Quarterback usually isn’t as important in fantasy football as it is in the NFL, but having a huge week from your signal-caller can make all the difference as we saw last week with huge weeks from Nick Foles, Jason Campbell, Tom Brady, Case Keenum, and Ben Roethlisberger. Some of those top QB’s from last week aren’t weekly starters in many leagues, but came up big for their owners in week 9.
Heading into week 10, here are five quarterbacks who are not locked in as starters, but they are in a place to put up solid points this week.
1. Nick Foles-Philadelphia Eagles
Foles follows up his seven-touchdown performance with a trip to Lambeau Field where the Packers won’t have Aaron Rodgers and could be searching for their own offense. Last week, Foles put up 45 points in ESPN standard scoring and won the week outright for almost anyone who started him. While the odds are against him duplicating that performance ever again, he should have a decent game this week in the Eagles up-tempo offense which seems to suit him. He’s a low-end QB1 this week with obvious upside.
2. Jake Locker-Tennessee Titans
The Titans take on Jacksonville in a favorable matchup for Locker and the Tennessee offense. As long as the Titans don’t put it away early and just settle in to run the ball, Locker should be able to continue to build momentum after missing so much time due to injury. The Jags have been woeful at stopping QB’s both through the air and on the ground, so expect solid numbers from the sometimes inconsistent Locker.
3. Ben Roethlisberger-Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben had a huge game against New England throwing for four scores and 400 yards, but he and the Steelers couldn’t keep up with the Pats. This week he faces a Bills team that has allowed multiple passing TDs in all but two of their games this season. He throws the ball a ton every week, so even though the Steelers offense hasn’t been great his numbers continue to be solid as they should be again this week.
4. Terrelle Pryor-Oakland Raiders
Pryor and the Raiders are in the Big Apple to face the Giants this Sunday and his run/pass blend should continue to make him worth a look since his rushing yards keep him from ever having a down week. He’s scored double-digit fantasy points in every game he’s played this year and has 15 and 16 the last two weeks despite not throwing a touchdown. This week, he should find the end zone again facing the Giants struggling defense in what should be an entertaining game with two intriguing teams from opposite coasts facing off
5. Case Keenum-Houston Texans
Keenum exploded from this #5 spot on this list last week throwing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns against the Colts. He looked great in the first half but the Texans got conservative in the second half and weren’t able to hold on to the lead. With the Texans running backs still banged up, look for Keenum to have a solid game against the Cardinals in Arizona this week even though the Cardinals secondary is a pretty solid unit overall. I doubt he’ll be as good as last week, but he’s a QB2 consideration to be sure.
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