Week 10 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

There have been some impressive performances of late from quarterbacks from players like Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger.  Philp Rivers showed signs of turning things around in Week 9, but of course also threw way too many interceptions.  Can Joe Flacco, Carson Palmer or Josh Freeman become viable weekly options?  Let’s look at all the questions and see how our quarterback rankings shake out for the coming week:

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


  • Matt Schaub was extremely unimpressive in Week 9, going 14-23 for 119 yards, 0 TD and 1 INT.  However, he has rushing touchdowns in back-to-back games, had a touchdown pass in every game heading into Week 9 (and 16 straight dating back to 2010) and faces a Tampa Bay defense that is in the bottom 10 in the league against the pass.  He should still be considered a low-end QB1/top QB2 in all formats.
  • The Buffalo Bills have a nose for the football, with 15 interceptions on the season.  However, they also just let Mark Sanchez throw for 230 yards (and we’ll talk about him shortly).  Tony Romo threw for 279 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT in Week 9, breaking back-to-back games with 203 yards or less.  Of course, we all know he’s also prone to the INT, so be careful with him for the coming week.
  • Matt Ryan showed what was possible when he had his full array of weapons healthy, throwing for 3 TD (including a pair of long plays to Julio Jones).  It’s easy to imagine the Falcons needing to throw the ball a lot in order to keep up with Drew Brees and company, making Ryan a very good play once again for the coming week.
  • Taking on the New York Jets or not, is anyone really going to consider sitting Tom Brady?  He has thrown for over 320 yards in each of the last two games he’s played against them, including a 4 TD performance in 2010.  There’s no reason to consider him anything but a great option for the coming week.
  •  It appears like Matt Cassel and the Chiefs passing game is starting to find its stride, as he’s thrown for over 250 yards in back-to-back games and four of his last five.  Against a Denver defense that is among the worst generating interceptions, look towards him as a low-end QB1/solid QB2.
  • Tim Tebow is starting to look a little bit and may have saved his job in Week 9 by throwing for 124 yards and 2 TD while rushing for 118 yards.  He is going to have his struggles, but his potential to break a few runs as well as throw for TD is going to keep him as a solid option as long as he’s playing.
  • It’s a tough matchup for Sam Bradford, as Cleveland is one of the best passing defenses in the league.  That said, with Brandon Lloyd now at his disposal, I would still consider him a viable QB2 for this week.
  • Even against a weak New England Patriots secondary, does anyone have faith in Mark Sanchez?  He has five straight games of 230 yards or less, including three games under 175.  They clearly have gone towards a ground and pound approach, as they should, but it helps keep Sanchez as a low-end option at best.

Make sure to check out all the rest of our Week 10 articles:

Week 10 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs
Week 9 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers


  1. Thomas says:

    In the same situation again as last week. Should I start Roethlisberger or Tebow this week? Last week I started Tebow and he paid off big time. Looks like there’s going to be a QB controversy from my team!

    • Yea, you can say that again. It really is a toss up, though I’d tend to go with Roethlisberger for this week. He’s playing at a very high level and Tebow is still extremely unpredictable.

      However, I really could see it going either way.

  2. Adam Po says:

    Who do I start in week 10, Rivers or Roethlisberger? I think I like Rivers matchup against the Raiders more than the Bengals. The consistency is what scares me…

  3. JR says:

    Rotoprofessor, I need help for Week 10, standard league. 1QB, 2RB, 2WR, 1 flex, 1TE.
    QB-Romo, Roethlisberger
    RB-A. Foster, W. McGahee, B. Wells, M. Tolbert
    WR-J. Maclin, G. Jennings, P. Harvin, D. Heyward-Bey
    TE-D. Clark, J. Ballard

  4. Jason says:

    Having a hard time in choosing a qb. I have to choose between stafford and romo. My mind tells me stafford but im not sure due to them playing chicago in the cold. I know stafford is a slow starter also. Romo on the other hand is playing against a not so good secondary that is giving up 250 yrds average through the air. So who should I go with. I also have robinson and calvin johnson as wr’s.

  5. ernest says:

    Hello I have j stewart, pierre thomas, victor cruz and laurent robinson which rb should I start an who should I flex outta those four thanks love your posts

  6. Nate says:

    Should I be concerned with the wind in Cincy since I’m starting big Ben and a. Brown? Wind gust of 40 mph.

    Also I had the Pack as my defense but im leaning mor towards the lions now since soldier field is going to be windy also.

    Am I analyzing this too much?

    • With Roethlisberger I think you are overthinking things a little bit. I don’t think the wind is going to play a major role in his performance, so I would continue rolling with him. Though, who would your other option be?

      As for the D, I had them extremely close to begin with (I actually had the Lions ranked a spot above Green Bay), so I have no issue making the change there. Both should be solid plays, though.

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