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Week 12 Quarterback Ranks

Need a streamer? Deciding between two QBs? Jacob Adler breaks down the best QB matchups for Week 12.

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All of last week's recommendations scored at least 13 fantasy points, which is acceptable. However, none were one of the seven passers to reach 20 fantasy points. Of course, the only one of those seven that was low-owned was Jameis Winston, and missing out on him hurt.

Marcus Mariota, Titans

Week 11 Finish: 10

8.9 of Marcus Mariota's 18.1 points came from rushing, which hid his disappointing zero passing touchdowns. Since Thursday night games can be rough for fantasy purposes (and for general football purposes), I'm not off Mariota this week against a weak Raiders passing defense.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets

Week 11 Finish: 13

With the way the Houston Texans defense has been playing, I'm likely avoiding them in the coming weeks. Ryan Fitzpatrick got by with an okay line in a performance that fell short of my expectations.

Alex Smith, Chiefs

Week 11 Finish: 17

Game flow robbed Alex Smith of what might have been a better fantasy day, as the Chiefs routed the Chargers, 33-3. We know what Smith is.

Brock Osweiler, Broncos

Week 11 Finish: 9

250 yards and two touchdowns was about all you could hope for from Brock Osweiler, especially considering the Broncos scored only 17 points. He's in the streaming class for now.

Matt Hasselbeck, Colts

Week 11 Finish: 18

The two interceptions capped Matt Hasselbeck's fantasy stats, but he was fine in a solid matchup with Atlanta. This week, he faces another week secondary in Tampa Bay.

I know I usually will recommend five lower-owned quarterback streamers, but with the depth at the position this week plus the fact that I cannot in good conscience recommend Mark Sanchez or Kirk Cousins this week. So if none of the top 16 quarterbacks are available, you'll have to bite the bullet and use a lower-tier passer. Of that group, I don't have a clue who will emerge as a top-10 play. Okay, it won't be Case Keenum or Blaine Gabbert.

Here are this week's streamers.

Brian Hoyer against the New Orleans Saints

While Rex Ryan no longer heads the Saints defense, Brian Hoyer should have no problems this week against what is still a bad defense. There's no need to second-guess this one.

Jameis Winston against the Indianapolis Colts

After throwing for five touchdowns in Philadelphia in Week 11, Jameis Winston will likely be more popular this week. I consider Winston boom-or-bust, but am cautiously optimistic about this matchup.

Marcus Mariota against the Oakland Raiders

While I have seen some talk that Marcus Mariota has actually been better on the road than at home, that ignores the fact he has played Buffalo, Miami in the first week of the Dan Campbell era, and Carolina. In a contest against an Oakland pass defense that can be burned, I think Mariota could easily finish inside the top five quarterbacks this week.

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks Pittsburgh Steelers
2 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers Chicago Bears
3 Tom Brady New England Patriots Denver Broncos
4 Brian Hoyer Houston Texans New Orleans Saints
5 Cam Newton Carolina Panthers Dallas Cowboys
6 Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers Seattle Seahawks
7 Blake Bortles Jacksonville Jaguars San Diego Chargers
8 Jameis Winston Tampa Bay Buccaneers Indianapolis Colts
9 Eli Manning New York Giants Washington Redskins
10 Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers Jacksonville Jaguars
11 Carson Palmer Arizona Cardinals San Francisco 49ers
12 Marcus Mariota Tennessee Titans Oakland Raiders
13 Derek Carr Oakland Raiders Tennessee Titans
14 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints Houston Texans
15 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys Carolina Panthers
16 Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions Philadelphia Eagles
17 Mark Sanchez Philadelphia Eagles Detroit Lions
18 Kirk Cousins Washington Redskins New York Giants
19 Josh McCown Cleveland Browns Baltimore Ravens
20 Teddy Bridgewater Minnesota Vikings Atlanta Falcons
21 Andy Dalton Cincinnati Bengals St. Louis Rams
22 Brock Osweiler Denver Broncos New England Patriots
23 Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons Minnesota Vikings
24 Matt Hasselbeck Indianapolis Colts Tampa Bay Buccaneers
25 Jay Cutler Chicago Bears Green Bay Packers
26 Matt Schaub Baltimore Ravens Cleveland Browns
27 Alex Smith Kansas City Chiefs Buffalo Bills
28 Tyrod Taylor Buffalo Bills Kansas City Chiefs
29 Ryan Fitzpatrick New York Jets Miami Dolphins
30 Ryan Tannehill Miami Dolphins New York Jets
31 Blaine Gabbert San Francisco 49ers Arizona Cardinals
32 Case Keenum St. Louis Rams Cincinnati Bengals