We’re finally through bye weeks. Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes are returning to provide a lot of depth to the top tier of our Week 13 fantasy QB rankings. With that duo back, you can find 20 legit starting quarterbacks this week, which only figures to create some difficult start ’em, sit ’em decisions for owners facing a make-or-break matchup with a fantasy playoff berth.
At this point in the season, not much is changing near the top. We have the most consistent players from high-flying offenses ranked highly. That includes guys like Mahomes, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, and Goff. Of course, our tiers of streamers are solid, as well. Among the notable players that could be started this week if needed are Lamar Jackson (@ Falcons), Jameis Winston (vs. Panthers), and the red-hot Baker Mayfield (@ Texans). There are plenty of players we have rated above those options, but at a position like QB, the separation between mid-tier players is minimal anyway, so go with the player/matchup you like there.
In terms of players that we are wary about this week, Carson Wentz tops the list. He has had a couple of bad outings consecutively, and his offense just seems to be sputtering. If he can’t get more time to throw in the pocket, he will continue to move down these rankings. For now, we consider him to be a low-end QB1 in a matchup with the Redskins, who were just torched by Amari Cooper and the Cowboys, but that could change if he struggles this week.
Note: We’ll adjust these rankings throughout week, so check back often for the latest player movement updates and player analysis.
Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings: QBs
These rankings are for standard leagues with 6-point passing TDs.
|1||Patrick Mahomes II, Chiefs @ Raiders|
|2||Cam Newton, Panthers @ Buccaneers|
|3||Russell Wilson, Seahawks vs. 49ers. Wilson continues to get the job done at QB despite playing in an offense that throws the ball just 28.1 times per game (good for second-lowest in the NFL before Tennessee’s Monday night game). The 49ers have allowed 20-plus fantasy points to QBs in all but two of their games this season. Wilson should take advantage of that, especially considering that he has at least two TDs in all but one outing this year and he is coming off a season-high in passing yards with 339 against the Panthers.|
|4||Drew Brees, Saints @ Cowboys|
|5||Andrew Luck, Colts @ Jaguars. Luck has been automatic for most of the season, and he has posted at least three passing TDs in the past eight-straight games. Last time Luck played the Jaguars, he totaled 27.2 fantasy points. Considering that the Jaguars have further fallen apart since that time, Luck should have a chance to find success once again.|
|6||Jared Goff, Rams @ Lions|
|7||Kirk Cousins, Vikings @ Patriots. Cousins finally got back on track after a mediocre six-game stretch with a good game against the Packers. He posted 342 passing yards and three scores against the porous Green Bay defense. Now, he will get a chance to take on a Patriots squad that has allowed 23-plus points to five of the last seven QBs they have faced. In what could be a shootout, Cousins should have a chance to put up some strong numbers.|
|8||Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. Cardinals. The Cardinals have been pretty good against QBs this year, but they just let Philip Rivers throw for three TDs against them. Rodgers and the Packers are in a desperation game at this point, so he should bring his A-game after putting up a dud against Minnesota.|
|9||Philip Rivers, Chargers @ Steelers|
|10||Carson Wentz, Eagles vs. Redskins. Wentz hasn’t looked comfortable in the pocket in either of his past two outings and as a result, he is averaging only 8.0 fantasy points in those outings. The Redskins are a feast-or-famine type defense when it comes to containing QBs, as they have allowed two 30-plus point scorers and two sub-14 point scorers in their past four outings, so this really is an unpredictable outing for Wentz’s owners. Wentz needs to get back on track in this contest and if he doesn’t, we’ll be moving him down into QB2 territory for the fantasy playoffs.|
|11||Tom Brady, Patriots vs. Vikings. With Rob Gronkowski back and finally healthy, Brady was able to record multiple TDs for the first time since Week 7. However, the Vikings defense is a tough matchup and they haven’t allowed more than 16.9 fantasy points to any QB since Week 5. Still, Brady is a QB1 because this game could be a shootout and the Patriots are good at finding defensive weaknesses to exploit.|
|12||Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Ravens. The Ravens have only allowed one QB to post more than two passing TDs in a game this season. That was Andy Dalton in Week 2. However, Matt Ryan will always get his yards, and has averaged 334.8 passing yards per game this season. If he can get close to that number and post a score or two, he will be a worthwhile start this week, even against a tough defense.|
|13||Deshaun Watson, Texans vs. Browns|
|14||Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Chargers. Home Roethlisberger returns in Week 13 after two consecutive weeks of road Ben. Despite the return home, Roethlisberger faces a tough matchup with a Chargers defense that has limited each of the last three QBs they have faced to 8.2 or less points. Granted, Big Ben is better than the trio of Derek Carr, Case Keenum, and Josh Rosen, but the fact of the matter is that the Chargers could still slow him down a bit. And until Roethlisberger shows that he can avoid turnovers a bit more, he’s more of a high-end QB2 and risky QB1 play.|
|15||Lamar Jackson, Ravens @ Falcons. Jackson has looked good in each of his first two starts for Baltimore. In two games, he has scrambled 37 times for 190 yards and a TD while totaling 328 yards, a TD, and three picks through the air. Yes, the interceptions hurt his value a bit, but they should decrease as time goes on. Jackson should have a chance to thrive against an Atlanta defense that has allowed at least three passing TDs in seven games and has struggled to contain mobile QBs and RBs this season.|
|16||Matthew Stafford, Lions vs. Rams. Stafford has averaged 11.83 fantasy points in his last four starts, throwing three TDs and four picks in that span. He’s firmly in QB2 territory now, but he gets a good matchup with the Rams in Week 13. The Rams have allowed 32.24-plus fantasy points to each of the last three passers they have faced. Stafford may not reach that number, but at the very least, he should have a good chance to pad his stats in garbage time.|
|17||Dak Prescott, Cowboys vs. Saints. Prescott had a nice outing against the Redskins last week, and he topped 30 fantasy points in the contest thanks largely to the three TDs he put up. The Saints are a tougher matchup, but they have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to QBs this season. Prescott could continue his success if the defense doesn’t play well, so keep him in mind as a potential sleeper.|
|18||Mitchell Trubisky, Bears @ Giants. Trubisky is still recovering from a shoulder injury that kept him out on Thanksgiving. It’s unclear yet if he will play, but if he does, he should have a chance to do well against the Giants.|
|19||Marcus Mariota, Titans vs. Jets|
|20||Jameis Winston, Buccaneers vs. Panthers. In three of their last four outings, the Panthers have surrendered at least 25.96 fantasy points to a QB. One of those games came against the Buccaneers, when Ryan Fitzpatrick logged 32.02 fantasy points thanks largely to four passing TDs. Winston should have a chance at similar success, especially since he’s coming off one of his best outings of the season (312 yards, two passing TDs, 24 rushing yards).|
|21||Baker Mayfield, Browns @ Texans. Mayfield has started to catch fire in recent weeks, and he has thrown for 474 yards and seven TDs in the past two games. However, he’s running into a tough Houston defense that had allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to QBs prior to their Week 12 clash with the Titans. And since Week 4, no QB has posted 17.6-plus points on the Texans. That makes this a riskier matchup to start Mayfield in.|
|22||Case Keenum, Broncos @ Bengals. Keenum could be an intriguing streamer against a terrible Bengals defense, but it seems likely that Phillip Lindsay and the run game will take some scoring opportunities away from him.|
|23||Derek Carr, Raiders vs. Chiefs. There could be garbage time in this contest, but Carr hasn’t played well all year. There’s no reason to start trusting him now.|
|24||Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins vs. Bills|
|25||Colt McCoy, Redskins @ Eagles. The Eagles are beat-up in the secondary, but there’s no way you can justify starting Colt McCoy at this point.|
|26||Josh Allen, Bills @ Dolphins|
|27||Jeff Driskel, Bengals vs. Broncos. Driskel is now the starter in Cincinnati with Andy Dalton’s season over. While he looked good against the Browns in the second half, he may have more trouble against the solid Broncos defense in his first career start.|
|28||Josh Rosen, Cardinals @ Packers|
|29||Cody Kessler, Jaguars vs. Colts. Kessler is now the starter over Blake Bortles in Jacksonville. He isn’t relevant in fantasy.|
|30||Nick Mullens, 49ers @ Seahawks|
|31||Sam Darnold, Jets @ Titans. Darnold is still dealing with a foot injury, and he’s questionable for this game.|
|32||Eli Manning, Giants vs. Bears. Manning has been playing well as of late, but he has to take on the Bears in Week 13. Khalil Mack and friends should feast on the Giants’ mediocre offensive line and could get a lot of pressure on Manning and force him into some bad throws.|
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