Week 13 Quarterback Rankings, Matchups, and weather outlook

This is it folks… crunch time!  Week 13 is upon us, and I have been slaving away crunching the numbers on the week 13 quarterback rankings for the holiday weekend ahead.  I realize how important this week is for a large number of our readers, so feel free to post any questions you may have under this article.

NEW this week – Last 3 weeks of data for each QB, including a 3 week average so you can see which way they are trending, and the projected weather forecast for the week ahead.  If there is nothing listed under weather, then there is no scheduled inclement weather/ freezing cold.  As we saw in week 12, weather can have a HUGE impact on a QB’s performance (right Peyton?)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and don’t forget to set your lineups before the early games on Thursday!!

Week 13 Quarterback Rankings and Matchups

#PlayerTeamAVG PPGOppLast 3 – AVGWeek 12Week 11Week 10Weather
1Matthew StaffordDET20.47GB19.3416.4822.8818.66DOME
2Cam NewtonCAR19.09TB17.6320.0626.566.26
3Drew BreesNO22.76@SEA21.4318.5214.1031.68
4Peyton ManningDEN24.56@KC18.0112.0014.9227.1043 – Rain
5Tony RomoDAL18.12OAK12.6116.10BYE9.12
6Tom BradyNE15.26@HOU18.9523.7614.14BYE67 – Rain
7Ryan FitzpatrickTEN16.31@IND20.9123.4015.4823.86DOME
8Russell WilsonSEA17.76NO20.04BYE18.6021.48
9Josh McCownCHI14.77@MIN12.5018.4812.546.48DOME
10Ben RoethlisbergerPIT16.05@BAL19.4716.3831.8810.16
11Carson PalmerARI13.32@PHI19.4920.5624.4613.44
12Philip RiversSD19.30CIN18.5727.7814.5213.42
13Nick FolesPHI21.27ARI22.77BYE22.6222.92
14Matt RyanATL16.04@BUF13.0712.6814.1612.3837 – Rain
15Robert Griffin IIIWAS18.48NYG18.635.2822.9627.64
16Alex SmithKC16.43DEN21.9321.4622.40BYE43 – Rain
17Colin KaepernickSF15.36STL13.4123.4013.583.24
18Andrew LuckIND18.54TEN15.2713.6218.3813.82DOME
19Andy DaltonCIN16.05@SD13.44BYE11.7215.16
20E.J. ManuelBUF11.39ATL14.30BYE18.709.9037 – Rain
21Matt McGloinOAK18.03@DAL16.2913.0019.58DNP
22Eli ManningNYG12.02@WSH11.9114.9613.467.30
23Mike GlennonTB14.30@CAR13.6916.1817.647.26
24Ryan TannehillMIA14.32@NYJ16.0618.0014.8215.3643 – Rain
25Christian PonderMIN13.18CHI10.0812.823.1614.26DOME
26Kellen ClemensSTL8.53@SF14.2312.38BYE16.08
27Case KeenumHOU15.11NE11.034.968.8019.3467 – Rain
28Matt FlynnGB7.79@DET15.1215.12DNPDNPDOME
29Joe FlaccoBAL13.13PIT9.8012.928.488.00
30Brandon WeedenCLE9.76JAC10.5610.56DNPDNP
31Chad HenneJAC8.51@CLE7.729.8610.203.10
32Geno SmithNYJ10.20MIA-1.450.98-3.88BYE43 – Rain


 Sneaky play of the week

Ryan Fitzpatrick – Titans

Fitzpatrick has been quietly putting together a string of solid games, posting an average of 20.91 fantasy points over his last 3 performances.  Week 13 will see him in a nice comfy dome, against a Colts defense that has been ravaged by the likes of Carson Palmer recently.  If you are looking for a solid waiver wire QB this week, Fitzpatrick should be your guy.

Where’s the love?

Nick Foles – Eagles

Don’t get me wrong on Foles, he is my guy heading into the fantasy playoffs, but the Arizona D has been playing some ferocious football lately, and I wouldn’t want to start the rookie in that setting if I could possibly avoid it.  Weeks 14 and beyond should see much smoother sailing for Foles as his fantasy playoff schedule is one of the best in the NFL.

Russell Wilson – Seahawks

Gone are the days of looking at a Saints matchup and licking your chops.  The Saints are actually a top ten passing defense this season, so I expect a heavy dose of Marshawn Lynch… making Wilson more of a low end QB1 this week.

Robert Griffin III – Redskins

This guy… oh the headaches he causes.  Puts together 2 solid performances in weeks 10 and 11, fantasy owners start him needing a win to get in.. and he lays an egg.  If you had read my week 12 rankings article, you would know I wasn’t high on Griffin, and for good reason apparently.  This week he draws a great matchup with the Giants, but as we have seen, Griffin has a  tendency to get rattled this season, making him one of the bigger boom/bust plays of the week

Case Keenum – Texans

I’m done with Kubiak.  Keenum.  Tate.  Andre.  All of ’em.  Don’t start Case unless you really have to.. this team is a mess

Matt Flynn/ Aaron Rodgers – Packers

If Aaron Rodgers makes  a surprise appearance, you almost have to throw him right back in the top 5 based on the tough matchups this week.  If there is no Rodgers as expected, we should see Matt Flynn on Thursday playing the role of game manager and taking what the defense gives him.


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  • Landon

    Am I crazy to start Alex Smith over Drew Brees this week? Of course I’ve never benched Brees yet, but he’s at Seattle while Smith plays a weak pass defense at home. I think the Chiefs are also gonna bounce back strong from 2 straight losses.

    • __KJ__

      Just saw a crazy stat over at reddit where Brees has averaged 304 yards passing per game on MNF the last 5 years… I think he gets the job done regardless of D, and the Seahawks will have a couple new faces on that side of the ball this week

  • Max Saltzman

    I just dropped Ridley for Rodgers, Coby Fleener for Trent Richardson and Cecil Shorts for Chiefs D/ST.

    Here is my lineup:


    Do I have too many QB’s? Should I have dropped Ben Tate or Richardson instead of Ridley? Please help!

    • __KJ__

      Answered on reddit :)

  • Kevin Edwards

    Need some advice for week 13…..Tom Brady or Alex Smith??

    • __KJ__

      I’m giving the nod to Brady, who appears to have his mojo back (and it is named Rob Gronkowski/ Shane Vereen)