Week 10 Rankings (2018): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The NFL season just keeps moving along, and before we know it the playoffs will be upon us.  At this point we have a clear idea of which quarterbacks are the “must use” options and which defenses you want to focus on (and in turn, which are the ones you want to avoid if possible).  While bye weeks continue to complicate things, the absence of Deshaun Watson & Kirk Cousins hurts but shouldn’t cripple fantasy owners.  Who are the best options for the coming week?  Let’s take a look and break it all down:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Miami
  2. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Cleveland
  3. Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Arizona
  4. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Pittsburgh
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Cincinnati
  6. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  7. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Tennessee
  8. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – at Oakland
  9. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Los Angeles Rams
  10. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Carolina
  11. Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
  12. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
  13. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Seattle
  14. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Washington
  15. Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns – vs. Atlanta
  16. Alex Smith – Washington Redskins – at Tampa Bay
  17. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. New Orleans
  18. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
  19. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at San Francisco
  20. Brock Osweiler – Miami Dolphins – at Green Bay
  21. Nick Mullens – San Francisco 49ers – vs. New York Giants
  22. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  23. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – vs. New England
  24. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  25. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Indianapolis

Thoughts:

  • No one is going to question Patrick Mahomes, but this week’s matchup with the Cardinals will be his stiffest test of the season.  That said he has been stopped before, throwing 1 TD in a two-week span against the Broncos and Jaguars, and Arizona is among the best defenses at stopping opposing quarterbacks allowing just 8 TD (averaging 1 TD per game).  Can they slow down Mahomes (because it’s impossible to think that they will stop him, with seven straight games of 300+ yards)?  That remains to be seen, but it at least brings a small question to his upside and keeps him from the top spot.
  • Tom Brady has thrown for 1 TD over the past two weeks and draws a tough road matchup against the Titans.  Obviously a healthy Rob Gronkowski would help (though he hasn’t been great this season) as would his developing rapport with Josh Gordon.  No one is about to sit Brady, unless you are loaded at the position, but keep in mind the questions.
  • Drew Brees and the Saints take their show on the road in Week 10, something that’s always a questionable proposition.  Brees has thrown 945 yards, 6 TD and 1 INT in four road games, which are respectable numbers (though he has 12 TD and 0 INT in his four home games).  Are the worse numbers due to the matchups (his last two road starts was against the Ravens and Vikings)?  That’s a fair argument, and a matchup with the Bengals is a favorable one against a team that’s allowed the third most yards and 18 TD.  There’s a little risk, but don’t shy away.
  • We finally saw Russell Wilson air the ball out a little bit more, attempting 39 passes in Week 9 (he had 26 attempts or fewer in five straight games).  Obviously we’d have liked to see somewhat better results (235 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT), but he also set a season high with 41 rushing yards further adding to the potential appeal.  In what could be a bit of a shootout with the Rams, Wilson finds himself on the QB1 spectrum.
  • Mitchell Trubisky took a sizable step backwards in Week 9 (135 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT), though with the defense racking up points on it’s own the Bears didn’t need him to do much.  That’s back-to-back relatively poor outings (355 total yards), but the matchup with the Lions should be a much closer one and again provide him ample opportunities.  We have to suppress his ranking a little bit, but he remains a potential QB1 depending on your alternatives.
  • Sure it was against the Chiefs, but in the first week with the new coaching regime Baker Mayfield threw for 297 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT.  In another favorable matchup against the Falcons, he should continue to mature and produce solid numbers.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 10 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 10 Rankings (2018): Top 20 Tight Ends
Week 9 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Kickers

21 comments

  1. RT says:

    RP – what’s your thought on Winston? Time to dump or hang on? Thanks!

  2. Patriots says:

    Good Morning Professor, 1/2 point ppr, 12 team . Droppable Bench consists of Winston, Hines, Penny,Jordan reed , . This league has no qbs on the wire, so Winston is on bench for depth lol,. Waiver Wire has duke, Elijah McGuire, Josh Adams. Would you drop penny or Hines for duke? The penny situation could be interesting if Seattle looses again, my thinking is they could turn to him in the fantasy playoffs or sooner. Also a zeke owner and I don’t have rod smith yet.. or stay as is for now and eventually get Smith for the worst of the bench.
    Thank You

  3. I’d drop Hines for either Johnson or McGuire

  4. Kermit says:

    Hey Prof – I did not listen to my gut week 9 and played Aaron Rodgers over Drew Brees. I don’t want to make that misstep again this week. Stick with Rodgers week 10? Thanks

  5. Jim Barton says:

    My kicker is off this week and one of my options for a replacement is Adam Viniatari. The team I am playing against has Andrew Luck. Is there any benefit or negative reason to have your kicker going against the other teams QB? Or should I base my decision on a kicker on a high scoring team that is a favorite? My other choices would be Matt Bryant/Giorgio Tavechio, Michael Badgley, or Jake Elliot.

  6. Ted says:

    Getting tired of Brady’s lackluster performance this season, is Fitzpatrick worth playing this week over Brady?

  7. David says:

    Prof,

    I’m about to get sick of Brady. I had a very winnable match-up week 8 and he blew it. Last week with his one TD almost lost another one for me.

    16 Team PPR League we can play TE’s as WR.

    Question #1 – Would you think about playing Dalton in Brady’s
    place this week?

    Question #2 – Pick 2 – Ito Smith, Gore J. Williams, Miller (Bye)

    Question #3 – Pick 3 – Woods, Edelman, Gronk, Olsen, Cobb, Tre’Quan Smith

    My kicker will be Lutz.

    Thanks

  8. ossqss says:

    Hi Prof.

    Tough week for my QB choice. Trubisky or Luck, or even Dalton on waivers? 6 point TD league.

  9. Simon says:

    Hi Professor,

    I need a QB this week, would you go with Dalton, Mayfield or Mullens?

    Thank you

  10. Pablo E says:

    I have Watson on a bye this week and am in need of QB help with no other QB rostered in this league(12 team standard). Darnold looks like he wont play this week, so in that case would you rank McCown above Mariota or Mullens? Appreciate the insight as always

  11. Jay says:

    Have Ryan and Cousins at QB Wentz just dropped. It’s a no brainer to try and get Wentz for Cousins on the waiver wire right?

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