With an exciting Week 14 under our belts, here is a festive look at the LestersLegends 2012 Week 15 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Brees is really getting into the holiday spirit of giving. He has thrown seven interceptions with just one touchdown pass in his past two games. Fortunately for Brees owners, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are even more festive. They have allowed 311.6 passing yards per game. Brees lit them up like a Christmas tree to the tune of 377 yards and four touchdowns in the first meeting.
2. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton is hitting his stride at just the right time. He’s averaging 275 passing yards, 2.3 passing touchdowns, 82 rushing yards and one rushing score in his past three games. The San Diego Chargers have allowed 242.9 yards per game and 24 passing scores. He’s a Dasher with the arm of a Comet. Enjoy the ride.
3. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
After doing his version of Silent Night in the first half of Week 14′s matchup with the Panthers, Matty Ice exploded to finish with 342 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His team lost, but Ryan did right by fantasy owners. The New York Giants have allowed 252.8 passing yards per game.
4. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Manning has the Broncos marching to the beat of the Drummer Boy. He’ll march East to face the Baltimore Ravens in Week 15. They have allowed 246.6 yards per game. Peyton is averaging 293.2 yards per game and has already thrown 30 touchdown passes. Pa rum pum pum pum.
5. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
The Patriots enter a possible Super Bowl preview against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 15. Brady and Bill Belichick live for games like this. Jim Harbaugh will try to be a Grinch, but I expect Brady to spread holiday cheer.
6. Eli Manning, New York Giants
Do you see what I see? The Giants are looking very hard to beat. Eli has eight touchdown passes in his past three games. This week, he travels to the Dirty South to take on a suddenly vulnerable Atlanta Falcons team.
7. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
If the Arizona Cardinals would put up even a hint of a fight, Stafford could be in line for a monster day. I still think he’ll have a solid showing, but the way the Seattle Seahawks (Jingle Bell) rocked the Cards last week, he may not attempt as many passes as you’re used to.
8. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
The Chicago Bears go from facing one of the worst quarterbacks in the league (Christian Ponder) to facing one of the best in Rodgers. He may be dashing through the snow in Chicago, but Rodgers is used to it. Rodgers has been mediocre at best since his Week 10 bye. He has more risk this week than the other elite quarterback options.
9. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman and his ships come sailing in to New Orleans in the morning. The Saints have allowed 284.5 yards per game and 27 passing scores. Freeman threw for 420 yards and three touchdowns in the first meeting.
10. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben did his part last week, throwing for 285 yards and three touchdowns against the Chargers after missing three games. The Dallas Cowboys won an emotional game last week, but the loss of their teammate could feel more real this week.
11. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton the red-haired QB struggled against the Cowboys, but should deck the halls against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Iggles have allowed 25 passing touchdowns.
12. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
It would have taken one of the Three Wise Men to predict that Rivers would throw three touchdowns against the Steelers. With DX and Malcom Floyd playing at a high level, Rivers is able to overcome the disappearing act that Antonio Gates has had. Rivers is a low-end QB1 against the Panthers.
13. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo is averaging 331.3 yards and a pair of touchdown passes in his past four games. The Steelers are allowing just 169.2 passing yards per game, which could mean tough sledding for Romo and company.
14. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Luck has more interceptions (nine) than touchdowns (eight) in his past four games. He whiffed on a favorable matchup against the Tennessee Titans. The Colts play the Houston Texans on the road. J.J. Watt could make Luck feel like he got run over by a reindeer.
15. Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders
Palmer is like a Christmas present that I wrapped. With six straight losses, it isn’t pretty. Once you get past the exterior, the sentiment changes. He’s averaging 310.7 yards and 2.2 touchdowns during that stretch. The Kansas City Chiefs have allowed 25 passing scores.
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