Week 9 QB Rankings, Projections and Analysis
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Week 9 Start N' Sit
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Patriots QB Tom Brady
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 9 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 is another week where all the premier quarterbacks either face difficult match-ups or are on bye, so expect to see a few new names at the top of the leaderboard. If you own Rodgers, Stafford, or Ryan, I suggest you check out our sleeper picks, as there are several 2nd- and 3rd-tier QBs who have very good match-ups this week.

QB Rankings
  1. Tom Brady
  2. Cam Newton
  3. Colin Kaepernick
  4. Andrew Luck
  5. Drew Brees
  6. Peyton Manning
  7. Russell Wilson
  8. Ryan Fitzpatrick
  9. Tony Romo
  10. Andy Dalton
  11. Alex Smith
  12. Brian Hoyer
  13. Eli Manning
  14. Ryan Tannehill
  15. Carson Palmer
  16. Nick Foles
  17. Ben Roethlisberger
  18. Philip Rivers
  19. Joe Flacco
  20. * Robert Griffin III
  21. Teddy Bridgewater
  22. Austin Davis
  23. Derek Carr
  24. Mike Glennon
  25. Blake Bortles
  26. Michael Vick
* Check the player's injury status prior to gametime!
49ers QB Colin Kaepernick
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
Colin Kaepernick
49ers QB Colin Kaepernick
Kaepernick has been underwhelming this year. He ranks just 14th in fantasy scoring, has thrown for just 1719 yards, and has failed to find the end zone running the ball yet this year. For those owners who've stuck with him and kept him on their roster, this should be the week where he finally pays dividends. He has a home date against a Rams defense that's been allowing 19.7 fantasy points a contest to opposing quarterbacks, which is the 5th-most in the league. He faced them back in Week 6 and shredded them for 343 yards and 3 TDs. Janoris Jenkins will probably miss another game and the Rams will be playing a third-string cornerback, so I'm expecting history to repeat itself. He makes a solid start this week.

Andrew Luck
Colts QB Andrew Luck
Luck appears to have a fairly difficult match-up on the road against a Giants team that's allowed under 16 fantasy points a game to quarterbacks. But New York's defense is better in fantasy than it is in the real world, as the G-Men rank just 25th against the pass, giving up 262 yards a game, and allow the 13th-most points per game in the league. Luck has proven himself virtually match-up proof this year, so don't take a look at the fantasy points this defense has allowed and make the mistake of sitting him.


Sit
Philip Rivers
Chargers QB Philip Rivers
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I never like to roll the dice on a quarterback having to make a cross-country road trip. Not only will Rivers have to travel around 3,000 miles to play this game, but he also faces a formidable Dolphins defense that's held opposing quarterbacks to just 14.5 fantasy points a game. The Dolphins defense is legit - they're allowing just 212 passing yards a game, which ranks third in the league, and have been getting solid play from a rebuilt secondary that includes playmakers like Louis Delmas and Brent Grimes. I'd sit Rivers on the bench in favor of a less-heralded QB with a better match-up.

Ben Roethlisberger
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger
Fresh off a spectacular performance where he threw for over 500 yards and 6 TDs, I think Big Ben's due for a letdown this week. Those kind of performances seldom get repeated and he'll be facing a Ravens team with a chip on their shoulder, after a game against the Bengals that turned on a controversial OPI call that nullified what would have been the winning score for Baltimore. The Ravens have been tough on fantasy quarterbacks. They've allowed 15.9 fantasy points a game to QBs and rank 2nd in the league in scoring defense. I like this match-up slightly better if starting CB Jimmy Smith is out but still don't think lightning will strike twice. Keep him on your bench this week if you have another QB1 with a more favorable match-up.


Alex Smith
Chiefs QB Alex Smith
Smith doesn't really stand out in fantasyland, since a major part of his job description is just to hand off to Jamaal Charles. However, this week may be different as the Chiefs play a Jets team that ranks 5th in the league in run defense but have had some serious break-downs in their secondary. I expect OC Doug Pederson to run a more balanced offense this week, which should help Alex Smith's fantasy stats. The Jets have been giving up over 22 fantasy points a game to opposing quarterbacks and must play in the unfriendly confines of Arrowhead Stadium, so you couldn't wish for a better match-up. Consider starting Smith if your QB1 has a bye or a very difficult match-up.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick hasn't wowed anyone this year, ranking just 20th in fantasy scoring but if you're in need of a bye week fill-in, he has a nice home match-up against a porous Eagles defense. The Eagles have been allowing 267 passing yards a game and give up an average of 20 fantasy points a game to opposing quarterbacks. This should be a wild, high-scoring game, so I don't think it'll be possible for him to just hand it off to Arian Foster every down, especially if the Texans fall behind. He makes a nice one-week fill-in if your QB1 is on bye.


Fan of Eagles QB Mark Sanchez
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

Mark Sanchez
Nick Foles broke his collarbone last Sunday and is expected to be out for the remainder of the fantasy season, so Sanchez is a viable option if you're needing a quarterback. He had an up-and-down career in New York and was never QB1 material but has a plethora of weapons to throw to in Chip Kelly's explosive offense so could deliver some nice stats if he can cut down on his mistakes. Against the Texans, he threw for 202 yards and 2 TDs in relief of Foles but also caughed up the potato twice. However, I'm sure Rex Ryan is an outstanding judge of character and never would have gotten that tattoo of "Sancho" if the quarterback didn't have the genetic make-up of a sure-fire future Hall-of-Famer!

Ryan Tannehill
There's nothing like a little job insecurity to improve a QB's performance. After Tannehill got off to a slow start the first 3 weeks of the season the Dolphins head coach, Joe Philbin, suggested to the press that he might be benching his starter. Since then, Tannehill's been very solid, throwing for an average of 257 yards and 2 or more TDs in every game but one, with just 4 picks in that span. He's worth picking up now if you're a little thin at the QB position but put him on the bench this week as he faces a tough Lions defense on the road.

Quick Fixes

Derek Carr
Carr's too inconsistent to be worthy of a permanent spot on your team but makes a nice bye-week fill-in this week. He's got a home game against a Broncos team that's been allowing the 5th-most (19.7) fantasy points a game to opposing quarterbacks. As an added bonus, you can keep him on your roster one more week, since he has a decent match-up in Week 12 against a Chargers defense allowing 18.2 points a game to QBs.

Mike Glennon
This is another long-shot that may just deliver for you this week. Glennon's been pretty much off the fantasy radar due to the fact that, well, he's a (whisper, whisper) Tampa Bay Buccaneer and they just aren't that good this year. However, he has an enticing match-up this week at home against a Falcons squad that ranks 30th in the league against the pass and he seems to be developing some chemistry with rookie WR Mike Evans. If you own Tom Brady or Philip Rivers and need a bye week replacement, keep him in mind.

Drops

Nick Foles
Foles broke his collarbone against the Texans and is out for 6-8 weeks so you can safely drop him now.

Austin Davis
Davis had a stretch mid-season where he was throwing for multiple touchdowns and accumulating some passing yards but he's come down to Earth the last two weeks with back-to-back poor outings against the Chiefs and the Niners. I don't see things getting much better for him. He's lost his top target, Brian Quick, on a receiving corps that's not exactly brimming with talent. While he has a favorable schedule over the next 3 weeks with games against the Cardinals, Broncos, and Chargers, I just don't think he has the weapons to produce. If you took a flyer on him earlier this season, cut your losses and pick up someone else with more upside.