Fantasy Football Week 12: Quarterback Rankings
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Fantasy football owners will have a lot of new blood to work with at the starting quarterback position in Week 12. San Franicsco’s Colin Kaepernick, Jacksonville’s Chad Henne, Philadelphia's Nick Foles, Pittsburgh’s Charlie Batch and Arizona’s Ryan Lindley will make their first or second start of the season on Sunday.
Only one of those guys is going to come highly recommended as a fantasy start.
For the first time in a long time, the NFL has 16 games scheduled in a single week. However, Thanksgiving’s slate of three games makes the post-Thursday night schedule look similar to weeks that have four teams on a bye.
As a result, we still have 13 games remaining heading into Sunday. Below are the not-top-five fantasy QBs for Week 12.
6. Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs. Green Bay Packers).
7. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (at Philadelphia Eagles).
8. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (vs. Buffalo Bills).
9. Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders (at Cincinnati Bengals).
10. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Oakland Raiders).
11. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Atlanta Falcons).
12. Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans (at Jacksonville Jaguars).
13. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (vs. Baltimore Ravens).
14. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills (at Indianapolis Colts).
15. Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Tennessee Titans).
16. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (vs. Minnesota Vikings).
17. Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns (vs. Pittsburgh Steelers).
18. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (at San Diego Chargers).
19. Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams (at Arizona Cardinals).
20. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (at Miami Dolphins).
21. Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings (at Chicago Bears).
22. Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. Denver Broncos).
23. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Carolina Panthers).
24. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (vs. Seattle Seahawks).
25. Charlie Batch, Pittsburgh Steelers (at Cleveland Browns).
26. Ryan Lindley, Arizona Cardinals (vs. St. Louis Rams).
5. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (at New Orleans Saints)
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The Saints have allowed more than 300 yards passing and multiple touchdowns in the same game six times out of their last seven. New Orleans also doesn’t keep anyone from running the football—running QBs Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton and Michael Vick averaged 55.3 yards per game on the ground against the Saints.
Kaepernick was phenomenal despite a tough matchup last week. Against the Chicago Bears at home, he threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns, adding 10 rushing yards in his first career start.
4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (at Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
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Whether or not Julio Jones plays for the Atlanta Falcons in Week 12, Matt Ryan should be able to put up numbers against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay has given up 330-plus passing yards and three or more passing touchdowns in three of its last five games.
Ryan threw five picks last week but still managed to finish with a positive fantasy point total; he threw for 301 yards.
3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (vs. San Francisco 49ers)
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The San Francisco 49ers aren’t the best matchup for opposing offenses, but Drew Brees had a very prolific stat line against the 49ers in the playoffs last season: 40-of-63 passing for 462 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.
That game was on the road. New Orleans’ defense has gotten worse since then—requiring more help from the offense to win games—and the Week 12 Saints-49ers matchup will take place in the Superdome.
2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (at Kansas City Chiefs)
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Peyton Manning has thrown for three touchdowns in six of his last seven games. He only failed to top 300 yards passing in one of those contests—the guy is consistent. Under center for the Denver Broncos, he could hit those benchmarks in the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs.
KC has just six total defensive interceptions on the season.
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (at New York Giants)
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You may have heard this several times before, but the numbers agree: the New York Giants defense plays better on the road. At home, New York has allowed an average of 263 passing yards per game with 11 TDs and nine QB turnovers forced in five games.
On the road, the Giants have given up 289.4 yards per game, but six TDs and 10 interceptions—also in five games. In Week 10 at Cincinnati, New York gave up an uncharacteristic four passing touchdowns to Andy Dalton without picking him off once.
Even if the Giants were balling heading into their bye week, you’re still going to start Aaron Rodgers against them in Week 12.
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