Two Quarterback Rankings Week 11 November 18, 2015  |  Chet


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It’s week eleven, a time when — for most teams — every game counts. Every waiver add, every start, every sit. They all matter. If you’re in a two quarterback league, these monumental decisions don’t boil down to “Should I start Matthew Stafford or Jay Cutler?”, but “Should I start Case Keenum or Matt Hasselbeck?”. It’s scary how so much can ride on the likes of backup quarterbacks, but that’s what makes 2QB leagues so fun to play in. In the last bye week, many lineups will be riddled with the likes of Keenum, Hasselbeck, Mark Sanchez, and Brock Osweiler. Good luck everyone.

Quarterbacks on bye: Eli Manning, Drew Brees, Johnny Manziel, Ben Roethlisberger

Elite QB1s:

  1. Tom Brady (vs BUF) – He roasted the Bills with over 400 yards and three TDs last time they met. It’s tough to see him duplicating that, but he can certainly roll out of bed and come close.
  2. Cam Newton (vs WAS) – This shapes up to be a matchup where his success will be more contingent on his legs than arm, but that hasn’t stopped him from playing well this season.
  3. Aaron Rodgers (@ MIN) – The Packers’ offense has been slumping, but it hasn’t affected Rodgers all that much, as the uptick on volume has padded his stats (700 + yards and six scores over his last two).
  4. Carson Palmer (vs CIN) – After carving up Seattle last week, Palmer has shown that he is matchup proof. With a revenge game against the Bengals’ stout pass defense up next, you’re not sitting him.


Solid QB1s:

  1. Derek Carr (@ DET) – All he does is throw touchdowns. 300 yards and at least two scores in his last three, and the Lions are allowing the third most points to quarterbacks. Fire him up.
  2. Philip Rivers (vs KC) – Coming off the bye, Rivers has a tough matchup against the Chiefs, but he’s been getting it done all year (multiple scores in all but two games).
  3. Tony Romo (@ MIA) – Not as confident as I’d like to be about him shaking off the rust early, but it’s a plus matchup for him.
  4. Matthew Stafford (vs OAK) – The Raiders are near the bottom of the league in terms of passing yardage allowed and touchdowns allowed. He’s a better play than we’d like to think.
  5. Blake Bortles (vs TEN) – The QB9 on the year has struggled in two of his last three, but after losing Jason McCourty, the Titans’ defense is a much more attractive fantasy defense to stream against.


Fringe QB1s:

  1. Andy Dalton (@ ARI) – Like Bortles, he’s struggled a tad as of late, but he’s earned the benefit of the doubt, even against the Cardinals’ defense that leads the league in interceptions.
  2. Marcus Mariota (@ JAX) – He’s certainly been inconsistent, but he’s played extremely well against bottom 16 pass defenses. The Jags are currently giving up the seventh most points to quarterbacks.
  3. Matt Ryan (vs IND) – He just hasn’t taken advantage of great matchups this year. If you’re looking for a home run over a solid play, you can certainly do better.


Solid QB2s:

  1. Russell Wilson (vs SF) – The definition of mediocre, Wilson won’t have to do much this game, capping his upside considerably.
  2. Tyrod Taylor (@ NE) – He’s cooled off considerably after his red hot start and injury, but this is a matchup where he should benefit from garbage time once again.
  3. Ryan Tannehill (vs DAL) – Dallas has been pretty stingy against the pass, but this has the makings of a potential shootout.
  4. Jay Cutler (vs DEN) – A brutal matchup, but he’s been the most consistent quarterback outside of Tom Brady since returning from injury.
  5. Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ HOU) – A great matchup, but coming off hand surgery, it’s tough to tell if he will play and if it will hinder him in any way.
  6. Jameis Winston (@ PHI) – It’s a tough matchup, but after him the talent level at QB drops off considerably. Even in difficult matchups, rushing scores have salvaged his production.


Low End QB2s:

  1. Alex Smith (@ SD) – A meh quarterback with a meh matchup. Nothing to see here.
  2. Joe Flacco (vs STL) – He hasn’t thrown fewer than 32 passes all year. Volume and fluky rushing touchdowns have kept his QB1 status in check, but sometimes you just have to ride the wave.
  3. Mark Sanchez (vs TB) – He looked pretty awful last week, but luckily this is a matchup that sets up well for him to put up numbers.
  4. Geno Smith (@ HOU) – In the event that Fitz doesn’t play, Geno is still a solid option.
  5. Case Keenum (@ BAL) – If you have him and your other options are around this tier, he certainly makes for a better upside play than most.
  6. Brock Osweiler (@ CHI) – He didn’t really prove much in mop-up duty last week, but he still is on an offense loaded with weapons. Sometimes that’s enough to prop a quarterback up.


Dumpster Diving:

  1. Teddy Bridgewater (vs GB) – You know it’s bad when you’re below the likes of Case Keenum and Brock Osweiler.
  2. Kirk Cousins (@ CAR) – Has played well as of late, but this is just a brutal matchup for him. Tough to trust when it matters most.
  3. Brian Hoyer (vs NYJ) – If he plays this week, it’d be hard to trust him, even if the Jets have been getting beat by quarterbacks the last few weeks.
  4. Matt Hasselbeck (@ ATL) – The Falcons will be daring him to throw all game. Even with a stacked WR corps, it’s touch to expect much out of him.
  5. T.J. Yates (vs NYJ)
  6. Blaine Gabbert (@ SEA) – You know it’s bad when two backups are ranked above you. There’s a 60% chance I’d rather leave my roster spot empty.

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