Fantasy Football Week 10 Rankings: QB
Brett Favre is back from an off week and runs smack into the Detroit Lions defense. A matchup like that coupled with the statistical performance that Favre has turned in makes him a lock for the top five this week.
Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are the two best fantasy QBs right now (in my opinion), with Schaub and Eli's brother just behind them. Where do they all rank this week?
1. Aaron Rodgers, GB vs. DAL
2. Drew Brees, NO at STL
3. Tom Brady, NE at IND
4. Brett Favre, MIN vs. DET
5. Peyton Manning, IND vs. NE
6. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT vs. CIN
7. Tony Romo, DAL at GB
8. Kurt Warner, ARI vs. SEA
9. Philip Rivers, SD vs. PHI
10. Carson Palmer, CIN at PIT
11. Joe Flacco, BAL at CLE
12. Jay Cutler, CHI at SF
13. Donovan McNabb, PHI at SD
14. Mark Sanchez, NYJ vs. JAC
15. Matt Hasselbeck, SEA at ARI
16. Alex Smith, SF vs. CHI
17. Matt Cassel, KC at OAK
18. Chad Henne, MIA vs. TB
19. Matt Ryan, ATL at CAR
20. Matthew Stafford, DET at MIN
21. Josh Freeman, TB at MIA
22. Trent Edwards, BUF at TEN
23. JaMarcus Russell, OAK vs. KC
24. Kyle Orton, DEN at WAS
25. David Garrard, JAC at NYJ
26. Jake Delhomme, CAR vs. ATL
27. Jason Campbell, WAS vs. DEN
28. Brady Quinn, CLE vs. BAL
29. Vince Young, TEN vs. BUF
30. Marc Bulger, STL vs. NO
• No. 12 ended up being much too high for Jay Cutler. The 300-plus yards saved him to an extent, especially if you play in a league with yardage bonuses, but five interceptions will ruin your team's chances every time. When coach Josh McDaniels traded Cutler for Kyle Orton this season, who knew he was getting the better QB? Because of the yardage, Cutler actually outperformed Alex Smith, who managed just 118 yards despite a near-70 percent completion rate.
• Some of you are likely a little scared by Peyton Manning's tough matchup this week. Don't be. He steps up his already-stellar game during primetime, and you have to think he'll be at his absolute best against this level of competition. If you have Manning, you likely don't have any of our top-three QBs this week, but the real challenge comes down to whether you have Brett Favre as your QB2. As you can see, I like Favre to outplay Manning by a little bit. We'll see if I'm right.
• Joe Flacco is earning a lot of love for his cake matchup this week, but it's important to note that the Browns don't give too much up through the air, as least not as much as you'd expect. With a hoss at RB, Baltimore will likely thrash the Cleveland front seven in an easy win. Flacco may look great now, but he could easily have a line like 14 for 18, 200 yards, 1 TD in a blowout win. I'll still take the established QB1s over him.
• I usually love Donovan McNabb, but this matchup has me looking at him pessimistically this week. I obviously sold him at least a little short by sticking him behind Cutler. I need to point out that most teams do their damage against San Diego on the ground, but we know that Philly relies on the run much less often than most teams. I'd bank on the two Philly RBs seeing more looks than usual, and McNabb's yardage curtailed as a result.
• There may be a section of the fantasy community that still sees Matt Ryan as a QB1, thanks to his 2008 heroics and memorable games sticking out in the minds of many. To me, he's a clear QB2, one that you're only starting in favorable fantasy matchups. Week 10 brings Carolina, a team that doesn't allow much through the air and is much easier to run against. With Michael Turner hitting his stride, the Falcons should lean on the rushing game all day. Ryan should be sat.