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Fantasy Football Week 13: QBs Ready to Shine in This Week's Matchups

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 18:  Quarterback Matthew Stafford #12 of the Detroit is chased out of the pocket against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on November 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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James MaahsContributor IIINovember 27, 2012

With Week 12 of NFL football behind us, an exciting Week 13 is about to begin with some favorable matchups for fantasy quarterbacks.

Regardless of how quarterbacks match up against certain opponents, fantasy points will be gained based on how they perform against those teams. Even if the matchup looks lopsided on paper, it could very much go the other way, much to the displeasure of fantasy owners everywhere.

Let's hope that doesn't happen this week.

So as roster changes are being made for fantasy teams this week, these are a few quarterbacks ready to shine in Week 13.

 

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Peyton Manning has proven why he is a viable candidate for the MVP award this season. 

Missing last season due to surgery, Manning has come back stronger than ever after critics wondered if he would ever be able to throw like his former self.

Questions have been answered, and Manning has had some very strong outings as of late.

This week will be no different.

Leading the Denver Broncos to an 8-3 record, including six straight wins, Manning has a 97.7 passer rating for the month of November.

 

Manning is also ranked third in the NFL in touchdowns (26) and third in the NFL in passer rating (104.8). It would be foolish not to start him on your fantasy team.

Playing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Manning looks to continue this steak.

The Buccaneers rank dead last at limiting their opponent's passing yards, allowing an average of 315.5 per game. They rank first in the league at limiting opponent's rushing yards, with an average of 81.5 per game.

Regardless, Manning will tear them apart in the air and the Broncos will go on to win their seventh consecutive game.

 

Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins (vs. New York Giants)

Robert Griffin III ranks as the No. 1 offensive fantasy football player, according to ESPN Fantasy Football Rankings.

With a total of 2504 passing yards and 16 touchdown passes, the guy is simply the most offensive quarterback in the NFL.

Going into Monday's matchup against the New York Giants, Griffin III will look to expose one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL.

The Giants currently rank 25th in opponent's passing yards with 252.6 given up per game. This will only bode well for a young QB looking to lead his offense.

 

Though what makes Griffin III special is his ability to run the ball. The Redskins rank second in the NFL in rushing yards, with 162.9 per game. Much of this is thanks to Griffin III and his acute ability to run out the football.

Look for Griffin III to take advantage of the Giants' inability to contain their opponent's rushing game.

 

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (vs. Indianapolis Colts)

Matthew Stafford leads the NFL with 3,429 passing yards. That, and his 14 touchdown passes, ranks him eighth on ESPN's Fantasy Football Rankings.

This guy knows how to toss a football, and with an upcoming matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, fantasy owners should be thankful that they have him.

While the Lions rank first in the NFL with 312 passing yards per game, the Colts rank 19th overall in defending against the pass.

On paper, it's a matchup that favors Stafford's ability to throw the football. With Andrew Luck on the Colts, the game will be an offensive struggle, with the last team that scores most likely winning.

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