Here are my top 25 quarterbacks for fantasy Week 11.
This countdown doesn't lean on a particular stat. It's merely an educated early guess of which signal-callers will have the best combination of total yards (passing/rushing) and total touchdowns this weekend.
Regardless of how these rankings shake out every week, it shouldn't supersede two important factors that go into regular lineup consideration:
1. Always play your healthy superstars
2. Always ride your gut instinct over a certain guru's analysis
NOTE: The Seahawks, Vikings, Titans and Giants are all on byes.
Top 25 QBs For Week 11
1. Peyton Manning vs. San Diego
2. Aaron Rodgers @ Detroit
3. Drew Brees @ Oakland
4. Carson Palmer vs. New Orleans
5. Tom Brady vs. Indianapolis
6. Matt Ryan vs. Arizona
7. Matthew Stafford vs. Green Bay
8. Robert Griffin III vs. Philadelphia
9. Andrew Luck @ New England
10. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Miami
11. Andy Dalton @ Kansas City
12. Tony Romo vs. Cleveland
13. Cam Newton vs. Tampa Bay
14. Nick Foles @ Washington
15. Josh Freeman @ Carolina
16. Philip Rivers @ Denver
17. Matt Schaub vs. Jacksonville
18. Sam Bradford vs. N.Y. Jets
19. Brandon Weeden @ Dallas
20. Joe Flacco @ Pittsburgh
21. Alex Smith vs. Chicago
22. Ryan Tannehill @ Buffalo
23. John Skelton @ Atlanta
24. Mark Sanchez @ St. Louis
25. Blaine Gabbert @ Houston
25a. Matt Cassel/Brady Quinn vs. Cincinnati
25b. Byron Leftwich vs. Baltimore
25c. Jason Campbell @ San Francisco
1. Aaron Rodgers (2,383 yards passing, 25 TDs) has two major trends in his favor this week: In four career games after a bye, the Packers QB boasts averages of 305 yards passing and 2.75 touchdowns. And in six full outings against the Lions, Rodgers has averaged 288 yards passing and 2.7 TDs.
2. Drew Brees' last five road games (including last year's playoffs) have all been outdoors on grass. In that span, Brees boasts remarkable averages of 364.6 yards passing and three touchdowns.
3. With 25 starts under his belt, Cam Newton (307 total yards, one TD vs. Tampa Bay in Week 1) is starting to develop patterns against NFC South foes. In five career home games against divisional clubs, Newton has per-outing averages of 281 total yards and 2.8 touchdowns.
4. Carson Palmer, the top-ranked quarterback since Week 6 (overall points), boasts averages of 42.5 attempts, 328.4 yards passing and 2.2 touchdowns in that span.
5. How's this for modest progress? Sam Bradford has thrown for 200-plus yards in each of his last four games—the longest streak of his three-year career. Not coincidentally, Bradford posted a completion mark of 62 percent or above in all four contests.
6. Nick Foles (219 yards passing, one TD in limited duty last week) couldn't have picked a better time for his NFL starting debut. Assuming Michael Vick sits with a concussion, Foles would get a shot at the Redskins, the NFL's 30th-ranked pass defense.
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