Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterback Risers and Fallers

Nick SeroCorrespondent IIINovember 3, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 30:  Quarterback Christian Ponder #7 of  the Minnesota Vikings rushes upfield against the Carolina Panthers October 30, 2011 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Week 9 fantasy football rankings are here!

The quarterback position can often make you pull your hair out if you don’t get one of the top-five players out there, so you need to know who is trending upward and who is on the downturn.

Our latest updates to the fantasy football quarterback rankings will help you see just that, and you can be confident that these rankings don’t just assume point totals, but also who can compete against some of the tougher defenses.

How it works: Each week, we analyze a player’s production on the football field and rank him accordingly, and then we go one step further and analyze their competition. Just because someone torched the Broncos doesn’t mean he was that week’s best performer.

You want a quarterback that continually puts up big numbers, even when he takes on one of the NFL's toughest defenses.



11(14): Colt McCoy, Cleveland Browns

There are rumors that McCoy could be ousted as the Browns quarterback next season, because the team is losing faith in his ability to throw the deep ball and hit outside receivers.

Although that may be true in reality, he still has decent value in fantasy. McCoy picked up 241 yards through the air and is always good to pick up an additional amount on the run.

Whether or not McCoy is the starter next year shouldn’t be a huge concern for fantasy team owners, considering he is probably far down on your list of potential keepers.


16(19): Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings

Ponder is starting to look like a pretty darn good first-round choice for the Vikings so far this season.

In the Vikings' recent win against the Panthers, he set the team’s season high for passer rating (102.7) and yards per attempt (8.4). Ponder has only two career starts, but has already showed some maturation and growth and came up clutch in the Vikings' final, game-winning drive.


20(24): Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers

There just isn’t anything flashy to Smith’s fantasy points, but he is as consistent as they come.

The 49ers have done a good job of getting Smith an early lead, where he can rely on the run and make high-percentage throws. If your league offers yardage bonuses, Smith likely isn’t your on radar (181 yards per game), but in two-QB leagues, he is a solid choice at QB2.



15(12): Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee Titans

Hasselbeck’s stat line was fairly strong (22-of-33 for 224 and a TD), but also a bit mediocre considering the defense he was playing against.

It’s not his fault that Titans got a lead and sat on it; it’s actually his doing. Hasselbeck is dropping down more from what was perhaps an inflated ranking due to some surprisingly strong early year numbers (and other QBs' surprisingly weak numbers), but he is still a good QB2 option.


19(16): Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

For the second straight week, Flacco and the Ravens offense has looked completely out of sync. From a fantasy perspective, he didn’t have the worst showing, picking up 336 yards through the air, but those yards came after the Ravens were forced into an aerial attack.

The real problem, though, is that this was supposed to be a bounce-back game for Flacco owners, as the Ravens took on a very weak Cardinals secondary.

Flacco has his work cut out for him next week at Pittsburgh.


26(20): John Beck, Washington Redskins

Beck was on the run for the majority of the game: the Bills exploited the Skins' banged up offensive line and caused nine sacks.

Coach Mike Shannahan said earlier in the year that Beck would be his quarterback for the duration of the season, but we all know that Shannahan must hate fantasy football, and shuffles his players regularly.


Every week, TheSportsCannon.com updates their fantasy football positional rankings to keep up with the changing landscape of the football season.


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