Each week we analyze the match ups and provide our take on which Quarterbacks you should start and which should be sitting on your fantasy pine.

We take several variables into account including matchups, injuries, potential weather problems, arrests, baby mama trouble, etc. 

The QB position took a major hit with four signal callers (Vick, Big Ben, Alex Smith and Jay Cutler) knocked out in week 10. The Steelers offense has floundered the past 2 weeks under Charlie Batch / Byron Leftwich and Big Ben has been ruled out for the week 13 game in Baltimore (all members of the Steeler receiving corps are flex plays at best without Ben under center).  Mike Vick will miss his 3rd straight game on Sunday Night but Nick Foles is not a recommended play behind an injury riddled O-line against a solid Cowboy pass defense (9th against the pass). Colin Kaepernick is expected draw the week 13 start against a mediocre St Louis defense (ranked 16th against the pass). Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden passed concussion tests and is in line to be under center against a struggling Raider secondary allowing the 5th most fantasy PPG to opposing QBs.

Be sure to check out our interactive INJURY REPORT with fantasy advice to stay up to date on all of the fantasy relevant bumps & bruises.

Quarterback Upgrades:

Tony Romo (vs Philadelphia):  The 32 year old QB is averaging 302 YPG with a mediocre 16:15 TD:INT ratio in his 9th NFL season.

  • Opponent ranking – Eagles pass defense is allowing the most fantasy PPG to opposing QBs (28 Fantasy PPG) over the past 5 games.
  • Philadelphia have allowed 3rd most passing touchdowns (20)
  • Romo is currently ranked 14th among QBs in standard scoring  - last 4 weeks he’s scored (17, 16, 16, 30)
  • Vegas Over/Under is set at 43 points
  • In the week 9 meeting, Romo finished with 209 passing yards and 2 TDs.
  • Injuries – WR Miles Austin is questionable with hip/hamstring injuries but is expected to play
  • Razzball has Romo at #6 for the week.

Andy Dalton (@ San Diego): The Red Rocket is averaging 252 YPG and has tossed an impressive 23 TDs with 11 INTs in  his sophomore season. 

  • Opponent ranking – Chargers pass defense is ranked 20th against the pass allowing 243 YPG  - allow 16th most fantasy PPG to opposing QBs (21 Fantasy PPG)
  • Currently ranked 9th among QBs in standard scoring  - last 4 weeks he’s scored (16, 24, 24, 21)
  • Vegas Over/Under is set at 46 points
  • Injuries: Rookie WR Mohamed Sanu is out for the season with a foot injury (had 4 TDs over past 3 games)
  • LestersLegends have Dalton at #10 this week.

Eli Manning (vs. Green Bay): Peyton’s little brother is averaging 263 YPG and has tossed just 15 TDs with 11 INTs over first 11 games of the season.

  • Opponent ranking – Washington pass defense is ranked 31st against the pass allowing 301 YPG  - allow 2nd most fantasy PPG to opposing QBs (25 Fantasy PPG)
  • Currently ranked 18th among QBs in standard scoring  - last 4 weeks he’s scored (7, 4, 6, 23)
  • Vegas Over/Under is set at 51 points
  • In week 7 meeting with Washington, finished with 337 yards passing but just 1 TD and 2 INTs.
  • Yardbarker Consensus Rankings have Eli at #10 this week.

Quarterback Downgrades: 

Josh Freeman (@ Denver): The 24 year old Kansas State alum is averaging 251 YPG with 21 TDs and 7 INTs through 11 games.

  • Opponent ranking - Denver’s pass defense is ranked 5th allowing 210 YPG – 11th fewest fantasy PPG to QBs
  • CB Champ Bailey likely to shadow WR Vincent Jackson (In 7 meetings, Bailey has held V-Jax to average of 47 YPG with just 1 TD)
  • Currently ranked 12th among QB in standard scoring  - last 4 weeks he’s scored (19, 17, 24, 10
  • Vegas Over/Under is set at 51 points
  • Rotoprofessor Ranks Freeman as their #16 QB for week 13.

Phil Rivers (vs Cincinnati): The 30 year old QB  is averaging 244 YPG with a mediocre 18:14 TD:INT ratio in his 9th NFL season. 

  • Opponent ranking - Bengal pass defense is allowing the 3rd fewest fantasy PPG to opposing QBs (15 Fantasy PPG) over the past 5 games.
  • Currently ranked 20th among QBs in standard scoring  - last 4 weeks he’s scored (16, 24, 15, 13)
  • Vegas Over/Under is set at 46 points
  • Yardbarker Consensus Rankings have Rivers at #19 this week.

Russell Wilson (@ Chicago): The rookie 3rd round pick from Wisconsin is  averaging 187 YPG with 17 TDs and 8 INTs through 11 games (has 7 TDs and zero INTs over past 3 games)

  • Opponent ranking - Bears pass defense is ranked 6th allowing 210 YPG – 2nd fewest fantasy PPG to QBs
  • CB Charles Tillman likely to shadow and injured Sidney Rice
  • Currently ranked 23rd among QB in standard scoring  - last 4 weeks he’s scored (17, 22, 18, 21)
  • Vegas Over/Under is set at 37 points (2nd lowest of the week)
  • Injuries: WR Sidney Rice list as questionable with a calf injury.
  • FFtoolbox Ranks Wilson as their #25 QB for week 13.

Quarterback Sleepers:

Brandon Weeden (@ Oakland): The rookie from Okie State is averaging 223 YPG with 12 TDs and 13 INTs through 11 games

Chad Henne (@ Buffalo): The 27 year old Michigan alum has amassed 615 passing yards with 6 TDs and just 1 TD over the past 2 weeks. 

  • Opponent ranking - Bills pass defense is ranked 18th allowing 233 YPG  - allow 10th most fantasy PPG to opposing QBs (23 Fantasy PPG).
  • Buffalo defense is tied for 3rd most passing TDs allowed (20).
  • Vegas Over/Under is set at 44 points
  • WR Cecil Shorts is the #5 fantasy WR over the past 5 weeks (behind only Brandon Marshall, Megatron, V-Jax, and Randall Cobb)
  • Yardbarker Consensus Rankings have Henne at #17 this week.

Jake Locker (vs Houston): The 2nd year Washington alum is averaging 194 YPG with 7 TDs and 4 INTs over 5 games

  • Opponent ranking – Texan pass defense is allowing the 9th most fantasy PPG to opposing QBs (23 Fantasy PPG) over the past 5 games.
  • Vegas Over/Under is set at 47 points
  • Top Houston CB Jonathan Joseph has been ruled out with a hamstring injury
  • FFToday have Locker at #20 this week.
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