the season and while they have been better of late the upside is still there.
- It’s hard to imagine Jared Goff continuing to put up the gaudy numbers he has over the past few weeks, but after Kirk Cousins got the Vikings for 327 yards there’s hope. We obviously expect the Rams’ offense the continue as the Todd Gurley show, but with Minnesota allowing the fewest points per week to opposing rushing attacks it makes sense for Goff, Robert Woods and company to have the potential to put up another solid day (or better).
- No one wants to trust Blake Bortles, though he continues to put up solid value… At least on paper, because in reality you have to wonder if his job is on shaky ground. He hasn’t thrown for more than 1 TD in a game since Week 3 and is coming off a 2 INT performance. That said he’ll have a favorable matchup and continues to get the opportunity to throw the football (though the issues with Leonard Fournette have impacted that). He’s on the QB2 spectrum, but still a hard sell as a must start option.
- It was a solid game for Drew Stanton against the Seahawks, throwing for 273 yards, 1 TD and 0 INT. Things get easier this week, and while Adrian Peterson may be the focus of the offense they are clearly going to throw the ball (47 attempts) and he has the weapons to produce. Don’t ignore him as a solid QB2.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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