This is an interesting week to try and maneuver around for fantasy owners thanks to bye weeks (Cam Newton), injuries (Ben Roethlisberger) and more difficult situations (Drew Brees). Throw in some under producing players as well as some favorable matchups, and it comes together for some unexpected rankings. How exactly do things stack up for the coming week? Let’s take a look:
Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Pittsburgh
Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. San Diego
Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Atlanta
Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Cleveland
Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Tennessee
Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Washington
Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – vs. Indianapolis
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Los Angeles
Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Oakland
Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Jacksonville
Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Detroit
Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at New York Jets
Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at San Francisco
Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Kansas City
Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at Miami
Brian Hoyer – Chicago Bears – at Green Bay
Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. New Orleans
Cody Kessler – Cleveland Browns – at Cincinnati
Case Keenum – Los Angeles Rams – vs. New York Giants
Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Tampa Bay
Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Seattle
Landry Jones – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. New England
Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets – vs. Baltimore
Over the past two weeks Matt Ryan has taken on two of the tougher defenses in the league, both coming the road as Atlanta travelled to Denver and Seattle. All he’s done is throw for 602 yards and 4 TD, including 335 yards and 3 TD against the Seahawks last week. Is there any reason to think that the Chargers are going to be able to slow him down?
Speaking of Seattle, after seeing the Falcons put up some big numbers this past week is it unthinkable that Carson Palmer and the Cardinals put up a usable day? We wouldn’t get too excited, considering they’ve struggled all season, but there’s enough of a reason to consider him a low-end QB2.
Drew Brees has 11 TD throws in three home games this season and just 3 on the road (while also throwing a pair of INT). While that discrepancy is telling, how about averaging 421.3 yards per game at home as compared to 235.0 on the road? Taking on the Chiefs, in Kansas City, he’s going to be tougher to trust.
Eli Manning and the Giants’ passing attack seemed to finally find itself this past week, just in time to take on a Rams defense that allowed Matthew Stafford to throw for 4 TD in Week 6. There’s a good chance that the team can keep things rolling in the right direction.
The matchup would seem to dictate a higher ranking for Joe Flacco (the New York Jets secondary has been among the worst in the league). That said it’s fair to question his weapons and despite some big yardage days he’s thrown for only 5 TD. Consider him more of a QB2.