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With an exciting 16th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 17 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Newton continues his strong finish with a dream matchup against the New Orleans Saints. They rank 31st in pass defense and have allowed a league-high 31 passing touchdowns.
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2. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo is averaging 353.8 yards with 13 touchdown passes in his last five games. The Washington Redskins rank 30th in the league in pass defense. They have allowed 29 passing scores. Romo threw for 441 yards and three touchdowns in the first meeting.
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3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Brees has thrown for 753 yards and seven touchdowns in his past two games. He has topped 300 yards against the Panthers in his past three meetings.
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4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers is cruising again. He has six touchdown passes and one touchdown run in his past two games. He has seven touchdowns in his past two road games against the Minnesota Vikings.
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5. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Brady leads New England’s high-powered offense in a battle against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins rank 25th in the league in pass defense, allowing 246.5 yards per game.
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6. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
RG3 returned, but he wasn’t quite as electric in defeating the Philadelphia Eagles. The running aspect of his game could be limited. That said, RG3 can still tear it up with his arm. He threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns in the first meeting with Dallas.
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7. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Manning could absolutely destroy the Kansas City Chiefs, but I expect the Broncos to jump out to an early lead and Manning will get to watch the second half from the sidelines.
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8. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford is 305 yards shy of a second straight 5000-yard season. Megatron is chasing 2000 yards and seems impossible to stop. Look for both marks to be met despite facing the Chicago Bears.
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9. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson shrugged off a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers to toss four touchdown passes. Look for him to finish in style against the St. Louis Rams.
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10. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Kaepernick had a rough outing against the Seahawks. Look for him to rebound and get pointed in the right direction as he slaughters the Arizona Cardinals.
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With an exciting 15th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 16 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers got back on track at the right time, dropping 291 yards and three touchdowns on the Chicago Bears. This week’s opponent, the Tennessee Titans, are among the league’s worst pass defenses.
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2. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
RG3′s knee should be healed in time to dismantle the Philadelphia Eagles. The Iggles have allowed 26 touchdown passes, including a quartet to RG3 in Week 11.
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3. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Newton stayed hot, recording his fourth straight multiple touchdown pass game. He has 12 touchdowns (nine passing, three running) during that span. The Oakland Raiders have allowed 248.3 yards per game and 25 passing scores.
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4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Brady threw for 443 yards against the San Francisco 49ers, along with a passing and a rushing touchdown. Look for the Patriots to take last week’s loss out on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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5. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matty Ice had his second straight multiple touchdown game. He is rounding back into form at the right time. He faces the Detroit Lions this week. They have allowed 21 touchdown passes.
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6. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Brees threw four touchdowns without an interception, which was music to the ears of his fantasy owners after combining for seven interceptions the previous two weeks. The Dallas Cowboys will offer more resistance than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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7. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo is averaging 333.2 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his past five games. The Saints have allowed 287 yards per game and 27 passing scores.
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8. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton isn’t playing any worse, but he hasn’t had to carry as much of the load of late. He’s averaging 257 yards and a touchdown in the fantasy football playoffs (Weeks 14 & 15). That theme could continue against the Cleveland Browns.
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9. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford was a disaster for fantasy owners last week, failing to throw a touchdown while yielding three picks to a bad Arizona Cardinals team. He will be forced to throw early and often against Atlanta.
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10. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben has averaged 312 yards and 2.5 touchdowns in his past two games. The Cincinnati Bengals held him to 278 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting.
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11. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Luck is averaging just 191 yards the past two games with three touchdowns to two interceptions. The Kansas City Chiefs have allowed 25 touchdown passes, so Luck could be back in business.
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12. Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
Bradford threw a trio of touchdowns against the Minnesota Vikings. This week he gets to face the historically bad Bucs. They have allowed 310.6 yards per game and 27 passing scores.
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13. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson is coming off an RG3-like performance, which earns him so love. The San Francisco 49ers keep his value in check this week though.
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14. Eli Manning, New York Giants
Will the real Eli Manning please stand up? Eli crushed fantasy owners last week. I don’t see things getting much better against the Baltimore Ravens.
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15. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Kaepernick is in the same boat as Russell Wilson. He’s coming off an unbelievable game, but a tough opponent keeps him out of QB1 range.
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With an exciting 14th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 15 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Brees is really getting into the holiday spirit of giving. He has thrown seven interceptions with just one touchdown pass in his past two games. Fortunately for Brees owners, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are even more festive. They have allowed 311.6 passing yards per game. Brees lit them up like a Christmas tree to the tune of 377 yards and four touchdowns in the first meeting.
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2. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton is hitting his stride at just the right time. He’s averaging 275 passing yards, 2.3 passing touchdowns, 82 rushing yards and one rushing score in his past three games. The San Diego Chargers have allowed 242.9 yards per game and 24 passing scores. He’s a Dasher with the arm of a Comet. Enjoy the ride.
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3. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
After doing his version of Silent Night in the first half of Week 14′s matchup with the Panthers, Matty Ice exploded to finish with 342 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His team lost, but Matty Ice did right by fantasy owners. The New York Giants have allowed 252.8 passing yards per game.
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4. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Manning has the Broncos marching to the beat of the Drummer Boy. He’ll march East to face the Baltimore Ravens. They have allowed 246.6 yards per game. Peyton is averaging 293.2 yards per game and has already thrown 30 touchdown passes. Pa rum pum pum pum.
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5. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
The Patriots have a possible Super Bowl preview against the San Francisco 49ers. Brady and Bill Belichick live for this games like this. Jim Harbaugh will try to be a Grinch, but I expect Brady to spread holiday cheer.
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6. Eli Manning, New York Giants
Do you see what I see? The Giants looking very hard to beat. Eli has eight touchdown passes in his past three games. He travels to the Dirty South to take on a suddenly vulnerable Atlanta Falcons team.
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8. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
If the Arizona Cardinals would put up even a hint of a fight, Stafford could be in line for a monster day. I still think he’ll have a solid showing, but the way the Seattle Seahawks Jingle Bell rocked the Cards last week, he may not attempt as many passes as you’re used to.
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8. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
The Chicago Bears go from facing one of the worst quarterbacks in the league (Christian Ponder) to facing one of the best in Rodgers. He may be dashing through the snow in Chicago, but Rodgers is used to it. Rodgers has been mediocre at best since his Week 10 bye. He has more risk this week than the other elite quarterback options.
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9. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman and his ships come sailing in to New Orleans in the morning. The Saints have allowed 284.5 yards per game and 27 passing scores. Freeman threw for 420 yards and three touchdowns in the first meeting.
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10. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben did his part last week throwing for 285 yards and three touchdowns against the Chargers after missing three games. The Dallas Cowboys won an emotional game last week, but the loss of their teammate could feel more real this week.
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11. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton the red-haired QB struggled against the Cowboys, but should deck the halls against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Iggles have allowed 25 passing touchdowns.
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12. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
It would have taken one of the Three Wise Men to predict that Rivers would throw three touchdowns against the Steelers. With DX and Malcom Floyd playing at a high level, Rivers is able to overcome the disappearing act that Antonio Gates has had. Rivers is a low-end QB1 against the Panthers.
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13. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo is averaging 331.3 yards and a pair of touchdown passes in his past four games. The Steelers are allowing just 169.2 passing yards per game, which could mean tough sledding for Romo and company.
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14. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Luck has more interceptions (nine) than touchdowns (eight) in his past four games. He whiffed on a favorable matchup against the Tennessee Titans. The Colts play the Houston Texans on the road. J.J. Watt could make Luck feel like he got run over by a reindeer.
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15. Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders
Palmer is like a Christmas present that I wrapped. With six straight losses it isn’t pretty. Once you get past the exterior, the sentiment changes. He’s averaging 310.7 yards and 2.2 touchdowns during that stretch. The Kansas City Chiefs have allowed 25 passing scores.
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With an exciting 13th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 14 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers has been quiet for the past three weeks, averaging just 247 yards and 1.3 touchdowns and 1.3 turnovers (three interceptions, one fumble). He faces the Detroit Lions at home.
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2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
In his first meeting with the Oakland Raiders, Peyton threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns. Peyton has three touchdown passes in seven of his past nine games.
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3. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
RG3 brings his dynamic game into a matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. They rank in the bottom third in both pass defense and run defense.
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4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees threw five interceptions and has his touchdown streak snapped last week. Look for him to get back on track against the New York Giants.
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5. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford is averaging 311.8 yards per game. He has thrown multiple touchdown passes in three of his past four games. He faces the Packers.
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6. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Luck is averaging 325 yards in his past five games with nine passing scores and two rushing scores. The Tennessee Titans have allowed 257.5 yards per game and 24 passing scores.
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7. Eli Manning, New York Giants
Eli squares off against the Saints. They have allowed 286.7 yards per game and 23 passing scores.
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8. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Brady didn’t have to do much last week against the Miami Dolphins. I expect that he’ll need to do more heavy lifting this week. The Houston Texans have been struggling against the pass of late.
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9. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam has thrown for five touchdown and ran for two more in his past two games without turning the ball over. Atlanta has a stingy defense, though he had three touchdowns (two passing, one running) in the first meeting.
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10. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Ryan missed a golden opportunity by turning in a dud last week against the Saints. He threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns the first time he faced the Panthers.
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11. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman has thrown multiple touchdown passes in seven of his past eight games. He should continue his success against the sinking Philadelphia Eagles. They have allowed 23 passing scores.
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12. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo has three touchdown passes in each of his past two games. Dez Bryant has been a force. This week will be more of a challenge against the Cincinnati Bengals.
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13. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton scored both with his arm and his feet last week, giving him four straight multiple touchdown games. He has 12 combined touchdowns during that span. He is worthy of a QB1 spot.
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14. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
Schaub should also be considered a QB1 this week against the Patriots. They have allowed 279.9 yards per game and 22 passing scores. Schaub is averaging 349.7 yards with eight touchdowns in his past three games.
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15. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Cutler had a quiet 188 yard, one touchdown, one interception game in his first meeting with the Minnesota Vikings. I think Brandon Marshall and Cutler will be more active in this one.
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With an exciting 12th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 13 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Manning is averaging nearly 300 yards per game with 26 touchdowns through 11 games. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have allowed a league-high 315.5 passing yards per game.
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2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
The New York Giants made Rodgers look mortal. I full expect him to rebound in a big way at home against the Minnesota Vikings.
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3. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
RG3 has eight touchdown passes in his last two games, playing nearly flawless football. In his first meeting with the Giants he threw for 258 yards and a pair of scores, adding 89 rushing yards.
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4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matty Ice is set for another showdown against the New Orleans Saints. He threw for 411 yards in three touchdowns the first time. The Saints allow 298.3 passing yards per game.
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5. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Brees came to play in the first meeting as well, throwing for 298 yards and three touchdowns.
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6. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Brady has 16 touchdown passes in his past six games. The Patriots are averaging 47.5 points in their past four games. The Miami Dolphins allow 261.7 passing yards per game. Expect no mercy from Bill Belichick.
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7. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford is averaging 311.7 yards on the season and has three games of 350-plus. With Calvin Johnson playing at his peak, Stafford will look to put it on the Indianapolis Colts.
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8. Eli Manning, New York Giants
Eli rebounded against the Packers. He threw for 337 yards in the first meeting with the Redskins. The ‘Skins are giving up 301.4 yards per game.
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9. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Luck is averaging nearly 300 yards per game. He has 13 passing touchdowns and five rushing scores. He will need to air it out against the Lions.
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10. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton has nine touchdown passes and one touchdown run in his past three games. The San Diego Chargers have allowed 243.3 yards per game and 20 passing scores.
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11. Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars
Henne has given the Jags new life. He has thrown for 615 yards and six touchdowns in the past two weeks. The Buffalo Bills have allowed 233.3 yards and 20 passing scores.
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12. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
Schaub has thrown for 842 yards in his past two games. Andre Johnson is on fire. The Tennessee Titans have allowed 262.1 yards per game and 22 passing scores.
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13. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo has thrown for 300-plus yards in four of his past five games. He should pick apart the lifeless Eagles.
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14. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Newton’s feet continue to help his cause. He remains a borderline QB1 though. The Kansas City Chiefs have allowed 22 passing touchdowns so perhaps he’ll make them pay with his arm as well.
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15. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman came back to Earth against the Falcons. Life against the Broncos won’t be any easier.
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With an exciting 11th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 12 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
With two more touchdown passes in Week 11 Rodgers now has 24 in his last seven games. He takes on the New York Giants this week. The G-Men have allowed 257.8 passing yards and 1.7 passing touchdowns per game.
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2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
The San Francisco 49ers won’t be an easy game for Brees, but he’s been on fire. Drew has thrown three or more touchdowns in seven of ten games this year.
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3. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matty Ice had a horrific five interception performance against Arizona. He should bounce back against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed 312.6 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game.
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4. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton has 19 touchdown passes in his last seven games. The Kansas City Chiefs have only allowed 214.6 passing yards per game, but they have yielded 20 touchdown passes.
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5. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Brady just lost Rob Gronkowski, but the Patriots will roll right along against the New York Jets. He threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns in the first meeting.
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6. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
RG3 only completed 14 passes last week, but four of them went for touchdowns. He also ran for 84 yards. He’ll try to make the Dallas Cowboys look like turkeys on Thanksgiving Day.
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7. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Luck had mixed reviews against the Patriots. He threw for 334 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but he also threw three picks and lost a fumble. The Buffalo Bills will put up less of a fight. The Bills are giving up 234.1 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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8. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo is thankful to be playing the Redskins on Thanksgiving. They are giving up 289.2 yards and a pair of touchdowns per game.
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9. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford gets a Houston Texans team that made Chad Henne look like a star. Look for a heavy serving of Calvin Johnson on Turkey Day.
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10. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton is a virtual lock to throw at least one touchdown against the Oakland Raiders since A.J. Green scores just about every game. The Raiders have allowed 253.2 yards per game and 20 passing touchdowns.
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11. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman remained red hot throwing a trio of touchdown passes to give him 16 in his past six games. The Falcons are giving up just 216.3 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game, but this has the feel of a shootout.
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12. Eli Manning, New York Giants
I expect Eli to be much sharper coming out of last week’s bye. He’ll need to be to keep pace with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
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13. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
The Philadelphia Eagles are in a major tailspin. Cam is not having a great season, but he should welcome the matchup against a team in turmoil.
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14. Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders
Palmer is averaging 303.5 yards per game. He has a pretty tough matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have allowed just 228.3 yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game.
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15. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
Schaub went nuts last week throwing for 527 yards and five touchdowns. He won’t approach those historic numbers against Detroit, but with Andre Johnson coming on, Schaub should have a solid performance.
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With an exciting tenth week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 11 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Perhaps the most damning thing you can say about the Lions is they allowed Christian Ponder to look like an NFL quarterback. Rodgers, who has 22 touchdown passes in his last six games, should have a field day.
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2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Brees has 21 touchdown passes in his last seven games. Look for a strong game against Oakland. The Raiders have allowed 17 passing touchdowns and 255.9 passing yards per game.
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3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Brady is averaging 298.8 yards with ten touchdown passes in his past four games. I expect a strong showing as he squares off against Andrew Luck.
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4. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton is averaging 315.9 yards with 18 touchdowns in his past seven games. The Chargers have allowed 16 passing touchdowns.
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5. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Arizona has been a top tier pass defense, but Matty Ice is averaging 309.7 yards with 20 touchdowns in nine games.
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6. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
RG3 was slowed by Pittsburgh and Carolina prior to his bye. The extra rest came at a good time. He should be ready to roll against Philly.
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7. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Luck didn’t do much with his arm against Jacksonville, but ran a couple of scores in. He will need to throw more against New England. The Patriots have allowed 285.3 passing yards per game and 19 touchdowns.
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8. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford is averaging 322 yards over the past three games. Megatron is getting healthy and they should able to move the ball against Green Bay.
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9. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam had a decent showing against Denver. Tampa Bay has allowed 321.3 passing yards per game.
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10. Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders
Palmer is averaging 302.6 yards per game this season. The Saints have allowed 307.3 yards per game and 19 touchdowns.
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11. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo made enough plays to knock off the Eagles. Cleveland has allowed 16 passing touchdowns and 247.9 yards per game.
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12. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman is averaging 293.4 yards with 13 touchdowns in his past five games. Carolina plays the pass well though so Freeman is just a borderline QB1 this week.
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13. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
I’m expecting Vick to miss the game because of his concussion. If that is the case, Foles should be solid against Washington. The Redskins have allowed 301.7 yards per game and 20 passing touchdowns.
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14. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Rivers has thrown five touchdown passes in the past two games. Gates has scored in back-to-back weeks and Danario Alexander has emerged as a deep threat. The Chargers will have their work cut out for them against Denver.
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15. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
The Chiefs are horrible so Dalton probably won’t have to do the heavy lifting. I’m expecting a run-heavy attack, though Dalton should toss multiple touchdown passes.
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