Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks
Last week, Matty Ice was ice cold in the desert as the Falcons managed just 13 points in their loss to the Arizona Cardinals. In that game, Ryan threw just one touchdown and was intercepted four times as he failed to score double-digit fantasy points for the first time this season.
Going into last week's matchup against the Cardinals, however, Matt Ryan had thrown multiple touchdown passes in all six games up to that point and finished with at least 15 fantasy points in every game.
It's unclear whether Roddy White will return this week from his hamstring injury, but the Panthers have one of the league's best defenses and only the Seahawks have allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. In other words, it could be a long day even if White is able to go.
Not only have the Panthers held all quarterbacks to 15 fantasy points or less, they have yet to allow more than one passing touchdown in a game this season.
Over the past four weeks — and technically the whole season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been anything but "terrific."
After spending much of the past several years as a top-three lock among fantasy quarterbacks, Brady should likely find a seat on your bench even though there are six teams on bye.
Over the past four games, Brady has single-digit fantasy points in three games and has thrown twice as many interceptions (four) than touchdowns (two) during that stretch.
Facing the Steelers this week won't do any wonders for Brady's ability to break out of his slump as Pittsburgh ranks second in the NFL in passing defense and has allowed only five passing scores all season.
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Terrelle Pryor: 15th in rushing YPG
Even though the Raiders had their bye and he missed a game due to concussion, only 20 players, all of whom are running backs, have more rushing yards this season than Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
In fact, it's even better on a per-game basis for Pryor, who ranks 15th in the NFL in rushing yards per game (65.2).
Granted he won't have a 93-yard TD run every week like last week vs. the Steelers, but he has at least one run of 20-plus yards in five of six games played this season. In addition, he's running an average of nine times per contest and has at least 50 rushing yards in four of six games.
Pryor has thrown five interceptions and only one touchdown in his past two games against the Steelers and Chiefs, both of whom rank in the top four in the NFL in passing defense.
This week, he has a much more favorable matchup this week against the Eagles. Only the Cowboys have allowed more passing yards per game than the Eagles (302.3).
Here are some more notes on quarterbacks:
- Through eight games, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has only two games with at least 300 passing yards although he ranks fourth in the NFL in fantasy points among quarterbacks. This week, the Cowboys face the Vikings, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season.
- The Cowboys have allowed a league-most four 400-yard passing games this season, which is actually a full-season record as well. Considering the Cowboys host the Vikings this week, their own record should be safe for at least one more week until they face the Saints next week.
- Speaking of the Saints, Drew Brees is coming off his best performance of the season. Last week, he threw for 332 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. It was his third game this season with at least 30-plus fantasy points. This week, Brees and the Saints face the Jets, who allowed 325 passing yards and five touchdowns to Andy Dalton last week.
- After a streak of three games with exactly one passing touchdown per game, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers has thrown five touchdowns and no interceptions in his past two games. On the season, he has a 15:4 TD-to-INT ratio. In one of the greatest rivalries in any sport, Rodgers and the Packers face the Bears, who have allowed an 11:10 TD-to-INT ratio this season.
- In his past three games going back to Week 3, Titans quarterback Jake Locker has averaged 22 fantasy points per game. With an 8:1 TD-to-INT ratio on the season, Locker is also an excellent athlete capable of making plays (and racking up fantasy points) with his legs.
- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has thrown six touchdowns and run for two scores with no interceptions thrown during the team's current three-game winning streak. This week, the Panthers host the Falcons, who have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in every game played this season.
- No quarterback has more 400-yard passing games than Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (three games). In fact, Peyton Manning (twice) is the only other quarterback with two such games. That said, Rivers has thrown for less than 300 yards in back-to-back games as he heads to the nation's capital this week.
Here are my Week 9 fantasy quarterback rankings:
1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (at NYJ)
2. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (vs. ATL)
3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (vs. CHI)
4. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys (vs. MIN)
5. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (at WAS)
6. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins (vs. SD)
7. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. TB)
8. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (at HOU)
9. Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders (vs. PHI)
10. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (at BUF)
11. Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans (at STL)
12. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (at CAR)
13. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (vs. PIT)
14. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (at OAK)
15. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (at NE)
16. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (at CLE)
17. Josh McCown, Chicago Bears (at GB)
18. Jason Campbell, Cleveland Browns (vs. BAL)
19. Geno Smith, New York Jets (vs. NO)
20. Case Keenum, Houston Texans (vs. IND)
21. Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings (at DAL)
22. Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at SEA)
23. Kellen Clemens, St. Louis Rams (vs. TEN)
24. Jeff Tuel, Buffalo Bills (vs. KC)
25. Thaddeus Lewis, Buffalo Bills (vs. KC)
Note: Andy Dalton and Ryan Tannehill have been removed from our rankings since they played on Thursday Night.
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