Fantasy Football Week 13 Rankings: Quarterbacks

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IMarch 24, 2017

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Well, Bruno Boys Nation, we’re at that wonderful time of the year when we see if all the work we put into our fantasy football teams will come to fruition as the playoffs are beginning in a lot of leagues or have already started in some other cases. If you’re in a league that still has a week to go fear not, we will continue to break down and analyze all things fantasy football from here all the way through the Super Bowl. That begins with today’s look at the Week 13 Quarterback Rankings. There are some nice match-ups for a lot of quarterbacks, so to determine which one is the best fit for your team just continue on reading below.

1. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) @ Washington

We’re convinced that there’s just no way possible to stop New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees. Playing against the New England Patriots on Monday Night, the thought was that the Pats , while maybe not stopping Brees, would be able to contain him. But, that wasn’t the case as he threw for 371 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. The Washington Redskins have a good defense, but as we’ve seen this season, that has not been a challenge for Brees. Continue to start him as usual.
Point Projection: 23 points

2. Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts) vs. Tennessee

It’s no coincidence that the Indianapolis Colts continue to remain undefeated under the quarterback play of Peyton Manning. Without Manning the Colts might be a .500 team at best, but with him, they’re one of the best teams in the league. Manning rebounded from the worst fantasy performance of his season, a 11 point showing in week 11, with 244 yards passing and three touchdowns in week 12. This week, Manning will face the Titans, a team that he threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns against in week five. Though the Titans have been playing a lot better since the first meeting between these two teams, there’s no reason to expect anything different from Manning this week because the Colts just have too many weapons for Tennessee to stop.
Point Projection: 22 points

3. Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers) @ Cleveland

After a mediocre performance two weeks ago against the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers played exceptionally well this past weekend in a win over the Chiefs, as he had 317 yards passing and two touchdowns. Winners of six straight games, the Chargers have been near unstoppable recently and part of which is because the team has realized it is now a passing team instead of a running one. That bodes well for Rivers, especially this week as San Diego travels to Cleveland to face the Browns. The Browns defense has been one of the league’s worst as they’re allowing an average of 233 passing yards and 25.4 points per game this season.
Point Projection: 21 points

4. Tom Brady (New England Patriots) @ Miami

As much as Brees excelled on Monday Night, New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady struggled, as he threw for just 237 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. But, if there’s one thing we know about Brady it’s that a performance like that won’t drag him down in the following week, which happens to be a big divisional showdown with the Miami Dolphins. In his previous meeting with the Dolphins this season, Brady had 332 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Expect a similar, yet slightly better game from Brady this week.
Point Projection: 20 points

5. Brett Favre (Minnesota Vikings) @ Arizona

Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback Brett Favre has played extremely well this season, but one of the major concerns of his owners goes back to last season when he was on the New York Jets. Remember, Favre played well in the first half of the season, but imploded in the second half of the year, throwing interceptions like it was his job. So, naturally people were curious to see if Favre would suffer a similar fate in the second half of this season. With 949 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions in the last three weeks, it appears we no longer have to wonder. Favre isn’t wearing down and is a must start for fantasy purposes.
Point Projection: 18 points

6. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) vs. Baltimore

Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been fantastic this season from a fantasy football perspective, and he’s a big reason his team is still in playoff contention. We expected Rodgers to be very good this season, but nobody foresaw him playing as well as he has. In the last three weeks, Rodgers has thrown six touchdowns with no interceptions, and he still has just one multiple-interception game this season. The Baltimore Ravens’ have one of the better defenses in the league, but they’ve been nothing special recently. In their last four games, the Ravens defense has posted just one double-digit fantasy football performance, and that came against the hapless Cleveland Browns. Don’t look for them to slow Rodgers down in week 13.
Point Projection: 18 points

7. Matt Schaub (Houston Texans) @ Jacksonville

The last three games have been a bit of a struggle for Houston Texans’ quarterback Matt Schaub, as he posted five touchdowns against four interceptions. However, two of those games came against a superior Colts team. Schaub gets some relief this week with a trip to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars, who are 26th against the pass and 21st in points allowed. It also helps Schaub that the Texans are finding ways to improve their running game by getting Chris Brown more carries, which will help keep the Jacksonville defense a bit more honest.
Point Projection: 16 points

8. Kurt Warner (Arizona Cardinals) vs. Minnesota **CHECK INJURY STATUS**

Early on last week, it appeared Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback Kurt Warner would play against the Titans after leaving the game two weeks before with concussion-like symptoms. He, in fact, did not play as Matt Leinart got the start instead. Leinart did OK in his start, but it appears this week that he’ll be relegated back to the clipboard duties. If Warner plays in this game, then you should expect some good production against a Minnesota Vikings defense that is susceptible to the aerial assault. If Leinart plays again, then you should expect nothing more than seven fantasy football points from him.
Point Projection: 16 points

9. Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia Eagles) @ Atlanta

Last year, a good defense and a great running game helped propel the Atlanta Falcons to the playoffs despite having a rookie quarterback. This season, Atlanta has neither of those things going in their favor, which is good news for Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Donovan McNabb in this match-up. The Falcons, who are 27th against the pass, will have a hard time stopping McNabb, who is averaging over 300 yards and more than a touchdown in his last three games.
Point Projection: 16 points

10. Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Oakland **CHECK INJURY STATUS**

Despite practicing with the team all week leading up to their game with the Ravens last week, Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not play. With backup Charlie Batch also out because of injury, Dennis Dixon got the start and had his ups and downs in the overtime loss. As Roethlisberger practiced last week, you should expect him to start this week against the Oakland Raiders, which is a very favorable match-up. Last week, the Raiders gave up 309 passing yards and two passing touchdowns to Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys.
Point Projection: 16 points

11. Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys) @ New York Giants

As mentioned above, Romo had a very nice game against the Raiders on Thanksgiving, though he will face a tougher task this week when the Cowboys travel to New York to play the Giants. But, the problem for the Cowboys in this game will be the raucous atmosphere and the chilly weather, not the Giants’ defense. The Giants were an elite defensive unit in the beginning of the season, but in their last six games they’ve allowed an average of 32 points per game.
Point Projection: 15 points

12. Carson Palmer (Cincinnati Bengals) vs. Detroit

So, Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback Carson Palmer only threw for 110 yards and a touchdown last week in a win over the Browns. However, it is worth noting that was largely because Cleveland couldn’t stop the run. Remember there was a pass in the end zone that was batted down that would’ve given Palmer a second touchdown in that game. This week Palmer will have another good match-up as he faces the Detroit Lions. As bad as the Lions’ pass defense has been, though, we can’t predict a huge game from Palmer simply because the Bengals will again be able to find a lot of success in the running game. Still, he’s a safe bet for double digits, which should prompt you to put him in your line-up.
Point Projection: 15 points