2015 Fantasy Football: Week 13 Fantasy Quarterback Rankings

Given the relative lack of talent at wide receiver after the season-ending injury to Kelvin Benjamin, few could have imagined the season would go this well for Carolina's Cam Newton.

Not only are the Panthers the lone unbeaten team at 11-0, but the only quarterback to score more fantasy football points through Week 12 than Newton (241.34) is New England's Tom Brady (258.8).

With the help of the team's defense, who returned a pair of Tony Romo interceptions for touchdowns, Newton threw for only 183 yards with no touchdowns on Thanksgiving in Dallas. He did, however, rush for a score.

Before last week's modest fantasy performance, Newton had finished as fantasy's top-scoring quarterback in two of his previous three games and a top-six fantasy quarterback in three consecutive games.

On the season, Newton has four weekly top-three finishes including his first game against the Saints in Week 3. In that game, Newton threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns and added 33 rushing yards for a score as well.

No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season than the Saints. Over their past seven games, the Saints have allowed 315.86 passing yards and 3.29 touchdowns per game. It should be another long day for the Saints defense.

Here are some more fantasy football notes on quarterbacks:

  • As noted above, no quarterback has more fantasy points than Tom Brady this season, but the injuries continue to mount for the Patriots. It appears likely that Brady will get Danny Amendola back this week, but he will be without stud tight end Rob Gronkowski for this week and perhaps/likely longer. With such a favorable matchup this week against the Eagles, who have allowed five passing touchdowns and 45 total points in back-to-back games, Brady and the Patriots offensive machine shouldn't miss a beat this week.

  • There was plenty of confusion about Ben Roethlisberger's placement into the league's concussion protocol, but he is good to go for his Week 13 matchup against the Colts on Sunday Night Football. In his past three games, Big Ben has thrown for 334 yards (vs. OAK), 379 yards (vs. CLE) and 456 yards (at SEA) for an average of 389.67 Y/G.

  • Not only do the Dolphins rank first in the NFL in passing-play percentage (67.56 percent) this season, but they have been even more pass-happy in their past three games (72.32%). With the firing of offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, there should be more run-pass balance going forward, but they best way to exploit this week's matchup is through the air. The Ravens have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. In his past three games, Tannehill has thrown seven touchdowns and only two interceptions.

  • No quarterback has a more favorable fantasy football strength of schedule through Week 16 than Kansas City's Alex Smith. Here are his upcoming opponents: OAK (sixth-most fantasy points allowed to QBs), SD (14th-most), BAL (second-most) and CLE (fifth-most). Not only does Smith have the 14th-most fantasy points through Week 12, but he has finished as a top-19 fantasy quarterback in all but one game this season. It wouldn't surprise me if he finished among the top-12 quarterbacks from Weeks 13 to 16.

  • Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is coming off a season-high four-TD performance against the Dolphins last week. Excluding the game in which he left early, Fitzpatrick has accounted for multiple touchdowns in nine of the 10 games he has finished this season. On the year, he is just behind Smith in terms of fantasy points scored (QB15) and he has a great matchup this week against the Giants, who have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

Below you find my Week 13 Fantasy Football QB Rankings:

1. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (at NO)
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (vs. PHI)
3. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. IND)
4. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (at STL)
5. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (at MIN)
6. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (at CLE)
7. Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs. NYJ)
8. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (vs. SF)
9. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (vs. CAR)
10. Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (at NYG)
11. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (vs. BAL)
12. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (vs. DEN)
13. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (at TB)
14. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (at TEN)
15. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (vs. KC)
16. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (at OAK)
17. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (vs. JAX)
18. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. ATL)
19. Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos (at SD)
20. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (vs. HOU)
21. Matt Hasselbeck, Indianapolis Colts (at PIT)
22. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (vs. DAL)
23. Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans (at BUF)
24. Matt Schaub, Baltimore Ravens (at MIA)
25. Blaine Gabbert, San Francisco 49ers (at CHI)

Note: Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford played on Thursday night so they are removed from these rankings.

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