Two Quarterback Rankings: Week 10
November 11, 2015 | Chet
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What has 22 legs, 22 arms, 11 heads and is rotting away in 2015? That would be the Saints’ defense, which has allowed an absurd 2,630 passing yards and 24 passing touchdowns, including 10 over their last two games. Giving up no fewer than 21 points a game, the Saints set up as a beautiful matchup for Kirk Cousins, who is coming off of a letdown performance against the Patriots. With DeSean Jackson getting back into the swing of things, and the running game currently a mess, look for Washington to rely heavily on the passing game. As each game gets more important for fantasy owners to make a playoff push, owners need to take play smart. Any quarterback facing the Ravens and Saints is an automatic start. If you’re in a jam, Cousins makes for a nice trade target, as his inconsistency this year and poor performance last week will likely lead to a discount. He also has matchups against the Giants and Bears in the near future. Being smart is about more than making the safe play, however. Due to injuries this year, owners have been forced to dip into the waiver wire. Waiver heroes such as Brian Hoyer, Kirk Cousins, Josh McCown, and Tyrod Taylor have forced a QBBC to become a strategy out of necessity for some. It can be a dicey game this time of year, however, but my advice would be to not overthink your matchups. For example, Tyrod Taylor has been a QB1 all year. Just because he’s playing the Jets, Taylor is not an inferior option to ,say, Brian Hoyer, who’s been red hot since grabbing the starting job. If you get caught playing the matchups weekly no matter what, chances are, you’ll likely get bitten. There’s a fine line between getting cute and being smart.
- Tom Brady (@ NYG) – Jameis Winston’s bottom line would have looked a lot better if his passes weren’t dropped so much. Brady will carve up this D.
- Aaron Rodgers (vs DET) – Normally one to struggle against the Lions, Rodgers should finally thrive facing a defense tied for the second fewest interceptions in the league.
- Drew Brees (@ WAS) – Brees is coming off of his two best games of the season, but with the Redskins getting pummeled on the ground in recent weeks, this sets up to be a nice game for Ingram.
- Andy Dalton (vs HOU) – The QB6 on the year, Dalton has yet another nice matchup. Start him with confidence.
- Cam Newton (@ TEN) – He’s been a touchdown machine on the year, but holding on the ball has also been a problem (9 INTs).
- Carson Palmer (@SEA) – This is by far his toughest matchup on the year, but he’s played so well he’s earned the benefit of the doubt.
- Blake Bortles (@ BAL) – He just put up 381 against the “vaunted” Jets defense. He should have no problem facing a Ravens defense giving up the second most points to quarterbacks.
- Eli Manning (vs NE) – Over the last few weeks, the Patriots have begun to hold QBs in check, but this game sets up to be another shootout similar to the Saints game.
- Derek Carr (vs MIN) – He’s been red hot, but this is a tougher matchup. My gut says this is the game he comes back to earth.
- Matthew Stafford (@ GB) – The Packers have recently given up huge games to Cam Newton, Peyton Manning, and Philip Rivers. If Megatron plays, Stafford can find himself in the same company.
- Peyton Manning (vs KC) – His Week Two performance was actually his best on the season, and the Chiefs have regressed since then.
- Russell Wilson (vs ARI) – He’s really underwhelmed this season and has topped 18 points just twice on the year. Hard to trust as a QB1.
- Kirk Cousins (vs NO) – The Saints have allowed 10 touchdowns over their last two games. If you have Kirk Cousins, you’re starting him.
High End QB2s:
- Ryan Tannehill (@ PHI) – After throwing for no fewer than two scores in any game for the first six weeks, he has back to back performances without a touchdown. Expect that streak to end after he faces an Eagles defense giving up 13 passing touchdowns.
- Jameis Winston (vs DAL) – Even with the likely return of Austin Seferian-Jenkins and his strong play of late, Winston should come back to earth a bit against Dallas, who is only allowing one passing touchdown per game and struggles against the run.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs BUF) – Coming off a short week, Fitzpatrick will either sink or swim. I’d give him the benefit of the doubt here as aside from the game where he left due to injury, he’s had a solid QB2 floor at the least.
- Sam Bradford (vs MIA) – Miami has given up a sixteen passing scores on the league, but at this point it’s hard to trust Bradford even in plus matchups.
- Josh McCown (@ PIT) – If he plays, it’d be tough to sit him, as he’s excelled in these types of matchups this year.
- Joe Flacco (vs JAX) – Even in a great matchup, we don’t know what to expect now that Steve Smith is lost for the year. With his production being buoyed by rushing scores, will the bottom fall out?
- Marcus Mariota (vs CAR) – Mariota goes from a dream matchup to a nightmare, as the Panthers are allowing the tenth fewest points to opposing quarterbacks.
- Tyrod Taylor (@ NYJ) – The Jets are slow enough to where Tygod can have a field day on the ground against them. The concern lies in his passing ability if Watkins isn’t at 100%.
- Teddy Bridgewater (@ OAK) – This could be his best game all season, but he’s had a few of these opportunities thus far and failed to do much with them.
Low End QB2s:
- Jay Cutler (@ STL) – He’s been uber consistent since returning from injury, but the Rams have allowed a league low five touchdown passes.
- Matt Cassel (@ TB) – After his great performance last week, Cassel is a solid sleeper play, as Dez looks 100% and the Bucs are extremely beatable.
- Brian Hoyer (@ CIN) – He’s played well since getting the starting gig, but the Bengals are allowing the sixth fewest points to quarterbacks and will likely force him to throw.
- Landry Jones (vs CLE) – He originally looked solid in relief of Big Ben, but struggled in his start in Week Seven. I’m not sold on him, even if this is a nice matchup.
- Alex Smith (@ DEN) – Last week’s performance was bound to happen for the Broncos’ D, but even without Aqib Talib and DeMarcus Ware, they will still make life difficult for Alex Smith, who had his worst performance of the year in Week Two against them.
- Nick Foles (vs MIN) – You’re not starting him unless you have no other options. He’s yet to top 200 passing yards since Week One. With Todd Gurley rolling, there’s no reason for the Rams to rely on Foles.