Week 12 Player Fantasy Rankings - Quarterbacks
By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Peyton Manning, Peyton Manning, Peyton Manning, that's all we've heard all season. Yes, Manning is having a monster season, but if you check the numbers you will find that New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has more fantasy points over the past month than the Broncos' signal caller.
Brees is on pace for 5,390 passing yards and 42 touchdowns which would mark the fourth time in his career that he'll throw for more than 5,000 yards. Manning has never thrown for that total. Tom Brady has cracked the 5K mark just once and Aaron Rodgers can't even make that claim.
Brees will start the week's action as the Saints travel to Atlanta for the Thursday night Week 12 opener. The Thursday night games haven't been great for fantasy owners, but they have averaged a combined 50.5 ppg and 695 ypg. That's right around the overall league average of 46.8 ppg and 700.2 ypg.
Tony Romo is our second choice this week facing a New York Giants' defense that has forgotten how to sack the quarterback. They are last in the NFL with just 14, well below the league average of 26.4 and out of view of league- leaders Buffalo (37) and Kansas City (36). Romo should get Miles Austin back in the lineup to add to his favorite targets Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten.
Rounding out the top-five are: Manning, Matthew Stafford and Brady.
Manning will play through his ankle injury, ignoring the pain, to throw for 300 yards (he's hit the passing bonus in nine of 10 games this season). Even if he doesn't have Wes Welker (head) or Julius Thomas (knee) the consummate pro will find a way to get his fantasy owners plenty of points. Of course it helps to have the deepest receiving corps in the NFL. Most quarterbacks would kill for Manning's quartet of Welker, Julius Thomas, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker.
Stafford has been zeroing in on Calvin Johnson over the past month and it shows in his passing totals. He's averaging 356 ypg and 2.25 TDs over his last four games.
Brady will have to be at his best when his Patriots face the Broncos Sunday night. Denver is No. 1 in scoring, averaging 39.8 ppg. Brady can't expect his defense to hold them below 30 points, so he'll have to throw early and often.
Below you can find the complete quarterback ranking list.
Top-25 Quarterback Rankings
1) Drew Brees, New Orleans
2) Tony Romo, Dallas
3) Peyton Manning, Denver
4) Matthew Stafford, Detroit
5) Tom Brady, New England
6) Cam Newton, Carolina
7) Philip Rivers, San Diego
8) Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh
9) Matt Ryan, Atlanta
10) Andrew Luck, Indianapolis
11) Robert Griffin III, Washington
12) Eli Manning, New York Giants
13) Case Keenum, Houston
14) Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay
15) Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco
16) Josh McCown, Chicago
17) Carson Palmer, Arizona
18) Jason Campbell, Cleveland
19) Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tennessee
20) Scott Tolzien, Green Bay
21) Christian Ponder, Minnesota
22) Ryan Tannehill, Miami
23) Joe Flacco, Baltimore
24) Alex Smith, Kansas City
25) Matt McGloin, Oakland
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