Week 13 of the NFL season brings us a ton of great fantasy matchups. From Andrew Luck going up against Matthew Stafford to Robert Griffin III attempting to show Eli Manning who is boss in the NFC East, this promises to be an excellent week for fantasy quarterbacks.
This doesn't even take into account Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints attempting to hand Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons their second loss of the season; Both at the hands of the aforementioned Saints.
Of course other eyes will be on the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback situation and who their head coach decides to start against the St. Louis Rams. Conventional wisdom indicates it will be Colin Kaepernick once again, but let's not even try to get into the somewhat disturbed mind of Mr. Jim Harbaugh. At this point doing so could force you into a padded room after reciting this verse over and over again.
Without further ado, and attempting to actually enable you to stay interested enough to read the damn article, here goes.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
The New Orleans Saints might have been able to hold their opponent under 400 yards for the first time this season against the San Francisco 49ers. That really doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. Colin Kaepernick making only his second NFL start, first on the road, finished as the ninth rated fantasy quarterback of the week.
While Ryan has thrown one touchdown compared to six interceptions and averaged just over eight fantasy points over the last two weeks, he is going up against a defense that ranks 30th against the pass and yields a 100.8 rating to opposing quarterbacks.
Eli Manning, New York Giants
It has to be surprising that Manning isn't even a QB1 option this season after performing so well in fantasy football last season. His 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions definitely don't warrant consistent starts. That being said, Manning picked it up a great deal against the Green Bay Packers last week and seems to be refreshed following a Week 11 bye.
He now goes up against a Washington Redskins pass defense that ranks 31st in the NFL against the pass. Opposing quarterbacks are also averaging over two touchdowns per outing against the Redskins. Manning is a must start here.
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Despite his struggles on the field, Romo is still a marginal QB1 option. In fact, Romo ranks third among fantasy quarterbacks in the last four weeks. The two games that he threw a combined nine interceptions have really held Romo back a great deal this season. Dallas now goes up against an embarrassing Philadelphia Eagles team that hasn't won a game since September. To get a better idea how bad the Eagles are, the Philadelphia Phillies have won a game more recently than the Eagles. Yeah, that happened. Look for Romo to put up 300-plus yards and three scores in this one.
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Always a start, Manning is especially provocative this week. He is playing a Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass defense that ranks dead last in the NFL and is without starting cornerback Eric Wright (suspended for PEDS). This comes on the heels of Tampa Bay trading Aqib Talib to the New England Patriots a few weeks back.
The Buccaneers two new starting corners are E.J. Biggers and Leonard Johnson. Simply put, Manning might as well be running a seven-on-seven drill this week. Look for 350-plus yards and three scores from the future Hall of Fame quarterback.
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
While Jim Harbaugh has yet to announce San Francisco's starting quarterback this week, an educated guess would seem to suggest it will be Kaepernick. This second-year signal caller from Nevada ranks ninth among fantasy quarterbacks in his two starts and has accounted for seven touchdowns compared to one interception this season. His ability to provide fantasy production on the ground makes him an even more intriguing option here. If Kaepernick does start, a likely scenario, he will get you 200 through the air, 50 on the ground and at least two scores.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
The Indianapolis Colts might rank 19th against the pass, but they have struggled over the course of the last few weeks. Opposing quarterbacks have compiled 800 passing yards and five touchdowns against this unit in their last three outings. While those aren't great numbers, it is important to note that two of those quarterbacks were Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
For his part, Stafford has been light's out recently. He is averaging over 20 fantasy points in Detroit's last five games. I am expecting 300-plus yards and multiple scores here.
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
If you need me to recommend that you start Brady here you might as well just give up on this whole thing we call fantasy football because winning your league is nothing more than a fantasy at this point. Brady is the No. 2 overall fantasy quarterback this season behind Robert Griffin III. He has compiled 14 touchdowns compared to zero interceptions and is averaging 24 fantasy points in his last five starts.
New England takes on a Miami Dolphins defense 26th against the pass, but has improved recently. They are yielding just 164 passing yards over the last three games. That really doesn't matter, Brady will continue his dominance here. Look for 350 yards and three scores from the MVP candidate.
Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
Two words...Andre Johnson. What the talented wide receiver has done in the last two weeks, over 450 receiving yards, is simply amazing. Look for Schaub to reap the benefits of that amazing production against a weak Tennessee Titans defense this week. Heck, he can just look in Johnson's direction over a dozen times and be a viable QB1 option.
Tennessee is 27th in the NFL against the pass, has given up 22 touchdowns in 11 games, and yielded a dumb 102.1 quarterback rating to opposing quarterback. Yeah, you probably didn't need me here if you have Houston's quarterback on your roster.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
While Rodgers did struggle against the New York Giants last week, he is still the No. 4 ranked fantasy quarterback in the NFL. You just don't sit that type of production. The Minnesota Vikings do rank in the top half of the league against the pass, but I am expecting Rodgers to rebound from a disappointing Week 12 performance. Expect 250-plus yards and two scores without an interception.
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
I saved the best for last. Did you honestly expect me to leave RGIII off this list? If you did, call (555) 555-4322, I have a bridge in Nigeria to sell you. This rookie quarterback has compiled a ridiculous 61.74 fantasy points over the course of the last two games. In the process, he has broken both the rookie and Washington Redskins franchise record by throwing four touchdowns in consecutive games. Last week, he shredded apart a Dallas Cowboys pass defense that came into the game ranked sixth in the NFL.
RGIII now goes up against a New York Giants pass defense that is 25th in the NFL. Expect nearly 400 total yards and three scores from this dynamic quarterback on Monday Night Football.