Fantasy Football 2013 Quarterback Rankings: Week 9

Andy Dalton has been fantasy's No. 1 scorer over the past three weeks

Andy Dalton is not No. 1 on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 9 quarterback rankings, but he's all alone when it comes to production over the past three weeks. Dalton has 1,034 yards passing, 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions in his last three games combined, all Cincinnati wins, making him fantasy's top scorer during that span. He's a top-10 option this week, as the Bengals go to Miami to face a Dolphins defense that ranks in the middle of the pack against the pass.

With Peyton Manning getting a well-deserved break, this week's top quarterback is Drew Brees. The Saints' signal-caller actually outscored Dalton in Week 8, as both tossed five touchdown passes. The difference between the two was that Brees edged Dalton in yards passing (332 to 325) and didn't turn the ball over. This Sunday Brees will get his shot at the same New York Jets pass defense that Dalton victimized last week.

With both Mannings Matthew Stafford and Colin Kaepernick all on bye, quarterback depth could be more of a factor this week. Some good news on that front is the return of Nick Foles, who sustained a concussion two weeks ago and didn't play last Sunday. Foles threw for 296 yards and three scores in his only start thus far, so he could work his way into the 2-QB league/matchup play discussion if he can re-ignite an Eagles offense that has stalled in recent weeks.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks
Teams on bye:
Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, New York Giants, San Francisco

1Drew BreesNOat NYJJets got torched by Andy Dalton (325-5-1-) last week.
2Aaron RodgersGBvs. CHI (Mon.)Had 4 TDs, 1 INT in 2 wins over Bears last season.
3Cam NewtonCARvs. ATLHas 8 total touchdowns, 0 TOs in last 3 games.
4Tony RomoDALvs. MINHad just 206 yards last week, but 3 TD passes.
5Philip RiversSDat WASRedskins have allowed 3 QBs to pass for 350+ yards.
6Russell WilsonSEAvs. TBSeahawks' O-line must do better job protecting Wilson.
7Andrew LuckINDat HOUTexans No. 1 in NFL in passing defense.
8Matt RyanATLat CARNeeded 61 pass attempts to get 301 yards, TD last week.
9Robert Griffin IIIWASvs. SDBroncos knocked RG3 around pretty good last week.
10Andy DaltonCINat MIA (Thurs.)Has thrown 11 touchdowns, 2 INTs in last 3 games.
11Terrelle PryorOAKvs. PHIPryor posted second 100-yard rushing game last week.
12Tom BradyNEvs. PITBrady has 1 300-yard game, PIT is No. 2 vs. pass.
13Alex SmithKCat BUFBills have allowed league-high 20 TD passes.
14Ben RoethlisbergerPITat NEPatriots have at least one INT in every game but one.
15Nick FolesPHIat OAKWill make his first start since sustaining concussion.
16Joe FlaccoBALat CLEDid Flacco/Ravens "fix" passing game during bye?
17Jake LockerTENat STLRams sacked Russell Wilson 7 times on MNF.
18Ryan TannehillMIAvs. CIN (Thurs.)Has 6 TOs (4 INTs, 2 fumbles) in last 2 games.
19Josh McCownCHIat GB (Mon.)Put up 204-1-0 in relief of Cutler in Bears' last game.
20Geno SmithNYJvs. NORoad woes continue: 2 pick-sixes vs. CIN last week.
21Case KeenumHOUvs. INDKeenum gets 2nd start in place of Schaub.
22Jason CampbellCLEvs. BALHeld up nicely (293-2-0) vs. Chiefs in Browns debut.
23Josh FreemanMINat DALShould as long as he's healthy/cleared (concussion).
24Mike GlennonTBat SEASeahawks tied for league lead with 13 INTs.
25Thad LewisBUFvs. KCChiefs have given up 8 TD passes compared to 10 INTs.
26Kellen ClemensSTLvs. TENGutsy (158-0-2) effort in close loss to SEA on MNF.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 9 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams


Week 9 Waiver Wire

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