QB Player Rankings – Week 10
1. Aaron Rodgers (vs. Min) – It seems to happen every 3-4 years nowadays, but it looks like Rodgers is on one of those rolls like Tom Brady was in 2007 and Peyton Manning in 2004 where he can do no wrong and simply cannot be stopped. Home or away, good team or bad, inter-division or not; it just doesn’t matter. With that being said, know that the Minnesota Vikings have absolutely no chance whatsoever to put an end to his domination. First of all, they allow the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season. Secondly, Rodgers absolutely owns them as he’s thrown for more yards and touchdowns against them than against any other team in the league. Third, just three weeks ago in Minnesota, Aaron had a near-perfect day going 24-for-30 (80 percent) for 335 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Oh, and he’s also rushed for more yards against them than any other team in the league as well.
2. Drew Brees (@ Atl) – Brees may have been a little bit shaky the last couple of games, but he’ll be back to normal against the Falcons this Sunday. In six games over the last three seasons, Drew has averaged a whopping 320.5 passing yards, 2.2 touchdowns and 21.6 fantasy points against them, so confidence should be pretty high here. Atlanta’s pass D has done better of late, but that won’t matter on Sunday as this rivalry has been a shootout-fest over the last three seasons with the average number of combined points put up per game between these two teams being up over 50 points/game. Basically, expect a few fireworks, folks.
3. Cam Newton (vs. Ten) – Cam has continued to get better throughout the season despite mostly learning on the go and it wouldn’t shock me in the slightest to see him come out of the bye week an even better QB than he was the week before. So far, only once has Newton put up less than 20 fantasy points in a game as he currently sits second in the league in that category to the only other man who can say the same, Mr. Aaron Rodgers. Tennessee’s defense isn’t bad, but if fellow rookie QB Andy Dalton can put up over 21 fantasy points and Curtis Painter can put up almost 18, you can bet that the Big Fig Newton will have himself quite a happy party this Sunday.
4. Michael Vick (vs. Ari) – Vick had his second real stinker of the year in last Monday night’s loss to the Chicago Bears, but he should more than make up for it in this one. The Cardinals defense can be beaten in a bunch of different ways and I expect Vick will do his best to take advantage of them all on Sunday. Donovan McNabb and Tarvaris Jackson are the only two QBs out of eight not to have thrown for at least 250 yards on Arizona, but each of them made up for it in the fantasy column by rushing in a TD. Four others threw for 320-plus yards while rookie Cam Newton tossed for 422 yards, two touchdowns and ran another one in for good measure. Basically, Vick will have the fantasy world at his feet this weekend.
5. Eli Manning (@ SF) – Even if Manning doesn’t get Hakeem Nicks back for this game (which he should), I’m expecting at least 300 yards and a couple of TDs. The Giants will find out real fast how hard it is to run against this 49ers front seven and when they do, look for the playbook to open up and the running game to be thrown out the door. By the end of this game, don’t be surprised to see that Eli has thrown the ball around 50 times and comes close to a good 350 yards or so.
6. Matthew Stafford (@ Chi) – The Bears pass D has played a lot better of late, as evidenced by their domination of the dynamic Philadelphia Eagles receivers last Monday night, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still susceptible to a bad game here and there. I don’t think Stafford will go completely off this Sunday, but he had a pretty good day against them in their first meeting this year throwing for a couple of TDs while completing 73 percent of his passes. My guess is that the Lions will be throwing the ball more often than not with the Bears rush D playing well, so 250 yards and a couple of TDs could be in store. Oh, and Calvin Johnson absolutely LOVES playing in these inter-division games, so Staff has that going for him as well.
7. Tim Tebow (@ KC) – I hope people realize by now that you don’t necessarily have to be good at passing the ball to be a great fantasy quarterback. Look at what Michael Vick has done throughout the years and what Cam Newton is doing right now! Tim Tebow can’t even complete 50 percent of his passes, yet is still averaging over 20 fantasy points a game as a starter because he’s so good at running the ball. In fact, his 20.8 fantasy points/game is tied for sixth-most with Matthew Stafford at this point. Kansas City has a middle-of-the-pack pass defense, but they looked pretty bad last weekend when they allowed Matt Moore to throw three touchdowns against them. If Moore can go for over 20 fantasy points on them, you better believe Tebow will as well.
8. Ben Roethlisberger (@ Cin) – The stats say that the Bengals pass defense allows the sixth-least amount of fantasy points to opposing QBs this year, which is pretty darn impressive until you realize who they’ve played: Colt McCoy, Kyle Orton, Alex Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Blaine Gabbert, Curtis Painter, Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Hasselbeck. Big Ben will be the first stud quarterback they’ve faced and I’m expecting him to serve up a rather rude awakening. Mike Wallace is simply awesome and can get deep on ANY defense, while second-year guy, Antonio Brown, is showing some elite skills himself. Strangely, Cincinnati is probably the team Roethlisberger has had the toughest time with in the past, but he might not have ever had this much talent to throw to either.
9. Tom Brady (@ NYJ) – Which Tom Brady will come out to play this weekend in probably the biggest showdown of the week? The one who averaged 287 yards and three touchdowns against the Jets last season, or the one who has thrown five interceptions and averaged less than 19 fantasy points/game over his last five games? The Patriots themselves are also hitting a bit of a rough patch losing their last two games and their first at home since 2008, but like all great teams and players, they find a way to turn it around. I don’t expect Brady to throw for 400 yards and four TDs (though he might), but he should be able to put up numbers like he did in their first game this season, which was 321 yards and a TD.
10. Tony Romo (vs. Buf) – Romo will again be without his (probably) best receiver in Miles Austin this Sunday, but that should hurt him too much. The Cowboys did well to find their answer at the WR3 position when they grabbed Laurent Robinson earlier in the year, so they should be fine throwing him into the starting lineup opposite Dez Bryant again. The last time they did that back in Week 4, Laurent responded with seven catches for 116 yards. Basically, Romo doesn’t lose a lot with Austin out and should be able to put up some good numbers with the Bills defense allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season.
11. Matt Ryan (vs. NO)
12. Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ Dal)
13. Mark Sanchez (vs. NE)
14. Matt Schaub (@ TB)
15. Jay Cutler (vs. Det)
16. Matt Cassel (vs. Den)
17. Joe Flacco (@ Sea)
18. Josh Freeman (vs. Hou)
19. Matt Hasselbeck (@ Car)
20. Matt Moore (vs. Was)
21. Christian Ponder (@ GB)
22. Colt McCoy (vs. StL)
23. Blaine Gabbert (@ Ind)
24. Tarvaris Jackson (vs. Bal)
25. Andy Dalton (vs. Pit)
26. Alex Smith (vs. NYG)
27. Sam Bradford (@ Cle)
28. Curtis Painter (vs. Jax)
29. John Beck (@ Mia)
30. John Skelton (@ Phi)
99. Philip Rivers (vs. Oak – Thursday Night) – 23/47, 274 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
99. Carson Palmer (@ SD – Thursday Night) – 14/20, 299 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
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