Week 14 Fantasy Football: Quarterback Rankings

Kevin Hanson@EDSFootballAnalyst IIIDecember 8, 2011

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 4:  Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates with fans after the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers December 4, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Panthers won 38 - 19. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Based on his rushing stats alone, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is averaging more than 10 fantasy points per game.

Last week, Newton rushed for three touchdowns and set the NFL record for most rushing touchdowns (13) by a quarterback in a season. In addition, Newton has 100 carries for 518 yards.

In Newton's past three games, he has six rushing touchdowns. Interestingly enough, he has only two passing touchdowns in his past four games, but Newton is on pace to throw for almost 4,400 yards.

Newton, the top overall pick in this year's draft, faces the Falcons this week for the second time this season.

In his first matchup, Newton finished with his second-worst fantasy performance (13 points) of the season. He threw for 237 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions, although he had a rushing touchdown in the game.

Here are some more quarterback notes for Week 14:

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for two touchdowns, both to Mike Wallace, for 176 yards last week. It was his second straight game with less than 200 passing yards.

As bad as the Browns run defense has been (they allowed Ray Rice to run for a career-high 204 yards last week), their pass defense ranks first in the NFL (173.3 yards allowed per game).

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw multiple touchdowns in each of his first six games this season. Since then, he has thrown more than one touchdown in only two games (out of six).

Coincidentally, those are the two games (out of their past six) that the Lions have won. That said, the Vikings have allowed a league-high 24 passing touchdowns.

Against three tough pass defenses, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has thrown only one touchdown in each game after three straight games with multiple touchdowns.

This week, Dalton, who left last week's game with a hip injury, faces the Texans, who rank third in the NFL in pass defense.

Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky completed 30 of 37 pass attempts for a career-high 353 yards and two touchdowns with one interception last week. The Patriots' pass defense is one of the league's worst, and I would expect much less production from Orlovsky against the Ravens this week.

Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer completed less than half of his passes (20 of 41) for 273 yards and two touchdowns in Week 13. Palmer has 273-plus passing yards in four of his five starts.

This week, the Raiders play the Packers, who have allowed the second-most passing yards (292.8 per game) and passing touchdowns (22).

Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore only threw 25 passes and barely completed half of them (13) this past week. That said, he threw one touchdown and no interceptions and now has an 8:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio in his past five games.

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow only ran the ball four times for 13 yards, but he he threw for a season-high 202 yards and two touchdowns. (And, of course, the Broncos came from behind to win the game.)

Vikings rookie Christian Ponder threw for a career-high 381 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions against the Broncos. Although he suffered a hip pointer last week, he is expected to play this week against the Lions.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw for only 140 yards and now has thrown for less than 200 yards in three straight games. Although he left one of them early with an injury, he has 25-plus pass attempts in all three games.

Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie was awful last week. How awful? He finished with 133 passing yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions.

If your league awards one point per 25 passing yards and takes away two points per interception, then Hanie had negative points (-1). You would have been better off starting me.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been so good that he technically had his worst game of the season last week as measured by passer rating (106.2). Rodgers threw four touchdowns for the fourth time this season, but he threw his fifth interception of the season in the process.

Although he threw for 369 yards, his third-highest total of the season, he completed only 28 of 46 passes for a season-low 60.9 percent.

In his past three games, Saints quarterback Drew Brees has thrown for 300-plus yards and has a 9:0 touchdown-to-interception ratio. In Week 13, Brees threw for 342 yards, his ninth 300-yard game of the season, and three scores.

In the process, Brees became the first quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in his first 12 games of the season. Take our poll on whether Brees will break Dan Marino's single-season record.

Here are our fantasy quarterback rankings for Week 14:

1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers (vs OAK)
2. Tom Brady, Patriots (at WAS)
3. Cam Newton, Panthers (vs ATL)
4. Drew Brees, Saints (at TEN)
5. Matthew Stafford, Lions (vs MIN)
6. Eli Manning, Giants (at DAL)
7. Tony Romo, Cowboys (vs NYG)
8. Philip Rivers, Chargers (vs BUF)
9. Michael Vick, Eagles (at MIA)
10. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers (vs CLE)
11. Matt Ryan, Falcons (at CAR)
12. Tim Tebow, Broncos (vs CHI)
13. Carson Palmer, Raiders (at GB)
14. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills (at SD)
15. Matt Moore, Dolphins (vs PHI)
16. Joe Flacco, Ravens (vs IND)
17. Rex Grossman, Redskins (vs NE)
18. Mark Sanchez, Jets (vs KC)
19. Alex Smith, 49ers (at ARI)
20. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers (at JAX)
21. Matt Hasselbeck, Titans (vs NO)
22. Andy Dalton, Bengals (vs HOU)
23. Christian Ponder, Vikings (at DET)
24. Tarvaris Jackson, Seahawks (vs STL)
25. Dan Orlovsky, Colts (at BAL)
26. Kevin Kolb, Cardinals (vs SF)
27. Colt McCoy, Browns (at PIT)
28. Caleb Hanie, Bears (at DEN)
29. Sam Bradford, Rams (at SEA)
30. T.J. Yates, Texans (at CIN)

Note: Our quarterback rankings will be updated before the Thursday Night game and again before the Sunday games. To view the updates, visit our quarterback rankings page.

Check out our rankings for other positions and/or flex rankings at TheTipDrill.com, our fantasy section.

To keep track of our fantasy updates throughout the week, you can (1) follow us on Twitter @EDSFootball or (2) "like" us on Facebook or both.

Good luck in Week 14!


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