by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
It feels like the NFL season just begun, but there’s only five weeks remaining and the fantasy playoffs are almost upon us. Who can trust with everything hanging in the balance? Who is simply too risky of an option? Let’s take a look at how everything shakes out for Week 13:
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Detroit
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Los Angeles
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Houston
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at New York Jets
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Kansas City
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Tampa Bay
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Carolina
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at Minnesota
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. New York Giants
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at New Orleans
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Buffalo
- Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at Chicago
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Pittsburgh
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at San Diego
- Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Arizona
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Seattle
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Washington
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Philadelphia
- Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at Oakland
- Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets – vs. Indianapolis
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at Atlanta
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Miami
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Cincinnati
- Matt Barkley – Chicago Bears – vs. San Francisco
- Brock Osweiler – Houston Texans – at Green Bay
- We would’ve expected better numbers from Tom Brady against the New York Jets, but his knee injury likely had him somewhat limited. He still managed 286 yards and 2 TD and has racked up an amazing 18 TD vs. 1 INT in 7 games this season. Sure the Rams represent a difficult matchup and who knows the status of Rob Gronkowski, but none of that matters. With the way Brady has been performing he has to be considered one of the elite in the league regardless of what else is going on around him.
- Andrew Luck has disappointed this season, but any potential top level quarterback against the porous Jets’ secondary is going to be worth utilizing. The biggest question is going to be whether or not he’s going to play, after missing Week 12 due to a concussion. Signs have pointed towards him being cleared, so keep him towards the top of these rankings, but monitor the news just in case.
- While Drew Brees has actually performed well everywhere this season, he’s averaged 357 yards with 19 TD vs. 4 INT at home. In fact he’s only been under 300 yards once in his five home starts, so how can we not fully endorse him?
- It was supposed to be a tough matchup for Matt Ryan with the Cardinals in Week 12, but he responded to put up 269 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT. The matchup with the Chiefs seems like a difficult one as well, but Kansas City has actually been beat a bit recently through the air (including watching Trevor Siemian get them for 368 yards and 3 TD). In other words, once again we need to keep Ryan elevated on the rankings.
- After exploding for 296 yards and 3 TD through the air and 113 yards on the ground, along with a favorable matchup against the Chicago Bears, how can we not consider Colin Kaepernick a back-end QB1 this week?
- While no one is going to go and recommend Matt Barkley as a top notch option, he proved he can produce in Week 12 (316 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT) and draws a favorable matchup with the 49ers. As a QB2, he’s well worth the gamble.
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