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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 16 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers is averaging 274.1 yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game while bolstering his value with 18.2 rushing yards per game. Rodgers was slowed by the Buffalo Bills, but should bounce back against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed 250.4 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per day.
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2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees is averaging 311.3 yards and 2.2 touchdown passes per game. He faces the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have allowed a league-worst 292.5 passing yards per game.
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3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady is averaging 274.8 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game. He had 263 yards and three touchdowns in the first meeting with the New York Jets. The Jets have allowed 242.3 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game.
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4. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck is averaging 320.9 yards and 2.7 touchdowns per game. Luck has added 268 yards and three touchdowns with his feet. He faces the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys have allowed 249.6 passing yards per game.
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5. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning is averaging 295.9 yards and 2.6 touchdowns per game. He’s only averaging 195 yards and a touchdown in his past three games. I expect he was stop with his Teddy Bridgewater impersonation and return to form against the Cincinnati Bengals.
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6. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford is averaging 271.2 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game. He had 390 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first meeting with the Chicago Bears.
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7. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger is averaging 315.4 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 381.7 yards and 1.7 touchdowns in his past three games and 365.3 yards and 2.7 touchdowns in his past seven games.
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8. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys 
Tony Romo is averaging 245.2 yards and 2.2 touchdowns per game. He has six touchdowns in his past two games and 13 in his past five. Romo will be geared up for a shootout with the Indianapolis Colts. Indy has allowed 240.6 passing yards per game.
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9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan is averaging 293.7 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 329.8 yards and 2.5 touchdowns in his past four games. He faces the Saints. New Orleans has allowed 257.1 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game.
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10. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Jay Cutler is averaging 260 yards and a pair of touchdowns per game. He had 280 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first meeting with Detroit.
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11. Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
12. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
13. Eli Manning, New York Giants at St. Louis Rams
14. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers
15. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers
16. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins vs. Minnesota Vikings
17. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans
18. Kyle Orton, Buffalo Bills at Oakland Raiders
19. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens
20. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers vs. Cleveland Browns (monitor back injury)
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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 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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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 16 2011 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Drew Brees vs. Atlanta:  He’s averaging 341.4 yards per game. Insane.
2. Cam Newton vs. Tampa Bay:  Tampa is terrible and Cam is getting it done with his arm and feet.
3. Tom Brady vs. Miami:  The Fins are playing much better than when TB threw for 500+, but he’ll be tough to slow down.
4. Tony Romo vs. Philadelphia:  The Birds are playing better but Romo has so many weapons.
5. Philip Rivers @ Detroit:  Rivers picked the right time of the year to get hot.
6. Matthew Stafford vs. San Diego:  Megatron and Stafford reconnected last week. He’d be wise to go that direction again.
7. Matt Ryan @ New Orleans:  Expect an old-fashioned shootout. He threw for 351 and two TDs in their first meeting.
8.  Michael Vick @ Dallas:  Vick has breathed life back into the Birds. Finally ran one in last week.
9.  Aaron Rodgers vs. Chicago:  Packers appear to be letting their foot off the gas.
10. Tim Tebow @ Buffalo:  He couldn’t take down the Patriots, but he should be able to put a nice game in against the struggling Bills.
11.  Eli Manning @ New York Jets:  In the battle of the struggling NY teams, Eli is the one I’m expecting to bounce back.
12. Rex Grossman vs. Minnesota:  The Vikings secondary is gross. They have allowed 31 TDs with just six INTs.
13. Matt Moore @ New England:  Dolphins are playing good football and the Pats continue to struggle against the pass.
14.  Carson Palmer @ Kansas City:  Palmer is averaging 297.0 yards in his past four games, though he has four TDs to six INTs.
15.  Kyle Orton vs. Oakland:  Threw for 299 yards against the Pack and the Raiders have allowed the second most passing TDs (27).
16.  Mark Sanchez vs. New York Giants:  G-Men are tied for 27th with 25 passing TDs allowed.
17.  John Skelton @ Cincinnati:  Averaging 297.5 yards with four TDs in past two games.
18. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Denver:  Needs to cut down on the picks (five in past two games), but has averaged 261.0 yards and 1.5 TDs in his past four games.
19. Joe Flacco vs. Cleveland:  Browns giving up just 188.4 passing ypg.
20.  Alex Smith @ Seattle:  Won’t be asked to do much, but with 16 TDs and just five INTs he shouldn’t hurt you.
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Here are my Week 16 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Michael Vick vs. Minnesota
2. Tom Brady @ Buffalo
3. Peyton Manning @ Oakland
4. Drew Brees @ Atlanta (Monday)
5. Philip Rivers @ Cincinnati
6. Matt Schaub @ Denver
7. Aaron Rodgers vs. New York Giants
8. Jon Kitna @ Arizona (Saturday)
9. Joe Flacco @ Cleveland
10. Eli Manning @ Green Bay
11. Ben Roethlisberger vs. Carolina (Thursday)
12. David Garrard vs. Washington
13. Josh Freeman vs. Seattle
14. Rex Grossman @ Jacksonville
15. Matt Ryan vs. New Orleans (Monday)
16. Kerry Collins @ Kansas City
17. Matt Cassel vs. Tennessee
18. Sam Bradford vs. San Francisco
19. Jay Cutler vs. New York Jets
20. Chad Henne vs. Detroit
21. Troy Smith  @ St. Louis
22. Shaun  Hill @ Miami
23. Tim Tebow vs. Houston
24. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. New England
25. John Skelton vs. Dallas
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Inside the numbers:

  • Tom Brady may be the league MVP, but Michael Vick is the fantasy MVP.
  • My gut says Aaron Rodgers will be able to go this week. I’m a little worried that he can stand up to the Giants’ pressure, but it would be hard not to trust him if he starts.
  • Kitna’s been a little up and down, but should be a strong play against the Cardinals this week.
  • Rex Grossman surprisingly delivered the goods this past week against Dallas. He has another strong matchup against Jacksonville as he auditions for a 2011 starting gig.
  • Kerry Collins isn’t quite as strong of a play this week, but he’s been playing well and Kenny Britt is back.
  • Tim Tebow scored on the ground and through the air, but despite a favorable matchup against Houston, I can’t justify taking a gamble on him this week.
  • It looks like Mark Sanchez will be limited if he’s able to go this week. He can’t be trusted.

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