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Week 12 Quarterback Rankings and Matchups – 2013 Fantasy Football

What a mess this past week was at quarterback.  Keenum’s owners were hosed by shoddy coaching in Houston, as Case threw his first pick of the season… and was promptly benched in favor of the turnover happy Schaub.  Still can’t make heads or tails of that decision, but let us press on to the week 12 quarterback rankings and matchups and let bygones be bygones.

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Week 12 Quarterback Rankings and Matchups

Rank Player Team AVG PPG Week 12
1 Drew Brees NO 23.19 @ATL
2 Peyton Manning DEN 25.82 @NE
3 Matthew Stafford DET 20.87 TB
4 Tony Romo DAL 18.32 @NYG
5 Cam Newton CAR 19.02 @MIA
6 Tom Brady NE 14.41 DEN
7 Matt Ryan ATL 16.37 NO
8 Andrew Luck IND 19.03 @ARI
9 Case Keenum HOU 17.65 JAC
10 Mike Glennon TB 14.03 @DET
11 Colin Kaepernick SF 14.56 @WSH
12 Eli Manning NYG 11.72 DAL
13 Alex Smith KC 15.93 SD
14 Ryan Fitzpatrick TEN 14.30 @OAK
15 Robert Griffin III WAS 17.51 SF
16 Ben Roethlisberger PIT 16.01 @CLE
17 Josh McCown CHI 13.84 @STL
18 Philip Rivers SD 18.46 @KC
19 Scott Tolzien GB 10.88 MIN
20 Carson Palmer ARI 12.59 IND
21 Matt McGloin (?) OAK 19.58 TEN
22 Jason Campbell CLE 13.52 PIT
23 Ryan Tannehill MIA 13.96 CAR
24 Joe Flacco BAL 13.16 NYJ
25 Christian Ponder (?) MIN 13.23 @GB
26 Geno Smith (?) NYJ 11.12 @BAL
27 Kellen Clemens STL 7.57 CHI
28 Chad Henne JAC 8.36 @HOU
BYE Russell Wilson SEA 17.76 BYE
BYE Nick Foles PHI 21.27 BYE
BYE Andy Dalton CIN 16.11 BYE
BYE E.J. Manuel BUF 13.01 BYE
INJ Terrelle Pryor OAK 15.35 TEN
INJ Jay Cutler CHI 14.94 @STL
INJ Aaron Rodgers GB 19.03 MIN
INJ Michael Vick PHI 16.87 BYE


The question marks ??

So many unknowns heading into week 12, and the biggest question of all will be what is going on with Case Keenum.  He wasn’t having a terrible day, as he slowly crept up on 200 yards passing with a TD, but one pick later, and coach Kubiak decided he had seen enough as he sent Matt Schaub out to send his team to defeat.  Kubiak announced Keenum as the starter for week 12, and I sincerely believe he will leave him in this time against a weak Jaguars secondary, so I will keep Keenum just inside the top 10.

The other 3 unknowns are Matt McGloin (solid performance in week 11 against the Texans), Christian Ponder, and Geno Smith.  Smith will likely retain his starting job, and if Pryor remains injured, McGloin should see another start for the Raiders.  The Vikings QB situation is a mess, and best left untouched, even in 2 QB leagues.  Any of the 3 Minnesota quarterbacks could end up taking the field in week 12… all with little upside.

Time to trust Tom Brady again?

I don’t know that trust is the right word, but how many times have we seen this Brady/Manning saga played out on a national stage, and it always seems to come down to the final possession.  I’m counting on yet another shootout as we add another chapter to the book, and think this could be one of the weeks where Brady’s owners can consider him a “must start”.

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  • Hicksbilt

    Seriously? RG3 ranked 15th? what’s up with hating on RG3?

    • Devils Advocate

      I’m with you KJ… I was absolutely screaming at him to start throwing the ball. Couldn’t believe he got the game as close as he did… and he did it once he started throwing. I don’t have any WSH WRs for that reason…and wouldn’t take RGIII if he was offered to me!

  • Hicksbilt

    So I grabbed Eli off of waivers. so you would recommend starting Eli over RG3?

  • Anonymous

    Who Alex smith or rg3 week 12 for fantasy

  • Matt Leonetti

    I have Dalton, Keenum & McGloin. Looking at just the defence againtsQBs its obvious to play against JAGS D, but the Jags are hungry/ can only get better.Who has more skill/ wepons/moxy to deserve this weeks start?*(I have 3OAK wr/rb) Please and thank you..

    • __KJ__

      Dalton has been trending down, while McGloin faces a tough pass D in the Titans. Keenum obviously has the coaching question marks, but his matchup is superior, and he should be the start this week

  • Jits

    Keenum or RG3 week 12 ?

    • __KJ__

      I’ll take Keenum in a nice home matchup against the Jags over RG3 against the daunting 49ers

  • TexansFan

    So I have Keenum and Brady, started Keenum last week and got the shi* end of the stick. What do yall think about this week? Keenum against one of the worst passing defenses, or brady in a potential high scoring shootout?

    • __KJ__

      My only worry with Brady is the weather. Heard it will be cold and windy tonight, but he should have an easier time than Peyton as Brady is more used to it. I’d say that Keenum is actually the safer play tonight, while Brady will be the high upside gamble

  • TexansFan

    Oh also, I have Ray Rice and Bobby Rainey, after Rice’s first actual nice game, should I keep starting him against the Jets D? Or put in Rainey since he’s been playing solidly, against the lions D?

    • __KJ__

      I’d put Rainey in… that Jets D has been shutting down RB’s all season long

  • Anonymous

    What about kaepernick? I want to start Case Keenan, but surveys are saying to go with Colin Kaepernick…

    • __KJ__

      Kaep just hasn’t had the consistency for me to trust him this year. Love the matchup, but Case has a solid one as well. For me, personally, it is Keenum this week over Kaep

  • Bill

    I have Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, and Case Keenum. I like Keenum’s matchup the best, but am worried about his coaches pulling him again. Is it worth the risk to start him, or should I go with one of the others despite their tough match ups?

    • __KJ__

      In that scenario I would personally go with Cam Newton and count on his legs to make the difference in scoring

  • Brandon

    Smith or kepernick this week?

    • __KJ__

      Smith has the better matchup and has been pretty consistent. I would go with him over Kaep this week