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2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks for Week 10

Heath ranks the gunslingers.

Atlanta Falcons v New Orleans Saints Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

It’s a couple of hours before Thursday Night Football, and the starting quarterback for the Miami Dolphins is still a mystery—though neither is a huge needle-mover at this point. I still like Tua long-term, but you couldn’t be enthused about inserting him into your lineups given his injury uncertainty, even if he got the nod tonight.

We get Russell Wilson back from a finger injury, but the Pack are a sneaky solid pass defense. Like Wilson, QB1s like Justin Herbert and Kyler Murray also have less than stellar matchups.

If you’re inserting what worked last week into this week, give Ryan Tannehill a shot against the Saints (after Matty Ice shredded them). Speaking of Matty Ice, he’s firmly in my circle of trust as a high-end QB2 option. In single-QB leagues I think you need to aim higher, though.

Lastly, Cam Newton’s signing with the Carolina Panthers is noteworthy in all superflex formats. But like Miami, your guess is as good as mine about who the starter is this weekend.

QB Rankings for Week 10

Rank Player Name Team Opponent Notes
Rank Player Name Team Opponent Notes
1 Lamar Jackson BAL @ MIA It's a plus matchup, and he's getting Sammy Watkins back, for what that's worth.
2 Josh Allen BUF @ NYJ He was the QB20 last week despite not accounting for a single touchdown. That's what that rushing ability does for you.
3 Tom Brady TB @ WAS WAS is bottom 7 with a 7.1 NY/A and 2nd worst with 20 passing scores allowed. Brady leads the NFL with 25 touchdown passes.
4 Dak Prescott DAL vs ATL The Falcons have a league low 11 sacks, and have allowed the 3rd most scores (17) despite only having played eight games.
5 Matthew Stafford LAR @ SF In arguably his worst game of the year last week, Stafford still managed to finish as the QB16. Prior to that he was the QB6, QB3, and QB4.
6 Patrick Mahomes KC @ LV The Raiders are quietly a solid pass D unit, tied for 2nd with a 5.5 NY/A. They rank 3rd best with only 5.1 yards per play allowed despite having a bottom five 4.6 Y/A allowed on the ground.
7 Aaron Rodgers GB vs SEA Sounds like ARod is on track to play against Seattle's middling pass defense.
8 Carson Wentz IND vs JAC He's been surpisingly consistent, and JAC are something of a pass funnel with only 3.8 Y/A allowed on the ground (3rd best) but 7.5 NY/A via the air (2nd worst).
9 Derek Carr LV vs KC Early in the season I liked this matchup for QBs because of chasing the Chiefs. Now I just like it because the Chiefs are bad.
10 Justin Herbert LAC vs MIN He's as volatile as they come, and MIN is a team to attack on the ground (4.8 Y/A) not the air (6.3 NY/A).
11 Russell Wilson SEA @ GB Wilson is cleared to return from a finger injury, but the Pack are a top five unit by NY/A (5.7). Of teams that have played 9 games, only CAR and ARZ have allowed less passing yardage.
12 Kyler Murray ARI vs CAR He didn't practice on Wednesday (ankle) but sounds probable to play. Carolina's 5.5 NY/A is 2nd best after only Buffalo. CAR is top 6 in attempts, completions, and passing yards allowed to enemy QBs.
13 Matt Ryan ATL @ DAL Like Cousins, he passed for three scores last week. Unlike Cousins, he popped for 300+ passing yards and has a good matchup this week (DAL has a 9th worst 7.0 NY/A).
14 Jalen Hurts PHI @ DEN Philly has been establishing the run more lately, leading to flops by Hurts. DEN just stymied Dak and the Cowboys.
15 Ryan Tannehill TEN vs NO This is the same defense that Matt Ryan shredded last week, and Tanny can always make good things happen with his legs.
16 Kirk Cousins MIN @ LAC He's volatile and this is a stout passing defense. Look for MIN to pound the rock against LAC's league-worst 5.0 Y/A allowed.
17 Teddy Bridgewater DEN vs PHI The Eagles have allowed the fourth-most completions and the sixth-most passing scores (16) to opposing QBs.
18 Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs DET The Lions are the stone worst pass defense in the league with an 8.3 NY/A. Ben will have a shot to have his third multi-score game of the year.
19 Trevor Lawrence JAC @ IND He has a low ankle sprain but should be good to go and this is an excellent matchup. IND has allowed a league-high 23 passing scores.
20 Jimmy Garoppolo SF vs LAR He's fresh off QB3 and QB8 performances in the last 2 weeks, and last week was against the vaunted Arizona Cardinals. Rough spot but he's sizzling.
21 Baker Mayfield CLE @ NE His runnings backs are gone, as is OBJ. This is a rough spot on the road.
22 Taylor Heinicke WAS vs TB The Bucs are well known as a pass funnel, having allowed 16 passing TDs in eight games.
23 Jacoby Brissett MIA vs BAL Tua or Brissett? Who can say? Stay tuned for this news for Thursday. MIA only managed 17 points against lowly HOU last week with Brissett under center.
24 Trevor Siemian NO @ TEN Last week's numbers wound up being solid, but Taysom Hill lurking around in the background doesn't inspire confidence.
25 Mac Jones NE vs CLE He's a low-end QB2 on a good day with the low amount of passing volume (only 18 attempts last week).
26 Mike White NYJ vs BUF BUF has allowed only five passing scores in eight games, but White has looked good in limited duty.
27 Jared Goff DET @ PIT He's getting a ton of passing volume in Detroit, but doing nothing with it.
28 PJ Walker CAR @ ARI Sam Darnold (fractured shoulder blade) is out, and Cam Newton is coming back to town. Walker can't last long.