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
|#||Player||Team||AVG PPG||Opp||Last 3 – AVG||Week 12||Week 11||Week 10||Weather|
|4||Peyton Manning||DEN||24.56||@KC||18.01||12.00||14.92||27.10||43 – Rain|
|6||Tom Brady||NE||15.26||@HOU||18.95||23.76||14.14||BYE||67 – Rain|
|14||Matt Ryan||ATL||16.04||@BUF||13.07||12.68||14.16||12.38||37 – Rain|
|15||Robert Griffin III||WAS||18.48||NYG||18.63||5.28||22.96||27.64|
|16||Alex Smith||KC||16.43||DEN||21.93||21.46||22.40||BYE||43 – Rain|
|20||E.J. Manuel||BUF||11.39||ATL||14.30||BYE||18.70||9.90||37 – Rain|
|24||Ryan Tannehill||MIA||14.32||@NYJ||16.06||18.00||14.82||15.36||43 – Rain|
|27||Case Keenum||HOU||15.11||NE||11.03||4.96||8.80||19.34||67 – Rain|
|32||Geno Smith||NYJ||10.20||MIA||-1.45||0.98||-3.88||BYE||43 – 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.
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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.