Things should get easier, but we once again have to maneuver around six teams on bye weeks and a few extremely difficult matchups. The potential return of Ben Roethlisberger would certainly help, but it’s hardly enough. Let’s take a look at how things stack up for the coming week, as we try to sort it all out:
Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Tampa Bay
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Indianapolis
Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Green Bay
Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at San Francisco
Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Tennessee
Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Atlanta
Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Los Angeles
Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at Cleveland
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Baltimore
Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at San Diego
Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Buffalo
Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Denver
Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. New York Jets
Sam Bradford – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Detroit
Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets – at Miami
Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Jacksonville
Josh McCown – Cleveland Browns – vs. Dallas
Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Pittsburgh
Trevor Siemian – Denver Broncos – at Oakland
Case Keenum – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Carolina
Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Kansas City
Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at New York Giants
Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at Seattle
Sure Aaron Rodgers “only” threw for 246 yards in Week 8, but he added 60 yards on the ground and threw 4 TD. He’s clearly going to continue airing the ball out, considering the status of the running game, has 7 TD passes over the past two weeks and draws a Colts defense that has allowed 14 TD vs. just 2 INT. It’s hard not to like him once again this week.
Obviously part of the damage against Tennessee in Week 8 came during garbage time, but that doesn’t change the fact that they have now allowed at least 337 passing yards in back-to-back weeks. Over the past six weeks Philip Rivers has thrown for at least 320 yards four times and the only time he was under 267 was against the difficult Denver defense. In other words he’s a good bet to put up big numbers once again.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep losing running backs, with Jacquizz Rodgers going down in Week 8. Assuming he can’t play, that is going to force the team to lean even harder on Jameis Winston, who threw for 281 yards, 4 TD and 1 INT against the Falcons in Week 1. Atlanta has continued to be hospitable to opposing QB all season long (2,403 yards, 19 TD), so it’s easy to envision another strong day for Winston in Week 9.
There have been reports that Ben Roethlisberger will return this week, so as of now we are going to include him on the rankings. That said, we’ll have to monitor the news closely and see how things play out. Landry Jones would come in significantly lower on these rankings, so be prepared to find an alternative option.
Sure Philadelphia has been a good defense this season, but they just allowed Dak Prescott to get them for 287 yards and 2 TD. Coming off the bye week and hopefully figuring things out, Eli Manning should be considered a high level QB2.
In most weeks Matthew Stafford and Derek Carr would be above average options. This week, though, their draws are among the toughest in the league. That’s going to drop them to QB2 options, but with the bye weeks and other questionable situations they are still viable.
The Jets just allowed Josh McCown to throw for 341 yards. Sure Ryan Tannehill has his question marks, but it’s impossible not to like him as a high-end QB2 for this week.