Fantasy Football Week 12 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

Eric StashinSenior Writer INovember 23, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 06:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints rolls out of the pocket against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 6, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The home stretch is upon us. With the bye weeks officially in the rear-view mirror, time is running out to make run for your fantasy title. With the injuries starting to pile up, which quarterback should fantasy owners turn to for the coming week? Let’s take a look:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Philadelphia
  3. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. New York Giants
  4. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Indianapolis
  5. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Green Bay
  6. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Miami
  7. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at New Orleans
  8. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Minnesota
  9. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Kansas City
  10. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Denver
  11. Tim Tebow – Denver Broncos – at San Diego
  12. Vince Young – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New England
  13. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. San Francisco
  14. Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders – vs. Chicago
  15. Matt Hasselbeck – Tennessee Titans – vs. Tampa Bay
  16. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – vs. Arizona
  17. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Tennessee
  18. Matt Moore – Miami Dolphins – at Dallas
  19. Rex Grossman – Washington Redskins – at Seattle
  20. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – vs. Buffalo
  21. Christian Ponder – Minnesota Vikings – at Atlanta
  22. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Cleveland
  23. Colt McCoy – Cleveland Browns – at Cincinnati
  24. Matt Leinart – Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
  25. Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers – at Baltimore



  • Early word has been that Michael Vick will be back in time for his showdown with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. However, before we get too excited about the matchup, we are unsure if the broken ribs could still be a factor in his performance. Will he not be able to scramble as much? Will it impact his throws? He’s going to remain a must-use option, of course, but he wouldn’t be quite as high as we would normally expect. For now, however, we are going to leave him off the rankings until we learn more on his status for the coming week.
  • Cam Newton showed exactly why it is impossible not to consider him one of the best quarterback options in the league on a week-to-week basis. Yes, he threw four interceptions (as well 280 yards, one TD), but he also rushed for 37 yards and two TDs. It’s that type of potential that is going to always give him the chance to run up the fantasy points. Against a Colts defense that has allowed 19 TD vs. just five INTs, there’s a good chance he excels once again.
  • With Matthew Stafford coming back strong (335 yards, five TDs, two INTs) and the Lions poised to throw the ball early and often in order to keep up with the Packers, you have to consider him one of the best options for the coming week.
  • Tim Tebow has proven, no matter how bad he looks at times, he is going to find a way to produce. Over the past two weeks he’s gone 11-of-28 for 173 yards, one TD and no INT. Yet, he’s rushed for 111 yards and two TDs, keeping his fantasy appeal high. He may struggle throwing the ball from time to time, but he offers too much upside not to consider him a low-end QB1.
  • Is Alex Smith starting to turn a corner? He’s now thrown for at least 200 yards in three straight games (the first time he’s done that since Weeks 1-3 in 2010). Of course, taking on the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12 it is tough to get too excited.
  • Will Matt Hasselbeck be able to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12? If he is, he’s a solid option as a QB2. If he can’t, Jake Locker, who was impressive last week, would step in and make for an intriguing option in two-quarterback formats. For now, we will include Hasselbeck on the rankings, though owners need to monitor the news before settling on using him.
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick has almost played himself into unusability, hasn’t he? He continues to struggle, throwing for 209 yards, no TD and two INTs against the Dolphins and now draws the New York Jets. Owners would be better off finding a suitable alternative.