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We are in that time of the year where unless you are a fan of one of the Super Bowl teams you are probably not in football mode. You’ll gear up for the big game next week as you get your party plans and food figured out. Sure, the Pro Bowl is this week, but does anyone really care about that game? It’s cute that they are doing a Pro Bowl Draft, but if the game was in my back yard I might tune in for a drive or two. Why not take a moment and look towards next year’s fantasy draft?
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1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
As long as he holds up in the Super Bowl and his next checks out, how can you not rank him number one after his record-breaking season? He threw for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns. He has great weapons in place. Peyton should have no problem putting up monster numbers once again.
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2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees threw for 5,162 yards and 39 touchdowns. That’s three straight years with at least 5,000 yards and 39 touchdowns. He is the poster boy for consistent excellence.
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3. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton averaged 211.2 passing yards, 1.5 passing touchdowns, 36.5 rushing yards and 0.4 rushing touchdowns. He should continue to deliver with his legs. I expect Carolina spends the offseason upgrading his arsenal so he can start doing more damage with his arm.
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4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers was limited to nine games last year, but I think a bounceback is in order. He isn’t quite as dangerous with his feet, which cuts into his fantasy value a little. He still elite.
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5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck threw for 3,822 yards and 23 touchdowns. He added 377 yards and four touchdowns with his feet. His ability to run puts him right up there with the best of the best. I expect his passing totals to rise.
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6. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford threw for 4,650 yards and 29 touchdowns, putting his three-year average at 4,885 yards and 30 touchdowns. Calvin Johnson is an elite talent. I expect the Lions to add help. Jim Caldwell’s presence should also help.
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7. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Brady did as much as he could with the talent available to him. He still finished with 4,343 yards and 25 touchdowns. Assuming he has better options next year, Brady should continue to put up big numbers.
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8. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Most teams would kill for a quarterback that throws for 3,828 yards and 31 touchdowns with just 10 interceptions. Unfortunately Tony Romo will carry a stigma until he can win the big game. For fantasy owners, that’s irrelevant. He’ll continue to put up big numbers.
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9. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Nick Foles threw for 27 touchdowns with just two interceptions. He has a firm grasp of Chip Kelly’s offense. Expect more growth, even if the numbers take a little hit. A 13.5:1 TD-Interception ratio is not sustainable.
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10. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson has 52 touchdowns to just 19 interceptions in two seasons. He adds value by running the ball. A healthy Percy Harvin should only help his passing numbers.
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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 another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 16 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning’s “bad” game consisted of 289 passing yards, two touchdowns, one interception and one sack last week against the San Diego Chargers. He’s still averaging 343.6 yards and 3.4 touchdowns per game. With four touchdown passes against the Houston Texans Peyton will set the NFL single-season record. The Texans have allowed 1.8 touchdown passes per game.
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2. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford continues his pursuit of another 5,000 yard season against the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed 229 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
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3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees is averaging 321.4 yards and 2.4 touchdowns per game. He lit up the Carolina Panthers to the tune of 313 yards and four touchdowns in the first meeting. He won’t be nearly as successful as he’s playing on the road, but he’s still capable of a big game.
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4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady is averaging 370.8 yards and 2.3 touchdowns in his past six games. He should have another strong outing against the Baltimore Ravens. Brady is locked in.
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5. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo is averaging 257.3 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game. He faces the Washington Redskins. The Skins have allowed 251.9 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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6. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton is averaging 217.8 passing yards, 1.5 passing touchdowns, 36.2 rushing yards and 0.4 rushing touchdowns. He faces the New Orleans Saints at home where he has 12 touchdown passes and five interceptions compared to nine touchdowns and six picks on the road.
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7. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers is averaging 289.1 yards and a pair of touchdowns per game. He has nine touchdowns with just one pick in his past four games. The last time he faced the Oakland Raiders Rivers threw for 411 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Raiders are yielding 254.4 yards and a pair of touchdowns per game.
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8. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Nick Foles continues to deliver. He has 23 touchdowns to just two interceptions. Foles faces the Chicago Bears. The Bears have allowed 228 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
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9. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton is averaging 260.7 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game. He should be the next in line to toast the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes have allowed 290.6 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game.
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10. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Jay Cutler came back and threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns. Now that the rust has been shaken off, he should put up big numbers against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have allowed 291.6 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game.
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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 another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 14 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning is averaging 343.8 yards and 3.4 touchdowns per game, putting him on pace for 5500 yards and 55 touchdowns. He should continue his assault on the record books against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have allowed just eight touchdown passes. I can see that number increasing by 50 percent.
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2. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford is averaging 318.8 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game. He should put up huge numbers against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have allowed a league-high 296.8 passing yards per game.
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3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady is averaging 360.8 yards and 2.5 touchdowns in his past four games. He’s facing the Cleveland Browns. Joe Haden won’t be able to take away Brady’s top weapon, which should mean a big day for Brady. The Browns have allowed 1.8 passing touchdowns per game.
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4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees has a tough matchup against the Carolina Panthers, but he is matchup proof. Brees can put up big numbers against anyone.
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5. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton is averaging 218 passing yards, 1.6 passing touchdowns, 37.3 rushing yards and 0.5 rushing touchdowns per game. He’ll have to dial up his game against the New Orleans Saints.
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6. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Nick Foles has 19 touchdowns without a single interception. In his past four games he’s averaging 292.3 yards and 3.3 touchdowns. He should carve up the Detroit Lions. The Lions have allowed 262.3 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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7. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo is averaging 261.7 yards and two touchdowns per game. He should have no problem against a struggling Chicago Bears team, but DeMarco Murray could shoulder a heavier load since the Bears’ run defense is so bad.
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8. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Joe Flacco is averaging 249.4 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game, but should look like an All-Pro against the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes have allowed 287 yards and 2.2 touchdowns per game.
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9. Josh McCown, Chicago Bears
Josh McCown has topped 350 yards in each of his past two games. With Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery forming the best 1-2 punch in the game, he should have a big game against the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys have allowed 294.9 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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10. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan is averaging 289.3 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game. Roddy White finally returned to form last week. He should turn in a solid performance against the Green Bay Packers. The Pack have allowed 250.5 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 13 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning is averaging 338.4 passing yards and 3.3 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Kansas City Chiefs again. Last time Peyton threw for 323 yards and a touchdown. Look for him to bounce back after a poor performance against the New England Patriots.
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2. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford is averaging 317.7 yards and 2.2 touchdowns per game. Fantasy owners should be thankful for his performance against the Green Bay Packers. The Pack have allowed 244.2 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game.
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3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees is averaging 331.5 yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game. He has a tough matchup against the Seattle Seahawks coming off a bye, but Brees and company had a mini-bye week because they played on Thursday. He’ll be ready.
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4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady is averaging 357.3 yards and 2.7 touchdowns in his past three games. He should continue to roll against the struggling Houston Texans.
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5. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo is averaging 265 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game. He should make the Oakland Raiders look like turkeys. The Raiders are giving up 258.1 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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6. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton is averaging 213.9 passing yards, 1.5 passing touchdowns, 34.4 rushing yards and 0.4 rushing touchdowns. He should light up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed 244.4 yards and a pair of touchdowns per game.
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7. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson is averaging 214.7 passing yards, 1.7 passing touchdowns and 37.2 rushing yards. He has multiple touchdown passes in his past five games. He’s facing the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have allowed just 198 yards and a touchdown per game.
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8. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers is averaging 307.4 yards and a pair of touchdowns per game. He has a tough matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, but he just passed a big test with 392 yards and three touchdowns against the Chiefs.
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9. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Nick Foles has 16 touchdowns without an interception. He should have a solid game against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards have allowed 235.8 yards and 1.7 touchdowns.
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10. Josh McCown, Chicago Bears
Josh McCown continues to fill in admirably for Jay Cutler. He should roll on the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes have allowed 281.7 yards and 2.2 touchdowns per game.
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 12 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning is averaging 357.2 yards and 3.4 touchdowns per game. He has not thrown for less than 295 yards in a game this year and has just one game without multiple touchdown passes. He was able to move the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs last week. He should have no problem against the New England Patriots this week.
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2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees is averaging 336.9 yards and 2.6 touchdowns per game. He too will find this week’s foe (Atlanta Falcons) easier than last week’s (San Francisco 49ers). The Falcons have allowed 249.2 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game.
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3. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford is averaging 319.8 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game. Darrelle Revis and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will try to slow down Calvin Johnson, but that’s easier said than done. The Bucs have allowed 240.3 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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4. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo is averaging 268.1 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game. The bye week gave Dez Bryant time to rest his back. Romo should be able to put up big numbers against the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed 238.1 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game.
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5. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton continues to get the job done with his arm and his feet. He should light up the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins are giving up 242.3 yards per game.
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6. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady renews his rivalry with Peyton Manning. He should be able to air it out against the Denver Broncos. The Broncos have allowed 279.1 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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7. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck is averaging 243 passing yards, 1.4 passing touchdowns, 23.1 rushing yards and 0.4 rushing touchdowns per game. He should have a strong game against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards have yielded 243.5 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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8. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan is averaging 286.8 yards and 1.8 touchdowns. He will have to throw plenty against the New Orleans Saints.
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9. Eli Manning, New York Giants
Eli Manning is averaging 258.6 yards and 1.2 touchdowns. I’m expecting a shootout with the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys have allowed 313 yards and a pair of touchdowns per game.
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10. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Colin Kaepernick is averaging 180.2 passing yards, 1.1 passing touchdowns, 33.5 rushing yards and 0.3 rushing touchdowns per game. Look for Kaepernick to raise his game against the Washington Redskins. The Skins have allowed 274.9 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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