Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings: QBs Who Will Lead You to Victory
The top-five quarterbacks for Week 11 of the fantasy football season features four names you'll be used to seeing and one that has made it impossible to keep him off this list in 2012.
Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are veterans of the fantasy football's upper tier, but Carson Palmer is a name that has mostly been a fantasy afterthought since leaving Cincinnati. That is no longer the case, and he's made this top five through a number of big fantasy performances this season. A favorable matchup helps, too.
In the following slides, we'll break down the entire top five of fantasy quarterbacks for Week 11.
5. Tom Brady, Patriots
Brady continues to be as consistent as any fantasy quarterback. In every week but one (Arizona, Week 2), Brady has scored at least 17 fantasy points (standard scoring leagues). That trend should continue in Week 12, as Brady and the Patriots welcome the Colts to New England.
Indianapolis has faced just one "elite" quarterback in 2012—Aaron Rodgers in Week 5—and he threw for 235 yards and three scores. Something similar should be expected in what's become a very interesting Week 11 matchup.
4. Carson Palmer, Raiders
There's no more denying the fantasy value of Palmer, who has averaged 19.5 points the last four weeks and nearly 17 over the course of the season. The last two weeks, Palmer has thrown for six touchdowns and an NFL-high 782 yards.
The matchup is picture-esque, too. Heading to Oakland this weekend will be the New Orleans Saints, the worst fantasy defense against quarterbacks this season (averaging 21.4/game). It could be a perfect storm for Palmer to remain a top fantasy quarterback.
3. Peyton Manning, Broncos
As the Broncos were pulling away in Carolina last week, it appeared as if Manning was going to have his first real fantasy letdown of the season. But he managed to break 300 yards, and his 14 fantasy points weren't terrible.
Manning now gets the Chargers defense in Week 11, the same one he torched for three touchdowns in the second half roughly a month ago. Maybe the final 30 minutes won't be as smooth as back in Week 6, but Manning should have another big fantasy day.
2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
Rodgers' career numbers against the Lions are eye-catching: Seven games, 1,876 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions.
His career averages against the Lions come out to nearly 270 yards and over two scores a game. Last season in Detroit, Rodgers threw for 303 yards and two scores in a Packers win. The potential for a big game is certainly there again in Week 11.
1. Drew Brees, Saints
After two somewhat ho-hum games in Week 9 and 10 (four touchdowns, 29 total fantasy points), Brees threw for three scores and nearly broke 300 yards in the Saints' win over the Atlanta Falcons. Not exactly a monster fantasy game in his terms (21 points), but that potential is available in Week 11.
The Raiders are allowing the 28th most fantasy points to quarterbacks, and Joe Flacco, Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger each torched this pass defense. Brees should be next.