Week 13 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

Fantasy playoffs are quickly approaching and there are some surprising names you may want to lean on in Week 13.  Would anyone have predicted preseason that Kyle Orton, Matt Cassel, Mark Sanchez & Sam Bradford could all be considered potential QB1s?

Let’s take a look at how things currently stand (remember, if necessary, these rankings will be updated later in the week):

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

Thoughts:

  • The Dallas Cowboys have allowed 24 passing touchdowns on the season, including five over the past three weeks.  While Drew Brees was held to one in Week 12, he also had 352 yards.  If it wasn’t for Michael Vick’s favorable matchup, it’s possible Peyton Manning would be the top quarterback for the coming week.  Instead, he’ll just have to settle for second place.
  • While Eli Manning gets a matchup with a weak passing defense in Washington, you wish he had his full complement of receivers to go against it.  He did have 226 yards and two touchdowns in Week 12, but you have to think that the Giants will focus more on the ground game.  He’s a low-end QB1, but until the Giants get healthy it is tough to depend on him.
  • Joe Flacco (289 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT) and Tom Brady (341 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT) are both coming off strong games, but face some of the toughest defenses in Pittsburgh and the Jets, respectively.  Both should be downgraded, though it is tough to bench either one of the at this point.  Still, consider your other options.
  • All the way back in Week 1 Jay Cutler torched the Detroit Lions for 372 yards and two touchdowns (as well as one interception).  Coming off a four touchdown day against the Philadelphia Eagles, he gets his second chance against Detroit.  He’s certainly worth considering in all formats as a low-end QB1.
  • Matt Schaub was not overly impressive in Week 12 (178 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT), but neither was the Eagles defense.  Still, the Eagles do a great job of going after the ball (19 interceptions heading into Week 12), which is concerning.  Also, you have to wonder if Andre Johnson could be suspended due to his on-field fight at the end of the game.  Put the two together and Schaub should be considered a QB2.
  • The Matt Cassel-Dwayne Bowe combination has really caught fire, huh?  The two have now combined for at least one touchdown in seven straight games (13 TD in that span), including a 13 receptions, 186 yard, 2 TD day in Week 10.  The Broncos have allowed 23 passing TD this season, so you have to like Cassel’s potential for another big day.
  • Kerry Collins is expected to return in Week 13 and if he does, against a weak Jaguars defense he is going to be usable in all two-quarterback formats.

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

Make sure to check out Rotoprofessor’s Week 13 Rankings:

 

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15 Responses to Week 13 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

  1. Kindra says:

    Need help….I have Schaub and Big Ben, am not particularly fond of either of them right now. Matt cassel has been doing very well, should I drop one of these two and pick up Cassel?

    I am in a league where our QB is very important, they get 1 point for every 10 yards and 6 points for every touchdown. With Ben’s hurt foot and Schaub being unpredictable not sure what to do.

    If not Cassel then any other suggestions, I am in 4th place going into playoffs.

  2. muddy cleats says:

    Cutler/Kitna/Big Ben – which one looks better this week?
    leaning towards Cutler…

  3. Kindra – I do like Cassel better then either of the other two (for this week at least). However, long-term I like both of them better, so is there anyone else you can drop to get him?

    muddy – I’d go Cutler for sure

  4. Kindra says:

    in my league you can only have two QB’s….but I am pretty sure whoever I drop wont get picked up, but to be on the safe side who do you think I should drop and maybe lose

  5. I definitely wouldn’t drop Big Ben. I also really like Schaub’s Week 15/16 matchups with Tennessee & Denver.

    If you had to drop someone, it would be Schaub, I guess, but I’d rather not drop either. Still, you need to get to the playoffs before you worry about winning them.

  6. Timmaayyyy says:

    This week Flacco or Rothlisberger? 6pts per TD/-2 for INT

  7. Honestly, it’s a coin flip. I’d lean towards Flacco, but it’s extremely close.

  8. Doug says:

    Timmaayyyy-

    Keep in mind that the Ravens are playing @ Home, and Flacco is more comfortable in front of the Baltimore crowd.

    Advantage: Joe Flacco

  9. Timmaayyyy says:

    thanks for the advice ….

    since Bradford is your sleeper QB this week, is he worth a spot start instead of Flacco?

  10. I consider them extremely close for this week, given the matchups. If you have no one to drop to get Bradford, Flacco should be just as good of an option.

  11. Tim says:

    Big Ben vs. Bal, or Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Vikings

    Big Ben’s been in a boot!

  12. Matt Stoltzfus says:

    Tim – They’re close enough in the rankings that I’d probably play Fitzpatrick at this point without knowing the full extent of Big Ben’s health status…

  13. Ramblin' Wreck says:

    Got some room to pick up Cassel for a spot start this week. Flacco is my other QB. Should I make a move on Cassel for this week or just roll the dice on Flacco vs Pittsburg

  14. Matt Stoltzfus says:

    Pittsburgh’s pass D isn’t as great as some think so using Flacco isn’t the end of the world but if you can easily grab Cassel, I’d go for it…

  15. Ramblin' Wreck says:

    Just a couple weeks ago NE faced the Steelers and ripped them up pretty well BUT Flacco is not Tom Brady either. Its just one week and I cant gain anymore spots this week anyway so let’s see what Cassel can do.

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