Week 12 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

There are a few injuries to be concerned about for Week 12, but those certainly factor in more those who play in two-quarterback formats.  At the top of the rankings there are a few players with the potentially to light things up.  How does it fall?  Let’s take a look at our current rankings (remember, these will be updated later in the week if necessary):

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Atlanta
  2. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – at Chicago
  3. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Detroit
  4. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Indianapolis
  5. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Buffalo
  6. Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts – vs. San Diego
  7. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Dallas
  8. Kyle Orton – Denver Broncos – vs. St. Louis
  9. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Jacksonville
  10. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Tampa Bay
  11. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – vs. Tennessee
  12. Shaun Hill – Detroit Lions – vs. New England
  13. Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs – at Seattle
  14. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Green Bay
  15. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Philadelphia
  16. Carson Palmer – Cincinnati Bengals – at New York Jets
  17. Donovan McNabb – Washington Redskins – vs. Minnesota
  18. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – vs. Cincinnati
  19. Brett Favre – Minnesota Vikings – at Washington
  20. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – at Denver
  21. David Garrard – Jacksonville Jaguars – at New York Giants
  22. Matt Hasselbeck – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Kansas City
  23. Jon Kitna – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New Orleans
  24. Colt McCoy – Cleveland Browns – vs. Carolina
  25. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Baltimore

Thoughts:

  • Philip Rivers entered Week 11 as arguably the best fantasy quarterback in the league.  Now, he enters a matchup with Peyton Manning that could easily breakdown into a shootout.  With Malcolm Floyd on the mend and Vincent Jackson closing in on a return, you have to like his potential to produce once again.
  • Buffalo’s passing defense may not have given up that many yards overall, but they have allowed 20 touchdown passes vs. just four interceptions.  With the display that Ben Roethlisberger has been putting on of late (six TDs over his last two games, as well as throwing for over 650 yards), he has to be viewed as a top option no matter what the matchup.
  • Week 11 stopped Joe Flacco’s streak of consecutive games with at least two touchdown passes, as he had just one against the Carolina Panthers.  Then again, he set a season high with 301 yards and has just two interceptions over his last eight games.  While Tampa Bay’s passing defense has been pretty good this season, they also haven’t really played many top quarterbacks.  Drew Brees had 263 yards and three touchdowns against them, and you have to like Flacco to produce as well.
  • I think the days of underestimating Kyle Orton are likely behind us at this point.  The Orton-Brandon Lloyd combination has developed into one of the best in the league and it is going to be difficult for the Rams to slow them down.  Orton has produced like one of the top quarterbacks in the league this season and should be viewed as a QB1 in all formats.
  • The Jaguars passing defense was not very impressive again, allowing Colt McCoy to throw for 241 yards and a touchdown (as well as an interception).  They have just nine interceptions on the season, while giving up 20 passing touchdowns.  While you’d love Eli Manning more if Steve Smith and the offensive line were healthy, he’s a QB1 all the same.
  • The Kansas City offense is supposed to be geared towards the run, yet after picking up two touchdown passes against the Cardinals in Week 11, Matt Cassel has 14 TDs over his last six games.  No matter who he was playing you would have to like his potential, but the Seahawks have been among the worst passing defenses in the league this season.  Cassel is a borderline QB1, but definitely an upper level QB2.
  • Carson Palmer and the Cincinnati receiving corps has been among the elite passing attacks in the league, but now face a Jets defense that is finally putting things together.  A healthy Darrelle Revis certainly goes a long way.  Still, with the number of options the Bengals have, they should have a favorable matchup somewhere on the field.  Consider Palmer a QB2 this week.
  • Jon Kitna’s been playing well, which is the only reason he’s consider a potential QB2 this week.  The Saints passing defense have stymied opponents, so consider him a low-level option.
  • I know it didn’t look like it in Week 11, but the return of Sidney Rice is going to be great news for Brett Favre owners.  Facing a weaker Washington defense, consider Favre a mid-level QB2 with the potential to get his feet back under him.
  • Vince Young has officially lost his spot as the starting quarterback according to reports after yesterday’s game.  With Kerry Collins still hurting, Rusty Smith is in position to be the starter until Collins is ready to play.  It’s a situation to avoid until further notice.
  • Colt McCoy injured his ankle against Jacksonville, so his status for Week 12 is unknown.  He’s a low-end option in two-quarterback formats anyways, but keep it in mind when setting your lineup.

What are your thoughts on these rankings?  Whose too high?  Whose too low?

Make sure to check out Rotoprofessor’s Week 12 Rankings:

20 comments

  1. Kane says:

    Wow. Fitzpatrick not even in the top 25? Sure, he is playing the Steelers next week, but this is a guy that just busted nearly 30 FAN points this week and is averaging 20 per start (several of them over quality defenses). Combined that with the Johnson synergy and connection, and he is basically Orton 2.0.

  2. admin says:

    Fitzpatrick was right on the border, but that matchup scares me and I can’t expect Steve Johnson to come close to his Week 11 numbers. He certainly has value in 2-quarterback formats, but against Pittsburgh you may want to look for an alternative, that’s all.

  3. Cara says:

    having a really hard time deciding btwn Rothlisberger and Vick this week. Buffalo should be easy for Pitt but will they run the ball a ton?? Will Chicago limit Vick??
    Thanks!!!

  4. Stace says:

    For my QB1, I have Aaron Rodgers. For QB2, my options are Sanchez or Flacco. I was leaning towards Sanchez but was surpised to see him listed at #18 given how Buffalo rolled all over the Bengals on Sunday? Who do you think my best option is for QB2? Thanks!

  5. admin says:

    Cara – I’d probably go Vick, as he should deliver on the ground as well as through the air. It’s tough sitting Big Ben, though, but still. It’s hard to fault either way and be prepared to potentially leave points on the bench.

    Stace – Flacco has been playing extremely well of late and is a borderline QB1. I would go with him.

  6. Doug says:

    Question Brady Vs Detroit or Big ben Vs Buffalo

  7. Gio says:

    Mike Goodson or Keiland Williams this week? Should I start Steve Johnson this week? Im kinda iffy bout his matchup with the steelers.

  8. admin says:

    Doug – That’s a good problem to have. I’d go Brady, but it’s really close. Whichever way you go, just be prepared to potentially leave points on the bench.

    Gio – Definitely Goodson at the RB spot. As for Johnson, I’d still play him, but it definitely depends on your alternatives. Who else do you have?

  9. Aric says:

    I am havinga hard timer deciding who to start in my flex play this week. I have Lagarrette Blount, Mike Goodson or Steve Johnson as my options, some please give me some advice.

  10. admin says:

    I’d go Goodson. He has been on a roll in the past two games and definitely has the best matchup

  11. Jay says:

    I have to go with two of the three, Sidney Rice, Mike Thomas and Blair White? Any help please!

  12. MattiRomo says:

    Hello-
    NON PPR
    (QB)big Ben or Brees??
    (RB need 2) Tolbert, Mareno, Blount, Portis (I am strongly thinking of dumping Portis, btw)
    (WR need 2) Steve Johnson, S.Moss, Harvin, Mike Thomas
    (TE) A. Hernandez, Tamme

    Thx, Have a GREAT Thxgiving!

  13. admin says:

    Jay – I’d probably go Thomas and Rice. I think White is potentially usable, but Rice has the higher upside.

    MattiRomo – Here’s how I’d go:

    QB – Roethlisberger
    RB – Portis went on IR, feel free to dump him; That said, it depends on the news; If Tolbert is going to get the bulk of the carries, I’d go him and Blount
    WR – Harvin & Johnson
    TE – Tamme

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!

  14. MOGLI says:

    Someone purpose a trade to me eli manning for reggie wayne. i will get eli and they will get reggie. i m in two QB league i have payton, cassel and mcnabb.

    my WRS are reggi, welker, vincent,mario manningham, and mike thomas
    i think eli but of his WRs are injured so i dont kno wht to do i wanna reject the trade but i need ur input thx

  15. admin says:

    As great as getting Eli would be, I think you leave yourself way too thin at WR at that point. Trading Wayne isn’t the worst idea, given how the Colts have handled their plays in the past once they clinch a playoff spot (if that were too happen again this year), but I would look to strengthen a lot of uncertainty at WR. I think you could get by with Cassel/McNabb if necessary.

  16. MOGLI says:

    so who should i start this week casell or macnabb

  17. corey says:

    Flacco or orton this week?

  18. admin says:

    mogli – I’d definitely go Cassel

    corey – It’s a very close call, as I have them both in the Top 10, but I’d probably go with Orton.

  19. JC says:

    Big Ben or Vick?
    Bradshaw vs Thomas Jones?

  20. admin says:

    The QB are close, but I’d probably stick with Vick.

    As for the backs, it’s a close call as well but I would lean towards Bradshaw. The Giants are likely to go run heavy this week, meaning that even though he was demoted to a reserve role, he should get more then enough touches to be productive. Plus, his ability to produce in the passing game gives him a slight edge.

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