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It is extremely rare to not see Peyton Manning ranked among the top three quarterbacks on any given week let alone out of the top five. That, however, is the case for Week 13 as the Broncos visit the Chiefs.
Manning broke out of his mini-slump throwing four touchdown passes last week, but that was at home, and Manning's "mini-slump" of 986 yards and eight touchdowns came in the previous three games, all of which were on the road. In a loud Arrowhead Stadium and with an angry Chiefs team with extra time to prepare after coming off a heart-breaking loss, Manning could be due for another "average" day, by his standards anyway.
Even though Manning is not ranked in the top five, owners will find fantasy stud quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady near the top of the list. The two Pro Bowl No. 12 quarterbacks will face off for the first time ever, and it should be a dandy. It wouldn't be wise to start a defense in this game.
Tony Romo has just been on fire lately, so he holds the No. 3 spot for Week 13. In Romo's two games since his return from the back injury, he has thrown for 521 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions with a lost fumble being his only real blunder. Against the Eagles, who allow the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, Romo should feast on Thanksgiving.
Ryan Tannehill has the juiciest matchup of the weekend versus the Jets, and with his performance in the Mile High City last week, fantasy owners shouldn't hesitate to use him. He threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns against the Broncos. No one has given up more touchdown passes this season than the Jets.
Matt Ryan's production seems to have plateaued for the season, which is both good and bad. In the last four games, Ryan has scored somewhere between 15 and 16 fantasy points.
Owners love the consistency, but Ryan's upside is limited. Other quarterbacks such as Eli Manning, Mark Sanchez, Andy Dalton and Russell Wilson have much bigger upsides, but they also come with bigger risks. If owners want a "safe play," Ryan is the guy.
Usually, Wilson wouldn't join a group with Eli Manning, Sanchez and Dalton, but he does this week versus the 49ers. Seattle and San Francisco give up the least and second-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, so it appears fans are in for another brutal defensive battle.
That makes Colin Kaepernick a risky play in Week 13 as well.
Top-25 Quarterback Rankings
1) Andrew Luck, Indianapolis
2) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
3) Tony Romo, Dallas
4) Tom Brady, New England
5) Drew Brees, New Orleans
6) Peyton Manning, Denver
7) Ryan Tannehill, Miami
8) Matthew Stafford, Detroit
9) Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh
10) Philip Rivers, San Diego
11) Joe Flacco, Baltimore
12) Matt Ryan, Atlanta
13) Eli Manning, New York Giants
14) Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia
15) Andy Dalton, Cincinnati
16) Russell Wilson, Seattle
17) Alex Smith, Kansas City
18) Cam Newton, Carolina
19) Jay Cutler, Chicago
20) Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco
21) Kyle Orton, Buffalo
22) Drew Stanton, Arizona
23) Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota
24) Zach Mettenberger, Tennessee
25) Blake Bortles, Jacksonville