Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings 2013: Top QBs to Start in Wild-Card Round

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 30: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers runs out of the pocket against the Minnesota Vikings on December 30, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Andy Clayton King/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football junkies, this article is for you.

Yes, there are websites out there that offer fantasy football even during the playoffs. And yes, there are fantasy degenerates like me and you that will gladly scratch the fantasy itch by playing such games even after standard fantasy leagues have long ended.

Hey, if extending the fantasy football season into the NFL playoffs is wrong, I don't want to be right.

So since we're all nerding out over fantasy football together for a little while longer, let's break down your best options at quarterback this week. While a few of this year's big boys—Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Matt Ryan—are on bye, there are still plenty of intriguing options for owners this week.


Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

How good is this kid?

Luck became an every-week starter on my fantasy team this year, and he'll definitely be sticking around my team for years to come in my keeper league. And against a Baltimore defense giving up 228.1 passing yards per game, Luck should have plenty of success through the air.

On the season, Luck has finished with double-digit points in 13 of the Colts' 16 games. He may only be a rookie, but he was Mr. Consistency for owners this year. He doesn't have the same upside as some of the other players on this list, but he might be the safest option out there.


Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

Sure, it's a tough matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. But given that it will be a home game and Griffin has been so good this season, are you really going to bet against him posting solid fantasy numbers in this one?

The Redskins come into this matchup with the Seahawks piping hot, having won seven straight games. And RG3 has become one of the NFL's most dangerous weapons, reaching double-digit fantasy points in every game he played except for one.

Given where he was selected in most drafts, he's got to be the obvious choice for fantasy MVP this season. And that's why you can't be afraid to roll with him, even in a tough matchup against the Seahawks.


Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Let's see—Rodgers has had at least 24 fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues the last three weeks. He hasn't had a single game all season long where he posted less than double-digit fantasy points. Not one. And he's thrown for five touchdown passes against the Minnesota Vikings in two games this year.

Oh, and he's at home and fresh off a defeat against Minny. I would not want to be the Vikings secondary this week. Not in the least.

When in doubt, pick Rodgers for your team. He's the rare combination of huge upside and guaranteed production. He's not just a safe choice, he's also an incredibly productive one, and he should be your first quarterback option this week.


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