Week 9 two-quarterback leagues
The fantasy landscape gets a bye week reprieve of sorts. With the 49ers, Jets, Patriots and Rams taking the weekend off, Tom Brady is the only significant quarterback out of action. The No. 2 QB lineup takes a hit with Alex Smith, Mark Sanchez and Sam Bradford out, but there should be plenty of replacements available in most two-quarterback leagues.
No. 2 QUARTERBACKS
1. Carson Palmer vs. Tampa Bay - Palmer has just one game so far in which he did not throw for at least 295 yards or two touchdowns. With Darren McFadden still struggling to run the ball efficiently and a defense coming to town that limits the run (6th in yards allowed) but has been burnt by the pass (31st in yards through the air), Palmer might finally combine the yards and scores into a huge outing.
2. Joe Flacco at Cleveland - Flacco threw for more than 350 yards and added a score on the ground the first time these teams met, and with the Ravens defense suddenly quite vulnerable to giving up yards and points, expect Flacco's arm to get plenty of work in the Dawg Pound. The Browns have allowed just 340 yards and no scores through the air the last two weeks, but the Ravens are coming off their bye and know their divisional foe quite well. Look for Baltimore to soften Cleveland with Ray Rice and let Flacco stick the dagger in with some shots down field.
3. Andy Dalton vs. Denver - The Broncos defense has been tough versus the pass this year. It is tied for seventh in yards allowed per game and has allowed just one quarterback to top 250 yards. Still, Dalton had his best game as a rookie against a Broncos defense that has not changed dramatically. He threw for 328 yards and two scores in Mile High and now gets a shot to go toe-to-toe with Peyton Manning on his turf. As on fire as Manning is, expect Dalton to be throwing it a ton and post numbers by virtue of sheer volume if nothing else. Of course, having A.J. Green on the other end of many targets won't hurt either.
4. Andrew Luck vs. Miami - Luck may only have one touchdown pass in his last three games, but a couple rushing scores have helped offset what would otherwise be terrible fantasy lines. Getting Miami at home might help, though. The Dolphins allowed a combined 598 yards passing in their last two games to the likes of Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez and give up 281 yards passing yards per game. With their ability to stone the run (3rd fewest yards per game at 82.0), expect Luck to sling it around plenty this week and get back into the end zone with his arm.
5. Brandon Weeden vs. Baltimore - Although Weeden's streak of three straight with 230-plus yards and two touchdowns ended last week with one of his worst performances of the season, much of that can be blamed on the wet and windy conditions in Cleveland. Facing a Ravens defense that he threw for 320 yards on in Baltimore should get Weeden back on track. After all, he tossed it all over the field on the road against a healthy Ravens defense. The beat-up Ravens have given up 900 yards of offense in their last two meetings.
6. John Skelton at Green Bay - Skelton has thrown for more than 550 yards the last two weeks, including 290 against a 49ers defense that put some major hits on him. He has not gotten into the end zone much with just one score, but he couldn't have a much more favorable matchup for fantasy production. The Packers are without Charles Woodson and just let Blaine Gabbert post his first career 300-yard game. And when Aaron Rodgers and Co. get the lead, expect Arizona to let Skelton throw it in the neighborhood of 50 times again.
7. Russell Wilson vs. Minnesota - Josh Freeman just lit up the Vikings defense for 262 yards and three touchdowns. Mini Josh Freeman, A.K.A. Russell Wilson, has really turned up his play in recent weeks (a trip to San Francisco notwithstanding), and figures to continue his impressive ways versus a suddenly vulnerable Vikings defense that's given up exactly 262 passing yards in back-to-back weeks.
No. 2 QB Rankings Week 9
*Check injury status.
13. Andy Dalton CIN vs. Den
14. Matt Schaub HOU vs. Buf
15. Jay Cutler CHI at Ten
16. Brandon Weeden CLE vs. Bal
17. Josh Freeman TB at Oak
18. Philip Rivers SD vs. KC
19. Andrew Luck IND vs. Mia
20. Tony Romo DAL at Atl
21. Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF at Hou
22. Russell Wilson SEA vs. Min
23. Blaine Gabbert JAC vs. Det
24. Christian Ponder MIN at Sea
25. *Matt Cassel KC at SD
26. *Matt Hasselbeck TEN vs. Chi
27. John Skelton ARZ at GB
28. *Ryan Tannehill MIA at Ind
29. Matt Moore MIA at Ind
30. *Nick Foles PHI at NO
31. *Brady Quinn KC at SD
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