Fantasy Football Week Nine Rankings: Quarterbacks

Michael WhooleySenior Writer INovember 5, 2009

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Week Nine of the NFL season is shaping up to be an exciting one, especially when looking at the quarterback matchups.

Perhaps the best matchup features Tony Romo against Donovan McNabb as the Dallas Cowboys visit the Philadelphia Eagles in a key NFC East game.

Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals in a huge AFC North game. Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts will host Matt Schaub and the Houston Texans in a big AFC South matchup.

Beyond big division games, two former first round picks that had fallen out of favor with their teams but are now starters again, Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers and Vince Young of the Tennessee Titans , will meet.

Then, of course, there is the intriguing matchup of San Diego and New York, pitting Philip Rivers of the Chargers against Eli Manning of the Giants—two players that were traded for each other in the same draft—against each other.

And if none of those games appeals to you, then you can watch the Carolina Turnovers—er, Panthers, play against the New Orleans Saints , who are one of the best defenses at creating turnovers.

As you can see, there are loads of great games on the Week Nine slate. With that in mind we bring to you the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week Nine Quarterback Rankings .

1. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) vs. Carolina

New Orleans remains undefeated, and though the improved play of the defense has been a big reason why, a lot of credit also has to go to quarterback Drew Brees . Brees is running the Saints offense to near perfection, and a good gameplan by the Atlanta Falcons last week still wasn’t enough to slow them down.

This week the Saints will play at home against the Carolina Panthers , who are first in passing yards allowed but rank just 23rd in points allowed. Also consider the Panthers turn the ball over a lot, and that could lead to a lot of possessions for Brees and the Saints.

Point Projection: 24 points

2. Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts) vs. Houston

Last week in a win over the San Francisco 49ers , Manning threw for 347 yards and still had his worst game from a fantasy football perspective, mostly because he failed to get into the end zone for the first time this season. Don’t expect Manning to go without a touchdown for a second consecutive week.

The Colts will host the Houston Texans this week, and that’s a team Manning likes to play against. In the past four meetings with Houston, Manning has thrown eight touchdowns with just one interception. Expect another big game from Manning this week.

Point Projection: 23 points

3. Tom Brady (New England Patriots) vs. Miami

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are coming off a bye week, but before that Brady had thrown 11 touchdowns against three interceptions in the previous three games. Not only that, but the Patriots scored 94 points combined in the two games prior to the bye week. Thus, Brady and the New England offense are clearly rolling.

This week they’ll be at home against the Miami Dolphins , a team that starts rookies in their secondary while ranking 21st in the NFL against the pass and 26th in the league in points allowed. Brady owners should expect him to pick up where he left off.

Point Projection: 21 points

4. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) @ Tampa Bay

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 287 yards and three touchdowns last week in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings , but that big game came with a price. A weak offensive line has led to Rodgers being sacked a league-high 31 times this season, and that led to a couple of injuries last week.

Rodgers limped off the field with toe and foot injuries on both legs, and though it won’t keep him out this week, it is still a situation to monitor closely. Luckily for Rodgers and the Packers, they’ll be playing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , a team that is 29th in total yards allowed and 30th in points allowed.

Point Projection: 20 points

5. Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia Eagles) vs. Dallas

The big NFC East game last week between the Eagles and the Giants wasn’t so big after all, as the Philadelphia offense, led by quarterback Donovan McNabb , took control of the game early on. McNabb finished with 240 yards and three touchdowns against a secondary that was considered one of the best in the league.

Playing at home, it should be another solid game for McNabb this week as Dallas is 22nd against the pass, though you shouldn’t expect a full repeat of last week for the Philadelphia quarterback.

Point Projection: 17 points

6. Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys) @ Philadelphia

After an inconsistent start to the season, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has really come on in the last three games for the Cowboys, as he had eight touchdowns and no interceptions in leading the team to three consecutive wins. This week won’t be as easy for Romo, however, as the Cowboys travel to Philadelphia to take on a surging Eagles pass defense.

Having seen what the Eagles defense did to Eli Manning last week—two interceptions, 51.2 completion percentage—you shouldn’t expect a fourth straight 20-plus-point fantasy football performance from Romo this week. However, when these two teams square off, it usually leads to a high-scoring affair, which means Romo should do enough to be used as a QB1 in Week Nine.

Point Projection: 16 points

7. Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers) @ New York Giants

The Chargers may not be the Super Bowl contender some thought they were going to be this season, but that can’t be blamed on Philip Rivers . In the past five games Rivers has thrown eight touchdowns with just one interception.

This matchup is intriguing not only because it features Rivers against Eli Manning , but also because it features the San Diego Chargers offense and the New York Giants defense. New York has typically been strong against the pass, but over the last two weeks the Giants have been shredded by Donovan McNabb and Drew Brees .

Expect a solid game from Rivers, but we find it hard to believe the Giants defense will get beat up for the second time in three weeks on their home turf.

Point Projection: 16 Points

8. Kurt Warner (Arizona Cardinals) @ Chicago

Last week in a loss to the Carolina Panthers , Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner threw for 242 yards and a couple touchdowns, which would’ve been a good fantasy football performance if he hadn’t also lost a fumble and thrown five interceptions.

Expect Warner to bounce back this week as he plays at Chicago, a team that on paper has a good defense but has been killed by injuries throughout the season. Having so many new starters and younger players in the lineup on defense has led to some breakdowns for the Bears, and that’s something a veteran quarterback like Warner can take advantage of.

Point Projection: 16 points

9. Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) @ Denver

Looking at this matchup, you would think it would be a struggle for the Pittsburgh Steelers offense and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger . The Denver Broncos have one of the strongest defenses in the league as they rank in the top eight in every major defensive category.

However, playing against good defense hasn’t stopped Roethlisberger before. Plus, the Steelers have the advantage of coming off a bye week, and that’s been an area of strength for Roethlisberger, as he’s thrown six touchdowns and just two interceptions the last two years in games coming off of byes.

Point Projection: 16 points

10. Matt Schaub (Houston Texans) @ Indianapolis

Last week’s two-interception performance by Schaub marked his worst performance of the year since the season opener meltdown against the New York Jets .

The Indianapolis Colts are seventh in the league against the pass and first in points allowed, which would be a concern for Houston, except the Texans have started to get their running game going. Indianapolis ranks in the bottom half of the league against the run, so expect a better-balanced Houston offense to allow Schaub to return to double-digit fantasy football points this week.

Point Projection: 16 points

11. Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears) vs. Arizona

The last two weeks Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler struggled against a pair of Ohio franchises, registering a combined 18 fantasy football points in standard scoring leagues. He’ll look to get back on track this week against the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field, and he should be able to do so.

The Cardinals are a little dinged up in the secondary and are 20th against the pass. Outside of getting torched on the ground by Carolina in Week Eight, Arizona has been pretty good against the run, meaning you can expect Cutler to throw the ball often in this game, and that’s generally been a good thing for him this season.

Point Projection: 15 points

12. Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Detroit

Even though it came it a loss last week, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had a good game, as he threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns with no turnovers.

Because he’ll be playing at home this week against the lowly Detroit Lions , it would be easy to predict an even bigger game, but instead it’s likely the Seahawks will get ahead early and probably won’t need to throw the ball much. Seattle trailed the Dallas Cowboys the entire game last week, causing for the need to throw more often.

Feel confident starting Hasselbeck as a low-end QB1, but don’t expect him to post a game like he did in a Week Five beatdown of the Jacksonville Jaguars .

Point Projection: 14 points




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