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:
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Miami
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Cleveland
- Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Arizona
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Pittsburgh
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Cincinnati
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Tennessee
- Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – at Oakland
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Los Angeles Rams
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Carolina
- Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
- Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Seattle
- Ryan Fitzpatrick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Washington
- Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns – vs. Atlanta
- Alex Smith – Washington Redskins – at Tampa Bay
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. New Orleans
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – at San Francisco
- Brock Osweiler – Miami Dolphins – at Green Bay
- Nick Mullens – San Francisco 49ers – vs. New York Giants
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
- Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – vs. New England
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Indianapolis
- 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.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 10 rankings: