November 15, 2011
At first glance it doesn't sound like a tricky bye week — a modest four teams are off in Week 11, and the Colts won't be missed. But when you consider the three strong teams currently couching it (Pittsburgh, Houston, New Orleans) and tie it to the quarterback carnage around the league (Schaub, Vick, Cassel), things get hairy real quick in our numbers racket.
You'll find my Week 11 pre-ranks for the quarterback position here, essentially to give you a leg up on possible transactions and potential starters. I'm assuming Michael Vick(notes) won't play for the Eagles, though that's far from certain right now. This list is all about Week 11 only — please don't confuse it with the Shuffle Up series, which focuses on rest-of-season value. The next Shuffle Up and Pass entry will be on blog later Tuesday.
Enough preamble, make the jump for my early Week 11 Quarterback Grid. Everything here is subject to change, of course, but this is one week where we want an early start. Players marked with an asterisk are owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues; as always, be thorough with your waiver-wire audit, you might be surprised who is out there.
Week 11 Quarterback Ranks
1. Aaron Rodgers(notes) (GB vs. TB): Best quarterback season I've ever seen
2. Cam Newton(notes) (CAR @ DET): Body of work holds this spot for him
3. Tom Brady(notes) (NE vs. KC): How many passes will he need to throw?
4. Matthew Stafford(notes) (DET vs. CAR): Offense isn't built to run it; CAR a get-well matchup
5. Philip Rivers(notes) (SD @ CHI): It might come late and be ugly, but he'll post numbers
6. Tony Romo(notes) (DAL @ WAS): Much more comfortable in balanced offense
7. *Carson Palmer(notes) (OAK @ MIN): Sieve-like secondary has lost Antoine Winfield(notes) for the year
8. Eli Manning(notes) (NYG vs. PHI): Desperate opponent but he's got a nice floor
9. Jay Cutler(notes) (CHI vs. SD): Protection tweaks and return of Earl Bennett(notes) go a long way
10. Matt Ryan(notes) (ATL vs. TEN): Doesn't look like Roddy White(notes) is healthy, does it?
11. Ryan Fitzpatrick(notes) (BUF @ MIA): Should get his groove back here
12. Mark Sanchez(notes) (NYJ @ DEN): Can make up for Week 10 mess, but how aggressive will they be?
13. Tim Tebow(notes) (DEN vs. NYJ): Hasn't flopped yet but this is the sternest test
14. Josh Freeman(notes) (TB @ GB): Garbage time might start in the second quarter
15. *Alex Smith (SF vs. ARI): Volume isn't there but he's been efficient
16. Joe Flacco(notes) (BAL vs. CIN): Now you see him, now you don't
17. *Andy Dalton(notes) (CIN @ BAL): A.J. Green's(notes) status is the key; early word is optimistic
18. *Christian Ponder(notes) (MIN vs. OAK): Seven teams have thrown for multiple TDs against OAK
19. Matt Hasselbeck(notes) (TEN @ ATL): He's ordinary, and so are his receivers
20. *Matt Moore(notes) (MIA vs. BUF): Hasn't been terrible of late; BUF secondary coming back to Earth
21. *Vince Young(notes) (PHI @ NYG): Hope for liberal running; never been much in the pocket
22. *John Skelton(notes) (ARI @ SF): Will force the ball to Fitzgerald (that's good), but accuracy still a mess
23. *Tarvaris Jackson(notes) (SEA @ STL): Not interested in scrambling; just eight rushing yards last 3G
24. *Rex Grossman(notes) (WAS vs. DAL): Has thrown for 572 yards in last two meetings
25. *Sam Bradford(notes) (STL vs. SEA): At least he has one elite target in Brandon Lloyd(notes)
26. *Tyler Palko(notes) (KC @ NE): A total wild-card, hard to trust even against cushy matchup
27. *Colt McCoy(notes) (CLE vs. JAC): Please don't watch this game
28. *Blaine Gabbert(notes) (JAC @ CLE): Seriously, rake some leaves instead
Photo courtesy of US Presswire