Week 13 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With Thanksgiving in our rearview mirror, the march towards the fantasy playoffs is well underway.  Unfortunately there are many questionable situations throughout the league, some due to injury and some due to simple poor play.  Which quarterbacks are the ones to trust with our seasons on the line?  Let’s take a look at how the rankings stack up for Week 13:

  1. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Seattle
  2. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Philadelphia
  3. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Buffalo
  4. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
  5. Phillip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Cleveland
  6. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at New Orleans
  7. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cincinnati
  8. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Arizona
  9. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Minnesota
  10. Case Keenum – Minnesota Vikings – at Atlanta
  11. Josh McCown – New York Jets – vs. Kansas City
  12. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. New York Giants
  13. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Carolina
  14. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – vs. New England
  15. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
  16. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Green Bay
  17. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Baltimore
  18. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Indianapolis
  19. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at New York Jets
  20. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Oakland
  21. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Pittsburgh
  22. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  23. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Detroit
  24. Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – vs. San Francisco
  25. Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers – at Chicago

Thoughts:

  • Putting a quarterback who is facing the Seahawks atop these rankings was once thought of as unthinkable.  However injuries have depleted the secondary and they’ve taken a beating in recent weeks.  Carson Wentz hasn’t been accumulating yardage (227 yards or fewer in four straight games), but he hasn’t had to.  He has 9 TD vs. 0 INT over his past three games and 22 TD vs. 3 INT over his past seven.  It’s impossible to consider him anything less than a Top 3 option, even if you aren’t comfortable having him sit at the top.
  • When looking at Phillip Rivers don’t just look at a 434 yard performance against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving and think it was a one-off big day.  He has thrown for 7 TD vs. 1 INT over the past three weeks and draws a Browns defense that has been among the worst against the pass all season long.  It’s rare that Rivers is considered a QB1 at this point, but he’s well worth it for this week.
  • The New York Giants have been a bad defense this season (they’ve allowed the third most points per week to opposing quarterbacks), and a lot of their issues come from the secondary.  With Janorius Jenkins potentially out for the season, things aren’t going to get much better.  That said right now there are questions in regards to the availability of Amari Cooper (concussion) and Michael Crabtree (two-game suspension), and that’s going to cap the potential value for Derek Carr.  He’s still usable, but he’s not a must play.
  • Coming off a down day, Jared Goff exploded once again against the Saints as he threw for 354 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT despite being without Robert Woods.  The last time he faced Arizona (Week 7) he threw for 235 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT, but has been playing much better of late (350+ yards and multi-touchdown performances in three of four).  Continue to roll with the upside.
  • It’s easy to simply buy into the Drew Brees name, but fantasy owners need to remember that the Saints have morphed into an offense built around their running game.  That’s always going to bring risk, and it’s not like the Panthers are a can’t miss matchup.  View him more as a QB2.
  • We’ll have to monitor the news and see if Jameis Winston is ready to return this week (there have been rumblings things are headed in that direction).  If he does he’s a QB2 with QB1 upside, but risk of a setback is going to suppress his overall appeal.
  • The matchup would make us want to trust Marcus Mariota, but 6 INT over his past two games makes it difficult.  The upside is there to consider him, but it’s not enough to make him more than a QB2 gamble.

Sources – ESPN, CBS Sports, NFL.com

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 13 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 13 Rankings (2017): Top 40 Running Backs
Week 12 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses

44 comments

  1. Mike says:

    In a .5 pt PPR, 10 team 1-QB league. Would you drop Marriota for Case Keenum. in a 3 way tie for 2nd 1 game behind the top team.

    THANKS

  2. Haggy says:

    Thinking about droping Dak Prescott for either Keenum or Bortles. Or should I drop Tyrod Taylor for one of those two. And Keep Prescott. Which two out of those 4 would you roll with R.O.S.

  3. darrick says:

    hey professor who should i start this week carr or mariota

  4. Too Tall says:

    Do you like Dontrelle Inmann this week vs. San Francisco? I have Hilton with a bad match up. And Golden Tate bad matchup as well.

  5. Too Tall says:

    Do you like Dontrelle Inmann this week vs. San Francisco? I have Hilton with a bad match up. And Golden Tate bad matchup as well. Also at RB I have A Morris, McCoy, and McKinnon. Would you play say Jamaal Williams, Kenyon Drake, J. Rogers, Rod Smith over either of them?

  6. James says:

    Would you start rivers over Wilson just based on defense matchups?

  7. Kim says:

    McCown or Taylor? Do you think KB will be back this year in Buffalo? Or is he droppable?

  8. Beans says:

    What’s up man? Soooo I just noticed that someone dropped Zeke Elliot last week. I am locked into a playoff spot. I know I’m not locked into anything past the first round but… would you add Zeke and hope to make it to The championship in week week16. Or do you think it’s a waste of a claim and add Mike Davis instead. League is PPR. Drop would be Eckler. Thank you

  9. chris says:

    So, the Giants are benching Eli Manning for, gulp, Geno Smith. Wow.

  10. Manu says:

    Hey,

    Mariota with an easy matchup or Big Ben with a tought one ?

    Thanks,

  11. David says:

    Professor

    Would you start Keenum over Bees this week?

    Thanks

  12. Brian Cagle says:

    Q1
    Dak or Tyrod?

    Q2
    1 pt. PPR
    Need 4 (one must be a WR)
    RB: Fournette Hyde McCoy Mckinnon
    WR: Theilen Tate Demaryius Thomas Shepard

    Q3
    Standard
    Need a 1 WR & a Flex
    Baldwin Crowder M Lee S Watkins
    Mckinnon Jamal Williams

    Q4
    TE: Hunter Henry or Jack Doyle?

    Q5
    Standard: Need 1 RB 1 WR & 1 Flex
    Mckinnon Crowell Tevin Coleman
    M Lee M Evans Baldwin

    • Q1 – Taylor

      Q2 – Fournette, Hyde, McCoy & Thielen

      Q3 – Baldwin/Crowder (Could argue Williams, but if Montgomery returns his value takes a hit)

      Q4 – Henry

      Q5 – Evans / Baldwin / McKinnon (best of the bad options IMO)

  13. Chris says:

    Cam or goff…must win!! Thanks roto

  14. Gary says:

    I hate Thursday night games.
    Full PPR league
    Curt Cousins or Phillip Rivers
    I feel the closer game should keep Cousins passing.

  15. carmen says:

    Hey Prof,
    I have Smith/Ryan in two leagues, but given matchups and performance as of late I decided to try and switch it up with Rivers in one league and Goff in the other (instead of Smith/Ryan)- do you agree with this swap out for the week?

  16. Colby says:

    1 point ppr sanu j. Gordon or Parker

  17. Jay says:

    2 QB league, Have Wentz Streaming a bit since Watson went down. Drop Keenum for Graoppolo?

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