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Broncos QB Peyton Manning

By Greg Buchphoto of journalist Greg Buch
Greg develops and updates FFSwami's website. He's played in various fantasy football leagues the last 15 years and is a life-long Cincinnati Bengals fan.
This is how we rank the QBs for Week 6 of the fantasy season. Our rankings aren't just based on name value or past performance - each week we take a comprehensive look at the match-ups and each QBs past performance and factor that into our projections. Just click on the links to read our rationale behind the ranking. The ratings are based on a standard league where 25 passing yards equal 1 point, passing and rushing TDs equal 6 pts. and INTs or fumbles deduct 2 points.

QB Rankings
  1. Peyton Manning
  2. Eli Manning
  3. Matt Ryan
  4. Jay Cutler
  5. Ben Roethlisberger
  6. Joe Flacco
  7. Tom Brady
  8. * Carson Palmer
  9. * Jake Locker
  10. Colin Kaepernick
  11. Philip Rivers
  12. Russell Wilson
  13. Matt Stafford
  14. Andy Dalton
  15. Aaron Rodgers
  16. Nick Foles
  17. Andrew Luck
  18. Cam Newton
  19. Tony Romo
  20. Austin Davis
  21. Brian Hoyer
  22. Kirk Cousins
  23. Geno Smith
  24. Mike Glennon
  25. Ryan Tannehill
  26. Teddy Bridgewater
  27. Ryan Fitzpatrick
  28. Blake Bortles
  29. Derek Carr
  30. * Kyle Orton
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Giants QB Eli Manning

By Greg Buchphoto of journalist Greg Buch
Greg develops and updates FFSwami's website. He's played in various fantasy football leagues the last 15 years and is a life-long Cincinnati Bengals fan.
Paying attention to the match-ups each week can help you identify less heralded players with the upside to surprise and help you avoid some potential land mines. This is our list of players we expect to surpass expectations, along with a few stud QBs who may fail to deliver:

Eli Manning
Giants QB Eli Manning
After two consecutive weeks on our sleeper list, Eli's earned the right to move up to our sure-fire starts. We're loving us some Manning brothers this week, as both Peyton and Eli have great match-ups. Heck, if he was still playing, we might even rank Archie number 3 just for shits and giggles! I don't know what Coach Coughlin said in the locker room after their first two losses to open the season, but whatever it was, it worked, and this group is playing with a lot more fire and determination. Eli plays a road game this Sunday against an Eagles defense that's allowing a ridiculous 22.1 fantasy points a game to opposing QBs. Philadelphia ranks 28th in the league in total defense, 25th in points allowed per game, and has been allowing 274 passing yards a game, 4th-most in the league. What's not to love about this match-up? I'd be willing to bet anyone a Shrimp Remoulade Po' Boy with a side of chitlins that the New Orleans native puts up some good number this week.

Ben Roethlisberger
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger
I advised you to start Big Ben last week and he failed to deliver, throwing for 272 yards but with just 1 TD and a fumble. However, just as when I recommended the Steelers defense and they failed to deliver, the second time around turned out to be the charm. I think Roethlisberger's in store for a big game this week. He travels to Cleveland, which has been allowing 19.2 fantasy points a game to quarterbacks this year, and I'm expecting both teams to put a lot of points on the board. I'm looking for close to 300 yards from him with a pair of passing TDs and a TD on the ground.

Andrew Luck
Colts QB Andrew Luck
Luck had an up-and-down game last week against a tough Ravens defense, with 312 passing yards but with a pair of INTs. He ended up with decent stats, thanks to a rushing TD where he looked like Adrian Peterson eluding several defenders on his way to the end zone. This week he's got a tough task on the road against a Texans pass defense that's limited opposing QBs to just 14.9 fantasy points a game. The Texans lost a heartbreaker to Dallas last week and should be pumped up this Sunday to rebound from their loss. Luck hasn't had much luck (pun intended) in his two-year history with the Texans, being held under 200 passing yards in 3 out of their 4 meetings so far. However, keep an eye on the status of Jonathan Joseph, as if he doesn't suit up, the Texans may be forced to start a 3rd stringer at RCB. If that transpires, I expect Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton to have a field day and wouldn't hesitate to start Luck in spite of the match-up.

Cam Newton
Panthers QB Cam Newton
Newton should find himself in the eye of the tiger this Sunday, facing a Bengals' defense that was thoroughly humiliated in prime-time by the New England Patriots. I'm expecting a defensive battle between these two teams and see Cincinnati rebounding from their poor showing. Even with the humiliation at the hands of the Patriots, the Bengals are still allowing the third-fewest points to QBs at 13.9 per game. They've also won their last 11 home games and have typically played their best against NFC teams. I don't see Newton throwing for a lot of yards and won't be surprised if he gets picked a couple times but believe he should be able to do some damage on the ground against a defense that's had a surprising amount of problems stopping the run, allowing 140 rushing yards a game. He may end up with halfway decent stats thanks to some rushing yards and a TD or two but I'd sit him if you have a better option.

Carson Palmer
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer
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Palmer's had a nerve problem in his throwing shoulder, which is cause for concern, since it might impair his accuracy. If he gets the start though, he has sleeper potential against a Redskins pass defense that hasn't exactly been the sharpest tomahawk in the drawer. The Redskins tribe has been allowing an NFL-high 23.4 fantasy points a game to opposing quarterbacks, although that figure doesn't include casino winnings or Indian tribal benefits. Add those in, and I believe you're still at around 23.4 fantasy points a game. If your a bit of a gambler and you don't have any reservations about putting all your chips in, Palmer has some sleeper potential this week. Drew Stanton is also worthy of consideration, although I'd consider him more of a Flex, where Palmer's a solid QB2 this week. Avoid Logan Thomas at all costs. He's extremely raw with limited accuracy and can't tell the Cowboys from the Indians (er, Redskins).

Jake Locker
Titans QB Jake Locker
Locker bruised the thumb on his throwing hand while congratulating a Browns player by smacking him affectionately on the helmet. Since the X-rays came back negative, I expect him to start this Sunday, but keep an eye on the injury report. If he plays, he's got a very nice match-up at home against Jacksonville's Junior Varsity-caliber defense, which is allowing the 3rd-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. If he's out and Whitehurst plays, you can probably still expect decent production but I'd only roll with the latter if you're hurting at QB.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco

By Greg Buchphoto of journalist Greg Buch
Greg develops and updates FFSwami's website. He's played in various fantasy football leagues the last 15 years and is a life-long Cincinnati Bengals fan.
Don't get too discouraged if your draft didn't work out as you planned. Fantasy success isn't the exclusive result of a solid draft - often it's the in-season waiver wire moves that determines who makes it to the post-season. We've got some hot tips for you that should help you improve your roster and catch up to those lucky sons-of-guns who always seem to draft the right players:

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Joe Flacco
All 3 fantasy owners who started Joe Flacco this week are undoubtedly popping champagne now, celebrating resounding victories following the Raven QB's record-setting performance. While I doubt you'll see another fantasy stat line like this one in Flacco's entire career, it's worth noting that Baltimore's offense is turning into quite the well-oiled machine. Flacco has two dangerous wide-outs at his disposal and Forsett and Taliaferro are making the Ravens' running problems a thing of the past (the addition of Eugene Monroe up front hasn't hurt either). Despite scoring the 7th-most fantasy points to date, Joe Millionaire's only owned in 29% of ESPN, 40% of Yahoo, and 42% of NFL.com leagues. It doesn't hurt either that he's got a pair of attractive match-ups on the horizon, facing a Falcons defense that just gave up 381 passing yards to Jay Cutler and a Bengals defense in Week 8 that's fallen apart the last two weeks.

Carson Palmer
Palmer, who's been hampered by a nerve problem in his shoulder, appears to be healthy again. He played a full game against the Redskins last Sunday and posted respectable stats, with 250 yards and 2 TDs with no interceptions. Many fantasy owners have already dropped him, as he's owned in just 10% of NFL.com leagues, but now would be a great time to scoop him up again. His next two games are on the road against the Raiders, who've been allowing 17 fantasy points a game to QBs, and home against the Eagles, who've given up the 4th-most points to opposing QBs so far. One last reason to pick him up (and this is strictly off the record from a very dubious, unreliable source who asked not to be named) is he's threatened to retire if you don't start him this week on your fantasy team.

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Brian Hoyer
Hoyer had a quiet game against a very tough Steelers pass defense but gets some much needed vacation time in sunny Florida this week, as he takes on the Jaguars dreadful pass defense. The Jaguars rank 30th in the league against the pass, allowing nearly 300 yards a game, and have been giving up a whopping 19.8 fantasy points a game to quarterbacks. Hoyer should be able to throw a pair of touchdowns and put up some yardage in a game where the Browns offense is likely to put up some serious pointage. He's worth adding if your QB1 is on bye or is named Cousins or Manning (as in Eli, not Peyton).


Eli Manning
If Eli was the captain of the Iraqi national team, he would have been shot, along with his entire O-line, for his performance on Sunday. Lucky for him, he plays in America, so we'll just recommend that you drop him like a hot potato and don't look back. Suffice it to say, if you can't count on him to deliver against one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, neither can you trust him as a spot starter when the match-up is favorable. Add to this the fact he's lost his best receiver for the season and you can see where I'm going with this rambling diatribe.