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Most fantasy leagues have wrapped up already, but there are some that still play to the bitter end. For those leagues I present the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 17 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning broke the NFL record with his 51st touchdown pass last week. He needs just 266 yards this week against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have allowed 250.5 yards and 1.9 touchdown passes per game. Look for Peyton to put the final stamp on a historic season. He lit the Raiders up for 374 yards and three touchdowns in their first meeting.
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2. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Nick Foles has a 118.8 passer rating, which is actually higher than Peyton Manning’s. Foles has thrown 25 touchdowns with just two picks. He should finish in style against the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys have allowed 290.7 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game.
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3. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton is averaging 215.3 passing yards, 1.5 passing touchdowns, 34.2 rushing yards and 0.4 rushing scores. He should roll on the Atlanta Falcons.
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4. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford is averaging 295.5 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game. He capped off one of the worst fantasy football stretches as he averaged 202.7 yards with one touchdown and five interceptions. He should get back on track against the Minnesota Vikings, which won’t give much solace to the owners that got bounced from the playoffs. The Vikes allow 294.4 yards and 2.4 touchdowns per game. Stafford threw for 357 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first meeting.
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5. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees is averaging 318.7 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game. He wraps the season up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers needing 219 yards for his third straight 5,000 yard season. The Bucs have allowed 229.1 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game.
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6. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady is averaging 342.4 yards and 2.1 touchdowns in his past seven games. He faces the Buffalo Bills in the finale. The Bills have allowed 1.8 touchdown passes per game. Brady had 288 yards and two scores in the first meeting.
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7. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck is averaging 236 passing yards, 1.5 passing touchdowns, 24.7 rushing yards and 0.3 rushing touchdowns. He finishes with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 244.2 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game. Luck threw for 257 yards and a pair of scores in the first meeting.
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8. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
He’s back. He may be a little rusty, but there is a lot at stake. He has great weapons and a strong running game to support him. Plus, the Chicago Bears are struggling defensively. Rodgers is worth the risk.
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9. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Jay Cutler will try to rebound from a poor showing against the Philadelphia Eagles in a crucial matchup with the Green Bay Packers. The Pack have allowed 248.8 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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10. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger is averaging 272.1 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 2.3 touchdown passes in his past six games, including a pair against the Cleveland Browns in the first meeting. The Browns have allowed 1.9 touchdown passes per game.
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11. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson is averaging 212.3 passing yards, 1.7 passing touchdowns and 36 rushing yards. He faces the St. Louis Rams. He threw a pair of touchdowns in the first meeting against the Rams.
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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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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 17 2011 fantasy football quarterback rankings for those of you that finish the season out.
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The Best
1. Drew Brees vs. Carolina:  Continues his assault on the record books and the pursuit for the #2 seed.
2. Cam Newton @ New Orleans:  Newton (20 passing TDs, 14 rushing) is having a magical record breaking season of his own.
3. Tom Brady vs. Buffalo:  Should break Marino’s record, but finish with the second most yards behind Brees.
4. Matthew Stafford @ Green Bay:  Setting Lions’ passing records, and with 36 passing TDs he’s clearly among the elite.
5. Eli Manning vs. Dallas:  Just 114 yards from having a higher single-season mark than his big brother.
6. Michael Vick vs. Washington:  Too little too late for the Eagles (and perhaps fantasy teams), but he and the Birds are coming on at the right time.
7. Matt Ryan vs. Tampa Bay:  Tampa’s ship has sank. Ryan should pick them apart.
8. Philip Rivers @ Oakland:  Hit a snag against the Lions, but should bounce back against the Raiders.
9.   Tony Romo @ New York Giants:  His banged up (hand), but he should play (and produce) against the Giants.
10. Aaron Rodgers vs. Detroit:  My fear is Rodgers sits some of this game out. He can do enough damage in three quarters though if it comes to it.
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The Rest
11. Tim Tebow vs. Kansas City
12. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ New England
13. Kyle Orton @ Denver
14. Carson Palmer vs. San Diego
15. Mark Sanchez @ Miami
16. Ben Roethlisberger @ Cleveland
17. Andy Dalton vs. Baltimore
18. Joe Flacco @ Cincinnati
19. Rex Grossman @ Philadelphia
20. Alex Smith @ St. Louis
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Here are my Week 17 fantasy football quarterback rankings for those of you playing the whole year out.
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1. Philip Rivers @ Denver
2. Peyton Manning vs. Tennessee
3. Drew Brees vs. Tampa Bay
4. Matt Schaub vs. Jacksonville
5. Aaron Rodgers vs. Chicago
6. Ben Roethlisberger @ Cleveland
7. Joe Flacco vs. Cincinnati
8. Matt Cassel vs. Oakland
9. Josh Freeman @ New Orleans
10. Jay Cutler @ Green Bay
11. Eli Manning @ Washington
12. Matt Ryan vs. Carolina
13. Sam Bradford vs. Seattle
14. Michael Vick vs. Dallas
15. Alex Smith vs. Arizona
16. Kerry Collins @ Indianapolis
17. Shaun  Hill vs. Minnesota
18. Tom Brady vs. Miami
19. Tim Tebow vs. San Diego
20. Trent Edwards @ Houston

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Inside the numbers:

  • I don’t know who he’s going to be throwing to, but Rivers should finish strong against Denver. He threw four touchdowns the last time he faced them.
  • Aaron Rodgers looked all the way back from his concussion. He threw for 316 yards the last time he faced the Bears.
  • Big Ben threw three touchdown passes the last time he faced the Browns.
  • Knowing the Patriots have nothing to play for, I’m worried that Tom Brady will have a light workload. This is why I’m for ending the fantasy season after Week 16.
  • ***Update***  The Eagles are locked in the number three seed, the beating Vick took on Tuesday, and a chance to improve Kevin Kolb’s trade value (borrowed from Greg Brosh of FantasyFootball.com).
  • ***Update*** David Garrard is out. As bad as Houston’s pass defense is, Trent Edwards may actually be a decent desperation play this week.

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