Okay, okay, so last week I said Kyle Orton was going to have a big week and had him ranked in my top 10. Hey, the guy has 16 TDs and 3 INTs in his last eight home games. I guess you can just chalk that up to getting caught in the Tebow Vortex. Now with the second week of the byes upon us, here’s my official QB rankings for this week. Remember, we go on the assumption you always play the Holy Five: Vick, Rivers, Rodgers, Brees and Brady. However Rivers is on a bye (and may be close to losing his Holy Five status with his lackluster fantasy play so far) so this week our rankings will go 5-10.
5. Matthew Stafford v. SF: Initially I would say be wary of the Monday Night hangover, but the 49ers are terrific against the run and the Lions will throw it all day long. Expect a return to 300 yards and three TDs for Stafford. And really, are you going to rank anyone else on this list ahead of him? He’s close to breaking into the Holy Five and making it a Holy Six.
6. Cam Newton @ ATL: Seriously, look how high he is now. He deserves it. He has to tank for like three weeks in a row to be outside the top seven or eight. He’s also becoming their main red zone threat on the ground whether it’s from 5 or 15 yards away. He accounts for three total TDs this week. And 300 yards is always his barometer.
7. Tony Romo v. NE: He’s getting Miles Austin back which means in the second half he won’t have to worry so much when Dez Bryant disappears. He’ll be around the 20-point mark for you this week. Look for 250-300 yards and two to three TDs. Just remember you’re going to lose points for his pick late in the fourth quarter.
8. Eli Manning v. BUF: The Giants look like they’re becoming the team they were last year — Eli throws for a lot of yards, a lot of touchdowns and a lot of INTs. Brandon Jacobs’ injury makes it hard for them to rely on the run, and Victor Cruz’s big play capabilities are going to have Eli on the same track as in 2010. 250 yards and two TDs for Eli.
9. Jason Campbell @ OAK: The Browns are in the middle of the pack as far as fantasy points allowed to QBs go. This Raiders offense is starting to grow. Darrius Heyward-Bey — and who thought we’d ever be talking about him — looks like he’s that third year blossomer we see so often. Jacoby Ford is healthier and the Raiders are going to take their shots down the field this week. I see a couple of long TD passes for Campbell and over 250 passing yards.
10. Alex Smith @ DET: It was hard to go with Smith over Ben Roethlisberger, but I don’t see the need for five TDs passes against the Jaguars on Sunday. Smith has only turned it over once via the air this year, and is coming off a three-TD performance. It won’t be as easy going this week but they’ll throw the ball a ton to keep up with the Lions. I think Smith is near 250 with a couple of touchdowns.