Week 13 Fantasy Rankings: QB

Written By Jacob Camenker

We're finally through bye weeks. Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes are returning to provide a lot of depth to the top tier of our Week 13 fantasy QB rankings. With that duo back, you can find 20 legit starting quarterbacks this week, which only figures to create some difficult start 'em, sit 'em decisions for owners facing a make-or-break matchup with a fantasy playoff berth.

At this point in the season, not much is changing near the top. We have the most consistent players from high-flying offenses ranked highly. That includes guys like Mahomes, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, and Goff. Of course, our tiers of streamers are solid, as well. Among the notable players that could be started this week if needed are Lamar Jackson (@ Falcons), Jameis Winston (vs. Panthers), and the red-hot Baker Mayfield (@ Texans). There are plenty of players we have rated above those options, but at a position like QB, the separation between mid-tier players is minimal anyway, so go with the player/matchup you like there.

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Week 13 Rankings:
Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

In terms of players that we are wary about this week, Carson Wentz tops the list. He has had a couple of bad outings consecutively, and his offense just seems to be sputtering. If he can't get more time to throw in the pocket, he will continue to move down these rankings. For now, we consider him to be a low-end QB1 in a matchup with the Redskins, who were just torched by Amari Cooper and the Cowboys, but that could change if he struggles this week.

Note: We'll adjust these rankings throughout week, so check back often for the latest player movement updates and player analysis.

Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings: QBs

These rankings are for standard leagues with 6-point passing TDs.

1 Patrick Mahomes II, Chiefs @ Raiders
2 Cam Newton, Panthers @ Buccaneers
3 Russell Wilson, Seahawks vs. 49ers. Wilson continues to get the job done at QB despite playing in an offense that throws the ball just 28.1 times per game (good for second-lowest in the NFL before Tennessee's Monday night game). The 49ers have allowed 20-plus fantasy points to QBs in all but two of their games this season. Wilson should take advantage of that, especially considering that he has at least two TDs in all but one outing this year and he is coming off a season-high in passing yards with 339 against the Panthers.
4 Drew Brees, Saints @ Cowboys
5 Andrew Luck, Colts @ Jaguars. Luck has been automatic for most of the season, and he has posted at least three passing TDs in the past eight-straight games. Last time Luck played the Jaguars, he totaled 27.2 fantasy points. Considering that the Jaguars have further fallen apart since that time, Luck should have a chance to find success once again.
6 Jared Goff, Rams @ Lions
7 Kirk Cousins, Vikings @ Patriots. Cousins finally got back on track after a mediocre six-game stretch with a good game against the Packers. He posted 342 passing yards and three scores against the porous Green Bay defense. Now, he will get a chance to take on a Patriots squad that has allowed 23-plus points to five of the last seven QBs they have faced. In what could be a shootout, Cousins should have a chance to put up some strong numbers.
8 Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. Cardinals. The Cardinals have been pretty good against QBs this year, but they just let Philip Rivers throw for three TDs against them. Rodgers and the Packers are in a desperation game at this point, so he should bring his A-game after putting up a dud against Minnesota.
9 Philip Rivers, Chargers @ Steelers
10 Carson Wentz, Eagles vs. Redskins. Wentz hasn't looked comfortable in the pocket in either of his past two outings and as a result, he is averaging only 8.0 fantasy points in those outings. The Redskins are a feast-or-famine type defense when it comes to containing QBs, as they have allowed two 30-plus point scorers and two sub-14 point scorers in their past four outings, so this really is an unpredictable outing for Wentz's owners. Wentz needs to get back on track in this contest and if he doesn't, we'll be moving him down into QB2 territory for the fantasy playoffs.
11 Tom Brady, Patriots vs. Vikings. With Rob Gronkowski back and finally healthy, Brady was able to record multiple TDs for the first time since Week 7. However, the Vikings defense is a tough matchup and they haven't allowed more than 16.9 fantasy points to any QB since Week 5. Still, Brady is a QB1 because this game could be a shootout and the Patriots are good at finding defensive weaknesses to exploit.
12 Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Ravens. The Ravens have only allowed one QB to post more than two passing TDs in a game this season. That was Andy Dalton in Week 2. However, Matt Ryan will always get his yards, and has averaged 334.8 passing yards per game this season. If he can get close to that number and post a score or two, he will be a worthwhile start this week, even against a tough defense.
13 Deshaun Watson, Texans vs. Browns
14 Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Chargers. Home Roethlisberger returns in Week 13 after two consecutive weeks of road Ben. Despite the return home, Roethlisberger faces a tough matchup with a Chargers defense that has limited each of the last three QBs they have faced to 8.2 or less points. Granted, Big Ben is better than the trio of Derek Carr, Case Keenum, and Josh Rosen, but the fact of the matter is that the Chargers could still slow him down a bit. And until Roethlisberger shows that he can avoid turnovers a bit more, he's more of a high-end QB2 and risky QB1 play.
15 Lamar Jackson, Ravens @ Falcons. Jackson has looked good in each of his first two starts for Baltimore. In two games, he has scrambled 37 times for 190 yards and a TD while totaling 328 yards, a TD, and three picks through the air. Yes, the interceptions hurt his value a bit, but they should decrease as time goes on. Jackson should have a chance to thrive against an Atlanta defense that has allowed at least three passing TDs in seven games and has struggled to contain mobile QBs and RBs this season.
16 Matthew Stafford, Lions vs. Rams
17 Dak Prescott, Cowboys vs. Saints
18 Mitchell Trubisky, Bears @ Giants
19 Marcus Mariota, Titans vs. Jets
20 Jameis Winston, Buccaneers vs. Panthers
21 Baker Mayfield, Browns @ Texans
22 Andy Dalton, Bengals vs. Broncos
23 Case Keenum, Broncos @ Bengals
24 Derek Carr, Raiders vs. Chiefs
25 Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins vs. Bills
26 Colt McCoy, Redskins @ Eagles
27 Josh Allen, Bills @ Dolphins
28 Josh Rosen, Cardinals @ Packers
29 Blake Bortles, Jaguars vs. Colts
30 Nick Mullens, 49ers @ Seahawks
31 Sam Darnold, Jets @ Titans
32 Eli Manning, Giants vs. Bears

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