Week 12 QB Rankings, Projections and Analysis
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Colts QB Andrew Luck
By Greg Buchphoto of journalist Greg Buch
Greg develops and updates FFSwami's website. He's played in various fantasy football leagues the last 15 years and is a life-long Cincinnati Bengals fan.
This is how we rank the QBs in action this week. Our rankings aren't just based on name value or past performance - each week we take a comprehensive look at the match-ups and each QBs past performance and factor that into our projections. The ratings are based on a standard league where 25 passing yards equal 1 point, passing and rushing TDs equal 6 pts. and INTs or fumbles deduct 2 points.



QB Rankings
  1. Andrew Luck
  2. Drew Brees
  3. Aaron Rodgers
  4. Colin Kaepernick
  5. Josh McCown
  6. Jay Cutler
  7. Tony Romo
  8. Peyton Manning
  9. Tom Brady
  10. Matt Ryan
  11. Matt Stafford
  12. Kyle Orton
  13. Joe Flacco
  14. Philip Rivers
  15. Mark Sanchez
  16. * Ryan Tannehill
  17. Zach Mettenberger
  18. Ryan Mallett
  19. Alex Smith
  20. Russell Wilson
  21. Brian Hoyer
  22. Shaun Hill
  23. Eli Manning
  24. Derek Carr
  25. Colt McCoy
  26. Drew Stanton
  27. Andy Dalton
  28. Blake Bortles
  29. Michael Vick
  30. Teddy Bridgewater
* Check the player's injury or starting status prior to gametime!
Saints QB Drew Brees
By Greg Buchphoto of journalist Greg Buch
Greg develops and updates FFSwami's website. He's played in various fantasy football leagues the last 15 years and is a life-long Cincinnati Bengals fan.
Paying attention to the match-ups each week can help you identify less heralded players with the upside to surprise and help you avoid some potential land mines. This is our list of players we expect to surpass expectations, along with a few stud QBs who may fail to deliver:



Start
Drew Brees
Saints QB Drew Brees
I recommended that you start Brees last week in spite of the match-up and unfortunately he put in a pedestrian performance with just 255 yards and a TD, as the Saints were totally dominated for 3 quarters by the Bengals. However, I just don't see New Orleans dropping 3 in a row in the Superdome, so I'm sticking with him this week and think the Saints should rebound in a high-scoring contest. Baltimore is allowing 17.2 fantasy points a game, which is around the average for the league, but they're much stronger against the run (5th) than the pass (21st), so I think New Orleans will have to move the ball in the air if they want to win this game. Brees should have some success throwing to the right side of the field, as the Ravens have been unable to find a decent corner to pair opposite Ladarius Webb. Look for Colston and Stills to have some success working on the inexperienced RCB Anthony Levine.

Colin Kaepernick
49ers QB Colin Kaepernick
Kaepernick's been a mild disappointment this year, throwing for just 14 TDs and having yet to find the end zone as a runner. However, this is a great week to play him as he faces a rudderless Redskins team who have benched their starting quarterback and will be travelling almost 4,000 miles to play this game. Washington is allowing over 20 fantasy points a game to quarterbacks, 3rd-highest in the league. They do have the toughest run defense in the league, so while Kaep's rushing yards may be limited, look for him to have some success through the air.


Sit
Andy Dalton
Bengals QB Andy Dalton
The hot-and-cold Dalton was on fire last week, picking on a vulnerable Saints pass defense to the tune of 232 total yards and 3 scores. I'm sure fantasy owners were scrambling to add him to their line-ups in leagues where he's still available and there will be more than a few of you who'll make the mistake of assuming the inconsistent quarterback stays as red-hot as his hair color. Hate to burst your bubble, but I think he plays like a red-haired step-child this week. His past history in Houston is not encouraging, to say the least. In his previous two games there, he was absolutely dreadful, throwing for an average of just 192 yards with no TDs and 4 picks. Something else to keep in mind, is that during the Marvin Lewis era the Bengals haven't had much success when playing AFC teams outside their own division on the road. Sit him on the bench this week.

Tom Brady
Patriots QB Tom Brady
The Patriots offense has been on fire of late and they're playing at home but if you have another good option, you might consider keeping Brady on your bench this week. He's facing a Lions team that's been allowing the fewest fantasy points in the league to opposing quarterbacks. Detroit is one of the few teams in the league with the personnel on their D-line to be able to get pressure on Brady without resorting to blitzes. This is a formula that's worked very well in the past for teams like the New York Giants when playing the Patriots. Look for Ziggy Ansah and Ndamukung Suh to make life difficult for Brady, limiting his production.


Josh McCown
Buccaneers QB Josh McCown
I advised you to start McCown last week in a favorable match-up with the Redskins. If you listened, you were rewarded with over 20 fantasy points, as he threw for 288 yards and 2 TDs. This is another good week to start the Buccaneers QB, as he travels to Chicago to take on his old team. The Bears are allowing the 2nd-most points in the league to quarterbacks and you can bet Josh will be frothing at the mouth to show them they made a mistake letting him go. He's developed a great chemistry with rookie receiver Mike Evans, who leads all fantasy WRs in points scored over the last three weeks. The only hesitation I have, and it's a big one, is we all know how Florida teams perform on the road when the temperature's below 40. They're currently predicting over an inch of rain and close to 50 degree temperatures for Sunday afternoon but a cold front is moving into the area. If the forecast changes and it looks like it will be colder and turn into freezing rain or snow, I'd be inclined to sit McCown in favor of a QB playing where the weather will be more hospitable.

Tony Romo
Cowboys QB Tony Romo
Plagued by back issues throughout the season, Romo's been a bit of a disappointment this year, ranking just 18th in scoring among quarterbacks. However, this is a good week to start him, as he faces a Giants defense that's had some issues against the pass. The G-Men rank just 22nd in the league in passing yards allowed and have allowed opposing quarterbacks to score 17.6 fantasy points a game against them. Romo has a great history against them, throwing for an average of over 300 yards a game with 17 TDs against just 9 interceptions in their last 7 meetings. It doesn't hurt either that New York's top cover corner, Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, is battling back and hamstring issues. You may not get a better excuse to start the gimpy quarterback the rest of the season.
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill
By Greg Buchphoto of journalist Greg Buch
Greg develops and updates FFSwami's website. He's played in various fantasy football leagues the last 15 years and is a life-long Cincinnati Bengals fan.
As the fantasy season draws to a close, your waiver wire strategy depends on where your team is in the standings. If you've already clinched, you should be making moves with the post-season in mind and not worrying about regular season match-ups. However, if a spot in the playoffs isn't guaranteed, then looking at next week's match-ups is unavoidable. We've got a few hot tips that should help your chances of making the post-season:

Must Adds

Ryan Tannehill
Tannehill's yet to throw for 300 yards this year but has been solid and rock steady. With match-ups on the horizon against the Jets and Ravens, two teams who've struggled to defend the pass, now's the perfect time to add the Dolphins QB. Last week, against the Broncos, he threw for the 2nd-highest fantasy points of any quarterback. This week's opponent, the Jets, have allowed the most fantasy points in the league to quarterbacks, so it's an ideal match-up to start him in. Despite being the 7th-highest scoring fantasy quarterback, Tannehill's still available in 50% of ESPN leagues.

Alex Smith
Smith won't set your league on fire but when the match-up's right, he can be a solid starter. This should be one of those weeks, as the Chiefs host a Denver Broncos team that's allowing opposing quarterbacks to score nearly 19 points a game. If the Chiefs have to take to the air to keep up with the Broncos' high-flying offense, it should mean plenty of opportunities for Smith to rack up yardage and points.

Drops

Robert Griffin III
I advised you to give up on Griffin III last week and drop him and he's done nothing since to convince me he's worth keeping on fantasy rosters. This Sunday against a tough Niners defense, he threw for just 106 yards, was sacked 5 times, and lost a fumble. Don't be surprised to see a quarterback change in Washington next week.

Josh McCown
McCown had a dream match-up against his former employer the Bears and failed to deliver. He threw for 341 yards but 3 costly turnovers took a toll on his fantasy performance. He draws 2 difficult opponents over the next two weeks - the Bengals and Lions boast two of the league's better pass defenses. He's not worth keeping on rosters.