Week 9 Rankings (2020): Top 25 Quarterbacks

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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:

  1. Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Miami
  2. Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Carolina
  3. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Buffalo
  4. Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills – vs. Seattle
  5. Justin Herbert – Los Angeles Chargers – at Las Vegas
  6. Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
  7. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at San Francisco
  8. Tom Brady – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
  9. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Dallas
  10. Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – at Indianapolis
  11. Derek Carr – Las Vegas Raiders – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  12. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Denver
  13. Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Detroit
  14. Drew Lock – Denver Broncos – at Atlanta
  15. Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans – vs. Chicago
  16. Cam Newton – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  17. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
  18. Teddy Bridgewater – Carolina Panthers – at Kansas City
  19. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  20. Kyle Allen – Washington Football – vs. New York Giants
  21. Nick Mullens – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Green Bay
  22. Daniel Jones – New York Giants – at Washington
  23. Tua Tagovailoa – Miami Dolphins – at Arizona
  24. Philip Rivers – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Baltimore
  25. Nick Foles – Chicago Bears – at Tennessee

Thoughts:

  • 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

Make sure to check out all of our Week 9 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

2 COMMENTS

  1. Good morning Rotoprofessor. I have a need for wr with 2 wr on bye and picked up Lazard excepting him to come off IR. I have really don’t trust. Wondering if I drop Lazard and pick up M. Williams or J. Jeudy or drop one rb. I have, Justin Jackson, Latavius Murray, Zack Moss and Philip Lindsey. Starters are Alvin Camara and James Connor. Could try and trade one rb but which bench player. Thanks

    • Murray or Jackson are probably the RB I’d drop, but I’m ok just swapping Lazard for Jeudy and moving forward that way

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