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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 15 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning is averaging 347.8 yards and 3.5 touchdowns per game putting him on pace for 5,566 yards and 55 touchdowns. He continues his assault on the record books against the San Diego Chargers. The Bolts have allowed 266.7 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game. Peyton torched them for 330 yards and four scores in the first meeting.
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2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees is averaging 315.9 yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game. Brees averages 350.6 yards and 3.3 touchdowns at home and 275.5 yards and 1.7 touchdowns on the road. He’s playing away, but at least he’ll be in the comforts of the Edward Jones Dome against the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have allowed 248.8 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
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3. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton is averaging 213.5 passing yards, 1.5 passing touchdowns, 38.1 rushing yards and 0.5 rushing touchdowns. Newton is playing the New York Jets at home where he averages 0.5 more passing touchdowns and 10.1 more rushing yards. The Jets have allowed 254.9 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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4. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford is averaging 305.6 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game. After playing the Philadelphia Eagles in the snow, he’ll welcome a return to Ford Field away from the elements. Stafford averages 73.5 more yards at home. He’s facing the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens have allowed 231.7 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game.
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5. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Nick Foles will also welcome a move indoors after a snowy game. He’ll also welcome his matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes have allowed 282.5 yards and 2.2 touchdowns per game. Foles has thrown 20 touchdowns and ran for three more with just one interception and one lost fumble.
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6. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo continues to have a great season for the Dallas Cowboys. He’s facing the Green Bay Packers at home where he’s averaging 285.2 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game. The Pack have allowed 246.8 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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7. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan is averaging 282.8 yards and 1.6 touchdowns. He’s playing the terrible Washington Redskins at home where he is averaging 308.5 yards with 10 touchdowns and one interception, compared to 260.9 yards with 11 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on the road. The Skins 256.7 yards and 1.9 touchdowns.
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8. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson is averaging 220.8 passing yards, 1.8 passing touchdown and 35.2 rushing yards per game. He’s facing the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed 231.8 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
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9. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady is averaging 372.2 yards and 2.4 touchdowns in his past five games. Losing Rob Gronkowski (knee) is a major blow. Temper your expectations against the Miami Dolphins. Brady had just 116 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting.
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10. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers is averaging 298.6 yards and a pair of touchdowns per game. He’ll be forced to throw it often against the Denver Broncos. The Broncos have allowed 274.3 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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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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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 15 2011 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Drew Brees @ Minnesota: Brees is averaging 336 yards per game putting him on pace to shatter the single-season record. The Vikings have allowed more passing TDs than anyone.
2. Aaron Rodgers @ Kansas City: Rodgers has 39 passing TDs. He lost his top WR, but plenty of weapons remain.
3. Tom Brady @ Denver: Also on pace to shatter Marino’s passing record.
4. Cam Newton @ Houston: Continues to dominate with his arm and his feet.
5. Tony Romo @ Tampa Bay: Romo has 26 TDs to nine INTs. The Bucs rank 27th against the pass at 248.8 ypg allowed.
6. Matthew Stafford @ Oakland: Has 29 TD passes. Raiders are one of seven teams to have allowed 23 TDs.
7. Eli Manning vs. Washington: Averaging 315.8 ypg with a 2.1-1 TD-INT ratio.
8. Philip Rivers vs. Baltimore: It may be too late for his fantasy owners, but if you’re still alive you’re finally being rewarded.
9. Matt Ryan vs. Jacksonville: When Julio Jones is on, it makes it nearly impossible to stop Atlanta’s passing attack.
10. Tim Tebow vs. New England: Patriots have the league’s worst pass defense. Tebow continues to find ways to win and put up solid fantasy points.
11. Mark Sanchez @ Philadelphia: Seven passing TDs and two rushing with just one pick and one fumble in his past three games. Eagles have allowed 23 passing scores.
12. Michael Vick vs. New York Jets: Tough match-up but the dual threat Vick could exploit the Jets’ aggressive defense.
13. Ben Roethlisberger @ San Francisco: Showed his toughness last week. Has extra time to heal. Having limited mobility against Niners could be tough.
14. Rex Grossman @ New York Giants: Averaging 269.8 yards in his past four games. G-Men rank 29th against the pass (263.7).
15. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Miami: Looked like he was back, but stumbled last week. Miami has 25th ranked pass defense (244.2 ypg).
16. Carson Palmer vs. Detroit: The Lions can be exploited, but Palmer is an INT risk against an opportunistic Lions defense (18 INTs on the year).
17. Andy Dalton @ St. Louis: Held to under 200 yards the past two games, but they were against elite passing defenses. Should be easier this week, but Benson will do a lot of the heavy lifting.
18. Joe Flacco @ San Diego: Only eight passing TDs in his past ten games with seven picks.
19. Josh Freeman vs. Dallas: Eight INTs in his past four games.
20. T.J. Yates vs. Carolina: It will be run heavy for the Texans, but Yates isn’t just a game manager.
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Here are my Week 15 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Tom Brady vs. Green Bay
2. Peyton Manning vs. Jacksonville
3. Michael Vick @ New York Giants
4. Drew Brees @ Baltimore
5. Philip Rivers vs. San Francisco (Thursday)
6. Josh Freeman vs. Detroit
7. Matt Cassel @ St. Louis
8. Matt Ryan @ Seattle
9. Matt Schaub @ Tennessee
10. Eli Manning vs. Philadelphia
11. Jay Cutler @ Minnesota (Monday)
12. Joe Flacco vs. New Orleans
13. Ben Roethlisberger vs. New York Jets
14. David Garrard @ Indianapolis
15. Kerry Collins vs. Houston
16. Sam Bradford vs. Kansas City
17. Jason Campbell vs. Denver
18. Jon Kitna vs. Washington
19. Kyle Orton @ Oakland
20. Carson Palmer vs. Cleveland
21. Alex Smith  @ San Diego (Thursday)
22. Mark Sanchez @ Pittsburgh
23. Matt Hasselbeck vs. Atlanta
24. Drew Stanton @ Tampa Bay
25. Rex Grossman @ Dallas
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Inside the numbers:

  • Tom Brady is on fire averaging 345.3 yards and 3.3 touchdowns in his past three games. His last two monster efforts came against two of the best pass defenses (Jets and Bears) in the league.
  • Peyton bounced back against the Titans, and should pick Jacksonville apart like he always does. He averages 278.6 yards and 2.0 touchdowns in 18 career meetings. Earlier this year he threw for 352 yards with two touchdowns against them.
  • Michael Vick is taking far too many hits, a trend that won’t change against the Giants, but he’s far too explosive to contain.
  • Josh Freeman is quietly having an outstanding season, ranking near the top of all quarterbacks in fantasy points because of his rushing yardage and lack of turnovers. He have a favorable match-up against Detroit.
  • Matt Cassel should be healed and ready to restore order for Kansas City. Playing St. Louis should help matters.
  • It’s not that I think Matt Ryan can’t put up top five numbers against Seattle, rather I don’t think he’ll need to.
  • Maybe I’m making too big of a deal out of one game, but Kerry Collins looked good against the Colts. He should have another nice game against Houston.
  • I did not like the way the Broncos responded to the Josh McDaniels firing. Jason Campbell should be able to have a solid game. I’d rank him higher, but I think Darren McFadden is going to go off in this one.
  • Speaking of Denver, can you really trust Kyle Orton as your QB1 anymore? How quickly he has fallen.
  • Matt Hasselbeck is quickly running out of receivers. When they get down big to Atlanta, don’t think Charlie Whitehurst won’t get some reps. Avoid Hasselbeck despite the intriguing matchup.
  • ***UPDATE*** Donovon McNabb was benched in favor of Rex Grossman.

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