Week 12 Rankings (2016): Top 25 Quarterbacks

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:

  1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Philadelphia
  3. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Tampa Bay
  4. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Indianapolis
  5. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at Chicago
  6. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Arizona
  7. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Los Angeles
  8. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  9. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Carolina
  10. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
  11. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Cleveland
  12. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Oakland
  13. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Houston
  14. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Atlanta
  15. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at Miami
  16. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
  17. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. San Francisco
  18. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – vs. Jacksonville
  19. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Buffalo
  20. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Green Bay
  21. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
  22. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Tennessee
  23. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Seattle
  24. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
  25. 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:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Week 12 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers
Week 11 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Kickers


  1. Krysta says:

    Surprise, surprise…Blake or Tyrod? I am in a must win situation in the last place for a playoff spot 🙁

  2. David says:

    16 team PPR league #1 in my division and #2 over all in the league at the moment.

    I’m Starting Ryan at QB and Gurley and West at RB since Sproles is a little stove up and Derrick Henry doesn’t get enough carries.

    I’m thinking I should start Jordy Nelson, Brandon Cooks, and Doug Baldwin.

    My question is I have Tyler Eifert on my bench> would you think I need to play him instead of one of the above receivers?

    At Kicker would you start Gano of Novak?


  3. Jason says:

    Having a hard time to pick between wilson or cousins?

  4. Mike says:

    Mariota or Cousins?

  5. Krysta – Tyrod I guess, but I’d hit the wire if it’s must win.

    David – Nah, I’d leave Eifert on the bench. As for the K, Gano

    Jason – I’m going Wilson for sure

    Mike – Tough to sit Mariota with the way he’s been going

  6. Greg says:

    Can’t decide on Brady or Big Ben at qb, Ebron or Eifert at te, tajae sharpe or Cole Beasley at wr…I’m listening! 🙂

    • QB = Brady (though you can’t go wrong with either one)

      TE = I’m going Ebron

      WR = I guess Beasley, but I really don’t like either

      • Greg says:

        Beasely has not been below 10 pts, ppr, yahoo, all year … why no love? No other options besides maybe Malcom Mitchell, Taylor Boyd will be gone before I get waiver claim, Qiuncy Enuwa?

        • Greg says:

          It’s a must win. ….

        • My concern with Beasley is going to be the opportunities. Most weeks he’s at 6 targets or fewer and while he’s made the most of the opportunities is it really hard to buy into a 2-3 reception day?

          • Greg says:

            Last six weeks for Beaseley (note most come after Dez’ return):

            Targets/Receptions: 6/5, 9/5, 6/6, 7/4, 6,6, 4,4….He hasn’t had under 4 receptions in that entire span…so I’m trying to figure out where you get 2-3….his yardage/tds same span…

            59/1, 33/0, 56/1, 53/0, 58/2, 54/1.

            It appears to me, at least, that he’s been in fact remarkably consistent….rethink?

          • Greg says:

            And one more item, in Yahoo PPR avg. per game, Beaseley ranks 25th in wrs this season…ahead of Snead, Jarvis Landry, K Benjamin, ESanders, among others….I know what you mean, but every week I don’t play him I get burnt….and since my only other options are Tajae Sharpe (on my team) and/or Thielen, Enuwa, LaFell, MGoodwin or Inman in this must win do you see any better play? 🙂
            Tx, Greg

          • All I can say is go with your gut

  7. Pablo E says:

    With Cousins hot recently would you start him over Matty ice this week? Thanks

  8. Matt says:

    Must win , carr or prescott ? Also cobb or adams? Normal league. Thanks

  9. Pablo E – I’d still go Ryan, but you can make the argument

    Matt – Prescott (but it’s a coinflip). Cobb for me

  10. romo says:

    hey roto! prescott, palmer, ryan…. im leaning toward ryan… but prescott has been phenomenal!

  11. BWAY says:

    Rank these QB’s for Week 12

    Dak, R wilson, Cousins?

    PPR 1 pt.

    Need 4 (one must be a RB & one must be a RB)

    RB’s: Blount, Hyde, Ajayi, Latavis Murray
    WR’s: Evans, Micael Thomas, Beasley


    WR John brown, Tavon austin, or (an Iffy & No Luck at QB Moncreif?

    Need 4 (one must be aRB & one must be a WR)

    RB’s: Booker, Rawls, Gordon, Smallwood
    WR’s: Rishard Matthews, Cobb, Moncreif?

  12. Smidge says:

    Is Brady going to play? Do I start Mariota just in case?

  13. Gregor says:

    Have Andy Luck, and he obviously didn’t play on Thursday, but I’m struggling on who to stream at QB this week. Tannehill or Caepernick?

    • I’d roll Kaep, but it’s hardly a ringing endorsement

      • Gregor says:

        Yeah I agree, I’m just desperate bc Andy Luck let me down this week. 49ers are just so bad so I figured I go Tannehill but Kaep always gets those late game garbage points when they’re down by 25 in the 4th so it’s a toss up but I think I’ll go Kaep. Thanks Professor

  14. Bryan says:

    Should I start Wilson vs. Green Bay or dalton vs. Cleveland ?
    Lots of snow in Green Bay.

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