NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings and Quarterback Predictions: Who to Sit, Who to Start
Welcome to another edition of "Fantasy Football Friday."
As we all know, the quarterback position is the most important position in Fantasy Football because they can put up the most points each week. Unfortunately, not every week is a good one for even the very best in the league.
Here are some notable quarterbacks to start and bench for Week 13:
1. Peyton Manning
Even though Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will be traveling to Kansas City to face the Chiefs, fantasy owners shouldn't budge from starting Manning. Since joining the Broncos, Manning is a perfect 5-0 against the Chiefs, including a 24-17 victory in Week 2 this season. Manning has 34 touchdowns and nine interceptions this season with a 109.5 passer rating. The Chiefs have the No. 1 pass defense in the league, but Peyton Manning just seems to be their kryptonite.
In Week 2, Manning had three touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Chiefs defense.
2. Ben Roethlisberger
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may have the best week of any quarterback this week. The Steelers face the New Orleans Saints at home. The Saints have the No. 23 ranked pass defense, and they have lost their last three consecutive games. The Saints are just 1-4 this season when playing on the road. Roethlisberger is having one of the best statistical seasons of his career with a 105.3 passer rating, and 14 touchdowns in his last four games. You can expect Roethlisberger to have a big game against the Saints' mediocre defense on Sunday.
3. Andy Dalton
Andy Dalton has been a little bit of a disappointment for fantasy owners this year. After throwing 33 touchdowns last season, Dalton has just 12 touchdowns through 11 games this year so far. But, there are some good things to consider. One, Dalton has been improving lately with four touchdowns in his last two games and he faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week. The Buccaneers' pass defense has allowed the 27th most passing touchdowns in the league this season, and they aren't getting much pressure on the quarterback.
1. Philip Rivers
There's no denying that Philip Rivers is a great quarterback, but Week 13 isn't very favorable for him. The San Diego Chargers will face the Baltimore Ravens, and this season tells us that won't end well for Rivers. This season, the Chargers haven't played well against great teams, such as the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. Rivers has two touchdowns and four interceptions in his last three games, and he doesn't appear to be fully healthy just yet. The Ravens know they need this win to stay in contention in the AFC North.
2. Drew Brees
Something isn't right with Drew Brees. Of course, his defense is playing terrible, but he's throwing a lot of terrible passes that we're not used to seeing him throw. Brees has 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this season, as opposed to 39 touchdowns and 12 interceptions all of last season. Brees also leads the entire NFL in third down interceptions. Playing in Pittsburgh could spell disaster for Brees and the Saints against the Steelers.
3. Cam Newton
When your offense loses Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn, there's a good chance you're quarterback is going to suffer. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been without his favorite targets this season, and it's showing. Since Week 5 Newton has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns and his running backs can't stay healthy. On the flip side, let's give some credit to the Minnesota Vikings defense that ranks 12th overall and 7th against the pass this season.
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