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Fantasy Football 2013 Quarterback Rankings: Week 9

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Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton

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.

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

Rk

Player

Team

OPP

Notes

1

Drew Brees

NO

at NYJ

Jets got torched by Andy Dalton (325-5-1-) last week.

2

Aaron Rodgers

GB

vs. CHI (Mon.)

Had 4 TDs, 1 INT in 2 wins over Bears last season.

3

Cam Newton

CAR

vs. ATL

Has 8 total touchdowns, 0 TOs in last 3 games.

4

Tony Romo

DAL

vs. MIN

Had just 206 yards last week, but 3 TD passes.

5

Philip Rivers

SD

at WAS

Redskins have allowed 3 QBs to pass for 350+ yards.

6

Russell Wilson

SEA

vs. TB

Seahawks' O-line must do better job protecting Wilson.

7

Andrew Luck

IND

at HOU

Texans No. 1 in NFL in passing defense.

8

Matt Ryan

ATL

at CAR

Needed 61 pass attempts to get 301 yards, TD last week.

9

Robert Griffin III

WAS

vs. SD

Broncos knocked RG3 around pretty good last week.

10

Andy Dalton

CIN

at MIA (Thurs.)

Has thrown 11 touchdowns, 2 INTs in last 3 games.

11

Terrelle Pryor

OAK

vs. PHI

Pryor posted second 100-yard rushing game last week.

12

Tom Brady

NE

vs. PIT

Brady has 1 300-yard game, PIT is No. 2 vs. pass.

13

Alex Smith

KC

at BUF

Bills have allowed league-high 20 TD passes.

14

Ben Roethlisberger

PIT

at NE

Patriots have at least one INT in every game but one.

15

Nick Foles

PHI

at OAK

Will make his first start since sustaining concussion.

16

Joe Flacco

BAL

at CLE

Did Flacco/Ravens "fix" passing game during bye?

17

Jake Locker

TEN

at STL

Rams sacked Russell Wilson 7 times on MNF.

18

Ryan Tannehill

MIA

vs. CIN (Thurs.)

Has 6 TOs (4 INTs, 2 fumbles) in last 2 games.

19

Josh McCown

CHI

at GB (Mon.)

Put up 204-1-0 in relief of Cutler in Bears' last game.

20

Geno Smith

NYJ

vs. NO

Road woes continue: 2 pick-sixes vs. CIN last week.

21

Case Keenum

HOU

vs. IND

Keenum gets 2nd start in place of Schaub.

22

Jason Campbell

CLE

vs. BAL

Held up nicely (293-2-0) vs. Chiefs in Browns debut.

23

Josh Freeman

MIN

at DAL

Should as long as he's healthy/cleared (concussion).

24

Mike Glennon

TB

at SEA

Seahawks tied for league lead with 13 INTs.

25

Thad Lewis

BUF

vs. KC

Chiefs have given up 8 TD passes compared to 10 INTs.

26

Kellen Clemens

STL

vs. TEN

Gutsy (158-0-2) effort in close loss to SEA on MNF.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
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

Kickers

Week 9 Waiver Wire