Week 12 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

The bye weeks have now come and gone, meaning the end of the season is quickly approaching.  With a full slate of games, who is a good play?  How should we value players like Matt Schaub or Matt Ryan based off of Week 11?  How highly ranked should seemingly new starters Chad Henne and Colin Kaepernick be?  Let’s take a look and see how everything currently stands:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at New York Giants
  2. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at Kansas City
  3. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Tampa Bay
  4. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. San Francisco
  6. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
  7. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Oakland
  8. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  9. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Buffalo
  10. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Philadelphia
  11. Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders – at Cincinnati
  12. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Green Bay
  13. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Houston
  14. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at San Diego
  15. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Atlanta
  16. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Miami
  17. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – at Detroit
  18. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at New Orleans
  19. Chad Henne – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Tennessee
  20. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Baltimore
  21. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills – at Indianapolis
  22. Jake Locker – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
  23. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – at Arizona
  24. Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Carolina
  25. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – vs. New England


  • Matt Ryan is coming off a terrible week.  Despite throwing for 301 yards, he had no touchdowns and five interceptions.  Before we get worked up, keep in mind that he entered the week with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions, so it is easy to see a rebound coming quickly.  Throw in a matchup with the Buccaneers, who entered Week 11 allowing the most yards per game in the league (321.3) and saw Cam New ton throw for 252 yards and a touchdown.  Don’t downgrade him base on the interceptions last week.
  • Any concerns regarding Robert Griffin III and his throwing ability were wiped away in the blink of an eye.  Entering Week 11 he had eight touchdown passes and had thrown multiple touchdowns in a game twice (never more than two).  Last week he went 14 of 15 for 200 yards and four touchdowns (as well as rushing for 84 yards).  Dallas is going to offer a tough matchup, though being a dual threat helps keep him pushed up the rankings.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs have allowed 20 passing touchdowns this season, while Peyton Manning has thrown for three touchdowns in six of his past seven games and multiple touchdowns in eight of ten games this season.  Seems like a perfect matchup, doesn’t it?
  • Andy Dalton hasn’t thrown for a ton of yardage the past two weeks (429), but he has six touchdowns and no interceptions.  Taking on a Raiders defense that has allowed 20 TD with six interceptions, Dalton is a very good bet this week.
  • While Eli Manning is far from a “good” play, with a week off you have to think that he is going to figure out what the problems have been and rectify them…  Don’t we?  It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Packers and Giants have a shootout, so keep Manning as a low-end QB1`despite his recent decline.  The Giants typically, as a whole, struggle in the middle of the season before getting hot again late.  Hopefully this week marks the beginning of his resurgence.
  • Carson Palmer did throw for over 300 yards again in Week 11, though some of that came during garbage time.  That said there is no reason to think the Bengals are going to be able to slow him down.  Palmer now has over 300 yards in three straight games, with eight touchdowns and six interceptions over that span.  He’s on a roll, and should be able to keep things going.
  • It was an unbelievable performance for Matt Schaub in Week 11, throwing for 527 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.  That said does anyone really expect him to come reasonably close to that?  The Texans are a running team, so Schaub should continue to be viewed as a mid-level QB2.
  • Chad Henne stepped in for Jacksonville and exploded for 354 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.  Obviously those numbers are not repeatable, but with a favorable matchup against the Titans he should be viewed as a viable QB2 this week.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 12 rankings:

Week 12 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends
Week 11 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers


  1. Mike W says:

    Do I go with Eli or Carson Palmer this week? I’m thinking Palmer

  2. KD says:

    Palmer or Stafford? Stafford has killed me this year.

  3. Gamer says:

    So go with Dalton over Luck? Both have good match ups. Standard league, 6 point TD. Thanks

  4. Paul says:

    Hey Professor, so Romo over Luck? Also, who would start for a FLEX between Torrey Smith, Shonn Greene, or Ryan Mathews?

  5. Mo says:

    Should I use romo or Palmer this weekend?
    Any ideas on Brandon Lloyd or bench him or Percy harvin?

  6. KD – They are close, but with the way Palmer has been playing recently I would go with him.

    Gamer – Another close one, but I prefer Dalton. Luck has been very good, but still a rookie and we risk inconsistency.

    Paul – It’s a coin flip, but like I said to Gamer, Luck runs the risk of more inconsistency. Generally I say RB, but I don’t love either right now. I would say Mathews or Smith, but right now I would lean Smith.

    Mo – Romo/Harvin (if healthy) for me

  7. John says:

    Shonn Greene plays Thursday; should I start him or not and chance it for McCoy playing Monday?

  8. Tom says:

    Do I go with Ryan or Brady?? 2 Good choices i know ;) but im torn between them

  9. Torch says:

    Gonna roll with Kaepernick against NO over Stafford versus Houston this week (hate that match up)……. a win locks up playoffs for me – hope Harbough wasn’t posturing when telling Smith that Kap was getting the start…… thoughts?

  10. Tom – it was a coin flip anyways, but which way did you end up going?

    Torch – Yea, sorry I wasn’t around yesterday but that was a gamble I wouldn’t have taken.

  11. kyle k says:

    I know these are horrible options but, rivers, cutler, or drop one to pick up chad hene

  12. Mike in Georgia says:

    I would pick up Henne immediately…although not close to Manning, he will have a similar effect on Jags as Manning did to Broncos…

  13. John says:

    Palmer or Kaepernick?

  14. kyle k – Henne & Rivers are actually a coin flip (who would’ve predicted that). Who could you drop to get Henne? He’s the way I’d surprisingly lean at this point.

    John – Palmer

  15. Chris says:

    Tired of Cam’s horrible performances and need a big win…enough upside to play kaepernick based on matchup and should have to throw a lot against NO?

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