Week 13 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

The upcoming week is once again filled with many questions regarding quarterbacks.  Will Michael Vick be able to return to the Eagles huddle?  Will the Chiefs turn over the starting job to Kyle Orton?  Where will the Texans turn next?  Let’s take a look at how everything unfolds for the coming week: 

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at New York Giants
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  3. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Detroit
  4. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at Arizona
  5. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Green Bay
  6. Cam Newton– Carolina Panthers – at TampaBay
  7. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – a tNew Orleans
  8. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cincinnati
  9. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Houston
  10. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Jacksonville
  11. Tim Tebow – Denver Broncos – at Minnesota
  12. Vince Young – Philadelphia Eagles – at Seattle
  13. Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders – at Miami
  14. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills – vs. Tennessee
  15. Matt Moore – Miami Dolphins – vs. Oakland
  16. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Carolina
  17. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – at San Francisco
  18. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – at Washington
  19. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  20. Kyle Orton – Kansas City Chiefs – at Chicago
  21. Matt Hasselbeck – Tennessee Titans – at Buffalo
  22. Christian Ponder – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Denver
  23. Rex Grossman – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Jets
  24. Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
  25. Kevin Kolb – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Dallas

Thoughts:

  • Is it a very big stretch to think that the Giants are going to need to throw the ball early and often to keep up with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers?  That happening is one of the reasons why the Packers are allowing 287.8 passing yards per game, but with the way Eli Manning and the Giants’ receiving corps is playing it doesn’t really matter.  Look for Manning to produce once again
  • Will Michael Vick be able to return with the Eagles set to play on Thursday?  Even if he does, what exactly should we expect from him?  If he does play, he would slide roughly into the same spot as Vince Young.
  • Tony Romo has thrown for 10 TD vs. 2 INT over his last four games and has everything clicking with Laurent Robinson & Dez Bryant.  With the Arizona Cardinals among the worst passing defenses in the league (250.2 passing yards per game allowed and only 9 INT), another monster game could easily be in his future.  It’s hard not to consider him a Top 5 option with the way he’s currently playing.
  • Despite injuries throughout his receiving corps Carson Palmer has still managed to produce since coming toOakland.  Can you imagine what he could do if everyone, including Darren McFadden, were actually healthy?  With an enviable matchup against the Miami Dolphins (16 passing TD allowed as well as 248.1 yards per game), he’s a borderline QB1 and a must use QB2 for the coming week.
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick suddenly woke up against the New York Jets, throwing for 264 yards (a career high against NY), 3 TD and 0 INT.  He and Stevie Johnson clearly had a renewed rapport and you have to wonder if the success will translate into his Week 13 matchup with the Titans.  His prior struggles clearly keep him as nothing more than a QB2, but at least he’s back on the radar.
  • Matt Hasselbeck did help lead the Titans to a victory, but he was far from impressive in doing so.  He went 19-34 with 1 TD and 2 INT a week after being forced from a game due to injury.  With Jake Locker impressing in relief duties in Week 11, could a slow start lead to a quick hook for Hasselbeck?  That potential drops him significantly down these rankings.
  • Curtis Painter showed signs of waking up this week, throwing for 226 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT.  A matchup with the Patriots would make him worth considering as a QB2, but don’t go too crazy.  There have been too many struggles to think of him as a good play.
  • You have to think Kyle Orton is going to start for the Chiefs this week, though he also has to be considered a real wild card.  The matchup with the Bears is a favorable one, but how good of a rapport is he going to have?  Still, with Dwayne Bowe at his disposal you have to think of him as an instant QB2 option.
  • Monitor the news as the week progresses, but I would expect Kevin Kolb to return to the starting lineup this week.  That said, even if he returns it is hard to predict what we are going to get from him.  Use him at your own risk.

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

Week 13 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs
Week 12 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

32 comments

  1. Randy says:

    In my 12-team standard league, we start 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, and 1 RB/WR/TE on offense. My WR corps currently consists of Fitzgerald, Lloyd, and Austin. If I were to carry a fourth WR, who would you add out of Manningham, Santana Moss, Johnny Knox, Damien Williams, or Jacoby Ford? I would likely not use him this weekend (unless you think any of them would be a better start at flex over Kevin Smith or Jonathan Stewart) so ROS is a little more important, assuming I win this weekend and make the playoffs! Thanks!

    • If not for the emergence of Victor Cruz, Manningham would have been the easy call. Now things aren’t as simple.

      Ford has the potential, but so do a lot of receivers in Oakland. It’s too tenuous of a spot at this point.

      Moss is the clear top option, so he would likely be my #1 with Knox right behind him.

      • Triz says:

        Hm … Moss is actually available in my league too (as is Knox) – should I try to get him? You did say I needed more depth at WR.

        Currently at WR I have Calvin Johnson, Stevie Johnson and Santonio Holmes, after dropping David Nelson last week.

        At RB, I have Foster, Mathews, McGahee, Kevin Smith, Tolbert, Starks (that is a lot!). Other than Foster, I have no idea who to play this week, but I am presuming 3 RBs and 2 WRs. Helu is available if you think he’d be worth dropping someone to stash for the playoffs?

        I have Rivers and Fitzpatrick at QB, which isn’t good, but I don’t think there is anyone better available (the top two in your rankings that are available are Freeman and Bradford).

        I also have the Steelers D, Janikowski and Akers at K, and Gates and Celek at TE.

        Basically, I think I am good at K and TE but screwed at QB and without options, so any strengthening I can do at RB/WR would be great! I am thinking I could probably drop someone (maybe Celek?) to pick up anyone you might suggest – Moss?

        Thanks! And sorry this was so long!

        • Triz says:

          Re the RBs … I just meant to double-check at Mathews, Smith and McGahee all together on your list. :)

        • I could see dropping one of the “lesser” RB to get Helu as well (probably Tolbert or Starks at this point), but Helu may not be better than the guys you have (he probably will….)

          Adding WR depth is probably more important at this point.

          • Triz says:

            I didn’t get Helu. I dropped Celek and Akers (kept the creeper, sigh) and got Mike Williams and Santana Moss. That is good, right?

            Going by your rankings, I should play Calvin Johnson and Stevie Johnson at WR and Arian Foster and Mathews at RB, but should I go with McGahee or with Mike Williams at flex? (or maybe it is too early to decide that … )

            Thanks!

          • Yes, that’s good!

            If he’s healthy it’s McGahee, but it’s still too early in the week at this point. Let’s monitor the news and revisit later on!

          • Triz says:

            Great, thanks! Just one more pre-emptive question (as my boyfriend was reminding me that I drafted Helu then dropped him in an emergency coverage situation): if Gates or Janikowski get injured at the last minute, it is Tolbert I drop to get a replacement, yes? (much though I love the human bowling ball … )

          • Yep, that’s the way I’d go. I know it’s tough, but it’s the only way you can go.

  2. Andrew says:

    Manningham has best skills, but he’s a #3 on that team now. I’d say Moss because he has a great schedule ROS.

  3. Mike says:

    hey once again I’m in a QB debate.

    I have Vick but he is hurt.
    Tebow is on my team.
    Fitz, palmer, hasselback, morre, ponder, freeman are all on the waiver.

    the owner of big ben purposed a trade to me. trade big ben for my chris johnson.

    RBs I have: McCoy, Forte, Steven Jackson, Sproles and CJ.

    Play offs start next week. and the trade deadline is very very soon.

    ps Im projected to vs Aaron Rogers in round one of the playoffs! yikes

    thanks,
    Mike

    • I would think Vick will be back, but you never really know. I’d lean towards making the deal given your RB depth, but do you use a FLEX? That could change things.

      • Mike says:

        we play 2 rbs, 2 wrs and 1 rb/wr

        my wrs are jordy nelson, nicks, larry fitz, coloston and marshall

        so assuming you think i should make that trade, what should my line up look like this week?

      • Well, you have WR good enough to make the deal and still be fine in the FLEX spot. Normally I don’t love the move and would try to get by with a Palmer, but I feel like you have the depth necessary and need to get a top QB (because Tebow is a huge risk).

        If you made the deal I would go:

        RB – McCoy & Forte
        WR – Nelson & Fitzgerald
        FLEX – Sproles or Marshall

        You are in a good spot, actually, and have more than enough depth. I don’t think it would hurt you to make the trade, so I’d pull the trigger! While Vick could take over as your top QB rather quickly, the depth certainly helps.

        • mike says:

          I can pull the trigger and get the deal but do i start ben who has a brutal schedule and a hurt thumb or tebow who has an easier schedule until Vick returns?

          also, assuming i drop tebow. i can pick up Hillis, Miles austin, robinson and helu off the waivers given my team what do you think?

          Thanks!

        • Honestly, you could probably get by with Tebow and hope Vick is ready to play in Week 14. The question is, would you roll the dice on that?

          Like you said, it’s not like Big Ben is a given to produce given his injury, schedule and playing in Pittsburgh where the weather could restrict passing.

  4. Tony says:

    I know you’ve got Big Ben rated higher but why is Palmer so far down? How much of a gamble do you see starting Palmer over Ben this week? I’m fighting for the last playoff spot and my opponent is tops in our league.

  5. Luc says:

    Hey Prof,
    Who do you recommend starting out of these 3 QB’s: V. Young, J. Freeman, or Sexy Rexy Grossman?

  6. John Hamper says:

    who should i start this week? Matt Moore, Mark Sanchez, or Josh Freeman?

  7. Muddy Cleats 18 says:

    Don’t understand why people still use terms like “get by” and “huge risk” with Tebow.
    He has 10 starts considering the 3 from last year.
    5 were over 20 points and 4 were over 15. the other one was 12 against Detroit.

    • The think is, sooner or later someone is going to figure out a way to stop him from running and try to force him to beat them with his arm. Is anyone convinced he will be a big producer if that happens? Until he shows he can do that, there are always going to be questions hanging over him.

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