Week 10 Quarterback Preview: Expectations with Patrick Mahomes, Matt Ryan back
With six teams in a bye there’s definitely some scrambling happening at the quarterback position. Thankfully, it looks like we’re getting a pair of stars back in Matt Ryan and Patrick Mahomes. Ryan is supposed to return after his bye and Mahomes practiced in full all week after missing two games with his knee injury. Now we have to decide if we can trust them in their first games back.
The first, and easy, one is Mahomes. He’s back, so you start him. We have yet to see him healthy this season with his full complement of weapons, yet he was still a top-four quarterback for the first six weeks of the season. Even with his difficult matchup against the Titans, you should start him over everyone but Lamar Jackson. I project Mahomes for 327 passing yards and around 2.5 touchdowns.
Ryan is a slightly more difficult choice. He was just behind Mahomes as QB No. 5 through the first six weeks and he’s on the road against a good defense like Mahomes. The Saints have allowed plenty of Fantasy production to quarterbacks however, and Russell Wilson hung 45 on them in their building.
While Ryan is no Mahomes, he’s still probably a starter for you. There’s no one available on the waiver wire that I’m streaming over him. But I would start Kyler Murray and Matthew Stafford over him if you have to make that choice. I project Ryan for 326 passing yards, a pair of scores, and at least one turnover.
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Week 10 QB Preview
Numbers to know
- 32.6 – Pass attempts per game for Russell Wilson. That’s up 26% over 2018 and is a big part of the reason he’s the No. 1 quarterback. The 49ers present his biggest challenge yet.
- 1,240 – Air yards tossed by Matthew Stafford the past three weeks. That’s the most in the NFL by 230 yards. The Lions probably won’t air it out quite as much with Jeff Driskel.
- 10.8 – Average intended air yards per attempt for Jameis Winston this season, more than any other starting quarterback.
- 637 – Rushing yards for Lamar Jackson. He’s on pace to smash the quarterback rushing record. He’s also on pace to throw for more than 3,600 yards.
- 9.3% – Sack rate for Sam Darnold this season. Even against a great matchup like the Giants, it’s tough to trust him.
- 84% – On-target rate for Dak Prescott. It’s even more impressive because of how much more often he’s looking downfield this season.
Waiver Wire Targets
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