Week 12 – QB Rankings

If Week 11 showed us anything, it was that Nathan Peterman is not better than Tyrod Taylor, sorry Nate. Outside of the debacle in Buffalo, the quarterback play of 2017 has been unpredictable all season, and it continued this week. We started the week off on Thursday night; Ben Roethlisberger said himself that he hasn’t felt the same this season, and his numbers showed it. Tennessee rolls into town and Big Ben throws for 299 yards and 4 TDs. Fast forward to Sunday, Alex Smith entered the week having thrown 18 TDs to just 1 INT on the season. Coming off a bye, entering the Meadowlands where we’ve seen the Giants allow guys like CJ Beathard to have career days. Smith was very high on most rankings this week; he threw for 230 yards and 2 INTs, no TDs. Dak Prescott, for the second week in a row without Ezekiel Elliott, appears to be less stellar without his star RB behind him. They’ve scored a total of 16 points in 2 games, and Prescott has really struggled. Against an average Philly pass defense, Prescott threw for 145 yards and 3 INTs; not the Rookie of the Year type numbers we saw last year and the first 8 games this year with Elliott.

Then there’s the few guys you can count on every week, humming along doing the things they’ve been doing all season. Russell Wilson continues to be the Seahawks’ only source of offense. He was responsible for 344 of the team’s 360 offensive yards Monday Night and all 3 TDs they scored. Tom Brady keeps doing Tom Brady-like things; we, as fans, keep waiting for Father Time to take his next victim, but it doesn’t appear to be coming anytime soon.

The most impressive performance of the week to me was Kirk Cousins. The 2017 Saints’ defense isn’t the defense we’ve become accustomed to in New Orleans lately. Ranked 13th in the NFL against opposing QB’s in fantasy scoring, and 8th in the NFL in scoring, this defense is good. Allowing 19.6 PPG and roughly 18 PPG at home, they let Cousins (and a third of their offense inactive) rack up 31 points. Albeit in a loss, but for fantasy sake, that’s not as much of a concern. Cousins moved the Redskins offense at will, as he has been for most of the season, with key players missing. On Tuesday, during his regular radio spot with ‘Grant & Danny’ on 106.7 the Fan, he said he’s playing “the best football of his career.” Based on what I’m seeing, and who he’s working with on offense, there’s no doubt he’s right.

Week 12 rankings:

  1. Russell Wilson (SEA) at 49ers
  2. Tom Brady (NE) vs dolphins
  3. Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) vs packers
  4. Kirk Cousins (WAS) vs giants
  5. Carson Wentz (PHI) vs bears
  6. Matt Ryan (ATL) vs buccaneers
  7. Jared Goff (LAR) vs saints
  8. Philip Rivers (LAC) at cowboys
  9. Alex Smith (KC) vs bills
  10. Drew Brees (NO) at rams
  11. Matthew Stafford (DET) vs vikings
  12. Marcus Mariota (TEN) at colts
  13. Eli Manning (NYG) at redskins
  14. Ryan Fitzpatrick (TB) at falcons
  15. Case Keenum (MIN) at lions
  16. Cam Newton (CAR) at jets
  17. Andy Dalton (CIN) vs browns
  18. Dak Prescott (DAL) vs chargers
  19. Tyrod Taylor (BUF) at chiefs
  20. Josh McCown (NYJ) vs panthers
  21. Derek Carr (OAK) vs broncos
  22. Jacoby Brissett (IND) vs titans
  23. Joe Flacco (BAL) vs texans
  24. Jay Cutler/Matt Moore (MIA) at patriots
  25. Blake Bortles (JAX) at cardinals
  26. Deshone Kizer (CLE) at bengals
  27. Mitchell Trubisky (CHI) at eagles
  28. Tom Savage (HOU) at ravens
  29. C.J. Beathard (SF) vs seahawks
  30. Blaine Gabbert (ARI) vs jaguars
  31. Brett Hundley (GB) at steelers
  32. Paxton Lynch (DEN) at raiders

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