Here are my top 25 quarterbacks for fantasy Week 12.
This countdown doesn't lean on a particular stat. It's merely an educated early guess of which signal-callers will have the best combination of total yards (passing/rushing) and total touchdowns this weekend.
Regardless of how these rankings shake out every week, it shouldn't supersede two important factors that go into regular lineup consideration:
1. Always play your healthy superstars.
2. Always ride your gut instinct over a certain guru's analysis.
On the injury front, Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder), Michael Vick (concussion) and Jay Cutler (concussion) shall remain off the board for now.
Top 25 QBs For Week 12
1. Aaron Rodgers at N.Y. Giants
2. Matt Ryan at Tampa Bay
3. Peyton Manning at Kansas City
4. Carson Palmer at Cincinnati
5. Drew Brees vs. San Francisco
6. Tom Brady at N.Y. Jets
7. Robert Griffin III at Dallas
8. Andy Dalton vs. Oakland
9. Tony Romo vs. Washington
10. Andrew Luck vs. Buffalo
11. Matt Schaub at Detroit
12. Matthew Stafford vs. Houston
13. Cam Newton at Philadelphia
14. Philip Rivers vs. Baltimore
15. Eli Manning vs. Green Bay
16. Josh Freeman vs. Atlanta
17. Ryan Fitzpatrick at Indianapolis
18. Chad Henne vs. Tennessee
19. Joe Flacco at San Diego
20. Sam Bradford at Arizona
21. Alex Smith/Colin Kaepernick at New Orleans
22. Russell Wilson at Miami
23. Mark Sanchez vs. New England
24. Jake Locker at Jacksonville
25. Nick Foles vs. Carolina
25a. Brandon Weeden vs. Pittsburgh
25b. Ryan Tannehill vs. Seattle
25c. Kevin Kolb vs. St. Louis
1. Aaron Rodgers (2,619 yards passing, 27 TD) hasn't exceeded 250 yards passing in his last three games, and his receiving corps isn't at full strength. But that's not a major concern, considering that Rodgers has tallied 24 TD passes in his last seven games. And in two outings against the Giants last year (including the playoffs), he averaged 317 yards passing and three touchdowns.
2. Of Eli Manning's last five games, he has four passing days under 200 yards and five outings of zero or one touchdown. Sad but true: If Eli didn't have the pedigree of a two-time Super Bowl champion and 4,000-yard passer, he wouldn't even be a starting consideration in 12-team leagues.
3. In his last seven outings against the rival Jets, Tom Brady has superb averages of 297 yards passing and 2.3 touchdowns.
4. Carson Palmer, the top-ranked quarterback since Week 7 (overall points), has accounted for 300 total yards and/or multiple touchdowns in six straight games. I expect similarly stellar numbers in his Cincinnati homecoming on Sunday.
5. The Redskins may have the NFL's 29th-ranked pass defense, but that doesn't make Tony Romo a lock for monster Turkey Day numbers. In his last six outings against Washington, Romo has averaged a pedestrian 245 yards passing and 1.17 touchdowns.
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