Suddenly the quarterback position has been hit hard with injuries which, when coupled with the bye week, have had a major impact on these rankings. Let’s take a look at how things currently stand for Week 11:
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Tampa Bay
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Kansas City
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Detroit
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at Washington
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tennessee
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Chicago
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Carolina
- Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders – at Minnesota
- Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – at New York Giants
- Tim Tebow – Denver Broncos – vs. New York Jets
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
- Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – vs. Seattle
- Matt Hasselbeck – Tennessee Titans – at Atlanta
- Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Green Bay
- Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills – at Miami
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. San Diego
- Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – at Denver
- Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
- Christian Ponder – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Oakland
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
- John Skelton – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
- Matt Moore – Miami Dolphins – vs. Buffalo
- Colt McCoy – Cleveland Browns – vs. Jacksonville
- Tarvaris Jackson – Seattle Seahawks – at St. Louis
- If Josh Freeman was playing better, he would be considered a very good option for the upcoming week. He obviously is going to have to throw the ball to keep up with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. However, coming off a week where he threw for 170 yards, one TD and three INT, he has now thrown nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions on the season. He can only be considered a QB2, at best.
- The Minnesota Vikings' passing defense entered Week 10 allowing 273.6 passing yards per game (and that was before Monday night’s thrashing at the hands of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers), as well as 14 TD and six INT.
- Carson Palmer, meanwhile, has thrown for 631 yards and six TD over his first two starts as an Oakland Raider. He also has shown renewed arm strength, having already completed four passes of at least 40 yards (the Vikings entered the week having allowed eight, one behind the Broncos). I don’t think anyone would’ve predicted it, but Palmer can be considered a QB1 for the coming week.
- Cam Newton struggled in Week 10 throwing for 212 yards, zero TD and one INT (though he did rush for 55 yards). With at least 50 rushing yards in each of his past three games and seven rushing TD on the year, he should remain one of the top quarterbacks in the league despite a very difficult matchup.
- Eli Manning has thrown for at least 250 yards in every game but one thus far this season. In his Week 3 matchup against the Eagles, he threw for 254 yards, four TD and zero INT. In fact, he has eight TD passes in his last two games against Philadelphia. He is clearly playing at a high level right now and it is impossible not to consider him a must-play option.
- While Matthew Stafford struggled with four INT against Chicago, he still threw for well over 300 yards. Considering he entered the day with just four INT on the year, it is easy to chalk this one up as the exception, not the rule, though talk of a broken finger is going to bring significant questions. He’s worth using, but proceed with caution.
- If you are considering Tim Tebow, it isn’t for his ability to pass the ball. That will neutralize his matchup against the Jets and their vaunted secondary. In fact, Tebow only attempted eight passes in Week 10, a trend that easily could continue. Over his past three games, he’s rushed the ball for 224 yards and one TD, which will keep him as a borderline QB1.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick’s struggles continued, though he does have a favorable matchup this week against the Miami Dolphins (256.3 passing yards per game with 14 TD and just four INT). It’s impossible to consider him a QB1, but as a QB2 he’ll be well worth using.
- There are questions regarding Michael Vick and if he is going to play this week. With the Eagles’ season hanging in the balance, does anyone really expect him to sit out? However, there is a major risk that he has to miss some plays against a Giants defense that is going to be coming after him. You also have to wonder if the injury will limit his ability to run. He’s worth using if he’s out there, but he’s a gamble (depending on your other options).
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