This morning, we updated our fantasy rankings for Week 13. Here are some notes on quarterbacks and pass defenses heading into this week's games:
-Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel has thrown 18 touchdowns and only one interception since Week 6. Next up are the Broncos, who have allowed 23 passing touchdowns this season. Only Houston has allowed more (25).
-Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco broke the franchise record for passing touchdowns in the win against the Buccaneers. He now has 53 touchdowns through 43 games. Since Week 6, Flacco has thrown 13 touchdowns and only two interceptions.
-For the first time in his career, Rams rookie quarterback Sam Bradford passed for more than 300 yards in a game. He finished with 308 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions as the Rams got their first road victory of the season and moved into a tie for first place in the NFC Worst with the Seattle Seahawks, both of whom are 5-6.
-Over the past four weeks (all wins), Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has three multi-touchdown games. During that span, Cutler has thrown nine touchdowns and only three interceptions. Next up is Detroit, who have allowed 20 passing touchdowns. Only seven teams have allowed more.
-Saints quarterback Drew Brees has thrown for 300-plus yards in four of his past five games. This week the Saints face the Bengals, who have held opponents to under 200 passing yards in six of their 11 games.
-For the first time this season, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers did not throw a touchdown pass. This week he will face the Raiders for a second time this season. In the first matchup, Rivers threw for 431 yards and two touchdowns.
-Denver's Kyle Orton now has the lead in passing yards again. There is only a 49-yard difference from the leader (Orton) to the fourth-ranked quarterback (Brees).
-From Weeks 1 to 10, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning threw only four interceptions. In Weeks 11 and 12, Manning has thrown seven. On a positive note, he has also thrown for 681 yards and six touchdowns in those two games.
-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady hasn't thrown an interception since Week 6. In his last six games he has thrown 13 touchdowns and no interceptions and has a four game streak with two plus touchdowns.
-Speaking of Brady, he is the featured quarterback in our free fantasy football contest for Week 13.
-It continues to be a boom-or-bust season for Giants quarterback Eli Manning. On the season, Manning has thrown two plus touchdowns in nine games and no touchdowns in two games. He has yet to have a one touchdown game this season. In fact, Manning has thrown two or more touchdowns in seven straight games.
- In his past three games, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is averaging 183.3 yards per game and has thrown four interceptions and only one touchdown. Buffalo, this week's opponent, has a league-low four interceptions on the season.
Here are my top 10 fantasy quarterbacks for Week 13:
1. Michael Vick, Eagles (vs HOU)
2. Philip Rivers, Chargers (vs OAK)
3. Aaron Rodgers, Packers (vs SF)
4. Drew Brees, Saints (at CIN)
5. Kyle Orton, Broncos (at KC)
6. Peyton Manning, Colts (vs DAL)
7. Eli Manning, Giants (vs WAS)
8. Jay Cutler, Bears (at DET)
9. Tom Brady, Patriots (vs NYJ)
10. Matt Cassel, Chiefs (vs DEN)
See our full top 25 quarterback rankings for Week 13.
Good luck in your Week 13 matchup(s) and in our Week 13 contest.