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Aaron Rodgers picked an awful time to have his first game with no touchdown passes of the 2014 season. Last week in Buffalo, he completed just 40 percent of his passes and threw two interceptions.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, however, do not quite have the Bills secondary. The way Rodgers responded from his below average play (for his standards) at the beginning of the season, owners can expect Rodgers to bounce back and remind everyone why he is the front-runner for the MVP award.
Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford all have very "friendly" matchups against division rivals this weekend. Brady faces the Jets, who rank fifth- most in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. Brady threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns in the first meeting versus the Jets.
Stafford arguably has the best matchup of the week against the leaky Chicago Bears. Stafford posted 390 yards and two touchdowns versus the Bears on Thanksgiving. Chicago allows the most fantasy points against quarterbacks.
Like Brady and Stafford, Brees ripped apart the team he is facing this week, the Falcons, in the first matchup. Brees was 29-of-42 with 333 yards, one touchdown and one interception versus Atlanta in Week 1.
Peyton Manning falls out of the top-five this week because of his below average play the last three weeks. Manning is averaging 195 yards in the last three games, which were against the Chiefs, Bills and Chargers. Over the same span, he had three touchdowns and three turnovers as well. Those three opponents are all tough on quarterbacks, but so are the Bengals, Manning's Week 16 opponent. Denver might again feature a run-first attack.
Mark Sanchez is another struggling quarterback, having thrown just two touchdowns and three interceptions in the last two games. Sanchez should get on track versus Washington. Chicago is the only team that permits more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than Washington does.
Robert Griffin III has a chance for a big game as well since the Eagles are also friendly to quarterbacks. If owners need quarterback help, Griffin is an option.
Alex Smith is another option for owners hurting at the quarterback position. The Steelers allow the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.
Top-25 Quarterback Rankings
1) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
2) Tom Brady, New England
3) Drew Brees, New Orleans
4) Matthew Stafford, Detroit
5) Andrew Luck, Indianapolis
6) Peyton Manning, Denver
7) Matt Ryan, Atlanta
8) Tony Romo, Dallas
9) Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh
10) Andy Dalton, Cincinnati
11) Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia
12) Joe Flacco, Baltimore
13) Russell Wilson, Seattle
14) Alex Smith, Kansas City
15) Philip Rivers, San Diego
16) Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco
17) Eli Manning, New York Giants
18) Robert Griffin III, Washington
19) Cam Newton, Carolina
20) Ryan Tannehill, Miami
21) Kyle Orton, Buffalo
22) Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota
23) Shaun Hill, St. Louis
24) Josh McCown, Tampa Bay
25) Jimmy Clausen, Chicago