Week 13 Rankings (2014): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The bye weeks are finally behind us, though that doesn’t mean that the decisions are going to be easy.  There are numerous big name quarterbacks who are hard to trust, whether it’s Jay Cutler, Cam Newton or Colin Kaepernick.  If they aren’t options, what surprising names can be depended on?  Let’s take a look at how our rankings shake out for the coming week:


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



  • Detroit entered the week yielding the fewest points to opposing quarterbacks, then Tom Brady torched them for 349 yards and 2 TD.  He’s now thrown for at least 2 TD in seven straight games and has thrown for at least 333 yards in four of his past six outings.  At this point does the opponent really matter?  Brady has to be considered one of the best.
  • Ryan Tannehill hasn’t been throwing for a significant number of yards (288 yards is his high for the season), but he’s thrown for 2+ TD in three of his past four games (including a pair of 3 TD performances).  Considering that the Jets are among the worst teams at stopping opposing QB this season, it’s hard not to like Tannehill as a QB1 option.
  • Would anyone have predicted that Matthew Stafford would go back-to-back games without a touchdown pass this season?  That’s exactly what’s happened, though things get significantly easier against the Bears (who just allowed Josh McCown to throw for 341 yards).  Look for him to have a “breakout” performance of sorts.
  • Russell Wilson hasn’t been throwing for a significant number of yards of late, but he’s rushed for 70+ yards in three straight games.  It’s a tough matchup against the 49ers, but he’s been too hot not to consider him a QB1.
  • Think Mark Sanchez fits into the Philadelphia offense?  He’s thrown for 300+ yards in three straight games and has 2 TD in three of his four starts.  At this point there’s little reason to think that anything is going to change.
  • Know when the last time Colin Kaepernick threw for more than 1 TD in a game was?  Back on October 13, five games ago.  Just to make matters worse, in two starts against Seattle last week he failed to top 175 yards in a game and combined for 2 TD and 3 INT.  It’s definitely hard to consider him a viable option for this week.

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  1. Bobby says:

    Brees vs Big Ben for week 13. I know brees is predicted more points but that’s only like a .4 margin. Also the saints are playing at Pittsburgh so I’m kinda leaning towards Big Ben to start over brees, what’s your thought if you don’t mind me asking.

  2. JIMbob says:

    Mark Sanchez > Philip Rivers?

  3. romo says:

    Hey Roto! I need 2 qbs m Ryan p rivers a Dalton. 3 WR d Thomas, j Matthews, r white, k Benjamin. 2 rbs l bell, l miller, f gore, r Matthews. Im also gonna pick up a New def and my options r st Louis, Arizona,cl Cleveland, Cincinnati. New England and Detroit. Thanks for the help!

  4. Dale says:

    Finally dropped Harin. Over it. Stills or Landry for the playoffs. What u think. Both on the wire. Have Johnson and Beckham. Want spare WR in case of injury or matchup move.

  5. Dale says:

    Wright or Quarless for spare TE….got Julius Thomas but want spare in case of injury for playoffs.

  6. Billy Bats says:

    Hey Roto. I have numerous dilemmas for my big game to get in the playoffs.

    Romo or Stafford is the first. Then I have two WR, two RB, and a flex option out of the following players.

    Josh Gordon
    Antonio brown
    Andre Ellington
    CJ Anderson
    Rashad Jennings
    Lamar miller

    what’s your take? Thanks again for the help all season.

  7. romo:
    QB – Rivers/Dalton (though Ryan is right behind him)
    WR – Thomas/Benjamin/Matthews
    RB – Bell/Miller
    D – Detroit

    Dale – Landry, though it’s a tossup. Wright for the TE slot

    Billy Bats (you do have too many good options….lol):
    QB – Romo
    RB – Ellington/Jennings
    WR – Brown/Johnson
    FLEX – Gordon

  8. mike says:

    two questions for you, first, I have kaepernick keep him or pick up either eli or Dalton?

    second is for flex spot its between boldin or denard robinson, I like boldin lately but Seattle secondary scares me

    any advice is greatly appreciated

  9. Matt – Despite his struggles, I’d still go Brees

    mike – I’d lean Eli at this point. As for the FLEX, Robinson is a no-brainer for me

  10. Billy Bats says:

    Hey Roto, so I wanted to run this by you again because of some new info and signings. I’m still between J. Gordon, R. Jennings, A. Ellington, and C.J Anderson for my 2 RB and flex spot.

    The cards just signed Michael bush and Arians is saying he will be there short yardage guy, and jennings still has Andre Williams stealing touchdowns. With the Giants season essentially over too. CJ Anderson is the only guy in Denver which makes it tough for me to bench him. And then there’s Josh Gordon, who is not making my choices any easier.

    Got the season riding on this one, so I’m a little bit all over the place on this one. But your advice has always helped before so let me know what you think. Thanks again

    • It’s tough, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.

      After Latavius Murray exposed KC a bit last week, I’d use Anderson for sure. Ellington has a favorable matchup, so he’s my RB2

      As for the FLEX, I’d generally lean RB but Josh Gordon is too good to bench. Therefore, Jennings is the guy I wouldn’t use.

  11. Bob says:

    Fitzpatrick against the Jags or Eli Manning against Tennessee? Fitzpatrick just lit up Tennessee which would lead me to believe Manning could also. And the Jags are surprisingly limiting against the QB position. I guess the real question is: Is it the QB that puts up the points or the defense that allows the points?

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