2011 Fantasy Football: Ranking and Projecting the Top 20 Week 10 Quarterbacks
With all 32 teams playing this week, there won't be any scrambling to find a bye week fill-in. However, there will be a lot of decisions to make on who to start, especially if you're one of those who picked up Cam Newton, but still have a Michael Vick or a Drew Brees. There are plenty of tasty matchups for quarterbacks this week, so there might be some tough decisions to make.
It's understandable to think that you should always start your star players, but there are times that they need to be on your bench. Detailed research inside of each players' matchups can often hint at what to expect out of your quarterbacks each week. With some much needed intel inside of a quarterbacks' matchup, you may just find what you need to make your decision on which quarterback you should start.
Scoring System: 25 Pass Yards = 1, Pass TD = 4, INT = 1, 10 Rush Yards = 1, Rush TD = 6
Now, take a look at my Week 10 quarterback projections.
20. TEN Matt Hasselbeck @ CAR
Hasselbeck is having a very underrated season even after losing star wideout Kenny Britt for the year. So far this season, Hasselbeck has thrown for 13 touchdowns with only six interceptions. This week he faces the Carolina Panthers who have allowed the ninth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in the last five games. Expect Hasselbeck to continue to put up decent numbers this week.
Week 10 Projection: 278 Pass Yards, 1 Pass TD, 0 INT, 15 Fantasy Pts.
19. MIN Christian Ponder @ GB
Ponder has really impressed in his two starts this season and he now faces a Green Bay defense that has allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year. Coming off a bye, Ponder should have a lot of preparation for this game. Expect Ponder to improve on his first two starts and put up some respectable numbers this week.
Week 10 Projection: 212 Pass Yards, 2 Pass TD, 1 INT, 15 Fantasy Pts.
18. HOU Matt Schaub @ TB
Schaub takes on a Buccaneers defense that has allowed the 15th most fantasy points this year, but will likely still be without No. 1 wideout Andre Johnson until after their bye week. Ever since Johnson went down, the Texans have found success running the ball. Until Andre Johnson returns, expect Schaub to be handing the ball off a lot this week resulting in a mediocre fantasy performance.
Week 10 Projection: 267 Pass Yards, 2 Pass TD, 1 INT, 17 Fantasy Pts.
17. BUF Ryan Fitzpatrick @ DAL
After a hot start to the season, Fitzpatrick has really struggled in his last five games throwing for only 217 yards per game with six touchdown passes and six interceptions. He takes on a Dallas team that has allowed the ninth least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year. Expect Fitzpatrick to have a decent game, but nothing spectacular.
Week 10 Projection: 230 Pass Yards, 2 Pass TD, 1 INT,18 Rush Yards, 17 Fantasy Pts.
16. CHI Jay Cutler vs. DET
With some much needed protection, Cutler has improved his game dramatically this season throwing for 11 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He goes up against a tough Lions defense that has allowed the sixth least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year.
In Week 5 against the Lions, Cutler completed 28 of 38 passes for 249 yards, one touchdown and no picks in a 24-13 loss on the road. Expect him to lead his team to a victory this week and have a good game, as this is a crucial matchup for the Bears being only one back of the Lions right now.
Week 10 Projection: 243 Pass Yards, 2 Pass TD, 0 INT, 17 Fantasy Pts.
15. NYJ Mark Sanchez vs. NE
Sanchez should be licking his chops this week as he faces the New England Patriots, who have allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year. Sanchez didn't play too well against them in their first meeting this year, so expect him to have a good game at home against a division rival.
Twice last year, he threw for three touchdowns with no interceptions and he had two touchdown passes with no interceptions against them this year. Expect much of the same out of him again this week.
Week 10 Projection: 190 Pass Yards, 3 Pass TD, 1 INT, 18 Fantasy Pts.
14. ATL Matt Ryan vs. NO
Matty Ice takes on a New Orleans Saints team that has allowed the 17th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year. Ryan has endured somewhat of a down year throwing for only 12 touchdown passes with nine interceptions already, but most of that has to do with the Falcons really focusing on the run game. Against a division rival, expect Matty Ice to step up his game and carry the team this week.
Week 10 Projection: 254 Pass Yards, 2 Pass TD, 0 INT, 18 Fantasy Pts.
13. PIT Ben Roethlisberger @ CIN
Big Ben faces a tough Bengals secondary this week that has allowed the fifth least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year. In the last six games against the Bengals, Big Ben has thrown for only 221 yards per game with five touchdowns and three interceptions.
Don't expect big things from him this week, but don't be surprised if he puts up better numbers than usual against the Bengals as he really has the passing game rolling right now.
Week 10 Projection: 248 Pass Yards, 1 Pass TD, 1 INT, 11 Rush Yards, 1 Rush TD, 19 Fantasy Pts.
12. DEN Tim Tebow @ KC
While Tebow has struggled on the field and in the win column, he's still putting up good fantasy numbers. Tebow will face the Chiefs this week, who have given up the 14th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year. Tebow has a passing touchdown in each of his starts this year, while still being a threat to run the ball. He had a good fantasy performance last week and that should continue this week as well.
Week 10 Projection: 148 Pass Yards, 1 Pass TD, 2 INT, 64 Rush Yards, 1 Rush TD, 19 Fantasy Pts.
11. OAK Carson Palmer @ SD
Palmer and Rivers will be in a shootout in this week's Thursday Night Football game. Palmer has the arm and the weapons to be effective against a Chargers secondary that has allowed the 11th most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year. The Chargers are also dealing with some injuries that could affect their pass rush as well as their secondary.
Week 10 Projection: 228 Pass Yards, 3 Pass TD, 2 INT, 19 Fantasy Pts.
10. NE Tom Brady @ NYJ
Brady gets Revis Island and the J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS! The Jets allow the least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks so don't be surprised if Brady has a down game this week. He's still Tom Brady, so don't be afraid to start him because he's always capable of a big game. He threw for 326 yards with four touchdowns in a 45-3 victory last year.
Week 10 Projection: 277 Pass Yards, 2 Pass TD, 0 INT, 19 Fantasy Pts.
9. NYG Eli Manning @ SF
Eli faces a tough defense 49ers defense this week, but teams are attempting 40-plus passes per game against them. Plus, No. 1 wideout Hakeem Nicks should be returning this week. Expect Nicks to be throwing often as the 49ers are a tough team at home, so the Giants will most likely be playing catch up. Manning is a solid play this week and has a lot of upside to have a big game.
Week 10 Projection: 271 Pass Yards, 3 Pass TD, 2 INT, 20 Fantasy Pts.
8. KC Matt Cassel vs. DEN
Cassel played very poorly last week against the Dolphins, but against a Broncos secondary that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year he should shine.
Ever since the Chiefs lost Jamaal Charles to a season-ending injury, Matt Cassel has been asked to step up his game. Cassel has multiple threats to throw to with Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin. Look for him to spread the ball around and have a good fantasy performance.
Week 10 Projection: 243 Pass yards, 3 Pass TD, 1 INT, 20 Fantasy Pts.
7. DAL Tony Romo vs. BUF
Romo faces a Buffalo defense that gives up the 12th most points to opposing quarterbacks this year. The Cowboys will be without Miles Austin for two to four weeks, but that doesn't mean any decrease in numbers for Romo.
The Bills have lost starting starting defensive tackle Kyle Williams to a season-ending injury, so expect Buffalo's pass rush game to be a non factor this week. Romo should also benefit from new found stud running back DeMarco Murray as he should open up the pass game.
Week 10 Projection: 326 Pass Yards, 2 Pass TD, 1 INT, 20 Fantasy Pts.
6. DET Matt Stafford @ CHI
In Week 5 against the Bears, Stafford only threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. The Lions were also winning nearly the whole game, so they were really concentrating on the run game.
Expect the Lions to be trailing most of this game as the Bears are pretty tough at home. Stafford has been enjoying a breakout year with star wideout Calvin Johnson and they should both continue their success this week against a Bears secondary that allows the 10th most fantasy points this year to opposing quarterbacks.
Week 10 Projection: 296 Pass Yards, 3 Pass TD, 2 INT, 21 Fantasy Pts.
5. NO Drew Brees @ ATL
Drew Brees has had a quietly great fantasy year so far. Most people think Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, LeSean McCoy or Calvin Johnson when they're thinking of fantasy MVP's, but Brees is really flying under the radar.
Brees has already thrown for 3,000 yards and 21 touchdowns. However, Atlanta tends to slow the pace of the game down when they play the Saints, so don't expect Brees to have a huge game.
Week 10 Projection: 328 Pass Yards, 3 Pass TD, 2 INT, 23 Fantasy Pts.
4. SD Philip Rivers vs. OAK
Rivers faces an Oakland secondary that has allowed the sixth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year. Expect Philip Rivers and the Chargers to be in a shootout with newly acquired Carson Palmer and the Raiders in this week's Thursday Night Football game.
The Chargers are 4-4 right now and it seems like every year this is about the time when Rivers really heats up and gets San Diego rolling towards the playoffs.
Week 10 Projection: 347 Pass Yards, 4 Pass TD, 2 INT, 27 Fantasy Pts.
3. PHI Michael Vick vs. ARI
Look for Michael Vick to redeem himself after last week's dismal performance against the Chicago Bears. Arizona has allowed the ninth most fantasy points this year, so expect Vick to thrive this week. While the Cardinals' defense seems to be improving slightly, they are still a weak pass rushing team and are quite vulnerable on the back end.
Week 10 Projection: 274 Pass Yards, 3 Pass TD, 1 INT, 22 Rush yards, 1 Pass TD, 29 Fantasy Pts.
2. CAR Cam Newton vs. TEN
This year's biggest surprise of the fantasy season will have his best game this week when he faces off against the Tennessee Titans, who have allowed the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks in their last five games. At home this season, Newton has averaged 272 Pass yards, 2.2 Touchdowns, 0.8 Interceptions, and 43.8 Rush yards.
Week 10 Projection: 242 Pass Yards, 3 Pass TD, 1 INT, 43 Rush yards, 1 Rush TD, 30 Fantasy Pts.
1. GB Aaron Rodgers vs. MIN
The top fantasy player of the season thus far will continue his success against a Minnesota secondary that gives up the seventh most points to opposing quarterbacks this year. In Week 7 against the Vikings, Rodgers completed 24 of 30 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns along with no interceptions.
Week 10 Projection: 353 Pass Yards, 4 Pass TD, 0 INT, 12 Rush yards, 31 Fantasy Pts.
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