Week 9 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings: A Young Buc Cracks the Top 10

Nathan WaddellCorrespondent INovember 5, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 19:  Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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If you haven't noticed by now, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is quietly putting together a very solid sophomore season.

While the real football numbers won't knock your socks off—1533 passing yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions—Freeman's fantasy football production has been rock steady.

Freeman has thrown for at least one touchdown in every game but one and averaged 219 passing yards.  As a bonus for fantasy owners, Freeman tacks on an additional 25 rushing yards every week, adding a couple of extra points to his production.

Freeman has more rushing yards in fewer games than does QB Aaron Rodgers, often considered to be a threat with his running ability.

That Freeman has thrown only three interceptions should pique the interest of owners in leagues that penalize quarterbacks for interceptions, particularly those in leagues that deduct two points per interception.

In the end, it all adds up to Freeman being the eighth-best fantasy quarterback through the first eight weeks of the 2010 season.  

Whether Freeman can continue to produce as a Top 10 quarterback is to be seen.  If Freeman can increase his touchdown production ever-so-slightly, he should have no problem at all remaining firmly planted in the top 10.

Please note that the Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers are all on a bye in Week 9.


RankPlayer NameOpponentComments
1Phillip Rivers@ HOUNot 100 percent convinced he can get it done without Gates but has been so good.
2Peyton Manning@ PHILooks like WR Collie is back, and PHI enjoys giving up QB production.
3Aaron Rodgersv. DALDAL surrendering fifth-most fantasy points to QBs, and Driver missing is nothing new.
4Michael Vickv. INDVick can abuse any secondary, especially a poor one like the Colts.
5Matt Ryanv. TBGreat at home in the dome, and TB surrendering 20 fantasy points to QBs.
6Drew Brees@ CAROnly threw for 275 yards and one TD in first meeting, and that was at home.
7Tom Brady@ CLEHas been disappointing lately, but CLE allowing eighth-most fantasy points to QBs.
8Ben Roethlisberger@ CINCIN has allowed 516 yards and three TDs over last two games.
9Josh Freeman@ ATLBest matchup on paper with ATL allowing 30 points to QBs.
10Eli Manning@ SEANot the best matchup on the road against a defense that plays much better at home. 
11Jay Cutler@ BUFBUF allowing 19 points to QBs, but Cutler clearly has issues.
12Joe Flaccov. MIAFlacco starting to roll but has been inconsistent against decent defenses.
13Chad Henne@ BALThis isn't your father's Ravens defense. Though, they move as quick as your father does.
14Jon Kitna@ GBThrew for 379 yards in Week 8 and simply got unlucky with three INTs.
15Matt Schaubv. SDSD allowing only 16 fantasy points to QBs, and WR Johnson still not healthy.
16Jason Campbellv. KCHas looked solid in last two games, and KC pass defense is leaky.
17Carson Palmerv. PITFantasy owners should hope for an early Bengal deficit because Palmer can't produce without garbage time.
18Matthew Staffordv. NYJWill need to throw to win, but Jets will bring constant pressure so Stafford must limit mistakes.
19Mark Sanchez@ DETDET allowing 17 fantasy points to QBs, but Sanchez only one TD in last three games.
20Ryan Fitzpatrickv. CHISeems to be regressing but one week is a small sample size.


If you're in need of additional position rankings, here are my wide receiver rankings and running back rankings for Week 9.


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