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.
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2013 NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks
Teams on bye: Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, New York Giants, San Francisco
Jets got torched by Andy Dalton (325-5-1-) last week.
vs. CHI (Mon.)
Had 4 TDs, 1 INT in 2 wins over Bears last season.
Has 8 total touchdowns, 0 TOs in last 3 games.
Had just 206 yards last week, but 3 TD passes.
Redskins have allowed 3 QBs to pass for 350+ yards.
Seahawks' O-line must do better job protecting Wilson.
Texans No. 1 in NFL in passing defense.
Needed 61 pass attempts to get 301 yards, TD last week.
Robert Griffin III
Broncos knocked RG3 around pretty good last week.
at MIA (Thurs.)
Has thrown 11 touchdowns, 2 INTs in last 3 games.
Pryor posted second 100-yard rushing game last week.
Brady has 1 300-yard game, PIT is No. 2 vs. pass.
Bills have allowed league-high 20 TD passes.
Patriots have at least one INT in every game but one.
Will make his first start since sustaining concussion.
Did Flacco/Ravens "fix" passing game during bye?
Rams sacked Russell Wilson 7 times on MNF.
vs. CIN (Thurs.)
Has 6 TOs (4 INTs, 2 fumbles) in last 2 games.
at GB (Mon.)
Put up 204-1-0 in relief of Cutler in Bears' last game.
Road woes continue: 2 pick-sixes vs. CIN last week.
Keenum gets 2nd start in place of Schaub.
Held up nicely (293-2-0) vs. Chiefs in Browns debut.
Should as long as he's healthy/cleared (concussion).
Seahawks tied for league lead with 13 INTs.
Chiefs have given up 8 TD passes compared to 10 INTs.
Gutsy (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