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Fantasy football rankings, Week 9: QB concerns in the bye week

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Week 9 creates some major bye week issues at the fantasy quarterback position. We look at some of the best replacements for your team and share our Week 9 quarterback rankings.

This week's bye leaves us without any Mannings, no Matthew Stafford and no Colin Kaepernick. It could mean turning to desperate measures to fill out our lineup this week. Hopefully there's one or two decent quarterbacks left on waivers for you to snag for one week. Let's rundown a few of the better options for this week as a one week flyer.

Andy Dalton has been on a hot streak over the past three games. On a week where we lose six starters to byes, he moves into the top ten for fantasy quarterbacks. In his last three games he's passed for 1,034 passing yards, eleven touchdowns and only two interceptions. He doesn't have the best matchup this week, as the Bengals travel to Miami on Thursday night. That wouldn't stop me though from throwing him in there. Even though his stats may regress a touch, he should still be able to put up good numbers.

Josh McCown could surprise us coming off Chicago's bye week. With the extra time to prepare for Green Bay, he could come up with a sneaky fantasy night. It won't be the easiest matchup but Green Bay will still be without Clay Matthews. McCown has the weapons to work with in the passing game and a running game that will keep the Packers honest. McCown squeaks into our top fifteen this week.

Terrelle Pryor continues to impress me with his fantasy game. His passing leaves a lot to be desired but his ability to post great numbers running the ball keeps him on my radar. Pryor and the Raiders will take on Philadelphia this week. The Eagles defense have given up the second most passing yards to opposing teams this season. I'm not sure if Pryor will be able to completely take advantage of that fact but he will give you something. And that is more than you can say for some of the other starting quarterbacks out there.

Jake Locker and the Titans are also coming off their bye week. They've had two weeks to prepare for St. Louis, while the Rams have a short week following their Monday night loss. I believe that St. Louis will come out flat after losing that hard fought divisional battle. Locker had a good game in his last outing, even though a fair amount of his stats came in garbage time. He's had four solid solid games out of the five he's started this season.

Alex Smith has not been asked to win football games with his arm for the Chiefs. He's just been asked to do enough to allow them to win. Smith and the Chiefs face a struggling Buffalo secondary. I'm not sure he'll be asked for more than 230 passing yards and two touchdowns. I'll take that if I'm scrambling for a quarterback, but would probably look for a quarterback with a higher fantasy ceiling.

My sleeper for the week has to be Andy Dalton. Miami has not looked as good as they did to start the season. Cincinnati, on the other hand, is looking to lay hold of their division. With Dalton finding other options besides AJ Green, that's just improving his fantasy stock. I think he'll keep his three hundred yard passing game streak going for one more week.

Listed below are the top five quarterbacks for passing touchdowns:

1. Peyton Manning - 29
2. Drew Brees - 19
3. Tony Romo - 18
4. Matthew Stafford - 16
5. Andy Dalton - 16

And the top five quarterbacks for passing yards:

1. Peyton Manning - 2,919
2. Matthew Stafford - 2,617
3. Drew Brees - 2,290
4. Andy Dalton - 2,249
5. Matt Ryan - 2,223

Quick Notes: Jay Cutler is hoping to be back sooner than the four weeks that was originally thought....EJ Manuel is on schedule for his return from his knee injury. He's still aiming for a return around Week 13 or so....The Minnesota Vikings are unsure of who will be their starting quarterback for this week's game. The decision will be between Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman. Matt Cassel has already been ruled out of the decision....Matt Schaub will be the backup to Case Keenum this week.

Quarterback
1 Aaron Rodgers
2 Drew Brees
3 Cam Newton
4 Philip Rivers
5 Tony Romo
6 Robert Griffin III
7 Russell Wilson
8 Andy Dalton
9 Matt Ryan
10 Andrew Luck
11 Terrelle Pryor
12 Jake Locker
13 Alex Smith
14 Tom Brady
15 Josh McCown
16 Ryan Tannehill
17 Ben Roethlisberger
18 Nick Foles
19 Joe Flacco
20 Jason Campbell
21 Case Keenum
22 Geno Smith
23 Christian Ponder
24 Mike Glennon
25 Thaddeus Lewis
26 Kellen Clemens
27 Josh Freeman
28 Matt Barkley
29 Matt Schaub
30 Jeff Tuel
31 Matt Simms
32 Brady Quinn
33 Dan Orlovsky

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