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

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Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings: Breaking Down Best Options at Quarterback
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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
Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Peyton Manning DEN @KC
2 Tony Romo DAL OAK
3 Cam Newton CAR TB
4 Matthew Stafford DET GB
5 Drew Brees NO @SEA
6 Tom Brady NE @HOU
7 Nick Foles PHI ARI
8 Russell Wilson SEA NO
9 Carson Palmer ARI @PHI
10 Josh McCown CHI @MIN
11 Andrew Luck IND TEN
12 Colin Kaepernick SF STL
13 Matt McGloin OAK @DAL
14 Robert Griffin III WAS NYG
15 Philip Rivers SD CIN
16 Case Keenum HOU NE
17 Andy Dalton CIN @SD
18 Alex Smith KC DEN
19 Matt Ryan ATL @BUF
20 Joe Flacco BAL PIT

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

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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

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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

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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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