NFL Fantasy Football Week 9: Quarterbacks Rankings / Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIOctober 31, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers passes the ball during the NFL International Series match between Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium on October 23, 2011 in London, England. This is the fifth occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Josh Freeman @ Saints – 

Just three short weeks ago, the Buccaneers played a great game against the Saints and won in Tampa. Freeman threw for more than 300 yards in the game, and I’m sure this will be a spirited contest as the Saints are fresh off a loss to the Rams. It remains to be seen whether LeGarrette Blount will return this week, but if he should miss the game, or fails to put in a full week of practice, Freeman may have to throw the football again.

As of Monday, I have Freeman listed as the ninth quarterback to start, as Blount is recovering from a knee injury and Earnest Graham was lost for the year in the Bucs' last game. If Blount proves to be ready for a full workload, Freeman would fall down the list some because the Buccaneers would exploit the Saints' horrible run defense.

Matt Ryan @ Colts 

While Matt Ryan has a matchup to take advantage of, the Falcons are likely to keep the football on the ground against the Colts' poor run defense. Ryan will take his shot down the field to Roddy White, and Tony Gonzalez should remain a start-worthy option at tight end for fantasy leagues, but I’m sure the Falcons will look to keep Ryan healthy after his leg injury against the Lions.

More WK 9 Rankings – QB | RB | WR | TE | Flex | K/D | Waivers | Start / Sit |

1 Aaron Rodgers @ Chargers
2 Michael Vick Bears
3 Drew Brees Buccaneers
4 Tom Brady Giants
5 Eli Manning @ Patriots
6 Ben Roethlisberger Ravens
7 Philip Rivers Packers
8 Tony Romo Seahawks
9 Josh Freeman @ Saints
10 Tim Tebow Raiders
11 Jay Cutler @ Eagles
12 Andy Dalton @ Titans
13 Matt Schaub Browns
14 Matt Ryan @ Colts
15 Joe Flacco @ Steelers
16 Kevin Kolb (I) Rams
17 Ryan Fitzpatrick Jets
18 Mark Sanchez @ Bills