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Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings: Breaking Down Best Options at Quarterback

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 24:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers attempts to pass the ball in the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 26, 2013

A number of top-tier quarterbacks have some tough matchups in Week 13, and that has stirred up the weekly rankings at the position.

There were certainly some surprises from Week 12 at the position.  Peyton Manning had a season-low 12 fantasy points, while Philip Rivers led all quarterbacks with 27.  Other players, including Matt Flynn and Matt McGloin, were surprisingly productive.

Below is a look at the quarterback rankings for Week 13, followed by a breakdown of some of the most interesting players to watch for.

Note: All information regarding points scored is based off of ESPN's standard scoring leagues.

Week 13 Fantasy QB Rankings
RankPlayerTeamOpponent
1Peyton ManningDEN@KC
2Tony RomoDALOAK
3Cam NewtonCARTB
4Matthew StaffordDETGB
5Drew BreesNO@SEA
6Tom BradyNE@HOU
7Nick FolesPHIARI
8Russell WilsonSEANO
9Carson PalmerARI@PHI
10Josh McCownCHI@MIN
11Andrew LuckINDTEN
12Colin KaepernickSFSTL
13Matt McGloinOAK@DAL
14Robert Griffin IIIWASNYG
15Philip RiversSDCIN
16Case KeenumHOUNE
17Andy DaltonCIN@SD
18Alex SmithKCDEN
19Matt RyanATL@BUF
20Joe FlaccoBALPIT

 

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

Nov 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws a pass against the New York Giants during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

If Ryan Fitzpatrick can put up 22 points against the Oakland Raiders so can Tony Romo.

While the Dallas Cowboys have struggled to stay on top of the NFC East, Romo has been having one of the best seasons of his career.  So far, he's thrown for 2,915 yards, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions.  He ranks seventh among all fantasy quarterbacks this season, and he's bound to have another big game this week.

The Raiders are coming to Dallas on Thanksgiving, and that's bad news for their defense.  Opposing quarterbacks are posting a 99.3 passer rating against it, throwing for 258.1 passing yards per game.  Only four other teams are giving up a higher passer rating to quarterbacks.

With other great quarterbacks going into tough matchups, it's hard to not like Romo as the No. 2 signal-caller behind the older Manning.

 

Josh McCown, Chicago Bears

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 17:  Josh McCown #12 of the Chicago Bears passes against the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field on November 17, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Ravens 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Jay Cutler is still not 100 percent healthy, and according to the Chicago Bears' Twitter account, Josh McCown will be the starter on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

With how well he's played along with the matchup heading into Week 13, McCown is a top-10 quarterback for this week.

In just five games played this season, McCown has put up a total of 71 fantasy points, putting up at least 12 in all but one contest.  He's coming off of an 18-point performance against the St. Louis Rams, and now he should have another big game this week against the Vikings.

Besides the Cowboys, the Vikings allow the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, averaging 20.3 points per game.  In terms of NFL rankings, Minnesota's defense allows 31.5 points per game, and it's been very difficult for them to really stop anyone.

He may only be a backup, but McCown has proven to be a rather valuable fantasy option.

 

Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 24:  Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs waits to be introduced prior to the game against the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty
Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Alex Smith is only No. 18 on this list, but that doesn't mean that he isn't capable of putting up big numbers.  

This season, Smith has thrown for 2,443 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions.  While those passing numbers aren't huge, it's what he does on the ground that makes him an attractive fantasy option.  He's run for 314 yards and a touchdown this season, adding another 37 fantasy points throughout the year.

In recent weeks, Smith has been very good, putting up at least fantasy 21 points in three of the last four games.  However, the other game came against the Buffalo Bills, where he scored just four such points in a near upset loss.

The Kansas City Chiefs will be playing the Denver Broncos again this week, and they're a surprisingly weak team against opposing quarterbacks, allowing 18.0 fantasy points per game.  Smith was able to score 22 fantasy points against them in Week 11, and his ability to scramble could give him the opportunity to have another big game.

 

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