Week 10 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

This week is not necessarily an easy one for fantasy owners as they will likely face the decision of sitting down the quarterback they have been trusting (i.e. Eli Manning, Tony Romo or Philip Rivers) in favor of a breakout performer (i.e. Josh Freeman or Andrew Luck).  Let’s take a look at how everything breaks down in this week’s rankings:

  1. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
  3. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
  4. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Kansas City
  5. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at Carolina
  6. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
  7. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. San Diego
  8. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Denver
  9. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. New York Giants
  10. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
  11. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Cincinnati
  12. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
  13. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Tampa Bay
  14. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Oakland
  15. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  16. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. Tennessee
  17. Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders – at Baltimore
  18. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills – at New England
  19. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Houston
  20. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – at Chicago
  21. Christian Ponder – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Detroit
  22. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New York Jets
  23. Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
  24. Matt Hasselbeck – Tennessee Titans – at Miami
  25. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – at Seattle


  • Matt Ryan entered his bye week with 17 TD vs. 6 INT and draws a New Orleans defense that has been beaten up by the pass this season.  Is there any reason to think that they can slow down the high powered Falcons offense?
  • It was a record setting Week 9 for Andrew Luck, throwing for 433 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT.  It shouldn’t be surprising that he has had some ups and downs this season, but he has thrown for at least 280 yards in three of his past four games.  He hasn’t thrown a significant number of touchdowns, with 10 in eight games, and the Jaguars haven’t allowed many this season (nine).  That risk does put a limit on his potential value, but there’s enough upside to consider him a low-end QB1.
  • It was actually a somewhat successful Week 9 for Cam Newton, throwing for 201 yards, 1 TD and 0 INT while adding a rushing touchdown.  At least there’s a glimmer of hope and he is a viable QB1 this week.  It’s the potential with his legs that keeps him viable.
  • Matthew Stafford threw for 285 yards, but failed to throw a touchdown.  That continues to be his issue, as he has thrown for at least 260 yards in all but one game this season.  However, he has thrown more than one touchdown in a game just once.  If he isn’t going to throw touchdowns, he isn’t going to have significant value.  While the Vikings did allow Russell Wilson to throw for three touchdowns in Week 9, time will tell if Stafford is able to replicate that feat.  Stafford has potential, keeping him as a QB1, but proceed with your eyes open.
  • It was a poor week for Eli Manning, tossing for just 125 yards, 0 TD and 1 INT.  It’s the third time in four weeks that he has thrown for less than 200 yards and he hasn’t had more than one touchdown in a game in four straight outings.  It may be time to start pushing Manning down our rankings, though the match-up with the Bengals offers enough upside to maintain his QB1 status, though just barely.
  • I know Philip Rivers hasn’t produced as we had expected, but he has 10 days to right the ship and will take on a passing defense that allows a lot of yardage (though not a ton of TD).  As a low-end QB1/high-end QB2, he’s worth the risk.
  • Joe Flacco has thrown for 1 TD or less in five straight games and has been at less than 200 yards in three out of four games.  It has quickly wiped away his tremendous start, hasn’t it?  The Raiders offer a potential favorable match-up, but recent performance keeps him as more of a QB2.

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

Week 10 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends
Week 9 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses


  1. Randy says:

    I handcuffed McFadden with Mike Goodson, and of course, they both went down. Do you think it’s safe to drop Goodson in the short term because of the low perceived value he would have for others in my league? I would hope to get him back possibly in a couple weeks once I find out when he’s returning from his high ankle sprain, but could replace him with Isaac Redman or another RB/WR for the time being,

    On the topic of WRs, could you rank the following ROS for a standard league? Hartline, Sidney Rice, Amendola, and Britt. Thanks!

  2. Brandon says:

    Gamble with Fitzpatrick against the Pats who he usually does decent with or try and trade for Vick or Freeman? I have RG3 on his bye

    • fiji.siv says:

      My $0.02. That Pats matchup for Fitzpatrick looks awfully tempting. When he faced them in week 4 he lit up NE for 350/4/4. I have Vick and I’m not thrilled with the DAL matchup this weekend.

  3. Brandon says:

    Also possibly could trade for dalton or Rivers

  4. Randy – Yes, I would say dumping Goodson is definitely safe at this point. As for te WR, I would say Amendola is the eat, with Britt, Hartline ad Rice almost interchangeable (though for me Britt as the highest upside of te three).

    Brandon – I could see trading for Freeman, depending on te price tag, but it probably isn’t worth it for just one week. Fitzpatrick should be good bough (unles you really get Freeman at a steal).

    As for the other two, t really depends on cost. Who would you have to Gve up?

  5. Brandon says:

    Ended up trading Fitz and Nicks for Vick and Ballard. Nicks has been underwhelming like Ballards touches and well he’s a RB always nice. Figure I can use Vick this week and then flip him for a WR while obtaining Ballard long term

  6. Liz says:

    I have Rodgers and RG3, both on byes this week, and looking at slim pickings. Any thoughts on who to go with amongst Romo, Tannehill, Hasselback, Flacco, Fitzpatrick, Wilson? :)

    Currently looking at Fitzpatrick, but really not sure!

    • Brandon says:

      Seems like a toss up and your gut feeling. I honestly think if I had a chance at Romo that’d be my choice. Philly is in disarray and their secondary is giving up touchdowns. I personally think Dallas has too many weapons for the Eagles to contain

  7. Randy – Sorry! What I get for using my ipad with the auto correct. Amendola is the best option in my book.

    Liz – Romo would be my top option, just because he has the highest upside. Flacco would be second, but Fitzpatrick isn’t bad either. I would go with your gut.

  8. Mark says:

    I have both Luck and Stafford. Based off your rankings you would start stafford? I’m having trouble trusting Stafford and Luck has a pretty good matchup

  9. will says:

    Palmer against Baltimore
    Rivers against Tampa Bay
    Fitzpatrick against New England?

  10. lance says:

    Rivers or tannehill? Rodgers on bye.

  11. blchiodo says:

    Rivers or Dalton?

  12. Pooter says:

    Start V Davis or A Gates, Vick or Dalton? Reports are conflicting. I also have a flex if you thought both TE are worth it.

  13. Mike W says:

    Should I trade Eli Manning for Josh Freeman in return?

  14. Robert says:

    Who should I start Fitzpatrick or locker? I have rg3 on a bye. Please help me I need this win he had Big Ben against the chiefs.

  15. blchiodo – I prefer Dalton given Rivers’ struggles and the lack of TD the TB defense has allowed. Not to say Rivers doesn’t have potential, I just prefer Dalton’s upside.

    Pooter – It’s hard to trust Vick, so I’d say Dalton. As for the TE, it’s Gates for me. As for the FLEX, it depends on your other options but I probably wouldn’t go with Davis.

    Mike W – It depends on the full deal, but I still prefer Eli for the remainder of the season.

    Robert – I’d say Fitzpatrick, as it’s easy to imagine the Bills falling behind the Patriots and needing to play catchup.

  16. bucsfan17345 says:

    Big Ben or cam Newton

  17. bucsfan17345 says:

    My qbs big Ben and cam newton. My rb are foster, Ridley, Richardson, lashore and Charles. I can trade charles for Payton manning.

    • Do you start a FLEX? I would say you have the RB depth with Foster and Richardson as your usual starters. Charles could rotate at FLEX with the other two.

      As for QB, hard t say, but Peyton is probably the best option overall (though matchups could change that).

      Is t a keeper league? If not, would probably pull the trigger.

  18. bucsfan17345 says:

    Not a keeper league. Yes have a flex but also have mike Williams and Miles Austin for ny flex

    • I haven’t looked at schedules, but you could probably afford it. Manning does appear to be an upgrade for most weeks, tho nota huge one Charles has the potential of a must useoption.

      Where r u in the playoff hunt?

  19. lance says:

    Feel like I should just give up. 3-7 non ppr, 12 team.
    There hasn’t been 1 trade made in the entire league, stingy jerks! My running game is so weak, what should I do? Reggie bush, marcel reece are in, Ben Tate, Andre brown, rashad Jennings on bench. I’ve been putting a wr at flex due to shortage with rb’s.

    • Honestly, your running out of time. There’s not much to do except cross your fingers and hope for the best.

      How many teams make the playoffs? You could still try to make a trade…

      • lance says:

        4 teams , 2 rounds. Winners and losers bracket.It would take a miracle for me to win the next 3 games. Wish I would have found u years ago. But I did take home 1st last year.

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