Week 11 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks

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:

  1. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Atlanta
  2. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
  3. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Oakland
  4. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at New York Giants
  5. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. New England
  6. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Minnesota
  7. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
  8. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Tennessee
  9. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at New Orleans
  10. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Washington
  11. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Kansas City
  12. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  13. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Seattle
  14. Jay Cutler – Miami Dolphins – vs. Tampa Bay
  15. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at Los Angeles Chargers
  16. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Cleveland
  17. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Denver
  18. Drew Stanton – Arizona Cardinals – at Houston
  19. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Green Bay
  20. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Miami
  21. Case Keenum – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  22. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Buffalo
  23. Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
  24. Brett Hundley – Green Bay Packers – vs. Baltimore
  25. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at Pittsburgh

Thoughts:

  • 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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Make sure to check out all of our Week 11 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 11 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends
Week 10 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers

28 comments

  1. Chris says:

    Hi Prof, do you think Stanton is playing this week? Saw reports that he sprained his knee in the last game.

    Thanks

    • Chris says:

      Well, I just saw this on Rotoworld:
      Drew Stanton (knee) was seen throwing off to the side at Tuesday’s practice.

      The Cardinals won’t be releasing an injury report until Wednesday, though it sounds like Stanton is making progress after suffering a sprained knee in Thursday night’s loss to Seattle. Blaine Gabbert would likely start if Stanton is unavailable for Sunday’s game at Houston.

    • Yea, it’s too early to tell but I’d expect him to be in there once again

  2. Jay says:

    Lost Watson every team seems to have at least 2 on their teams. my best choices seem to be Tyrod (his 2 points last week didn’t help), Rivers , Keenum and Mariota. Standard scoring. Please rank first to worse. Looks I will be streaming unless someone gets cut or will trade.

  3. Kim says:

    Line up help. Standard scoring.

    1 QB pick 1- Culter Vs TB or Taylor @ LAC
    2 RB– Hunt And Kamara (start)
    2 WR pick 2- Dez vs Phil, Evans @ Miami, Fitz @ Houston or Parker vs TB
    1 Flex from RB- Darkwa vs KC, Ajayi @ Dallas, or other WR’s.

    I have going now:

    QB- Culter
    RB- Hunt and Kamara
    WR-Evans and Dez
    Flex-Ajayi

    Agreed? Its Standard League. Thank you!!!!

  4. Beans says:

    What’s up Professor? I own Cohen in 2 different PPR leagues. In 1 I own Howard the other no. If Howard goes down does Cohen get the carries or Cunningham? I gues my question is hold or dump Cohen. Nothing great avail but he is just taking up space on my bench. Thanks for the input.

  5. Brian says:

    Hey Prof,

    Trade Gordon and Keenan Allen for Evans and Tevin Coleman?

    Need another good WR badly…

    RB are Hunt, Gordon, Dion Lewis, and Mack
    WR are Allen, Funchess, Corey Davis, Doctsn and Nelson

    Am 8-2 and looking forward to possible playoffs. 1point PPR

  6. Andy says:

    Hi Prof,
    This week is my line up
    Team1: PPR
    QB: Matthew Stafford
    WR: Golden Tate, Michael Thomas
    RB: Melvin Gordon, Lamar Miller
    TE: Kyle Rudolph
    Flex: Amari Cooper
    BN: Sterling Shepard, Vernon Davis, Doug Martin
    I want to start Steling Shepard but dont know who I should bench .
    Team2: Should I drop Drew Bree and use Kirk Cousin ROS because Saint now run more than passing game ?
    Thanks

  7. Max says:

    With the news out of Buffalo that Tyrod will be sitting, should I hold on to him or hit the wire? I will be starting Stafford. Available QB’s are Dalton, Flacco, Keenum, and Osweiler

  8. David says:

    Prof,

    Presently in 3rd place in a 16 team PPR league. 1st place in our division @ 7-3. Two game lead over the other teams in the division with 3 games left which are in the division before the playoffs.

    This weeks lineup
    QB – Brees
    RB – Ingram, Abdullah
    WR – Fitzgerald, Cooks
    TE – Ertz
    K- Lutz

    Bench
    QB – Keenum
    RB – Collins, West
    WR – Ginn, Golladay
    TE – Kroft
    K – Catanzaro – on bye

    Do you see anything that needs changed? Would you drop Kroft and pickup Bridgewater in case Minnesota decides to change QB’s

    Thanks

  9. C says:

    Hey professor,

    Been rolling with Brees all season, but feel like I need more for the playoffs (#1 at 8-2). Our trade deadline is next week, and I’m thinking of making a move for Cam, Ben or Mariota before it’s too late.
    Who do you like the most ROS? Also, if I do get one of the mentioned, is it worth keeping Brees just in case, or better to speculate on another RB like Booker?
    Much appreciated, as always!

    • I’d take Newton and I’d hold onto Brees. I don’t think any of them are necessarily must play, though Newton’s upside is by far the highest

      • C says:

        The top tier QBs are held by owners who are likely heading to the playoffs and won’t trade them away, so I’m forced to settle for this group. Will try to trade for Cam.
        Thanks a lot!

  10. Colby says:

    1 point ppr
    Duke Johnson or sanu

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