This week is not necessarily an easy one for fantasy owners, as they will likely face the decision of sitting down the quarterback they have been trusting (i.e. Eli Manning, Tony Romo or Philip Rivers) in favor of a breakout performer (i.e. Josh Freeman or Andrew Luck).
Let’s take a look at how everything breaks down in this week’s rankings:
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Kansas City
- Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at Carolina
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
- Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. San Diego
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Denver
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. New York Giants
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Cincinnati
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Tampa Bay
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Oakland
- Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. Tennessee
- Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders – at Baltimore
- Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills – at New England
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Houston
- Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – at Chicago
- Christian Ponder – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Detroit
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New York Jets
- Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
- Matt Hasselbeck – Tennessee Titans – at Miami
- Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – at Seattle
- Matt Ryan entered his bye week with 17 TD vs. six INT and draws a New Orleans defense that has been beaten up by the pass this season. Is there any reason to think that they can slow down the high-powered Falcons offense?
- It was a record-setting Week 9 for Andrew Luck, throwing for 433 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. It shouldn’t be surprising that he has had some ups and downs this season, but he has thrown for at least 280 yards in three of his past four games. He hasn’t thrown a significant number of touchdowns, with 10 in eight games, and the Jaguars haven’t allowed many this season (nine). That risk does put a limit on his potential value, but there’s enough upside to consider him a low-end QB1.
- It was actually a somewhat successful Week 9 for Cam Newton, throwing for 201 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions while adding a rushing touchdown. At least there’s a glimmer of hope and he is a viable QB1 this week. It’s the potential with his legs that keeps him viable.
- Matthew Stafford threw for 285 yards, but failed to throw a touchdown. That continues to be his issue, as he has thrown for at least 260 yards in all but one game this season. However, he has thrown more than one touchdown in a game just once. If he isn’t going to throw touchdowns, he isn’t going to have significant value. While the Vikings did allow Russell Wilson to throw for three touchdowns in Week 9, time will tell if Stafford is able to replicate that feat. Stafford has potential, keeping him as a QB1, but proceed with your eyes open.
- It was a poor week for Eli Manning, tossing for just 125 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. It’s the third time in four weeks that he has thrown for fewer than 200 yards and he hasn’t had more than one touchdown in a game in four straight outings. It may be time to start pushing Manning down our rankings, though the match-up with the Bengals offers enough upside to maintain his QB1 status, though just barely.
- I know Philip Rivers hasn’t produced as we had expected, but he has 10 days to right the ship and will take on a passing defense that allows a lot of yardage (though not a ton of TD). As a low-end QB1/high-end QB2, he’s worth the risk.
- Joe Flacco has thrown for one touchdown or less in five straight games and has been at fewer than 200 yards in three out of four games. It has quickly wiped away his tremendous start, hasn’t it? The Raiders offer a potential favorable match-up, but recent performance keeps him as more of a QB2.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 10 rankings: