With an exciting eighth week of the NFL under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 9 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
1. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
Assuming his receivers can actually catch the ball this week, RG3 should bounce back in a big way. I’m also expecting him to take on more of the load with his feet as the 'Skins take on the Carolina Panthers.
2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
He’s now at four straight games with 300-plus yards and three touchdown passes. He should keep on rolling against the Cincinnati Bengals.
3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Matt Ryan had no trouble with the Philadelphia Eagles, and Brees should bounce back against them. He’s averaging 330.0 yards per game and has had multiple touchdown passes in five straight games.
4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers didn’t have to do the heavy lifting against the Jacksonville Jaguars but continued his streak of five straight games with multiple touchdown passes. He has 18 touchdowns and just two picks during that span. He takes on the Arizona Cardinals this week.
5. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
It seems as if his starting gig is hanging by a thread. Good thing he’s taking on the New Orleans Saints, who have allowed 15 touchdown passes and over 300 yards per game.
6. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Ryan bounced back from a poor outing with 262 yards and three touchdown passes. He’s at 17 touchdowns to just six interceptions. This week, he takes on the Dallas Cowboys.
7. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
He’s still not scoring, with the pass or on the ground. That should change this week when he takes on the Washington Redskins, who have allowed 19 passing scores and and 314.3 yards per game.
8. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
He takes on the New York Giants, who just gave up 437 yards to Tony Romo. Big Ben won’t make the mistakes Romo did. He’s averaging 283.9 yards and two touchdowns per game.
9. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo is really clicking with Jason Witten, but he needs to cut down on the turnovers. He’ll be airing it out as the 'Boys take on the Atlanta Falcons.
10. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
He showed signs of last year against a tough Seattle Seahawks team. Stafford should keep it rolling against the Jaguars.
11. Eli Manning, New York Giants
Eli didn’t do much last week, but he can still dial it up when he needs to. The Giants take on Pittsburgh.
12. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton takes on the Denver Broncos, who did a good job with Brees. A.J. Green could be the best receiver in the game, though.
13. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Week 8 saw a pretty quiet game from Cutler. He should dial it up against the Tennessee Titans, who have allowed 17 touchdown passes and 282.0 yards per game.
14. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Luck had a nice bounce-back game against the Titans. He takes on the Miami Dolphins, who are giving up 281.0 yards per game.
15. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
I don’t know what went wrong with the Chargers offense last week. I think it’s time for head coach Norv Turner to go. Rivers could bounce back against the Kansas City Chiefs, who have allowed 15 passing touchdowns.
16. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
He's averaging 336.7 yards and three touchdowns in his past three games. He takes on the Oakland Raiders, who are giving up 246.4 yards per game.
17. Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders
Palmer is averaging decent yardage (277.3 YPG) but only has nine touchdown passes. He takes on the Buccaneers, who are giving up 309.6 yards per game but just nine touchdown passes.
18. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
If he needed to, I think he could light up the Buffalo Bills. This will likely be the Arian Foster show.
19. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Flacco takes on the Cleveland Browns, who have held Luck and Rivers to an average of 170.0 yards the past two games. Ray Rice should be very active in this one.
20. Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
He had three straight multiple-touchdown games before escaping the stinker against the Chargers with a win. He will likely have to throw more often against the Ravens, who appear to be a shell of their old self on defense. They should be better after the bye, but they are still vulnerable.
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