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Fantasy Football 2011: Week 6 Quarterback Rankings

The change that almost all Bronco fans wanted (or so it seemed), happened on Tuesday. Tim Tebow was named starting quarterback for Denver. When Tebow entered the game on Sunday, he did spark the offense to 14 points. Tim Tebow was a fantasy star to end the 2010 season and may be the spark that your fantasy team needs also. If you possess a weak fantasy quarterback or two, Tebow may be the answer to your problem.

On the other hand, this looks like the end of the road for Kyle Orton in Denver. It seems as though Brady Quinn will be the back up quarterback going forward and Orton isn't under contract beyond this season. Denver has until October 18 to trade Orton and that still may be a possibility. He isn't worth a spot on your roster except in keeper leagues because he may get a shot at a starting job next year.

Finally, I'd like to extol Cam Newton for continuing to put up great numbers. He remains a goal line vulture, as the Panthers use him to pound the ball in for six in the red zone. For those of us who drafted Newton as our backup, in many cases he has become our starting quarterback. If Carolina adds some better receivers through the draft to Steve Smith than watch out for Newton in the years to come.

Quarterbacks to start: Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh) - Big Ben gets to face Jacksonville this week. After dismantling Tennessee, the Jaguars should be a cake walk. The offensive line is still worrisome but I think he'll have a great game.

Matt Ryan (Atlanta) - Ryan and the Falcons started strong against Green Bay but sputtered out after their first two touchdowns. They play Carolina on Sunday and Ryan should have a nice bounce back game.

Quarterbacks to avoid: Curtis Painter (Indianapolis) Painter has put up some okay numbers in the last two weeks against Tampa and Kansas City but this week he faces the number one defense in the NFL ( Cincinnati). I expect a very poor game from him.

Matt Moore (Miami) - This is not a good situation to step into. Moore will be starting for the winless Dolphins at the Jets on Monday night. New York is going to be very hungry for a win and Moore will be the target. He has some good receivers to use but he will probably not have the time to use them. Also, they'll be covered by a great secondary. I expect Miami to try and go run heavy.

Blaine Gabbert (Jacksonville) - Gabbert makes this list once again. He faces Pittsburgh and a defense that seems to be getting their swagger back. They'll be playing in Pittsburgh and that hostile environment will be giving him a nasty welcome.

For all other rankings, head on over to our friends at Fantasy Rundown and Fantasy Football Librarian.

Player Team Opp.
1. Aaron Rodgers GB STL
2. Tom Brady NE DAL
3. Cam Newton CAR ATL
4. Tony Romo DAL NE
5. Drew Brees NO TB
6. Matthew Stafford DET SF
7. Michael Vick PHI WAS
8. Eli Manning NYG BUF
9. Ben Roethlisberger PIT JAX
10. Matt Ryan ATL CAR
11. Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF NYG
12. Josh Freeman TB NO
13. Rex Grossman WAS PHI
14. Jay Cutler CHI MIN
15. Colt McCoy CLE OAK
16. Joe Flacco BAL HOU
17. Donovan McNabb MIN CHI
18. Matt Schaub HOU BAL
19. Mark Sanchez NYJ MIA
20. Andy Dalton CIN IND
21. Sam Bradford STL GB
22. Jason Campbell OAK CLE
23. Alex Smith SF DET
24. Matt Moore MIA NYJ
25. Curtis Painter IND CIN
26. Blaine Gabbert JAX PIT