Somehow, we’re already into the double-digit weeks, and the fantasy football playoffs will be here before you know it. Whether you’re trying to remain atop your league standings, battling to stay in the playoff race, or simply playing spoiler, deciding who to start at fantasy’s highest-scoring position is always important. Use our Week 10 fantasy QB rankings to help you with those tough start ’em, sit ’em calls.
Tom Brady (@ Washington) is back from bye, so those who had to stream a QB last week can breathe easy. Jared Goff (@ Steelers) and maybe Geno Smith (vs. Packers) are back, but Taylor Heinicke (vs. Buccaneers is the only worthwhile streaming option among players back from a week off. Joe Burrow, Justin Fields, Daniel Jones, and Tyrod Taylor are heading into the bye, so it’s generally an easy week on that front. If Russell Wilson (finger) returns to spell Smith, then this week will get even better.
Jalen Hurts (@ Broncos) and Justin Herbert (vs. Vikings) figure to be the only bona fide studs with tough matchups. Hurts is essentially a must-start, but you could realistically find an option better than Herbert, who’s been a bit inconsistent lately.
Most owners will survive with only one fantasy stud on a bye (Burrow), but if you’re someone who opts to stream each week, your best options are Carson Wentz (vs. Jaguars), Heinicke (@ Tampa Bay), Matt Ryan (@ Dallas), and Mac Jones (vs. Browns).
Wentz’s ownership is climbing, though, so he could be unattainable. Ryan’s ownership is sitting at 55 percent, so he’s in the same boat. Heinicke and Jones are the most realistic options in all leagues, and although the matchup isn’t fantastic, Tua Tagovailoa (vs. Ravens) can be considered, too, if he’s back from his finger injury. He attempted 42 passes/game in his first three weeks back from his rib injury, so he could have a nice day due to volume. For what it’s worth, Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Lions) has a nice matchup at home, but we understand if you think his ceiling is too low.
We’ve sometimes called on Trevor Lawrence (@ Colts) and Sam Darnold (@ Cardinals) when our back has been against the wall at QB, but can we really trust either of those guys on the road against talent-rich defenses? In the preseason, we probably would’ve laughed at the thought of starting Mac Jones over Lawrence, but here we are.
All in all, it’s just a weird week for the middle part of the rankings. Put simply, the studs have fantastic matchups and the streamers don’t. If you don’t have one of the studs, you can survive, but this figures to be one of the toughest weeks to do so.
Make sure to monitor the latest on Wilson (finger) and Aaron Rodgers (reserve/COVID). Wilson isn’t expected to return just yet, but he could. Rodgers’ status will likely be in doubt all the way up to the end of the week, but he’s obviously a must-start against Seattle if he plays. Also, be ready to jump on Taysom Hill (@ Titans) if he’s named New Orleans’ starter. He’d have much more upside than Trevor Siemian thanks to his solid rushing floor.
Note: We’ll be updating these QB rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest player movement and analysis.
Fantasy QB Rankings Week 10: Who to start at quarterback
Rankings are based on standard, four-point passing TD formats.
|1||Lamar Jackson, BAL @ MIA|
|2||Tom Brady, TB @ WAS|
|3||Matthew Stafford, LAR @ SF|
|4||Josh Allen, BUF @ NYJ|
|5||Dak Prescott, DAL vs. ATL|
|6||Kyler Murray, ARI vs. CAR|
|7||Aaron Rodgers, GB vs. SEA|
|8||Patrick Mahomes, KC @ LV|
|9||Derek Carr, LV vs. KC|
|10||Jalen Hurts, PHI @ DEN|
|11||Ryan Tannehill, TEN vs. NO. New Orleans was strong against quarterback to begin the season, but Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, and Daniel Jones have torched them, so we think Tannehill will, as well. The Saints’ secondary has struggled mightily in recent weeks and A.J, Brown, and Julio Jones look to be healthy at the same time for the first time this season. New Orleans is strong against the run, so while they’ll presumably shut down the committee of backs in Tennessee, Tannehill has every chance to put on his best performance of the season.|
|12||Justin Herbert, LAC vs. MIN. Minnesota has made a living off of limiting QBs this season, as only Kyler Murray and Lamar Jackson have scored more than 18.6 fantasy points against their defensive unit. Herbert might be mobile, but he’s obviously not the threat on the ground Murray or Jackson are. That said, this isn’t a great matchup, but you can’t justify ranking Herbert any lower than a QB1 given the weapons he has at his disposal.|
|13||Carson Wentz, IND vs. JAX. The Jaguars shockingly held Josh Allen to under 12 fantasy points, but come on, that was a fluke and we all know it. Before that game, they’d allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, including 22-point performances to Geno Smith and Tua Tagovailoa. This Colts’ offense behind Wentz, Jonathan Taylor, and Michael Pittman Jr. is hitting its stride and Wentz should crush in this juicy matchup. Wentz has scored two-plus touchdowns in six straight games, and it’d be surprising if he doesn’t do that in this spot.|
|14||Matt Ryan, ATL @ DAL. In favorable matchups (New York, Tampa Bay, Washington, and Miami), Ryan has scored at least 18 fantasy points. Dallas is a bottom-10 defense against fantasy QBs, so this sets up to be another strong day for Ryan. Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Pitts are emerging as strong weapons, and given the shootout potential of this matchup, the recipe for fantasy success is there.|
|15||Taylor Heinicke, WAS vs. TB. Tampa Bay’s defense showed signs of improvement from their early-season struggles, but the last time we saw it, Trevor Siemian had no problem completing passes and moving the chains — and ultimately winning the game against them. Heinicke has multiple QB1 performances this year, and since Tampa Bay will likely score 40 points, we could see a season-high passing attempt total from him. Logan Thomas (hamstring) is supposed to be back for his game, so Washington’s offense figures to be as healthy as it has been in some time coming off of a bye week.|
|16||Kirk Cousins, MIN @ LAC. The Chargers had the fourth-best defense against fantasy quarterbacks heading into Week 9, and limited Jalen Hurts to 16 fantasy points. Los Angeles was torched by Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes, but have held all other QBs to under 17 fantasy points. Cousins’ weekly ranking will always be heavily dependent on matchups, and given the fact LA is stellar against the position, he sits as a mid-tier QB2.|
|17||Mac Jones, NE vs. CLE. Cleveland limited Joe Burrow to his worst fantasy performance of the season (9.38 fantasy points) but came into Week 9 as the 8th-worst defense against fantasy QBs. The strength of the defense is against running backs, so this figures to be more of a pass-happy game script for New England. When the game script has allowed it, Jones has been productive. His ceiling is certainly limited, but he should have somewhat of a decent floor in this contest.|
|18||Ben Roethlisberger, PIT vs. DET. Detroit’s defense is right in the middle of the league in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks, as teams have let up late in games. We still view this as a favorable matchup, but Roethlisberger remains washed up and is unable to push the ball down the field. QB18 is an improvement from his usual ranking. but this feels more like a Najee Harris breakout game. We’d be surprised if the Steelers’ passing game looks explosive at all this season.|
|19||Teddy Bridgewater, DEN vs. PHI. Just when it looked like Bridgewater’s rest of season trajectory was declining, he had a classic 250 yards, two touchdowns (one rushing) performance against Dallas. He reminded just that he’s a great streaming option in favorable matchups, but Philadelphia is a strong team against fantasy QBs. Before getting shredded by Justin Herbert, they gave up the sixth-fewest fantasy points to the position, and have only been exposed by Herbert and Patrick Mahomes. The likes of Tom Brady, Dak Prescott, and Derek Carr had just decent fantasy success, so we don’t love Bridgewater this week. There’s no question he can exceed expectations, but we like some of the other options more.|
|20||Tua Tagovailoa, MIA vs. BAL|
|22||Trevor Lawrence, JAX @ IND|
|23||Baker Mayfield, CLE @ NE|
|24||Jared Goff, DET @ PIT|
|25||Jimmy Garoppolo, SF vs. LAR|
|26||Trevor Siemian, NO @ TEN|
|21||Sam Darnold, CAR @ ARI|
|27||Geno Smith, SEA @ GB|
|28||Mike White, NYJ vs. BUF|
|29||Taysom Hill, NO @ TEN|
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