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