Week 12 Rankings (2015): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The bye weeks have come and gone, giving us a full allotment of quarterbacks to choose from…  Well, barring the injuries that have continued to plague the league (Joe Flacco is the latest to fall victim, as he was lost for the season in Week 11).  Who are the good plays this week?  Who should we be avoiding?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
  2. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Dallas
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
  4. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Denver
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Houston
  6. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. San Diego
  7. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Washington
  8. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Tennessee
  9. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Minnesota
  10. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Jacksonville
  11. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. St. Louis
  12. Brian Hoyer – Houston Texans – vs. New Orleans
  13. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Seattle
  14. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Philadelphia
  15. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at Green Bay
  16. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Pittsburgh
  17. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Carolina
  18. Johnny Manziel – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
  19. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Giants
  20. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
  21. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – vs. Oakland
  22. Brock Osweiler – Denver Broncos – vs. New England
  23. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Indianapolis
  24. Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets – vs. Miami
  25. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at Kansas City


  • We all know that the Denver Broncos boast one of the strongest defenses in the league, but is anyone really willing to bet against Tom Brady at this point?  As it is the defenses has shown a few dents in recent weeks, including seeing Jay Cutler throw for 265 yards against them in Week 11.  Maybe the matchup and the questions about the talent around him (especially with Danny Amendola now hurt as well) knocks him off the top spot, but he can’t fall below #4 (and even that’s debatable).
  • Cam Newton may not throw for a significant number of yards, but he does find the end zone both throwing the football (20 TD, with 11 coming in his last four games) and running it (6 TD).  While Dallas’ defense has played fairly well, it’s impossible to think that they are going to shut him down.
  • It was surprising to see Derek Carr stumble against the Lions, completing just 52.0% of his passes for 169 yards and 0 TD.  Of course you could argue that he was due a poor game and he’s thrown for 2+ TD in seven of his ten starts.  He appears to have a favorable matchup against the Titans, so despite the poor performance dial him up as a QB1 in all formats.
  • Eli Manning has had plenty of poor games this season, but he’s also had some monster performances (10 TD vs. 2 INT over his past three games).  Coming off the bye week we’d expect big things, especially against a Redskins defense that has allowed 20 passing TD this season (Manning himself threw for 279 yards and 2 TD against them in Week 3).
  • When healthy and in the lineup Brian Hoyer has been solid, with 1,704 yards, 13 TD and 4 INT.  The team has already announced that he will remain the starter, despite a strong showing from T.J. Yates in Week 11, and the expectation is that he’ll be cleared from his concussion to return.  Time will tell, but if he’s on the field he’ll be worth streaming against a Saints defense that has been routinely torched by passing attacks.
  • Seeing Tony Romo struggle in his first start back (227 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT) shouldn’t be surprising and things could get even worse in Week 12 as he has a short week and a significantly tougher matchup (Carolina).  This isn’t the week to be banking on him, unfortunately.
  • As we said last week the Seattle Seahawks are still a strong defense, but they simply shouldn’t scare you like they used to.  While we wouldn’t go out of our way to play Ben Roethlisberger, he certainly is worth considering depending on your alternatives.
  • While Jameis Winston threw for 5 TD in Week 11, keep in mind that he hadn’t thrown one in the previous two games (and had 10 in his first nine games overall).  It’s easy to get excited, but don’t exaggerate your ranking of him based on one big game.
  • Brock Osweiler played fairly well in his first start, throwing for 250 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT.  It’ll be interesting to see if the team continues with a run first approach (Ronnie Hillman & C.J. Anderson combined for 33 carries), but in what could turn into a shootout of sorts against the Patriots Osweiler is worth utilizing as a QB2.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 12 rankings:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends


Week 12 Rankings (2015): Top 50 Wide Receivers
Week 11 Rankings (2015): Top 15 Kickers


  1. Sheldon says:

    Hi, Prof! Russell Wilson vs. PIT or Josh McCown vs. BAL this week at QB? Thanks.

  2. Joel says:

    Eli Manning over Hoyer? Saints matchup is really juicy though? You appear to like Eli better though.

    • Washington is not a bad matchup itself and Hoyer is a tough player to count on. I couldn’t argue if you wanted to roll the dice, but don’t be mistaken it is a roll of the dice

  3. Barney says:

    Root professor kc died or denver

  4. Barney says:

    That’s rotoprofesor I’m sorry

  5. Barney says:


  6. Joe says:

    I see you have Matt Stafford ranked 14th. He has a great matchup at home in the dome against a terrible Eagle’s secondary. I know he hasn’t had a great year, but I see him throwing for at least 2 TDs with the potential for 3-4 in a shootout. Am I missing something?

    My other option would be Aaron Rodgers, but I’m thinking they will run the ball a lot with the weather conditions. 29 degrees with a 100% chance of rain/sleet/ice, winds 10-20mph, and 1 inch of snow/ice accumulation expected.

    Just wondering what your thought are???

  7. Barney – Given the matchup I’m going KC

    Joe – Obviously weather plays a role, but it’s hard for me to trust Stafford. He’s thrown for over 260 yards just twice in his past seven games and he has 1 TD or fewer in five of ten starts. Obviously the matchup for Stafford appears favorable, but that doesn’t make him a slam dunk to produce

  8. Trance says:

    What about Drew brees against houston in Houston or Andy dalton at home agains St louis?

    Also Packers defense or panthers, I think panthers probably better but they are playing against dallas in dallas and Tony Romo is back.

    Lastly, Darren sproles or Doug baldwin or Rishard matthews?

    • QB – I’d 100% go Brees. Neither are the best matchup, but hard not to go with Brees as they should go pass heavy

      DEF – I’d still go Carolina, as Romo may still need another week to get up to speed

      FLEX – I’d probably say Baldwin, if he plays, otherwise Matthews

  9. Drew says:

    russell or rivers 6 pt per passing td. Thx

  10. Gman says:

    Rivers, Bortles, or Hoyer today?

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