There are some difficult matchups this week, like Lamar Jackson having to take on the Indianapolis Colts. Luckily the bye weeks aren’t a significant influence this week, outside of losing Joe Burrow, and the breakouts of Josh Allen and Justin Herbert continue to help buoy the rankings. How do the rankings look for the coming week? Let’s take a look:
- Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Miami
- Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Carolina
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Buffalo
- Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills – vs. Seattle
- Justin Herbert – Los Angeles Chargers – at Las Vegas
- Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at San Francisco
- Tom Brady – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Dallas
- Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – at Indianapolis
- Derek Carr – Las Vegas Raiders – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Denver
- Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Detroit
- Drew Lock – Denver Broncos – at Atlanta
- Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans – vs. Chicago
- Cam Newton – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
- Teddy Bridgewater – Carolina Panthers – at Kansas City
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
- Kyle Allen – Washington Football – vs. New York Giants
- Nick Mullens – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Green Bay
- Daniel Jones – New York Giants – at Washington
- Tua Tagovailoa – Miami Dolphins – at Arizona
- Philip Rivers – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Baltimore
- Nick Foles – Chicago Bears – at Tennessee
- Some of the bigger name quarterbacks have some extremely difficult matchups this week, but does it matter? Take Russell Wilson, for instance, who has thrown for 2+ TD every week (3+ in six of his seven games). Does a matchup with the Bills, who have only allowed 12 TD to opposing QB, really deter you? It shouldn’t.
- We can’t quite say the same thing about Lamar Jackson, who draws arguably the toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks in the Indianapolis Colts (1,599 yards, 10 TD, 11 INT). Since throwing for 275 yards in Week 1, Jackson has been at 208 yards or fewer each week. In other words his value is tied to his legs, and while he should make a significant impact he’s not going to be rated as highly as we’ve become accustomed to.
- While the Las Vegas Raiders performed well against Baker Mayfield and company in Week 8, they aren’t far removed from getting torched by Tom Brady and the Buccaneers (369 yards, 4 TD). Enter Justin Herbert, who has thrown for 3+ TD in four straight games and has thrown for over 275 yards in five of his six games (264+ in all six). Fire him up as a Top 5 option.
- After watching Russell Wilson put up big numbers against the 49ers (261 yards, 4 TD), is anyone shying away from Aaron Rodgers this week? Over the past two weeks he’s thrown for 574 yards, 7 TD and 0 INT, so continue to view him as one of the better options.
- Has Drew Lock suddenly risen to QB1 status? That may be a stretch, but he’s coming off an impressive performance (248 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT) and has as favorable a matchup as there is against the Atlanta Falcons. We can’t ignore his struggles, but he’s a potential high-level QB2 and worth considering as more if you are desperate.
Sources – NFL.com, ESPN
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