by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The biggest question hanging over the quarterback position, as we head into Week 12, is the status of Andrew Luck. All talk is that he won’t be cleared in time to play, so we are leaving him off the rankings for now, but we’ll have to keep a close eye on his status in the coming days. What are the other big stories? How do things shake out for the coming week? Let’s take a look at our Week 12 Quarterback Rankings:
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Philadelphia
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Tampa Bay
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Indianapolis
- Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at Chicago
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Arizona
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Los Angeles
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Carolina
- Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Cleveland
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Oakland
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Houston
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Atlanta
- Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at Miami
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. San Francisco
- Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – vs. Jacksonville
- Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Buffalo
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Green Bay
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Tennessee
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Seattle
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
- Sam Bradford – Minnesota Vikings – at Detroit
- Over the past four weeks the Arizona Cardinals have allowed just 1 passing TD, though we have to keep in mind that the past two games have come against the 49ers and Vikings (hardly passing powerhouses). While it is a tough matchup and you’d be justified in dropping Ryan down a few spots, don’t make the mistake of ignoring him all together. He’s been far too good.
- Russell Wilson has been showing that he’s finally back to full health over the past few weeks, just in time for a favorable matchup against Tampa Bay (who has allowed the 1,182 passing yards over the past four weeks). Wilson, meanwhile, has thrown for at least 270 yards in three straight games to go along with 6 TD vs. 0 INT (he had 5 TD throws over his first seven games). He’s also showing that he’s more comfortable running the football, with a season high 8 carries in Week 11.
- Marcus Mariota has now thrown for at least 2 TD in seven straight games and at least 270 yards in four straight. It’s simply hard to argue with his recent performance and taking on the Bears only adds to the potential appeal. Continue utilizing him as a top option until further notice.
- The Dallas Cowboys have just 4 INT all season long and their 2,729 passing yards allowed puts them in the bottom half of the league. Kirk Cousins has three 300+ yard days in his past four games, and 375+ in two of his past three (as well as 7 TD vs. 1 INT over this three game stretch). The first time he faced Dallas he threw for 364 yards and is a good bet to continue producing at a high level.
- Blake Bortles hasn’t been good this season, but with Jacksonville consistently falling behind he’s a virtual lock to throw the football 35+ times. That type of usage should come in handy against the Bills, but is this really an ideal matchup for them to fall behind big? Don’t get too excited.
- Just when we thought Carson Palmer was turning things around he puts up a dud against the Vikings (198 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT). Still, we can’t ignore his three previous games (340+ yards) and he draws an extremely favorable matchup. There’s risk, but there’s also tremendous reward potential.
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Make sure to check out all of our Week 12 rankings: