Here are my top 30 quarterbacks for fantasy Week 13.
This countdown doesn't lean on a particular stat. It's merely an educated early guess of which signal-callers will have the best combination of total yards (passing/rushing) and total touchdowns this weekend.
Regardless of how these rankings shake out every week, it shouldn't supersede two important factors that go into regular lineup consideration:
1. Always play your healthy superstars
2. Always ride your gut instinct over a certain guru's analysis
On the injury front, Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) and Michael Vick (concussion) shall remain off the board for now.
Top 30 QBs For Week 13
1. Peyton Manning vs. Tampa Bay
2. Matt Ryan vs. New Orleans
3. Robert Griffin III vs. N.Y. Giants
4. Tony Romo vs. Philadelphia
5. Tom Brady @ Miami
6. Aaron Rodgers vs. Minnesota
7. Cam Newton @ Kansas City
8. Drew Brees @ Atlanta
9. Matthew Stafford vs. Indianapolis
10. Eli Manning @ Washington
11. Andy Dalton @ San Diego
12. Matt Schaub @ Tennessee
13. Andrew Luck @ Detroit
14. Jake Locker vs. Houston
15. Carson Palmer vs. Cleveland
16. Colin Kaepernick @ St. Louis
17. Chad Henne @ Buffalo
18. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Jacksonville
19. Philip Rivers vs. Cincinnati
20. Josh Freeman @ Denver
21. Joe Flacco vs. Pittsburgh
22. Jay Cutler vs. Seattle
23. Ryan Tannehill vs. New England
24. Brandon Weeden @ Oakland
25. Russell Wilson @ Chicago
26. Sam Bradford vs. San Francisco
27. Ryan Lindley @ N.Y. Jets
28. Nick Foles @ Dallas
29. Christian Ponder @ Green Bay
30. Mark Sanchez vs. Arizona
30a. Brady Quinn vs. Carolina
30b. Charlie Batch @ Baltimore
1. Peyton Manning (3,260 yards passing, 26 TD) may no longer be riding a streak of 300 yards passing or three TD passes, but that hardly depresses his Week 13 value. The Bucs currently rank as the NFL's worst pass defense...and Manning boasts home averages of 309.2 yards passing and 2.6 touchdowns.
2. In any other week, Matt Ryan would be an excellent No. 1 option. Despite his recent struggles (one TD, six picks in the last two weeks), Ryan's three-game track record against the Saints cannot be ignored—averages of 378 yards passing and two touchdowns.
3. Good news for Jake Locker owners: The Texans defense has surrendered 795 yards passing and six touchdowns in their last two games (via Chad Henne, Matthew Stafford). Better news for Tennessee receiver Kenny Britt: Houston favors press coverage.
4. Cam Newton, the No. 3-ranked fantasy QB since Week 8, has never faced the Chiefs in his two-year career. But does that really matter? Here's hoping Newton's four-touchdown eruption from Monday leads to a similar Sunday shakedown.
5. The Patriots have recorded four defensive touchdowns in the last five weeks, but in that span, they also rank 29th against the pass. This sets up well for Ryan Tannehill, who hasn't accounted for multiple touchdowns since Week 6 (against the Rams). He's due for a mini-breakout.
6. The last time the Cardinals and Jets met in the regular season (2008), some random quarterback named Brett Favre tied a Jets' passing record of six touchdowns (shared with Joe Namath). His counterpart, Kurt Warner, tallied 472 yards passing and two touchdowns on that absurd day.
Fast forward to the present, as Mark Sanchez and Ryan Lindley (or Kevin Kolb) are neither locks for 220 yards nor two touchdowns on Sunday. (Deep sigh.)
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.
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