Week 9 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

A lot of the top quarterbacks in the league have more difficult match-ups, but we’ve learned that sometimes you just have to stick with your stars.  Let’s take a look at how things currently look for the coming week:

  1. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Philadelphia
  2. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Dallas
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Arizona
  4. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – vs. Carolina
  5. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at Cincinnati
  6. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Jacksonville
  7. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New York Giants
  8. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Pittsburgh
  9. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Denver
  10. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Washington
  11. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at Tennessee
  12. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Oakland
  13. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Kansas City
  14. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – vs. Buffalo
  15. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at Atlanta
  16. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Miami
  17. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – at New Orleans
  18. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  19. Brandon Weeden – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
  20. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills – at Houston
  21. Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders – vs. Tampa Bay
  22. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at Indianapolis
  23. Blaine Gabbert – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Detroit
  24. Christian Ponder – Minnesota Vikings – at Seattle
  25. John Skelton – Arizona Cardinals – at Green Bay

Thoughts:

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers may not give up too many yards, but they are certainly susceptible to giving up touchdown passes.  Thus far they have allowed 11 TD with just 3 INT.  In other words, I wouldn’t downgrade Eli Manning due to the match-up.
  • Matthew Stafford responded to doubts about him with a big game against a tough defense, throwing for 352 yards, 3 TD and 1 INT against the Seattle Seahawks.  With a much favorable match-up against the Jacksonville Jaguars, everything would appear to be all systems go for Stafford.  While Calvin Johnson’s knee problems are concerning, it appears like Titus Young and Ryan Broles are prepared to step up and make plays.  He should be considered a QB1 in all formats this week.
  • Are team’s figuring out how to stop Robert Griffin III?  The Steelers held him to 8 yards on 6 carries, so it will be interesting to see if Carolina tries a similar strategy.  Of course, the Panthers are not the Steelers, so I would continue to have faith in Griffin as a clear QB1.
  • Cam Newton threw for 312 yards, 0 TD and 2 INT against a tough Bears’ defense.  Was it a great performance?  Of course not, but at least it gives us hope heading into a favorable match-up with the worst passing defense in the league (the Redskins are allowing 314.2 passing yards per game, as well as 19 TD).  He’s a risk, but one worth taking as a low-end QB1 this week.
  • After throwing 4 interceptions against the Giants in Week 8, do we trust Tony Romo against a Falcons defense that has 10 INT on the year?  He’s a low-end QB1, at best, and probably better suited as a QB2 this week.
  • Andrew Luck has been a different quarterback at home (6 TD, 2 INT) than on the road (2 TD, 6 INT).  Taking on the Miami Dolphins, at home, means Luck should be considered for the desperate as a QB1, though he’s much more of a QB2.
  • Before writing off Blaine Gabbert, keep in mind that he threw for 303 yards and a touchdown in Week 7.  His match-up with the Lions isn’t an awful one, considering they have allowed 10 TD vs. just 3 INT on the season.  As a low-end QB2, you certainly could do a lot worse.
  • Will Michael Vick maintain his starting role?  We’ll find out soon enough, but he’s a very risky option if he is holding his job.

23 comments

  1. Andrew says:

    If Vick is benched, where do you rank Foles?

    • Will Overton says:

      Because of the matchup I’d say Foles would fall right around the 15 – 16 range. He’s a total unknown, but the Saints secondary is absolutely awful.

  2. fiji.siv says:

    I’d argue that nobody is a risky option against the New Orleans “defense”.

  3. Ricky says:

    I have Rivers and Luck.

    Would you drop either to pickup Newton or Freeman?

    I’m thinking drop Rivers for Newton.

  4. GT says:

    You better hope Carson Palmer doesn’t read this blog.

  5. Jay says:

    what players would be an even trade for jamaal charles?

  6. Westie says:

    So I can see that RG3 is just above Peyton, I have both. So do I assume that you would recommend RG3?

  7. Roll Tide says:

    Prof -

    i have Brady at QB on a bye and put in for Freeman on waivers but someone else was granted.

    All that is left is Ponder, Wilson or Weedon none of whom have good match-ups.

    Thanks in advance!

  8. Double G says:

    I have Romo and Flacco. Would you drop either of these to add Freeman and play him this week? If so, which one?

  9. tony says:

    I have brady on a bye so would you go with romo or freeman? I feel Freeman could have another good week, but romo is going to have to throw so I am unsure.

  10. Ricky – I would drop Luck before I dropped Rivers, though is there someone else you could drop for Newton? He has too much upside to be available.

    Jay – Hard to say what other people are thinking, but I don’t think it would be enough.

    Westie – I would use RG3, but it’s really a coin flip. Go with your gut.

    Roll Tide – I’d definitely go Weedon. The Ravens defense is banged up and not the same unit that we are used to.

    Double G – I like Freeman for this week, but can’t say the same for the rest of the season. Is there anyone else you can drop as a one week option?

    tony – For this week, I do prefer Freeman over Romo.

  11. Moreno says:

    I have Brady on bye in a weird league where Qbs get a point per completion. Dalton Fitzpatrick and weeden are on the waiver wire. After what the Denver Defense did to Brees I’m having second thoughts… I’m leaning toward Fitzpatrick because I imagine Buffalo trying to play catch up. Am I totally off or what do you suggest? (Again Qbs get 1 point per completion). Thanks In advance

  12. Jimmy says:

    Eli manning or freeman? Fitzgerald or Gordon or cicil shorts?? Help,thank you

  13. Lisa says:

    newton or RG3????

  14. casey says:

    Who to start? WR Colston, Decker, D. Thomas RB T. Richardson, Alfred Morris, W. Mcgahee. This is a PPR league w/ 2 RB’s, 2 WR’s and a Flex. I thinking WR Thomas & Decker, RB Trent & Morris, FLEX: McGahee. I think Colston may have a tough matchup but he can light up the points on a good day.

  15. casey says:

    Cam’s been hit or miss this season, but I think he has a good math cup this week. I’m planning on starting him over Big Ben at the QB spot. My only concern is Ben has been more consistent but I want to maximize the points. Any ideas on this one?

  16. Lisa – RG3 for me

    casey:
    RB – Richardson & Morris
    WR – Decker & Thomas
    FLEX – Colston
    QB – Roethlisberger

    The FLEX is really a coin flip, though it’s tough to depend on three offensive players from one team. If you feel strongly about McGahee, though, I’d roll with him.

  17. Kyle says:

    So you’re saying that Eli is a must-start over Josh Freeman. Keep in mind that I do have Victor Cruz.

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