Week 10 QB Rankings, Projections and Analysis
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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
By Greg Buchphoto of journalist Greg Buch
Greg develops and updates FFSwami's website. He's played in various fantasy football leagues the last 15 years and is a life-long Cincinnati Bengals fan.
This is how we rank the QBs for Week 10 of the fantasy season. Our rankings aren't just based on name value or past performance - each week we take a comprehensive look at the match-ups and each QBs past performance and factor that into our projections. The ratings are based on a standard league where 25 passing yards equal 1 point, passing and rushing TDs equal 6 pts. and INTs or fumbles deduct 2 points.

This week several of the top quarterbacks are on bye so if you own one of them, you may need to scour the waiver wire for a back-up with a favorable match-up.

QB Rankings
  1. Aaron Rodgers
  2. Ben Roethlisberger
  3. Peyton Manning
  4. Matt Ryan
  5. Carson Palmer
  6. Cam Newton
  7. Andy Dalton
  8. Drew Brees
  9. Brian Hoyer
  10. Derek Carr
  11. Colin Kaepernick
  12. Joe Flacco
  13. Russell Wilson
  14. Mark Sanchez
  15. Matt Stafford
  16. Jay Cutler
  17. * Tony Romo
  18. * Mike Glennon/ Josh McCown
  19. Kyle Orton
  20. Ryan Tannehill
  21. Eli Manning
  22. Alex Smith
  23. Blake Bortles
  24. Austin Davis
  25. Zach Mettenberger
  26. Michael Vick
* Check the player's injury or starting status prior to gametime!
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger
By Greg Buchphoto of journalist Greg Buch
Greg develops and updates FFSwami's website. He's played in various fantasy football leagues the last 15 years and is a life-long Cincinnati Bengals fan.
Paying attention to the match-ups each week can help you identify less heralded players with the upside to surprise and help you avoid some potential land mines. This is our list of players we expect to surpass expectations, along with a few stud QBs who may fail to deliver:

Start
Ben Roethlisberger
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger
Roethlisberger has never been more than a high-end QB2 but this season he's the third-highest scoring quarterback in fantasy. He probably won't duplicate the 300+ yards and 6 TDs he put up in each of his last two games but I would start him over any other QB not named Rodgers or Manning this week. It's not a fluke that Big Ben's performing at this level. The Steelers struck gold with Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant, who provide dangerous compliments to stud WR Antonio Brown and there are few defenses who are deep enough talent-wise in the secondary to cover all three and still keep an eye on Pittsburgh's other receiving threats. With a match-up this Sunday against a miserable Jets secondary that allows the most points in the league to opposing quarterbacks, now's not the time to consider benching the Steeler quarterback.

Cam Newton
Panthers QB Cam Newton
Newton's coming off two very rough outings where he threw for just 322 yards combined with no TDs and 2 picks. I'm not sure what was ailing him when he delivered a dud at home against a vulnerable Saints secondary but I think he gets better this week against the Eagles. Philadelphia's allowing 19.9 fantasy points a game to quarterbacks and if Carolina wants to stay in this game they'll be forced to put the ball in the air a lot. I think Benjamin and Cotchery should win some match-ups against the Eagles corners and see Newton bouncing back this week.


Sit
Ryan Tannehill
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill
Tannehill's been on fire ever since coach Joe Philbin hinted there might be a quarterback change. Since that happened, Ryan's thrown for 2 or more TDs in all but one game and put up an average QBR of 103. However, this week he hits the road to play the Lions, who've allowed the least fantasy points in the entire league to opposing quarterbacks. The Fins may also be without the services of RB Lamar Miller, who left last week's game with a shoulder injury, which would put an additional burden on their offense. I would stay away from this match-up and prefer an untested QB like Sanchez with an easier opponent.

Jay Cutler
Bears QB Jay Cutler
Cutler doesn't exactly have a storied history when playing at Lambeau Field. Since joining the Bears back in 2009, he's thrown for an average of just 190 yards with 2 TDs and 10 picks and recorded an average QBR of 25. The Packers allow 16.8 fantasy points a game, so this doesn't look like a bad match-up on paper but history has a way of repeating itself, so I'd stay away from this match-up.


Derek Carr
Raiders QB Derek Carr
Carr is worth a look if your starter's on his bye week. He's showed a lot of promise for a rookie with 11 TDs to just 7 INTs but since he plays for Oakland, the talent around him is a little thin. This week he has a great match-up at home against a Broncos team that allows plenty of yards through the air. The Broncos allow 254 passing yards a game and opposing quarterbacks have scored a healthy 19.7 fantasy points a game. The Raiders don't have the weapons to keep this game close but Carr's a fierce competitor and should have the moxie to put up some serious yardage and perhaps a score or two during garbage time.

Mark Sanchez
Fan of Eagles QB Mark Sanchez
The "Sanchize" never lived up to his lofty draft status in New York and failed to serve as anything more than a QB2/Flex during his tenure there. However, he never had the supporting cast he's got in Philadelphia so there's a real chance he can succeed in replacing Nick Foles' production. This week he's got a nice home match-up against a Panthers defense that's allowing the 8th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. If you've got huge cajones of steel and your QB1 has a bye or a difficult match-up, you might take a flyer on him.


Buccaneers QB Josh McCown
By Greg Buchphoto of journalist Greg Buch
Greg develops and updates FFSwami's website. He's played in various fantasy football leagues the last 15 years and is a life-long Cincinnati Bengals fan.
Don't get too discouraged if your draft didn't work out as you planned. Fantasy success isn't the exclusive result of a solid draft - often it's the in-season waiver wire moves that determines who makes it to the post-season. We've got some hot tips for you that should help you improve your roster and catch up to those lucky sons-of-guns who always seem to draft the right players:

Must Adds

Josh McCown
McCown has yet to look like the uber-efficient quarterback who upstaged Jay Cutler last season, but he looked better this week than he has all season. He threw for over 300 yards with 2 TDs and 2 INTs against a porous Falcons defense. With the team standing at 1-8 and the season already a lost cause, the Buccaneers have little incentive to re-insert a mediocre Mike Glennon into the starting line-up, so the job should be his. I like his prospects, as rookies Mike Evans and Austin Sefarian-Jenkins have blossomed and the Bucs schedule is favorable going forward. Next week they play the Redskins, who allow the 2nd-most points to opposing quarterbacks, so McCown is worth a start if your QB1 has a bye. He's only owned in 1.6% of NFL.com leagues, so you should be able to get him with a low waiver priority.

Watch List

Kyle Orton
Orton, who we've featured previously as a sleeper, played surprisingly well this year. I know he didn't exactly light up the scoreboard against the Chiefs but he performed better than expected against a very tough Kansas City pass defense. This coming week he's got another stern test against a Miami Dolphins team that ranks 2nd in the league against the pass so I don't advise picking him up for that game. However, Week 12 brings a terrific home match-up against a woeful Jets defense. Make sure you don't forget to put your waiver claim in for him next week.

Drew Stanton
Carson Palmer exited this week's game with a probable ACL tear, so Stanton's in line to take over once again as the starter. He led the team to two victories earlier this season running a conservative, mistake-free offense but didn't exactly light the world on fire, with a dismal yards-per-attempt average and less than 170 yards in 2 of his 3 starts. I'd see how he performs over the next couple of weeks and consider picking him up if he cuts the mustard against the Lions and Seahawks. He'd be a viable option if you're in need of quarterback help in Week 13 when the Cards visit a struggling Atlanta Falcons defense. Then again, since the bye weeks are over, you probably won't be that desperate when this match-up comes up.

Don't Believe the Hype

Michael Vick
Vick is likely to be the top-scoring free agent quarterback in your league in Week 10 so you can bet there'll be a few myopic owners who'll put in a waiver claim. Don't worry, this is a good thing since it makes it more likely you'll get the players you want. There are several reasons to avoid the temptation to scramble and add Michael Vick: 1) He's not the multi-purpose threat he was in his younger days and isn't likely to rack up a lot of yardage on the ground on a consistent basis. 2) The Jets are still a run-first offense and the 18 attempts he had against the Steelers is about what to expect going forward. 3) He only threw for 132 yards last week, just to keep things in perspective.

Drops

Carson Palmer
You've got to feel both good and bad for Palmer. Good because the man has impeccable timing - signing a huge extension just a few days before tearing an ACL. Bad because the man's 34 and has already endured a litany of injuries, including a previous ACL tear, along with lingering shoulder problems, so this is probably the coup de grace that ends his career. Hold off on dropping him until the results of the MRI come back, unless you're going to need a starter, as I'd be very surprised if he suits up this week, even if the results are negative.