Fantasy Football Week Ten Rankings: Quarterbacks

Michael WhooleySenior Writer INovember 13, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 01: Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a touchdown by teammate Percy Harvin #12 after a 51 yard touchdown pass during the third quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 1, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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The 10th week of the NFL season brings about some interesting developments from a fantasy football perspective, including two crucial quarterback matchups between Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots as well as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers against Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys. Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie Josh Freeman is making his second start this week, but will he be able to replicate his three-touchdown performance from week nine or will he struggle like fellow rookies Matt Stafford and Mark Sanchez have? Perhaps one thing most people are welcoming this week is the reduction in teams on bye, which goes from six last week to just two this week. Of course, nothing’s worth it if you don’t have the proper fantasy football lineup set, so to get a reading on where the quarterbacks fall this week just continue reading the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week 10 Quarterback Rankings.

1. Brett Favre (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Detroit

It’s hard not to forecast an even bigger score for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre this week as he gets to play at home against the lowly Lions. The Vikings are, after all, coming off a bye week and the week prior to that Favre threw four touchdown passes. Detroit really hasn’t been able to stop anybody this season as the Lions are 31st in passing yards allowed and 31st in points allowed. In fact, the only reason Favre’s projected point total isn’t higher than it is, is for the simple fact that the Vikings should get an early lead and will likely run the ball often. Even with that, we feel Favre should still do enough to be this week’s top projected quarterback.
Point Projection: 24 points

2. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) @ St. Louis

Can the New Orleans Saints offense, as led by quarterback Drew Brees, be stopped? According to the Bruno Boys’ magic 8-ball, “Outlook not so good.” Knowing that the magic 8-ball never lies, we’ve got Brees going for 23 points this week. In case you wanted some actual support behind Brees, consider that the St. Louis Rams are 23rd in passing yards allowed, 28th in total yards allowed and 29th in points allowed. And the Rams’ only win over the season? Yeah, that came over the Lions two weeks ago.
Point Projection: 24 points

3. Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts) vs. New England

Ah yes, here it is. This week we’ll get to see one of the greatest rivalries of this era as Manning and the Colts take on Brady and the Patriots in Indianapolis. These two quarterbacks and teams have had some epic matchups over the years and this one appears to be no different. The Patriots are in the top ten in every major defensive category except for rushing yards allowed, yet the best offensive team they’ve faced all season was the Baltimore Ravens. Manning has yet to be stopped this season and shouldn’t have too much trouble getting his points in this game.
Point Projection: 18 points

4. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) vs. Dallas

The Green Bay Packers have issues along the offensive line and as well as quarterback Aaron Rodgers seems to play it hasn’t been enough to lead them to wins. The nice thing about Rodgers is even when the team loses and even when he doesn’t play his best, he still generates a good amount of fantasy football points as evidenced by his performance last week in a loss to the Buccaneers where he had three interceptions but still registered 20 points. The Dallas Cowboys have been playing good football and will probably sack Rodgers at will, but expect Rodgers, who leads all quarterbacks in fantasy points, to continue his trend of good fantasy football performances with a solid one this week.
Point Projection: 18 points

5. Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) @ Cleveland

Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens offense did nothing last week in a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals to prove that their quarterback belongs this high on the list this week. However, this week is just the cure that Flacco and the Ravens are looking for after posting just seven points last week as they’ll play against the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland possesses one of the league’s worst defenses as the Browns are giving up an average of 239 passing yards per game and 26.1 points per game. This game should also be interesting to watch as Browns fans have staged a “Brown Out” where nobody is supposed to be in their seats for the opening kickoff.
Point Projection: 18 points

6. Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears) @ San Francisco  **THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL**

Injuries on defense and the lack of a running game have really hampered the Chicago Bears this season, but quarterback Jay Cutler continues to play well. Last week in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Cutler had his best performance of the season as he threw for 369 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. As long as the Bears continue to struggle running the ball you can expect Cutler to put up some good numbers. Unfortunately he won’t repeat last week’s performance this week against the San Francisco 49ers, but he’ll still have enough to be a good start.
Point Projection: 18 points

7. Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys) @ Green Bay

Something has happened to the Cowboys this season where they went from a team that looked mediocre and vulnerable to one of the NFC’s best. A large reason for that has been the steady play of Romo, whose consistent play is no longer looking like an aberration. Romo has registered four straight double-digit fantasy football performances, including throwing for over 300 yards with a touchdown and one interception in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles last week. Expect Romo and the Cowboys to continue their good play in this game against a Packers’ defense that has allowed seven passing touchdowns over the last two games.
Point Projection: 17 points

8. Tom Brady (New England Patriots) @ Indianapolis

It’s been three consecutive games now that Brady has gone over 300 passing yards, which is not a good sign for the Colts defense this week. The Patriots offense is clearly in a groove right now, though it has been bolstered by some good production out of running back Laurence Maroney. Given how well the Patriots have played you might be surprised Brady isn’t higher on the list this week, but we must exercise some caution as the Colts are in the top 10 defensively in passing yards allowed, total yards and points allowed. In fact, the Colts are first in the league in points allowed, giving up a just 13.5 per game.
Point Projection: 17 points

9. Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers) vs. Philadelphia

Another week and it’s another tough matchup for quarterback Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers offense. This week Rivers gets the treat of going against the Eagles, who are 11th in passing yards allowed, eighth in points allowed and will be playing angry after a tough loss to the Cowboys. And yet, somehow Rivers will still find a way to get his points, as he does every week. Part of the reason that continues to happen is that the running game has been so bad for the Chargers that Rivers has to throw often for San Diego to have any hope of winning a game. Expect a solid game from Rivers, but nothing too big. Consider him a low-end QB1.
Point Projection: 16 points

10. Kurt Warner (Arizona Cardinals) vs. Seattle

Quarterback Kurt Warner had a huge game last week for the Arizona Cardinals as he threw for 261 yards and five touchdowns in a win over the Bears. The presence of Chris Wells has helped the running game but the Cardinals still seem to struggle in that area and for that reason they continue to call on Warner. The Seattle Seahawks are dealing with a few injuries and they did give up 17 points at home to the Lions last week. Don’t expect another five-touchdown performance from Warner, but a solid game is definitely in the cards.
Point Projection: 16 points

11. Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle Seahawks) @ Arizona

Posting back-to-back double-digit fantasy football performances is a good sign for Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, though one of those came over the lowly Lions last week. Hasselbeck faces a little bit tougher of a challenge this week at Arizona. The Cardinals give up a ton of passing yards but not tons of points so even if Hasselbeck doesn’t lead the Seahawks on a lot of scoring drives, he should still get a solid amount of points from yardage alone.
Point Projection: 15 points

12. Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Cincinnati

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger arguably had his best NFL performance of the season last week in a win over the Denver Broncos. Roethlisberger has had better fantasy football performances than that, but his 233 yard, three-touchdown game helped lead the Steelers to a dominating win over a good Broncos team. Expect a solid game from Roethlisberger this week as the Steelers look for revenge over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Point Projection: 14 points