This column will help you, whether you selected your QB at the onset of your drafts, or if you chose your signal caller in the middle rounds. It will also be beneficial if you own any of the four QBs will are impacted by what is thankfully the final bye week for this season. While this will effect Eli Manning owners, here’s hoping that this week’s absence of Christian Ponder, Russell Wilson and Jake Locker does not even remotely impact your rosters.
Regardless, the five QBs that will be discussed immediately below have the most enticing matchups this week among those who merit consideration as a starter. It does not necessarily mean that they are the top five signal callers from a ranking standpoint, although that might actually be the case in certain weeks. That will be followed immediately by the top 20 rankings for this week. Both sections will provide you with additional insight into each QB’s next encounter. Including facts and statistics to guide you toward the best decision regarding whether or not they should be in your starting lineup.
With that, here are the five most enticing matchups, which are followed immediately by the top 20 rankings for this week. For the latest RB rankings, just click here: http://fantasyknuckleheads.com/week-11-rb-fantasy-football-rankings/
5 BEST MATCHUPS
Drew Brees @ Raiders
Nobody has successfully cracked the code on how to neutralize Brees and the NFL’s second best passing attack (304 YPG), and that script will not be altered this week. Brees now leads the league with 25 TD passes, and his 2,847 yards also place him first among all QBs. That has been accomplished by amassing at least 300 yards in five contests, and he has only failed to produce multiple TDs one time all season. His production should remain exceptional when he faces Oakland's 24th ranked pass defense that is permitting 256 YPG. Even though No.1 CB Ron Bartell returned in Week 10 after being sidelined since the team’s opener, the Raiders surrendered 341 yards and three TDs to Joe Flacco in just over three quarters of play. He completed passes to nine different receivers who do not have the overall talent that Brees has at his disposal with the Saints. He can choose to attack burnable corner Michael Huff, or free safety Matt Girodano, who is another liability in coverage. All of which will result in Brees generating a statistical explosion of 400 yards and at least four scores.
Tom Brady vs. Colts
Indianapolis has been the league’s most pleasant surprise this season, although they are allowing 230 YPG through the air, and have also permitted opponents to score over 22 points per game. Those numbers do not place them at the bottom of the rankings in either category, but they have yet to encounter many of the league’s premier signal callers. While they were forced to line up against Aaron Rodgers in Week 5, here is the remaining list of QBs that the Colts have faced this season: Jay Cutler, Christian Ponder, Blaine Gabbert, Mark Sanchez, Brandon Weeden, Matt Hasselbeck, Ryan Tannehill, and the unimposing combination of Gabbert (again) and Chad Henne. They currently do not possess the necessary components to slow down Brady and his assortment of weapons, and have now lost starting corner Jerraud Powers for the season. Brady should guide New England down the field with enough frequency to easily surpass the Colts’ yardage and scoring averages. His chances of avoiding interceptions are also very good, as Indy has only managed four INTs in their nine games. He should generate 300 yards for the sixth time this year, and produce multiple TDs for the fifth consecutive game.
Andy Dalton @ Chiefs
Dalton just threw for a season high four TDs against the Giants in Week 10, which was his fifth game with multiple scoring passes this season. He also just missed producing his eighth game with at least 200 yards this year (199), which enhanced his season yardage total to 2,329. He should take advantage of the of this week’s opportunity to expand sizably on those numbers by launching an assault against Kansas City’s defensive unit. While the Chiefs performed better in Week 10, inclement conditions and the absence of Ben Roethlisberger contributed mightily to the results. It is difficult to ignore the disastrous downhill spiral that they had been experiencing prior to that. They had permitted seven TDs through the air in the previous three contests, and have now surrendered a total of 18 for the season. Plus, only three teams have allowed more points than the 28 per game that the Chiefs are yielding. Dalton’s propensity to throw interceptions has been troubling but he managed to avoid supplying another when he faced New York. Owners can expect Dalton to surpass 300 yards, and at least two scores.
Carson Palmer vs. Saints
The ill-fated decision to institute a zone blocking scheme has backfired in a massive way for the Raiders, as has the choice of allowing Michael Bush’s exodus to Chicago. Their 31st ranked rushing attack is extremely inept, which has led to an extreme reliance upon Palmer and the passing game. He has now thrown the second highest number of passes (375), including 45+ in five different contests. That includes the past two matchups with Tampa Bay and Baltimore, in which he has averaged a mammoth 53 attempts. As discussed previously, the Raiders issue laden defense will be unable to neutralize Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense, which will force Palmer to launch the ball with great regularity. Fortunately, he will be doing so against a Saint pass defense that possesses their own deficiencies. They are now ranked just 31st against the pass, and are permitting 307 YPG. They have also surrendered 19 TDs through the air, and have only manufactured five INTs. Palmer is third among all QBs, averaging 303 YPG, and should exceed that number against New Orleans. He will also supplement it with multiple scores for the fourth consecutive week.
Tony Romo vs. Browns
While many fantasy owners have not been enthralled with Romo for much of the season, he has now thrown for 2,603 yards, which places him ninth among all QBs. And since throwing four INTs in Week 8 against the Giants, he has avoided passing to the opposition in two consecutive games. That in turn has enabled him to improve his overall TD to INT ratio for the season (12/13), which should be enhanced further after this week’s matchup with Cleveland. The Browns rank just 22nd at defending the pass, and are allowing 248 YPG. They have also surrendered 16 TDs and are yielding aver 23 points per game. Romo will be forced to contend with pressure, as Cleveland has generated 20 sacks. The secondary is far more formidable with CB Joe Haden, and has accumulated seven of their 10 INTs with him in the lineup. But he is now a game time decision, and if Romo does not have to contend with his coverage, the Dallas passing game should generate even better numbers. Romo should approach 250 yards and produce at least two TDs against the extremely vulnerable Browns.
TOP 20 RANKINGS
1. Drew Brees (@ Raiders)
Joe Flacco just scorched the Raiders for 341 yards and three TDs, and his two most productive weapons were Dennis Pita and Torrey Smith. How much can Brees accumulate this week, just by connecting with Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston alone?
2. Aaron Rodgers (@ Lions)
In his last four games, he has produced 15 of his 25 passing TDs for the season, while only throwing one INT. However, Detroit’s eighth ranked pass defense (214 YPG) will present a challenge.
3.Peyton Manning (vs. Chargers)
Manning should pick up exactly where he left off in Week 6 when he torched San Diego for 309 yards and three second half TDs.
4. Tom Brady (vs. Colts)
The Colts have managed to escape difficult matchups against opposing QBs throughout the season, but that will hardly be the case this week. Brady should generate multiple TDs for the seventh time this year.
5. Matthew Stafford (vs. Packers)
With 2,722 yards in nine games, Stafford has thrown for more yardage than he did at this point of the 2011 season. But his ratio of 11 TDs/eight INTs compares less favorably to his numbers from same span last year: 19 TDs/four INTs
6. Matt Ryan (vs. Cardinals)
Arizona’s stellar pass defense ranks second, and permits just 195 YPG. But they will be tested by Ryan, who just threw for a career high 411 yards, and has 2,771 for the season.
7. Tony Romo (vs. Browns)
Romo should find repeated success attacking Cleveland’s hospitable pass defense at home. If Joe Haden is unable to perform for the Browns, then you can elevate Romo even further in the rankings.
8. Carson Palmer (vs. Saints)
Palmer tossed a gargantuan 106 passes in the past two weeks. And the numerous shortcomings in Oakland’s running game and overly charitable defense will force him to throw extensively again.
9. Andrew Luck (@ Patriots)
It is logical to expect that Bill Belichick will present him with various schemes and disguised coverages that will not have encountered to this point in his career. But Luck now has run for five scores to supplement his 10 passing TDs, and will generate reasonable success against the Patriots 29th ranked pass defense.
10. Josh Freeman (@ Panthers)
He has thrown 13 TD passes in his last five games, while accumulating 1,467 yards in the process. That output remains extremely impressive, and has vaulted him into must start status.
11. Andy Dalton (@ Chiefs)
Dalton is tied for fifth among all QBs with 18 TD passes, and his momentum from Week 10 should continue against Kansas City’s beleaguered pass defense.
12. Matt Schaub (vs. Jaguars)
He will have the opportunity to operate against an ineffective pass defense that allows 252 YPG. The Jags are also overworked due to the inability of the league’s worst offense (263 YPG) to remain on the field.
13. Robert Griffin III (vs. Eagles)
RG3 is throwing for 221 YPG, which places him 22nd among all QBs. However, he has failed to attain that number in four of his last five contests. And while his six rushing TDs leads all QBs, he has not run for a score since Week 6.
14. Cam Newton (vs. Buccaneers)
A whopping 26 QBs have surpassed Newton's total of just eight passing TDs. Newton did generate one of his two 300-yard passing performances this season when he faced the Bucs on opening day, and could approach that number again. But the underwhelming numbers from that matchup - one TD, two INTs, four rushing yards – could be repeated too.
15. Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Dolphins)
Fitzpatrick just generated 337 yards and two TDs against the Patriots. And considering the dynamic weaponry at his disposal, could approach the same level of production against Miami’s 28th ranked pass defense.
16. Philip Rivers (@ Broncos)
Rivers just finished extending his season’s interception total to 12, and now must deal with the specter of seeing Broncos beyond the line of scrimmage for the first one since his four INT meltdown in Week 6. Denver has already generated 31 sacks and will attempt to keep him from developing a comfort level.
17. Ryan Tannehill (@ Bills)
Buffalo’s 21st ranked pass defense has now allowed 18 TDs, and Tannehill should add to that total.
18. Sam Bradford (vs. Jets)
New York’s sixth ranked pass defense has been stingy. But Bradford has generated 250+ yards in three of his last four contests, and should just produce enough to become a reasonable starter in deeper leagues.
19. Nick Foles (@ Redskins)
Under the presumption that Michael Vick will be sidelined this week, the inexperienced Foles will be performing on the road for the first time in his career. But for desperate owners in deep leagues, he should assemble reasonable numbers against a Washington pass defense that allows 302 YPG.
20. Brandon Weeden (@ Cowboys)
From weeks 5-7 he threw for the sixth highest yardage total among all QBs (786). In two games since, he failed to exceed 176 yards. Now he must contend with the league's seventh best pass defense.