Fantasy Fox: QB-starter rankings for NFL Week 9

Here are my Week 9 QB rankings for standard-scoring leagues that reward four points per touchdown pass:

This countdown doesn’t lean on a particular stat. It’s merely an educated early guess of which signal-callers, 1 through 26, will have the best combination of total yards (passing/rushing) and total touchdowns for the NFL’s ninth weekend.

Regardless of how these rankings shake out every week, it shouldn’t supersede two important factors that go into regular lineup consideration:

1. Always play your healthy superstars.
2. Always ride your gut instinct over a certain guru’s analysis (read: plausible deniability).

BYES: Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Tennessee

TOP 26 QUARTERBACKS

1. Tom Brady vs. Denver
2. Andrew Luck @ N.Y. Giants
3. Peyton Manning @ New England
4. Carson Palmer @ Dallas
5. Nick Foles @ Houston
6. Ben Roethlisberger vs. Baltimore
7. Russell Wilson vs. Oakland
8. Colin Kaepernick vs. St. Louis
9. Drew Brees @ Carolina
10. Alex Smith vs. N.Y. Jets
11. Tony Romo vs. Arizona
12. Joe Flacco @ Pittsburgh
13. Eli Manning vs. Indianapolis
14. Ryan Tannehill vs. San Diego
15. Cam Newton vs. New Orleans
16. Philip Rivers @ Miami
17. Teddy Bridgewater vs. Washington
18. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Philadelphia
19. Colt McCoy/Robert Griffin III @ Minnesota
20. Derek Carr @ Seattle
21. Andy Dalton vs. Jacksonville
22. Brian Hoyer vs. Tampa Bay
23. Mike Glennon @ Cleveland
24. Blake Bortles @ Cincinnati
25. Austin Davis @ San Francisco
26. Michael Vick @ Kansas City

Jay Clemons, the 2008 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year (Fantasy Sports Writers Association), can be reached via Twitter, day or night, at @FOX_JayClemons.