Week 12 (2014) Rankings – Top 25 QB’s

by Ray Kuhn

I think we can all agree that some interesting things happened in Week 11 across the NFL. But in reality, is it really any different from what fantasy owners have been dealing with all season? At this point we have been conditioned to expect the unexpected, but at least the bye weeks are ending. Fantasy owners will be without just two quarterbacks, Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger.

Let’s take a look at how the quarterbacks rank for Week 12:

  1. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
  2. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – vs. Miami
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
  4. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Tampa Bay
  5. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Washington
  6. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Baltimore
  7. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at Denver
  8. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at New England
  9. Josh McCown – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Chicago
  10. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Cleveland
  11. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Detroit
  12. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at New York Giants
  13. Mark Sanchez – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Tennessee
  14. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Arizona
  15. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at New Orleans
  16. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at Oakland
  17. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Houston
  18. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Dallas
  19. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Indianapolis
  20. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. St. Louis
  21. Zach Mettenberger – Tennessee Titans – at Philadelphia
  22. Kyle Orton – Buffalo Bills – vs. New York Jets
  23. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – at San Francisco
  24. Shaun Hill – St. Louis Rams – at San Diego
  25. Michael Vick – New York Jets – at Buffalo

Thoughts:

  • Aaron Rodgers has thrown at least 3 TD in seven of his last eight games. How can we not love him for the coming week? He’s one of the elite in the game and it doesn’t seem like there’s anything or anyone that can stop him. Rodgers has two top notch weapons at his disposal in Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, but more options such as rookie Devonte Adams are beginning to emerge.
  • I think it is safe to assume that Peyton Manning will bounce back from last week. Manning only had one touchdown against the Rams and you have to expect that Denver will make the Dolphins pay for their failures against St. Louis.
  • It didn’t look like Shaun Hill hadn’t started a game since Week 1. Hill threw for 220 yards and one long touchdown to Kenny Britt in a very efficient performance. The quarterback went 20-29 and also didn’t turn the ball over. The Rams take on the Chargers this week, and while I certainly wouldn’t bank on Hill in a must win situation, he could be a solid fill-in option or QB2 in deeper leagues.
  • As the Jets return from both their bye week and ruining Ben Roethelisberger’s value, you have to question your expectations of Kyle Orton. The Bills didn’t have a problem with the Jets the last time they faced them, but New York also looked like a different team two weeks ago. Orton also didn’t do himself any favors against Miami completing just 56% of his passes for 193 yards. In fact the only game this season Orton has done much of anything was against the Jets when he threw for four touchdown passes and 238 yards, but completed just 10 passes. I would search for a better option.
  • Philip Rivers is the one quarterback on this list who needs to be monitored. For starters, his matchup is not that good against the Rams as we saw what they did to do the Broncos last week. But Rivers also did not look good against the Raiders last week as he is clearly battling a rib injury. All signs currently point to him playing, but I wouldn’t trust him as the Rams will beat him up all day and in the last two games he threw for just 138 and 193 yards respectively. If Rivers doesn’t play, I would stay away from his backup, Kellen Clemens.
  • I think we can all agree the Eagles game was disgusting as they fell to the Packers and Mark Sanchez did not look good. But from a fantasy perspective, Sanchez didn’t have nearly as bad a game as it looked completing 26 of 44 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns, along with two interceptions. I would not let last week scare you away from Sanchez.
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25 comments

  1. Smidge says:

    Who is the best down the stretch. Romo, Tannehill or Sanchez. I need to drop one and find a replacement for Bradshaw. Non ppr with nobody on waivers. I stashed Peterson and have McCoy. Currently in 3rd. Choices are Tate Martin McFadden Freeman Williams it’s that shallow…Please help any names would helpful.

  2. Dale H says:

    Sanchez or Ryan

  3. Joel Goerdt says:

    Need some advice. League is setup as 2- RB and 3 W/T. My WR’s are Marshall, Megatron, J. Gordon, Beckham, Benjamin and my backs are McCoy, Gio Benard, T. West and Ryan Mathews. I’m looking at potentially going after a RB. What are your thoughts on T.Y Hilton/Arian Foster/Blue for Megatron/Gio Benard/Kelvin Benjamin or go T.West? What you thing should I do that?

    • Ray Kuhn says:

      I see where you are coming from with wanting to upgrade your RB’s. It’s hard for me to give up both Mega and Benjamin in the same deal to be honest. As much as everyone, myself included, is excited about Gordon, there is still a little doubt in my mind about him. All in all, I think Megatron is an overpay.

      Ray

      • Joel Goerdt says:

        Thoughts on my start this week with Gordon back and Benjamin on Bye who do I go with Beckham or Gordon?

        • Ray Kuhn says:

          Now that is a tough one. I’m probably going Beckham here because we know Eli likes throwing to him and keeps on improving. Gordon is the better receiver, but he has been out all season, his role is somewhat unclear, and Desmond Trufant is having a very good season and will likely be on Gordon

          Ray

  4. Brian says:

    Vick or Rivers? I know you have Rivers ranked higher but the injury and Vicks running ability makes me lean Vick. Plus he is a hell of a lot of fun to watch play. Thoughts?

    • Ray Kuhn says:

      The injury is a concern for me so I would want to see/hear more about that before making the final decision. They are close enough that going with Vick wouldnt be the worst thing in the world, but also watch the weather and conditions in Buffalo. Vick won’t be throwing the ball too much downfield, but the rushing ability helps make up for that. If Rivers is healthy enough, I still go Rivers though.

      Ray

  5. George` says:

    Should I trust Kaepernick this week and start him or start Brees instead because he has been more consistent than Kaep?

    • Ray Kuhn says:

      I know it sounds crazy to start Kaep over Brees, but if I’m going straight of my rankings, then yes, I am. Brees at home is not what it was in years past, and Washington’s defense is ripe for the taking. The consistency could be there for Brees, but Kaep running the ball is also a bonus. I would start Kaep over Brees if you have both, but its understandable not.

      Ray

  6. victor says:

    I have sanchez starting this week but mccown isin the FA. Should i drop Latavius Murray to pick up mccown and use him for the week over sanchez? (week 12 ppr) thanks!

    • Ray Kuhn says:

      I like Murray for the rest of the season, and there isnt too much of a difference between the 2 QB’s to justify dropping him.

      Ray

  7. Ken says:

    Chasing playoff spot, I have Rivers and Dalton would you drop one for Flacco?

  8. M says:

    Wilson or stafford? Also available are Sanchez, mccown, and tannehill

  9. Chris says:

    Jay cutler or romo?? Cutler has burned me before but can I pass up the matchup he has?

  10. romo says:

    hey roto! i need 2 qbs. m ryan, p rivers, a dalton, I’m leaning toward m ryan and a dalton. i need 2 rbs. l miller, f gore, j gray, r matthews. thanks!

  11. John says:

    Standard Scoring. Need to pick 1 for my Flex. Frank Gore or Jordan Matthews?

  12. mike says:

    Sanchez or Rivers? My opponent has Jeremy Maclin and Ryan Mathews

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