Week 10 Fantasy Football: Ranking Fantasy Quarterbacks Based on Opponents

Matt Schreiber@@schreiberstakeAnalyst IIINovember 6, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 04:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons runs off the field after their 19-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys at Georgia Dome on November 4, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Quarterbacks in the NFL haven't disappointed fantasy owners much this year. We have even seen some surprising quarterbacks step their game up a notch.

This is the first week where I will chart the fantasy rankings for all quarterbacks based on the rank of their opponents' pass defense. I have adjusted for skill level of the quarterback. The rankings for opponent's rank against the pass and their yards per game are based off of ESPN.com's statistical reference sheet. The fantasy rankings are my analysis of that data.

I like Matt Ryan more than any other player this week. The only reason why the New Orleans Saints defense looked good against the Philadelphia Eagles was because there was no offensive line to protect Michael Vick. The Atlanta Falcons have a solid offensive line, which in return, will give Matt Ryan all day to throw the ball.

Andrew Luck is looking to repeat his spectacular performance from last week. I have him at 10 on my list.

Michael Vick was able to record 272 passing yards last week against the Saints, but he is going up against a much stronger defense in the Dallas Cowboys that ranks fifth against the pass. Be careful starting him this week as I don't think he is a reliable option. 

Surprisingly enough, I actually like Matt Hasselback against the Miami Dolphins this week. Miami got torched by Andrew Luck and their stellar rush defense will for the Tennessee Titans to rely on Hasselback's arm to try and get the victory.

Avoid Matt Schaub and Jay Cutler as they have face off in a showdown of two 7-1 teams. Both the Houston Texans and the Chicago Bears have great defenses.

1 M. Ryan  ATL @ NO 29 295
2 T. Brady  NE BUF 23 248
3 D. Brees  NO ATL 14 229
4 P. Manning  DEN @ CAR 13 224
5 B. Roethlisberger  PIT KC 11 222
6 M. Stafford  DET @ MIN 9 220
7 C. Newton  CAR DEN 10 221
8 T. Romo  DAL @ PHI 14 229
9 C. Palmer  OAK @ BAL 22 247
10 A. Luck  IND @ JAC 25 256
11 E. Manning  NYG @ CIN 19 240
12 J. Flacco  BAL OAK 21 245
13 M. Vick  PHI DAL 5 206
14 M. Schaub  HOU @ CHI 16 230
15 J. Freeman  TB SD 17 238
16 M. Hasselbeck  TEN @ MIA 30 298
17 J. Cutler  CHI HOU 4 204
18 P. Rivers  SD @ TB 32 321
19 A. Dalton  CIN NYG 26 264
20 R. Fitzpatrick  BUF @ NE 28 281
21 R. Tannehill  MIA TEN 27 273
22 A. Smith  SF STL 17 238
23 B. Gabbert  JAC IND 11 222
24 R. Wilson  SEA NYJ 5 206
25 M. Sanchez  NYJ @ SEA 7 207
26 C. Ponder  MIN DET 8 214
27 S. Bradford  STL @ SF 2 184
28 M. Cassel  KC @ PIT 1 174