Week 13 Rankings (2020): Top 25 Quarterbacks

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Things are getting trickier and trickier for fantasy owners, as the fantasy regular season comes to a close. Just further complicating things is several of the top quarterbacks drawing difficult matchups, though given all of the uncertainty it’s more important than ever to take the “don’t get cute” approach. With that in mind, who are the best options this week? Who should we be avoiding? Let’s take a look:

  1. Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
  2. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New York Giants
  3. Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  4. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Philadelphia
  5. Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills – at San Francisco
  6. Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – vs. Indianapolis
  7. Justin Herbert – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. New England
  8. Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Dallas
  9. Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Jacksonville
  10. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Washington
  11. Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans – vs. Cleveland
  12. Cam Newton – New England Patriots – at Los Angeles Chargers
  13. Derek Carr – Las Vegas Raiders – at New York Jets
  14. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Arizona
  15. Taysom Hill – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  16. Philip Rivers – Indianapolis Colts – at Houston
  17. Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns – at Tennessee
  18. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  19. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Miami Dolphins – vs. Cincinnati
  20. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  21. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Green Bay
  22. Drew Lock – Denver Broncos – at Kansas City
  23. Colt McCoy – New York Giants – at Seattle
  24. Sam Darnold – New York Jets – vs. Las Vegas
  25. Nick Mullens – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Buffalo

Thoughts:

  • For now we’ve included Lamar Jackson on the rankings, though it’s unknown if he’ll actually be cleared ahead of the contest as he’s currently sidelined with COVID-19. Monitor the news closely, but have a plan in place to proceed without him.
  • Kyler Murray has been spectacular this season, but he is coming off a down week against a tough defense (170 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT against the Patriots) and gets an even tougher draw against the Rams. Obviously he’s going to remain a Top 5 option, but he has to be knocked down a few spots.
  • Speaking of New England, it’s Justin Herbert’s turn to try and produce against them. The Patriots entered the week having allowed the 7th fewest points per week to opposing quarterbacks, but very few teams have been able to slow down the rookie. Herbert has thrown for 300+ yards in three of the past four weeks and six times overall, totaling 3,015 yards, 23 TD and 7 INT. We can’t quite call him matchup proof, but he is locked in as a QB1.
  • Kirk Cousins has posted at least 300 yards and 3 TD in back-to-back games, totaling 621 yards, 6 TD and 0 INT. In fact he has 2+ TD in four straight games (and six of his past seven) and now draws a Jacksonville defense that entered Week 12 having allowed the third most points per week to opposing QB. It hasn’t necessarily been the norm, but Cousins is locked in as a QB1 this week.
  • Taking on the Jets vaults most QB into QB1 status, but does anyone really believe in Derek Carr? He’s now thrown for 215 yards or less in four of his past five games and has averaged 240.5 yards per game overall. That’s not to say that he’s unusable, but it’s awfully hard to trust him.

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

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