Week 11 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 11 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.



QB Rankings
  1. Aaron Rodgers
  2. Drew Brees
  3. Andrew Luck
  4. Philip Rivers
  5. Tom Brady
  6. Peyton Manning
  7. Matt Ryan
  8. Jay Cutler
  9. Derek Carr
  10. Cam Newton
  11. Mark Sanchez
  12. Robert Griffin III
  13. Ben Roethlisberger
  14. Colin Kaepernick
  15. Josh McCown
  16. Russell Wilson
  17. Matt Stafford
  18. Austin Davis
  19. Eli Manning
  20. * Ryan Tannehill
  21. Zach Mettenberger
  22. Andy Dalton
  23. Teddy Bridgewater
  24. Brian Hoyer
  25. Kyle Orton
  26. Alex Smith
  27. Drew Stanton
  28. Ryan Mallett
* Check the player's injury or starting status prior to gametime!
Saints QB Drew Brees
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
Drew Brees
Saints QB Drew Brees
Some fantasy owners may be tempted to sit Brees when they look at this match-up. The Bengals have been allowing just 15.5 fantasy points a game to quarterbacks on the season. I just have a couple words of advice for you: don't do it, man! The Bengals defense has literally fallen apart since the bye. Injuries have nearly wiped out their entire linebacking corps, while their #1 corner, Leon Hall, is currently in the NFL's concussion protocol and is questionable to suit up. This defense has played reasonably well against weak competition but when facing teams with elite quarterbacks, like the Patriots and Colts, were absolutely thrashed. The Saints are also playing at home where Brees typically puts up his best performances. I expect this one will be a rout and am looking for Brees to throw for 3+ TDs and over 300 yards.

Jay Cutler
Bears QB Jay Cutler
Cutler was abysmal on the road in Green Bay, throwing 2 picks and caughing up a fumble, so a lot of owners are going to look at that performance and what appears to be a tough match-up this week and either sit him on the bench or drop him outright. The Vikings defense has been surprisingly solid this year under Mike Zimmer (after finishing last year as the worst defense in the league). They're allowing just 13.9 fantasy points a game to quarterbacks, which is 4th-least in the league. But I'm going to go out on a limb here and bang the table for Cutler. I think the Bears will be hungry this Sunday after last week's humiliation at Lambeau and decent teams coming off a blowout loss often tend to play much better the following week. Look for Cutler to rebound with around 275-325 yards, a pair of touchdowns, and no INTs (for a change).


Sit
Ryan Tannehill
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill
Not to pat myself on the back but kudos to me for calling it right and advising you to sit Tannehill last week and start someone like Sanchez. The Dolphins QB became a waiver wire darling after a string of nice performances against mostly weaker pass defenses but came back down to earth last week against the Lions, throwing for just 207 yards with a TD and an INT. This is another week where I'm not that fond of the match-up and would sit him. The Bills are giving up just 14.3 fantasy points a game to opposing quarterbacks and have an aggressive secondary that excels in picking off passes, along with a pair of elite pass rushers who can get pressure on a relatively immobile QB like Tannehill. I think this is going to be a low-scoring defensive battle with a total of around 30 points put on the board so I'd stay away from both quarterbacks in this one.

Russell Wilson
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
Wilson's the fifth-highest rated quarterback in fantasy but has struggled throwing the ball lately and faces a difficult test this week on the road at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs have the top-ranked pass defense in the league and feature one of the best pass rushing duos in the NFL in Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. Russell should have some opportunities to rack up rushing yards against a porous Kansas City run defense that's been allowing 4.7 yards a carry but ultimately I think this will be a low-scoring game where both teams chew up a lot of clock running the ball. Look for him to end up with under 200 passing yards but with some decent rushing yardage bailing you out a little bit. Still, there are better options out there.


Josh McCown
Buccaneers QB Josh McCown
McCown got off to a rocky start to the season but was able to capitalize on a nice match-up last week, throwing for just over 300 yards with a pair of TDs. He's worth plugging in as a starter this week if you don't like your options, as he gets another favorable match-up on the road against the Redskins. Washington's allowed 18.7 fantasy points a game to opposing quarterbacks. However, before you get too excited about this match-up, keep in mind that most of those points have come from teams doing a lot of scoring on them. Their pass defense has actually been fairly tight this year, giving up the 6th-fewest passing yards a game. Keep an eye on the weather report. They're currently predicting a high of 49 but if it looks like the mercury will be dropping below 40, make sure you keep him on the bench (or leave him on waivers) as Florida teams have a history of wilting in cold temperatures.

Mark Sanchez
Fan of Eagles QB Mark Sanchez
Sancho filled in admirably for Nick Foles last week, throwing for 332 yards and 2 TDs against a suspect Carolina secondary. This week he's got a tougher task on the road against a stout Packers secondary that's yielding just 16 fantasy points a game to opposing quarterbacks. Nonetheless, I like his prospects in this contest as I think the Eagles have the weapons to hang with Green Bay and am expecting a high-scoring game with plenty of touchdowns scored on both sides. Don't be surprised either if the Packers defense has a little bit of a hangover after the blowout win last week over Chicago. Look for him to put up some nice numbers with around 300-325 yards and a pair of TDs.
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
I advised you to pick up McCown last week and if you took my advice, you were rewarded with over 20 fantasy points. McCown threw for 288 yards and two scores against a sad Redskins' pass defense. We picked him as a sleeper in our pre-season edition and, while it's taken a little longer than we anticipated for our recommendation to pan out, it's obvious he's developed some chemistry with rookie WR Mike Evans. I'm still not sold on the Bucs' running game keeping defenses honest but McCown's still valuable as a starter when the match-up's right. This is one of those weeks as the Buccaneers take on a Bears team that's been allowing the 2nd-most points in the league to quarterbacks. I think McCown should do well in this one since QBs who return to face their old team tend to raise their game to another level. Look for Josh to show the Bears they made a mistake letting him go.

Zach Mettenberger
The young rookie has been solid but unspectacular since taking over for an ineffective Jake Locker. Against the Steelers he threw for 263 yards with 2 TDs and an INT, which was good for the 9th-best performance by a fantasy quarterback in Week 11. So far in three starts this year he's been averaging just over 250 passing yards and nearly 2 TDs a game. I like him as a spot starter this week against an Eagles defense that's been allowing plenty of points to opposing quarterbacks. The Titans should be forced to throw and throw often if they want to keep apace with Chip Kelly's high-flying offense. This is strictly a one-week recommendation so pick him up for this week and then drop him in Week 13 when the bye weeks are over.

Drops

Robert Griffin III
RGIII failed to deliver again, throwing for just 207 yards with a TD and 2 inteceptions against the Buccaneers. He's starting to look like one of the bigger busts in fantasy this year and it looks like tempers are wearing thin between him and Head Coach Jay Gruden. As if you need any more reasons to drop him now, he tweaked his ankle so Colt McCoy is drawing the starter's reps in practice this week and whoever ends up starting faces the Niners' 4th-ranked pass defense. I won't be surprised to see McCoy retain the starting job if he plays a mistake-free game against San Francisco.

Mark Sanchez
I recommended that you pick up Sanchez as a replacement for Nick Foles but so far he's been average at best. This week he draws a tough assignment at home against a Titans' defense that's allowing only 15 fantasy points a game to opposing quarterbacks. He hasn't earned enough trust in my book to start him in this difficult match-up, so I'd drop him if there's a decent QB on your waiver wire with a more favorable match-up.