Fantasy Football Rankings: Wild Card Round Quarterbacks

Kevin Hanson@EDSFootballAnalyst IIIJanuary 3, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 30: Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers is congratulated by Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers after the pair scored a touchdown during a game against the Minnesota Vikings on December 30, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34. (Photo by Andy Clayton King/Getty Images)
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Although Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson just missed breaking the single-season rushing record, the Vikings beat the Packers last week to qualify for the playoffs and prevent Green Bay from earning a first-round bye.

They will meet this weekend in a rematch as the two teams face off for the third time this season.

One of the story lines from last week was the sister of Greg Jennings doing her best Marcus Vick Twitter impersonation over the weekend as well.

She called Rodgers "the most overrated QB in the league!" and said her brother is "the best freakin receiver these clowns got" and that he should "take [his] talents to south beach & get paid!"


Here are my quarterback rankings for the Wild Card round only:

1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers (vs. MIN)

In his final three games of the year, Rodgers threw 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. Against the Vikings last week, he threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns.

Even though his sister does not think he's targeted enough (or accurately enough) by the "most overrated QB in the league," Jennings is part of a dangerous quartet of receivers along with Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb.


2. Russell Wilson, Seahawks (at WAS)

Only the Eagles (33) allowed more passing touchdowns than the Redskins (31) this season and Wilson tied the rookie record by throwing 26 touchdowns this season.

Since Week 9, Wilson, the team's third-round pick, has thrown 16 touchdowns and only two interceptions plus he has run for all four of his touchdowns in that eight-game span.


3. Robert Griffin III, Redskins (vs. SEA)

Griffin, my choice for Offensive Rookie of the Year, posted a 20:5 touchdown-to-interception ratio and scored an additional seven rushing touchdowns this season. Since the 1970s, only three quarterbacks have rushed for at least 800 yards: Randall Cunningham, Michael Vick and RG3.

The Seahawks have the league's top-ranked scoring defense (15.3 points per game allowed) and one of the biggest and best secondaries in the league.


4. Andrew Luck, Colts (at BAL)

Luck, the top pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, set the rookie record for passing yards (4,374) and threw 23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. That said, he has not thrown any interceptions in his past three games. Like all three quarterbacks ahead of him on this list, Luck is capable of extending plays with his mobility and he rushed for five touchdowns this season.


5. Joe Flacco, Ravens (vs. IND)

With the exception of Week 17 when he sat for most of the game, Flacco has thrown multiple touchdowns in three consecutive games. From Weeks 14 to 16, he threw seven touchdowns and only two interceptions. On the season, Flacco posted a 22:10 touchdown-to-interception ratio.


6. Andy Dalton, Bengals (at HOU)

Dalton struggled in the month of December. In those five games, he threw more interceptions (five) than touchdowns (four) and averaged only 180 passing yards per game during that span. While Dalton sat much of Sunday's game, he has 230 passing yards or less in seven of his past eight games.


7. Matt Schaub, Texans (vs. CIN)

As much as Dalton may have struggled down the stretch when it comes to fantasy statistics, things have been even worse for the other quarterback in this matchup.

Schaub has thrown only one touchdown and three interceptions in his past four games. All four of those matchups were against teams that ranked outside of the top 20 in pass defense: Colts (21) twice, Vikings (24) and Patriots (29).


8. Christian Ponder, Vikings (at GB)

Since Week 7, Ponder has fewer passing yards (1,501) than Adrian Peterson has rushing yards (1,598). In his first six games, Ponder had four games with at least 200 passing yards. Since then, he has just three of them.


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