Four of the top five fantasy football quarterbacks heading into Sunday of Week 9 are threats to run the football from their position on the field. For three of them, their primary appeal in fantasy football revolves around their legs.
Fantasy owners tend to get rewarded more (on a per-yard basis) by quarterbacks running the ball rather than passing it. Therefore, NFL signal-callers that are adept at gaining yards on the ground—and frequently do so—have a higher fantasy baseline than pocket passers.
Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers and Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins are two up-and-coming passers that fit the above description. They’ll face off against one another’s teams on Sunday afternoon, and each should be a top-five fantasy QB in Week 9.
Before getting into where the two rank this week, here’s a look at 10 of the players that didn’t make the cut.
6. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (vs. Philadelphia Eagles)
7. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at Jacksonville Jaguars)
8. Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs. Pittsburgh Steelers)
9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (vs. Dallas Cowboys)
10. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans (vs. Buffalo Bills)
11. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (at Tennessee Titans)
12. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (vs. Miami Dolphins)
13. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Oakland Raiders)
14. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (at New York Giants)
15. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys (at Atlanta Falcons)