It’s been a few weeks since we broke out any matchups here at Chinstrap Ninjas.
The format and formula I’m using this week are a little different than usual, but let’s follow the same rules. Don’t bench Drew Brees against the best defense in place of JaMarcus Russell against the worst, ok?
However, if you’re deciding between Tony Romo and Matt Ryan, like I am in one league, you’ll definitely want to take a look at these.
Before I give you the full list, let’s take a look at some key matchups:
Ben Roethlisberger vs. Minnesota Vikings
Big Ben’s big performances have been commonplace this year, and the Vikings are a top-10 matchup for opposing QBs.
The easy money’s on Peyton Manning against the Rams or Philip Rivers against the Chiefs as no-brainer picks of the week, but both of those games have the potential to be blowouts early. The Vikings-Steelers tilt should be one of the most competitive games of the season (Super Bowl preview?).
So, while Manning and Rivers might have three TD tosses by halftime, they won’t be racking up yards and scores in the fourth quarter like Big Ben.
Eli Manning vs. Arizona Cardinals
Eli and the Giants have impressed with their aerial assault this season, and they’ve got the best matchup of the week.
The Cardinals have allowed 265.2 yards per game, the second-most in the NFL this season, and 37.8 attempts per game, the fourth-most.
Donovan McNabb vs. Washington Redskins
The Redskins are the stingiest in the league against the passing game. Only the Panthers and the Giants are allowing less yards per game and only three teams – the Colts, Jets and Broncos – have allowed fewer TDs per game.
What’s worse, the Eagles QB was below average against Washington in 2008 (426 yards, 0 TDs in two games). Yes, McNabb has new weapons emerging in Brent Celek, Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy, but if your No. 2 is even an above average option, you probably want to steer clear of Philadelphia this week.
Jake Delhomme vs. Buffalo Bills
This is the failboat pick of the week. The Bills have 10 interceptions (tied for third most) and 14 sacks this season. Delhomme doesn’t even have to be below his average to make sure both of those numbers increase.
Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Carolina Panthers
With Fitzpatrick expecting to start over Trent Edwards (concussion) this week, we might have been able to find out of Terrell Owens’ sucktitude is Edwardsian in nature.
However, the Panthers are not the kind of team a new quarterback wants to take the reins against. Opposing QBs have attempted just 25.8 passes per game, and have netted just 156.8 yards per game – both numbers are the second-least in the NFL in 2009.
Jay Cutler vs. Cincinnatti Bengals
A must-start this week, Cutler threw for 300 in Week 6 against the Falcons. He’s thrown 2 TDs in every game since Week 2.
The Bengals have allowed 25 plays of 20 yards or more, that’s the most in the NFL. They’re also among the 10 worst teams in attempts per game, yards per attempt and yards per game.
Cutler’s virtually guaranteed 250yards and 2 TDs. And that’s a low estimate.
Not a matchup, but an important note
The Titans, Lions, Jaguars and Ravens are among the teams on bye this week. The Titans (1), Lions (3) and Jaguars (4) are three of the best matchups in fantasy football. The Ravens are the 10th best matchup.
That means there aren’t a lot of great quarterback matchups to go around for those of you with QBs on bye.
Shaun Hill, Derek Anderson, Mark Sanchez, Chad Henne, Marc Bulger – all potential bye-week fillers – have matchups against some of the best defenses against quarterbacks.
That said, they’re still better than Josh Johnson, JaMarcus Russell, Delhomme and Fitzpatrick this week.
On to the full list:
Best matchups for quarterbacks
- Eli Manning vs. Arizona
- Jay Cutler vs. Cincinnatti
- Philip Rivers vs. Kansas City
- Matt Ryan vs. Dallas
- Ben Roethlisberger vs. Minnesota
- Peyton Manning vs. St. Louis
- Matt Schaub vs. San Francisco
- Aaron Rodgers vs. Cleveland
- Tom Brady vs. Tampa Bay
- Tony Romo vs. Atlanta
- Drew Brees vs. Miami
- Carson Palmer vs. Chicago
- Matt Cassel vs. San Diego
- Brett Favre vs. Pittsburgh
- Shaun Hill vs. Houston
- Derek Anderson vs. Green Bay
- Mark Sanchez vs. Oakland
- Chad Henne vs. New Orleans
- Jason Campbell vs. Philadelphia
- Marc Bulger vs. Indianapolis
- JaMarcus Russell vs. New York Jets
- Trent Edwards/Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Carolina
- Kurt Warner vs. New York Giants
- Josh Johnson vs. New England
- Jake Delhomme vs. Buffalo
- Donovan McNabb vs. Washington