Week 9 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

Let’s get our weekly rankings kicked off with the top quarterbacks for Week 9.  There are definitely some intriguing matchups, like Rodgers vs. Rivers and Brady vs. Manning.  Who will come out as the best options?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at San Diego
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. New York Giants
  3. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  4. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Green Bay
  5. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Chicago
  6. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at New England
  7. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Seattle
  8. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Indianapolis
  9. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – vs. Cleveland
  10. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  11. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
  12. Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Miami
  13. Tim Tebow – Denver Broncos – at Oakland
  14. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – at Arizona
  15. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills – vs. New York Jets
  16. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
  17. Colt McCoy – Cleveland Browns – at Houston
  18. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at Philadelphia
  19. Matt Hasselbeck – Tennessee Titans – vs. Cincinnati
  20. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – at Buffalo
  21. Curtis Painter – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Atlanta
  22. Kevin Kolb – Arizona Cardinals – vs. St. Louis
  23. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Tennessee
  24. Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders – vs. Denver
  25. Tarvaris Jackson – Seattle Seahawks – at Dallas

Thoughts:

  • Drew Brees was not at his best in Week 8, going 30-44 for 269 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT.  However, you had better believe that he will be out for blood this week after being held under 300 yards for just the second time all year.  The first time he faced Tampa Bay this season he threw for 383 yards, 1 TD and 3 INT in Week 6.  With the Buccaneers being among the worst passing defenses, I would expect a nice bounce back campaign.
  • With the potential for a shootout between the Packers and Chargers, look for Philip Rivers to have a big day.  While Rivers hasn’t been great at throwing touchdowns this season, the Packers have been porous against the pass (thanks to building big leads).  Look for him to get one or two this week.
  • Eli Manning torched the Miami Dolphins in Week 8, going 31-45 for 349 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT.  He now has 2 TD or more in five of his past six games and prepares himself for a matchup with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.  Just to give you an idea of how bad the Patriots secondary has been, Ben Roethlisberger and company got them for 365 yards this past week, the fourth quarterback to throw for over 360 yards against them this season (and sixth of seven to throw for at least 317).  In other words, Manning should be in store for a big day.
  • Tim Tebow was terrible in Week 8, yet his numbers were still very usable for fantasy owners throwing for 172 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT while also running 10 times for 63 yards.  Amazingly he has not rushed for a touchdown in either of his two starts, but we all know that’s going to come before we know it (especially with Willis McGahee out).  He could easily be the primary goal line runner in Oakland, but the bloom appears to be off the rose a bit.  Consider him more of a low-end QB1/QB2 until he settles in.
  • I know Josh Freeman had 4 INT in Week 7, but he also has 567 yards and 4 TD over his past two starts.  It seems like things are starting to come together and he should have to throw the ball early and often to keep up with the Saints.  Consider him a low-end QB1 for the coming week and easily could establish himself as a must use option for the rest of the year.
  • While Cleveland’s pass defense may have looked good of late, it’s not like they’ve faced very good offenses.  Over the past three weeks they’ve drawn Oakland, Seattle and San Francisco.  With Andre Johnson potentially back next week, Matt Schaub should still be considered a low-end QB1.
  • Will this be the week Sam Bradford returns to the Rams lineup?  If he does he will be an intriguing play against an Arizona Cardinals defense that has been susceptible against the pass.
  • Tarvaris Jackson has clearly regained his job as the Seahawks’ starting quarterback.  Taking over for Charlie Whitehurst, Jackson went 21-40 for 323 yards, 0 TD and 1 INT against the Bengals in Week 8.  In two-quarterback formats he has brought himself into viability, though still as a low-end option as a QB2.  It will take more than one game to convince anyone.
  • Joe Flacco went 31-51 for 336 yards, 0 TD and 1 INT against the Cardinals in Week 8.  Now, he gets the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Does anyone really think he can replicate the performance?  It was a nice showing, but given his inconsistency thus far it’s impossible to trust him in shallower formats.
  • How will Carson Palmer do in his return to an NFL starting lineup?  It’s a risky play making him a viable QB2 and someone to monitor moving forward.

Make sure to check out our other Week 9 articles:

Week 9 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs
Week 8 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers

8 comments

  1. Tony says:

    I have Big Ben going up against Rogers. Is it worth taking a risk and doing a matchup play with Cassel? Side note, I have Bowe.

    • Cassel does have a much better matchup, so I wouldn’t be completely adverse to it. Personally I would go with Big Ben, but that doesn’t make it wrong by any stretch.

      I’d say they are close enough that I’d go with my gut. Mine is saying Big Ben, but that’s just my opinion.

  2. Ramblin' Wreck says:

    With the following team I’m leading my 10 team PPR league @ 7-1 but should I look to move anyone for a “top” QB? The second place team is also 7-1 but I won H2H while he had a terrible bye week. I don’t want to mess up a good thing but I’m just worried about the QB position

    QB- E.Manning, M.Schaub
    RB-L.McCoy, F.Jackson,J.Best,Battle
    WR-Fitzgerald,Welker,Harvin
    TE-Witten
    Flex-A.Hernandez
    K-Cundiff

    • I actually don’t have a problem with a Manning/Schaub combo. To upgrade over those guys you are going to have to deal a McCoy, Jackson or Welker, most likely. That just doesn’t seem anything close to worth it.

      Maybe if the Philip Rivers owner is willing to deal him for something like Schaub and Best, but that’s about it. With Best’s injury concern, you need to keep Battle for RB depth.

      That’s about the only flier I could see taking, though, at the same time Best could be a good FLEX down the stretch. I’d probably stand pat.

  3. Luc says:

    Who would you recommend starting this week between Cassel and Freeman? The chiefs are looking hot right now and I feel Cassel can put up some great numbers especially with Vontae Davis not playing this week. I’m aware of Freeman’s numbers against the Saints, but the Saints run defence has been lousy, and with Blount coming back I feel TB will take advantage of that.

    • Having them back-to-back on the rankings I really could see it going either way.

      That said, Davis’ absence is going to help Cassel (as is the emergence of Jonathan Baldwin). As for Freeman, would it be a surprise to see TB fall behind early and force them to pass?

      It’s a coin flip. I would probably go with Freeman, but I’d go with your gut (which seems to be steering you to Cassel). Both should post strong days.

  4. Thomas says:

    I am considering starting Tebow over Roth this week. I think Tebow will rush for a TD this week and throw for at least one score.

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