We are nearing the end of the bye weeks in the NFL regular season, but the league's top two producers in fantasy points are both on bye this week.
Since Week 4, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers has thrown a minimum of two touchdowns every week and has a total of 22 during that six-game span. Rodgers finds himself in a familiar position as the leader in most fantasy points produced at this point in the season.
Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III is currently second in fantasy points. Although he has only eight passing touchdowns through eight weeks, he also has six rushing scores and a franchise rushing record for quarterbacks with 540 rushing yards.
In addition to Rodgers and RG3, Cleveland's Brandon Weeden and Arizona's John Skelton are on bye this week.
Here are my top-15 fantasy quarterbacks for Week 10:
1. Matt Ryan, Falcons (at NO)
In his fifth year, Ryan has taken a big step forward and is on pace for career highs of 103.0 passer rating, 4,720 yards and 34 touchdowns. With a pair of stud receivers in Roddy White and Julio Jones, the Saints are unlikely to slow down the Falcons passing attack this week. After all, no team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Saints this season.
2. Drew Brees, Saints (vs ATL)
In many ways, Brees is having a down year compared to last season's record-setting campaign. His passer rating and completion percentage have dropped to 95.8 and 61.1 percent from 110.6 and 71.2 percent, respectively.
Although he is averaging almost 25 less passing yards per game this season, he leads the NFL with 318.6 yards per game and 22 touchdowns. Brees has thrown a touchdown pass in every game played since October 18, 2009 and has multiple touchdowns in every game this season except one.
3. Tom Brady, Patriots (vs BUF)
Through eight games, Brady ranks second in the NFL in passing yards per game (301.0) and has a 16:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio. In his first matchup of the season against the Bills, who allow the second-most fantasy point to opposing quarterbacks, Brady threw for 340 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
4. Peyton Manning, Broncos (at CAR)
At the midway point of the season, Manning is the clear leader to win the Comeback Player of the Year award and you could certainly argue that he is the league's Most Valuable Player at this point as well. If he does win the MVP, it would be the fifth of his career.
Since Week 3, Manning has thrown multiple touchdown passes every week and has exactly three of them in five consecutive games. He missed his sixth consecutive 300-yard game by only nine yards last week. In those six games, Manning has a 17:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
5. Matthew Stafford, Lions (at MIN)
The only 300-yard game the Vikings have allowed this year was to Stafford in Week 4. In that game, Stafford threw no touchdowns, but the Vikings have allowed a season-worst three passing touchdowns in back-to-back weeks. In their first matchup, Stafford threw it 51 times and the team leads the NFL in pass attempts per game with 44.9.
6. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers (vs KC)
In his "dink-and-dunk" offense, Roethlisberger is having a career year. Big Ben is on pace to throw for 4,406 yards and 32 touchdowns, both of which would be or tie career highs.
With the exception of Week 5, the Chiefs have allowed at least two passing touchdowns in every game they have played.
7. Andrew Luck, Colts (at JAX)
Luck, the top overall pick in this year's draft, threw for a rookie-record 433 yards last week. Coincidentally, Luck and (Peyton) Manning have exactly the same record (5-3) and passing yards (2,404) through eight games played.
Although the Jaguars don't have a great pass defense, the only 300-yard passer they have allowed this season is Luck in their first matchup (Week 3). Luck has thrown for 300-plus yards in four games this year.
8. Cam Newton, Panthers (vs DEN)
After throwing for 374 yards or more in three of his first four NFL games last year, Newton has only two more 300-yard performances in 20 games played since then. Meanwhile, the Broncos have yet to allow a 300-yard passer this season although Andy Dalton threw for 299 yards against them last week.
9. Josh Freeman, Bucs (vs SD)
Even with Doug Martin being as productive as he has been running the ball, Freeman is on pace to throw for more than 4,000 yards and 32 touchdowns. During his past four games, Freeman has averaged 314.3 passing yards per game and has an 11:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
10. Eli Manning, Giants (at CIN)
Since allowing the first three quarterbacks they faced to finish with 20-plus fantasy points, the Bengals have held opposing quarterbacks to less than 20 fantasy points in five consecutive games. All but one (Peyton Manning) had 15 or less fantasy points during that five-game span.
Despite ranking second in the NFL in total passing yards (2,426), Eli has struggled recently. In his past four games, he has three games with less than 200 passing yards and a total of only two touchdowns. In fact, he has not thrown a touchdown since Week 7.
11. Philip Rivers, Chargers (at TB)
There have been seven 400-yard games this season and the Bucs have allowed two of them: Eli Manning's 510 yards and Carson Palmer's 414 yards last week. Although Rivers has only one 300-yard game this season, he has thrown two touchdowns in four of his past five games.
12. Tony Romo, Cowboys (at PHI)
Romo has more interceptions (13) this season than he has touchdowns (10). In fact, Romo has only two seasons with more than 13 interceptions in his career: 19 in 2007 and 14 in 2008. Although he has thrown only one touchdown in each of his past three games, he has 758 passing yards in the past two weeks.
13. Michael Vick, Eagles (vs DAL)
The Eagles struggle to protect Vick and, in turn, Vick has struggled to protect the football. Through eight games, Vick has been sacked 27 times, tied for third-most in the NFL, and has nine interceptions plus a league-high 10 fumbles (five of which were lost).
Although the Cowboys have the league's fifth-ranked pass defense, only the Colts (two) have intercepted fewer passes than the Cowboys (three).
14. Carson Palmer, Raiders (at BAL)
Palmer is on pace to throw for a career-high 4,710 yards as well as 26 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. If he reaches 4,000 passing yards this season, he would become only the second Raiders quarterback to ever do so.
15. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills (at NE)
Fitzpatrick has no touchdown passes in three of his past four games, but those matchups were against tough pass defenses: 49ers, Cardinals and Texans. That said, he has thrown multiple passing touchdowns in all other games this season including a season-high four scores in his first matchup against the Patriots (Week 4). Only five teams have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Pats.
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