19. Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts
- Average ranking: 19.71
- Highest ranking: 17
- Preseason ranking: 17
Philip Rivers has been what LA Chargers fans expected him to be this season. He has shown flashes of the Rivers of old that is good enough to lead the Indianapolis Colts on a deep playoff run and then he has had boneheaded moments in which he misses throws and turns the ball over.
The Colts are a really talented team and will still make the playoffs and should be able to win at least one playoff game with Rivers’s experience. If they had a top-10 quarterback then they would be a serious threat.
18. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
- Average ranking: 17.43
- Highest ranking: 13
- Preseason ranking: 6
Carson Wentz has fallen 12 spots and it is justified. Wentz has the skillset to be a great quarterback and we all bought in on that here at Bolt Beat before the season. However, Wentz has not had a good season in the slightest and it is time that he starts falling down these lists.
Yes, Wentz has a bad offensive line and not great weapons but he still has not been good. He is completing just 58.4% of his passes and leads the league with 12 interceptions. He has a combined 17 touchdowns with a combined 19 interceptions/fumbles.
17. Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers
- Average ranking: 16.14
- Highest ranking: 12
- Preseason ranking: 22
Teddy B just gets the job done. He is not the most incredible quarterback in the world but he does not make a lot of mistakes and has more big-play potential than someone such as Kirk Cousins. The Panthers have been better than expected and even beat the LA Chargers.
16. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
- Average ranking: 13.86
- Highest ranking: 9
- Preseason ranking: 9
Personally, I think Matthew Stafford is more potential than anything at this point in his career. He reminds me of Phil Rivers a few years ago. Someone who is good enough to win games but never fully puts it all together.
Stafford is on pace (if he plays all 16 games) to finish with around 4,200 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, 14 interceptions with a completion percentage around 63%. Philip Rivers in 2017: 4,515 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, 10 interceptions 62.6 completion percentage.
15. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Average ranking: 13.71
- Highest ranking: 12
- Preseason ranking: 18
Big Ben has been better than expected coming off of arm surgery and the Pittsburgh Steelers are 8-0 because of it. The Steelers have had an easy schedule, though and have failed to blow any teams out beside the Cleveland Browns. The question is if Ben’s arm can continue to hold up.