Two Quarterback League Rankings: Week 9
November 4, 2015 | Chet
Teams on bye: Cardinals, Seahawks, Chiefs, Texans, Lions, Ravens
- Tom Brady (vs WAS) – The clear cut top play in a tough slate of games.
- Ben Roethlisberger (vs OAK) – Now without Le’Veon Bell, the Steeler’s success hinges solely on Big Ben’s shoulders. Expect him to deliver in a great matchup.
- Andy Dalton (vs CLE) – With his current supporting cast, Dalton should have better luck against Cleveland on Thursday this season vs last year’s where he threw for 86 yards, three interceptions and zero scores.
- Philip Rivers (vs CHI) – Rivers has been the only constant for a Chargers team decimated by injuries. The loss of Allen hurts, but he still has Antonio Gates and Stevie Johnson and the Bears are allowing the seventh most points allowed to opposing quarterbacks this season.
- Aaron Rodgers (@ CAR) – Since week three, Rodgers has yet to top 20 points. He hasn’t been terrible, he just hasn’t been putting up the elite numbers we’re used to. It’s tough to see that change this week.
- Eli Manning (@ TB) – The perfect storm may be brewing here, as the Buccaneers have given up five touchdowns through the air over their last two games and Eli just threw for six in a shootout last week.
- Matt Ryan (@ SF) – I might have him higher on this list as it should be a blowout, but I think Devonta Freeman is in line for the bigger game here.
Fringe QB1s/High End QB2s:
- Drew Brees (vs TEN) – While last game’s record tying performance was certainly the sign of life owners were waiting for, this may actually be a trap game for Brees owners with lofty expectations as the Titans have been rather solid on defense this season.
- Cam Newton (vs GB) – This will probably be Cam’s toughest test to date. He may get you the 18 he’s good for but it probably won’t be pretty.
- Tyrod Taylor (vs MIA) – Tygod is back and not getting enough love this week. In week three he dropped 277/3 on the Dolphins and was able to get it done as a passer.
- Derek Carr (@ PIT) – He’s now thrown for seven touchdowns over his last two and has thrown at least two scores in all but one start. The Steelers shut down Andy Dalton last week but you simply can’t bench Carr at this juncture.
- Ryan Tannehill (@ BUF) – He should rebound nicely in a great matchup and he already threw for nearly 300 yards and two scores against them in week three.
- Peyton Manning (@ IND) – Expect Manning to gain some momentum after last week’s encouraging but still underwhelming performance against a unit that’s been mediocre at best.
- Jameis Winston (vs NYG) – Winston has quietly been a high end QB2 for the most part this season and now faces a defense that just gave up a record tying seven touchdowns.
- Jay Cutler (@ SD) – This is probably the last week Cutler keeps his near QB1 status intact. The Chargers are giving up two passing touchdowns per game and now that Forte is out the volume should be there but so will the turnovers.
- Marcus Mariota (@ NO) – The matchup is beautiful, but a mid-season coaching change and the loss of Kendall Wright is enough to curb the enthusiasm on Mariota this week.
- Sam Bradford (@ DAL) – Last time they faced, Bradford failed to put up double digits. What was once a weak unit is now a strength, as Dallas is allowing only 234 passing ypg and has surrendered only 8 touchdowns via the air.
- Andrew Luck (vs DEN) – Denver’s defense is shutdown (fewest points allowed to quarterbacks), and has me debating benching quarterbacks entirely that play them. Even with Luck struggling, however, I just can’t say no.
- Blake Bortles (@ NYJ) – The Jets have shown in recent weeks they can certainly be beat (five passing touchdowns allowed the last two weeks), and Bortles has the weapons to do it. The odds of a very good performance though against a defense with its back against the wall are slim.
- Kirk Cousins (@ NE) – Like many quarterbacks facing New England, Cousins has a good shot to post numbers as he looks to be playing from behind most of the game. The return of DJax also helps his value this week.
- Johnny Manziel (@ CIN) – Coming off the bench a short week, the situation is ripe for a nice game for Johnny Football. He was pretty dreadful against them last season, however, throwing for only 80 yards and two interceptions in one of his only starts last season.
- Geno Smith (vs JAX) – WARNING: I’d have him MUCH higher if he was healthy here. He put up a solid performance in relief last week and this would be another great matchup for him.
- Teddy Bridgewater (vs STL) – His ceiling just isn’t as high we had hoped in year two. The Rams have 26 sacks and have allowed only five passing touchdowns all year.
- Matt Cassel (vs PHI) – This matchup figures to be much easier than last week against Seattle, but it’s not an ideal matchup at all.
- Blaine Gabbert (vs ATL) – It’s a hard matchup, but I think Gabbert is in a better position to move the ball with this offense than Colin Kaepernick.
- Nick Foles (@ MIN) – Don’t even waste your time here unless you’re desperate. Foles has been the most anemic quarterback in this league and it’s a terrible matchup.