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Week 12 Rankings

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Updated 12:20 p.m. ET, Sunday 11/25/2012


The ranks are going up a day early this week to serve those leaving work early, traveling for the holidays, and/or trying to manage a hectic schedule before the slate of games on Thanksgiving. 


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Week 12 Quarterbacks

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Peyton Manning at KC -
2 Matt Ryan at TB Probable (finger)
3 Drew Brees vs. SF -
4 Aaron Rodgers at NYG -
5 Tom Brady at NYJ -
6 Robert Griffin III at DAL -
7 Andrew Luck vs. BUF -
8 Josh Freeman vs. ATL -
9 Colin Kaepernick at NO -
10 Cam Newton at PHI -
11 Matthew Stafford vs. HOU -
12 Tony Romo vs. WAS -
13 Andy Dalton vs. OAK -
14 Carson Palmer at CIN -
15 Chad Henne vs. TEN -
16 Eli Manning vs. GB -
17 Matt Schaub at DET -
18 Ryan Fitzpatrick at IND -
19 Philip Rivers vs. BAL -
20 Jake Locker at JAC -
21 Joe Flacco at SD -
22 Jay Cutler vs. MIN -
23 Mark Sanchez vs. NE -
24 Russell Wilson at MIA -
25 Nick Foles vs. CAR -
26 Ryan Tannehill vs. SEA -
27 Brandon Weeden vs. PIT -
28 Sam Bradford at ARZ -
29 Christian Ponder at CHI -
30 Charlie Batch at CLE -
31 Ryan Lindley vs. STL -
32 Brady Quinn vs. DEN -

QB Notes: Matt Ryan became the first QB since Bart Starr in 1967 to win a game with 5+ interceptions and zero touchdowns. The Cardinals defense was amoebic, but Ryan wasn’t quite as bad as the boxscore. Three of the five interceptions were courtesy of a Roddy White drop and two deflections. Ryan will get back on track against a Bucs defense allowing the third-most fantasy points to QBs.

Even against the 49ers stout defense, Brees remains a must-start QB1. The Saints have scored a touchdown on an NFC-best 29.4 percent of their drives and 71.4 percent of their red-zone possessions this season. … Rodgers has traditionally torched the Giants defense, but the revamped offensive line is cause for slight pause against Jason Pierre-Paul’s crew. … One of the most impressive stats I’ve seen this season: RGIII’s completion percentage on passes of 11-20 yards in the air is 71.9. Griffin remains on pace to join Michael Vick as the only QBs in history with a 1,000-yard season.

RGIII acolytes love to use Andrew Luck’s poor completion percentage as a crutch, but no QB has seen fewer yards after the catch than Luck’s 33.4 percent. Still leading the NFL in average depth of target, the aggressive Luck is on pace to shatter Cam Newton’s rookie passing record by roughly 700 yards. … Dalton has an excellent matchup against a Raiders defense allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. … ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski believes Josh Freeman is “clearly on his way to becoming a superstar” in the league’s hottest offense. Freeman is second in fantasy points over the past five weeks.

Colin Kaepernick’s 243 yards in his starting debut are more than Alex Smith has posted in all but one game this season. Kaepernick’s downfield aggressiveness was evident versus the Bears, but the key to his fantasy value is rushing yards. Nine of his 25 runs have gone for 10+ yards, which puts this backup QB behind only RGIII, Cam Newton, and Michael Vick on the season. Kaepernick’s second start will come against a Saints defense allowing the most fantasy points to quarterbacks.

Forget the Eagles’ early-season stout defense. Since Todd Bowles replaced Juan Castillo as defensive boss, the team has allowed four consecutive QBs to reach a passer rating of at least 120. That happened just seven times in 160 games under the late Jim Johnson. Cam Newton’s footwork remains a mess, but at least the matchup is right this week. … No QB has seen his receivers drop more passes than Matthew Stafford this season. He was brutal in Week 11. … Henne has a six-game audition for the 2013 starting job. Five of those six games will come against defenses in the top-10 for most points allowed to fantasy QBs. Don’t be surprised if Henne flirts with QB1 value the rest of the way.

Matt Schaub failed to crack the top-20 in fantasy points over the first 10 weeks of the season. After joining Boomer Esiason as the only QBs in history with a pair of games hitting 490+ yards, he’s now 14th fantasy points. … Can Joe Flacco be trusted outside of Baltimore? He’s yet to produce a multiple touchdown game on the road this season. … Jay Cutler is practicing again, but still awaiting clearance for game action. … Nick Foles was just 3-of-15 on passes aimed over 10 yards last week, averaging 4.4 yards per attempt on all throws. Check back this weekend to make sure that he remains on track to start over Michael Vick.

Brandon Weeden had all day to throw at Dallas and should have been intercepted several times. He wasn’t nearly as good as his numbers suggest. Weeden is now squaring off with a Steelers defense that hasn’t allowed 170 passing yards in five games. … Charlie Batch hasn’t topped 210 yards in a game in the past half-decade. … Ryan Lindley proved to be not ready for prime time in his first extensive game action. ... Scott Pioli's boondoggle (Matt Cassel) has been outplayed by OC Brian Daboll's millstone (Brady Quinn). So just how bad is scout Jim Nagy's pet project (Ricky Stanzi) if he can't see the field in Kansas City?


Sunday Update: Dropped Dalton behind Kaepernick and Newton based on matchups and upside. Removed Michael Vick, Alex Smith, and John Skelton as they're not starting.


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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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