Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks
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Before the bye, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady broke out of his slump by throwing for 432 yards and four touchdowns against the Steelers.
Heading into Week 9, the Steelers had the league's second-ranked passing defense (181.0 yards allowed per game) at that time and had only given up five passing TDs. It was the only time this season that the Steelers allowed a quarterback to score more than 20 fantasy points.
Not only was Brady's 33 points clearly his best performance of the season, it was more than he had in the team's previous four games (31 fantasy points).
During that span, Brady averaged only 202.5 yards per game and threw twice as many interceptions (four) than touchdowns (two). Brady scored single-digit fantasy points in three of those four games.
Coming off his best performance of the season, it won't be easy for him to duplicate that kind of success in Week 11 as the Patriots head to Charlotte to take on the Panthers.
On the season, the Panthers have allowed only 201.3 passing yards per game, tied with the Steelers for fourth-best in the league, and have nearly twice as many intercepted passes (13) as passing touchdowns allowed (seven).
No quarterback has thrown for more than one touchdown against the Panthers and no team has allowed fewer fantasy points (8.4 per game) to opposing quarterbacks this season.
Another dud for Kaepernick?
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was held to just two fantasy points by the Panthers on Sunday as he threw for a season-low 91 yards and no touchdowns in addition to being intercepted once.
Since the opener against the Packers where Kaepernick threw for 412 yards, he has been held to less than 200 passing yards in seven of his past eight games.
With Kaepernick, he has the ability to put up strong performances (due to his rushing stats) even when he isn't having much success through the air, but the Panthers also limited him to 16 rushing yards.
While the Saints have not stifled opposing quarterbacks the way the Panthers have, it's close. Only the Panthers and Seahawks have allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.
No. 1 offense vs. No. 1 defense on SNF
In primetime on Sunday Night Football, America will get an opportunity to see the league's most explosive offense, led by Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, square off against the league's top-scoring defense.
For the first time this season, the Broncos were held to less than 30 points as the Chargers limited them to 28 points. On the other hand, the Chiefs have yet to allow a team score more than 17 points against them.
[Related poll: How many points will the Broncos score on Sunday?]
Through nine games, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has thrown for 3,249 yards, which averages to 361 per game, 33 touchdowns and only six interceptions.
With the exception of Week 6 vs. the Jaguars (of all teams), Manning has scored 20-plus fantasy points and thrown for 300-plus yards in every game this season. (Against the Jags, Manning threw for only 295 yards.)
Manning has thrown for multiple touchdowns in all nine games this season and has four or more passing touchdowns in five of nine games including his past two games.
The one concern with Manning is (are) his ankle(s). After having an MRI and resting earlier in the week, Manning "definitely will play" against the Chiefs on Sunday. The strength of the Chiefs defense is their pass rush as they lead the NFL with 36 sacks in nine games.
Assuming they get to Manning (often), it's possible that they could force Manning and the Broncos to not look like the high-powered team that we've come to expect every week.
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Foles throws another 3 TDs
One week after tying Manning's and others' record of seven touchdowns in an NFL game, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles threw another three touchdowns against the Packers.
On the season, Foles has posted a 16:0 TD-to-INT ratio.
With the exception of Week 9 against the Cowboys when he left the game early due to a concussion, Foles has thrown multiple touchdowns in four of his past five games.
This week, Foles and the Eagles will host the Redskins, who have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.
Here are my Week 11 fantasy quarterback rankings:
1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (vs. SF)
2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (vs. KC)
3. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. MIN)
4. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins (at PHI)
5. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at PIT)
6. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. WAS)
7. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (vs. NE)
8. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (at MIA)
9. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (at CAR)
10. Case Keenum, Houston Texans (vs. OAK)
11. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. DET)
12. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. CLE)
13. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (at NO)
14. Josh McCown, Chicago Bears (vs. BAL)
15. Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs. GB)
16. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (at TB)
17. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (at DEN)
18. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (vs. SD)
19. Jason Campbell, Cleveland Browns (at CIN)
20. Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. ATL)
21. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (at JAX)
22. Geno Smith, New York Jets (at BUF)
23. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (at CHI)
24. Scott Tolzien, Green Bay Packers (at NYG)
25. EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills (vs. NYJ)
26. Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. ARI)
27. Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings (at SEA)
28. Matt McGloin, Oakland Raiders (at HOU)
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