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Here are the 2015 LestersLegends Week 11 quarterback rankings.
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1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
3. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
4. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
5. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
6. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
7. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
8. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
9. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
10. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
11. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
12. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
13. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
14. Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets
15. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
16. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
17. Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia Eagles
18. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
19. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
20. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
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Here are the 2015 LestersLegends Week 10 quarterback rankings.
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1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
4. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
5. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
6. Eli Manning, New York Giants
7. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
8. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
9. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
10. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
11. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
12. Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets
13. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
14. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
15. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
16. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
17. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
18. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
19. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
20. Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles
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Here are the 2015 LestersLegends Week 9 quarterback rankings.
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1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
5. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
6. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
7. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
8. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
9. Eli Manning, New York Giants
10. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
11. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
12. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
13. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
14. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15. Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets
16. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
17. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
18. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
19. Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles
20. Nick Foles, St. Louis Rams
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Here are the 2015 LestersLegends Week 8 quarterback rankings.
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1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
3. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
4. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
5. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
6. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
7. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
8. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
10. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
11. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
12. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
13. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
14. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
14. Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets
15. Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings
16. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
17. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
18. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
19. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
20. Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans
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We are still unsure if there will be a 2011 season or not, but fantasy football players need to start thinking about the season as we are approaching June.
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1.  Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers:  A concussion ended his 4000 yard streak at two, but 3922 is close enough. Add 28 passing touchdowns, a career high 356 rushing yards, and four rushing scores and you’re looking at the number one fantasy quarterback option once again.
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2.  Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints:  Brees puts up better passing numbers, but the rushing numbers distinguishes Rodgers as the premier fantasy quarterback.
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3.  Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers:  Three straight 4000 yard seasons. Like Brees it doesn’t really matter who he is throwing to.
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4.  Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles:  As explosive as they come. He easily could be the number one fantasy quarterback, but he comes with an injury risk. Not to mention a regression risk because Vick never had a season near last year’s monster campaign.
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5.  Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts:  Ho hum. Another epic season for Manning. The Colts added some pass protection, but it could take some time to gel without adequate OTA time.
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6.  Tom Brady, New England Patriots:  His overall numbers were great, but he is more likely to drop a dud than the top five, which is why I have him ranked at six. When all is said and done he will likely have another big year.
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7.  Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys:  He has the weapons and the ability. It’s a matter of staying healthy and mentally tough enough to deliver. Adding a solid backup is a must.
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8.  Matt Schaub, Houston Texans:  The Texans should have improved on defense, which means he’s more likely to repeat last year’s form than his 2009 production.
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9.  Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers:  Ben’s troubles could work in his favor this year as he has experience with getting up to speed quickly.
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10.   Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons:  Ryan got a shiny new toy when the Falcons traded up to grab Julio Jones. We know he is a talented quarterback in reality. This year he takes the next step on the fantasy side.
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11.  Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams:  Bradford set the rookie completion record and should only get better thanks to the experience he gained last year.
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12.  Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens:  The Ravens added Anquan Boldin last year and Torrey Smith this year to help Flacco continue to progress.
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13.  Eli Manning, New York Giants:  It’s easy to get on Eli for his 25 picks, but he reached 4000 yards for the second straight year and set a career high with 31 TD passes.
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14.  Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Freeman’s numbers are bloated from a five-touchdown performance against Seattle. While I think he’ll throw more than the six interceptions he tossed last year, I think he finally collects a rushing touchdown.
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15.  Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs:   Cassel took a step forward throwing for 31 touchdown passes last year, forming a great bond with Dwayne Bowe. They added Jonathan Baldwin to keep the defenses honest.
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Super Bowl XLV is a matchup of two of the best quarterbacks in football. Both have strong arms and can make plays with their feet. Aaron Rodgers has been a statistical force the past few years while Big Ben is looking to add a third ring.
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With all the attention Aaron Rodgers had in the original Brett Favre drama, he should not be fazed by the extra attention that comes with playing in the Super Bowl.
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Being a multiple Super Bowl winner, not to mention the off-the-field issues Ben Roethlisberger has had in recent years, you know that he won’t shy away from a little extra media coverage.
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Since the circumstances shouldn’t play a major role in determining which quarterback will have the better performance, we’ll have to look to the field. While Rodgers has been the statistical superior player, he’ll also be facing a tougher defense.
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Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, there strength is stopping the run. When Rodgers faced Pittsburgh in 2009, he threw for 383 yards and three touchdowns while adding 22 yards and another score on the ground.
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Big Ben topped him though with 503 yards and three touchdown passes as the Steelers edged the Packers 37-36.
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With the Lombardi Trophy at stake I don’t expect anything like that in Super Bowl 45, but I do expect the offenses to move the football and put some points on the board.
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It’s really close, but I do give one quarterback a slight edge in this one. While I’m taking Pittsburgh to win the game, I think Aaron Rodgers walks away with better numbers.
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I know it’s ridiculous to do Pro Bowl rankings, but what the heck. I’m having my son Heath (6) help me with them.
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Quarterbacks
1.  Philip Rivers
2.  Michael Vick
3.  Peyton Manning
4.  Matt Ryan
5.  Drew Brees
6.  Matt Cassel
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1.  Adrian Peterson
2.  Jamaal Charles
3.  Michael Turner
4.  Arian Foster
5.  Chris Johnson
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Tom Brady joined the ranks of Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Michael Vick. Elite fantasy quarterbacks that will have to watch the rest of the NFL Playoffs on TV. Here’s how the remaining four quarterbacks shake out for the AFC & NFC Conference Championship Games.
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1.  Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers:  All Rodgers has done in his three playoff starts is average 323 yards with 10 touchdown passes with just one interception. He has also ran for a couple more scores. Think about that. He is averaging four touchdowns per playoff game. The Bears are tough, but Rodgers and the Packers are on fire.
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2.  Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers:  It’s hard to bet against a team that beat Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in their perspective houses, but Big Ben may be even harder to rattle than those two legends because of his ability to shrug off would be tacklers and make improbable plays. He had moderate success (264 passing yards, 25 rushing yards, TD) in their first meeting, and Pittsburgh’s elite defense should give him some short fields to work with. I don’t expect a Herculean effort, but a solid one.
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3.  Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears: Cutler did more than hold his own in his playoff debut, throwing for 274 yards and two touchdowns. More surprising though were his 43 rushing yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns. He averaged just 194.5 yards though in two regular season meetings with the Packers, throwing one touchdown and three interceptions. Last year wasn’t much better as he averaged 243 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions. My feeling is that the Packers pressure gets to Cutler, forcing him into some bad reads.
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4.  Mark Sanchez, New York Jets:  Sanchez rose to the occasion, lighting up the Patriots for 194 yards and three touchdowns. Pittsburgh is a different animal though, as their attacking defense will make things very uncomfortable for Sanchez. They tormented Flacco with James Harrison picking up three of the Steelers’ five sacks. I expect Sanchez to top Flacco’s 125 passing yards, but I’d be surprised if he tops 200.
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The Seahawks certainly put the wild in the Wild Card round. Eliminated were Michael Vick, Drew Brees, and Peyton Manning. With that crop of elite quarterbacks out of the mix, let’s take a look at the divisional round rankings.
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1.  Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers:  He’s truly an elite talent. He does not even need to go to his favorite weapon (Greg Jennings) to put up three touchdown passes.  Now he’s Atlanta’s problem. With the 22nd ranked pass defense, I’m thinking another upset is in the making. Win or lose, Rodgers should put up big numbers.
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2.  Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears:  No, I’m not sniffing glue. Yes, I did watch Seattle pull of the upset. They were playing at home though. As long as the weather is decent in Chicago, I think Cutler lights up Seattle’s 27th ranked pass defense. They are also one of four teams to allow 30+ passing touchdowns this year.
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3.  Tom Brady, New England Patriots:  Brady got the Rex Ryan monkey off his back when he threw for 326 yards and four scores in Week 13. Things will be tougher this time around, but I’m still expecting Tom to deliver.
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4.  Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers:  I realize the Ravens made Matt Cassel look like a guy that should be backing up Tom Brady, but he and the Chiefs did not look ready for the next level that comes with playing in the playoffs. Big Ben and the Steelers don’t have that problem. I think Big Ben rises to the occasion and turns in a solid effort.
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5.  Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons:  I pretty much have the same feelings for Ryan and Joe Flacco. Both face tough defenses this week and will lean on the ground game. I give Ryan the slight edge since he’s playing at home.
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6.  Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens:   See above. The only thing I’ll add is that I hope Flacco doesn’t try to run like he did last week because he likely won’t last the entire game.
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7.  Mark Sanchez, New York Jets:   The Patriots were 30th against the pass this year, but it’s a new season now and the stakes are higher. Sanchez had mixed performances against the Pats in their two meanings. Facing Belichick a third time is a daunting task for a young quarterback.
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8.  Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks:  With all due respect to Hasselbeck, I have to rank him last again. They called a great game and his throws were precise. I just don’t see that style working on the road against the Bears.
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Here are my fantasy football quarterback rankings for the Wild Card Round.
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1.  Drew Brees:  With an ailing running game, the Saints will put their quest to repeat on Drew Brees’ shoulders. No worries, he can handle the load.
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2.  Aaron Rodgers:  Rodgers got a taste of playoff action last year. All he did was throw for 423 yards and four touchdowns. He’ll be ready.
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3. Michael Vick:  He’s not at 100 percent, but 75 percent of Vick should be enough.
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4. Peyton Manning:  He’s not as super in the playoffs, but he’s still dominant.
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5. Joe Flacco:  Rushing attack should open things up in the passing game.
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6. Matt Cassel:  Tough matchup, but could throw a lot if they get down early.
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7. Mark Sanchez:  I don’t see a scenario where you’d want to choose him as your playoff QB.
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8. Matt Hasselbeck:  Ditto
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