The quarterback carousel continues to turn in the NFL as two quarterbacks made their first career starts on Sunday. We also know Ryan Finley is slated for his first career start next week. Quarterback stability still eludes NFL teams.
Patrick Mahomes will also return to action next week, which is a welcome sight for Chiefs fans and fantasy owners nationwide. We don’t know if we’ll see Jacoby Brissett next week. His own lineman stepped/fell on the quarterback’s leg early in Indy’s game. Initially, the injury looks like an MCL sprain, but full details have yet to be released.
As usual, quarterbacks who exit games because of injuries are moved from the rankings to the injury category. The backup who enters the game is moved into the rankings in place of the injured starter. So you won’t see Brissett on this week’s list.
1. Russell Wilson 29/43 378 yards, five touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 2
While the Seattle Seahawks have some serious concerns in their secondary, Wilson and the offense are on point. At this point, Wilson is the frontrunner to win the MVP as he leads the NFL in passing touchdowns and passer rating. Seattle faces the San Francisco 49ers in Week 10.
2. Deshaun Watson 22/28 201 yards, two touchdowns, 37 rushing yards
Last week’s ranking: 4
The Houston Texans and Watson got off to a slow start in London, but the team pulled away from the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second half. Watson completed 78.57% of his pass attempts and posted a 120.4 passer rating.
3. Tom Brady 30/46 285 yards, one touchdown, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 3
While Brady did complete 65.22% of his pass attempts, the New England Patriots were unable to withstand Baltimore’s offensive blitz. Besides the Buffalo Bills, the Baltimore Ravens are the only team with a winning record the Patriots have faced this season.
4. Drew Brees BYE WEEK
Last week’s ranking: 5
The NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards didn’t skip a beat in Week 8 even though it was his first action since getting injured in Week 2. At 7-1, the New Orleans Saints are once again among the top teams in the NFL.
5. Aaron Rodgers 23/35 161 yards, one touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 1
The Green Bay Packers made a second-half push against the Los Angeles Chargers, but couldn’t recover from an abysmal start to the game. Davante Adams’ return didn’t save Green Bay as they dropped to 7-2, and Rodgers turned in his worst performance this season.
6. Kirk Cousins 19/38 220 yards, three touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 6
Minnesota’s four-game win streak came to an end against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9. Cousins, who had completed at least 70% of his pass attempts per game since Week 3, only connected on 50% of his throws. He posted a 94.2 passer rating.
7. Derek Carr 20/31 289 yards, two touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 8
Among quarterbacks with at least 100 completions, Carr’s 71.2 completion percentage leads the NFL. He’s having a Pro Bowl year and has the Oakland Raiders at 4-4, which is fairly impressive considering the team’s lack of superstar talent.
8. Matthew Stafford 26/41 406 yards, three touchdowns, one interception, one fumble lost
Last week’s ranking: 7
The Detroit Lions look like the same old Lions at 3-4-1, but Stafford is leading the NFL in passing yards per game with 312.4. He also already has 19 touchdowns whereas he only threw 21 all of last season. Stafford is pacing 4,998 yards, 38 touchdowns, and ten interceptions.
9. Carson Wentz 26/39 239 yards, one touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 10
The Philadelphia Eagles withstood a second half push by the Chicago Bears and improved to 5-4. Wentz hasn’t produced many standout performances this season, but he’s been consistent and has protected the football well.
10. Matt Ryan BYE WEEK
Last week’s ranking: Unranked (DNP)
The former MVP missed Week 8 with an ankle sprain, but he should be ready to go when the Atlanta Falcons face the Saints in Week 10. At 1-7, the Falcons are one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL this season.
11. Dak Prescott 22/35 257 yards, three touchdowns, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 9
Besides an early interception, Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys handled the New York Giants. Prescott wasn’t sacked once and finished the game with a 101.7 passer rating. At 5-3, the Cowboys maintain a slim lead over the 4-4 Eagles.
12. Lamar Jackson 17/23 163 yards, one touchdown, 61 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 15
The second-year quarterback completed 73.91% of his pass attempts against the Patriots, but as usual, his greatest impact came in the rushing game. This was the key win Baltimore needed to prove its legitimacy. Jackson is one pace for 1,273 rushing yards this season.
13. Jimmy Garoppolo 28/37 317 yards, four touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 17
This was the first game in 2019 where Garoppolo, not San Francisco’s defense or running game, carried the team to victory. San Francisco’s matchup against the Arizona Cardinals was only the second game this year where Garoppolo hasn’t thrown an interception.
14. Jared Goff BYE WEEK
Last week’s ranking: 12
Since throwing seven interceptions in the first five games of the season, Goff has cut back on his turnovers. The Los Angeles Rams are 5-3 and still in playoff contention, but the team is a shell of the squad it had last year.
15. Kyler Murray 17/24 241 yards, two touchdowns, 34 rushing yards
Last week’s ranking: 16
The Cardinals came within a field goal of taking the undefeated 49ers into overtime. In a game where neither offense turned the ball over, Arizona deserves credit for keeping pace with the superior 49ers. Murray finished the game with a 130.7 passer rating.
16. Philip Rivers 21/28 294 yards
Last week’s ranking: 19
While the running game made a big difference in Los Angeles’ fourth win of the season, Rivers had no problem dicing up Green Bay’s secondary. He completed 75.00% of his pass attempts and, despite not throwing a touchdown, posted a 108.3 passer rating.
17. Kyle Allen 17/32 232 yards, two touchdowns, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 20
The Carolina Panthers rebounded from a total loss to the 49ers last week and advanced to 5-3 against Tennessee. Allen did throw another interception, but his receiver was largely at fault on the play. Allen is now 6-1 as a starter during his two-year career.
18. Ryan Tannehill 27/39 331 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, 38 rushing yards, one rushing touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 14
The Tennessee Titans got behind the Panthers in the second quarter and never recovered. One of Tannehill’s interceptions was tipped to a defender by a would-be receiver, so his turnover numbers can be misleading. The Titans did make a late-game push but came up short.
19. Josh Allen 14/20 160 yards, one touchdown, one rushing touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 21
The Bills ground out a win against the Washington Redskins, advancing to 6-2. Allen didn’t post great numbers, but he avoided committing silly turnovers. He completed 70.00% of his pass attempts and posted a 110.4 passer rating.
20. Matt Moore 25/35 275 yards, one touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 25
The Chiefs rebounded after losing to the Packers last week. With Patrick Mahomes’ return on the horizon, Moore delivered another solid performance. He completed 71.43% of his pass attempts and posted a 103.9 passer rating.
21. Gardner Minshew II 27/47 309 yards, two interceptions, 34 rushing yards, two fumbles lost
Last week’s ranking: 13
The Jaguars failed to convert on fourth down in the fourth quarter when the team was down by 16. Minshew threw two interceptions later in the quarter and that ended the game. The Jaguars have to choose between starting Nick Foles or Minshew moving forward.
22. Jameis Winston 29/44 335 yards, two touchdowns, one fumble lost
Last week’s ranking: 28
Winston is the pendulum that never stops swinging. After throwing seven interceptions in the past two weeks, he completed 65.91% of his pass attempts and threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns. Winston posted his fifth game with a passer rating over 100 this season.
23. Ryan Fitzpatrick 24/36 288 yards, three touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: 31
The Miami Dolphins are winless no more. Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins abandoned their tank job long enough to score 26 points and defeat the Jets. Fitzpatrick has likely secured Miami’s starting job for the rest of the season.
24. Baker Mayfield 27/42 273 yards, one touchdown
Last week’s ranking: 26
The lone positive here is that Mayfield did not throw another interception and add to his league-leading total. The Cleveland Browns couldn’t even beat the Denver Broncos and Brandon Allen. Their season might as well end now.
25. Sam Darnold 27/39 260 yards, one touchdown, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 27
Remember when Darnold returned and the New York Jets beat the Cowboys? So much for New York’s potential turnaround. Darnold and the Jets have crumbled, losing three games straight. At some point, you begin to wonder if the second-year quarter is still seeing ghosts.
26. Brian Hoyer 17/26 168 yards, three touchdowns, one interception, one fumble lost
Last week’s ranking: Unranked (DNP)
All things considered, Hoyer did everything he could for the Colts. The last time Hoyer threw three touchdowns in a game was Week 13 in 2015. Hoyer completed 65.38% of his pass attempts against the Steelers and posted a 105.9 passer rating.
27. Brandon Allen 12/20 193 yards, two touchdowns
Last week’s ranking: Unranked (DNP)
All in all, Allen didn’t have a bad game considering it was his first career start. He even posted a 125.6 passer rating. Denver earned their third win of the season by topping the Browns. Allen, who was originally drafted in the sixth-round in 2016, is slated to start the rest of 2019.
28. Daniel Jones 26/41 210 yards, one touchdown, one interception, 54 rushing yards, two fumbles lost
Last week’s ranking: 22
The only New York offensive production Jones wasn’t responsible for was 46 rushing yards. While he turned the ball over three times, it wasn’t like he had much help. Jones has had an up and down rookie season, throwing 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions so far.
29. Mason Rudolph 26/35 191 yards, one touchdown, one interception
Last week’s ranking: 30
The Pittsburgh Steelers upset the Indianapolis Colts and advanced to 4-4. Rudolph had one of his better performances this season. Even the interception wasn’t fully his fault. The Steelers are now one game behind the Colts for the second Wild Card spot in the AFC.
30. Dwayne Haskins 15/22 144 yards
Last week’s ranking: 32
In his first career start, Haskins was turnover-free. In his other two appearances this ear, he has thrown four interceptions. The Redskins are beyond hope this season, so the team is seeing what they have to work with in their rookie first-round pick.
31. Ryan Finley BYE WEEK
Last week’s ranking: Unranked (DNP)
The Cincinnati Bengals have decided to bench Andy Dalton in favor of the rookie fourth-round pick from North Carolina St. At 0-8, things couldn’t get much worse for the team. However, Finley is certainly in for a trial by fire.
32. Mitchell Trubisky 10/21 125 yards
Last week’s ranking: 29
Part of me wants to console Bears fans, but it was their team that passed on Mahomes and Watson in favor of Trubisky, so I think I’ll laugh instead. The Bears are 3-5 and their passing game was nonexistent against one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL.
Jacoby Brissett 4/5 59 yards
Last week’s ranking: 11
Considering how close the Colts came to topping the Steelers with Hoyer, saying the Colts would’ve won with Brissett at the helm isn’t a stretch. Per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Brissett’s ailment is an MCL injury. He could play in Week 10, but it’s not guaranteed.