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Week 13 Rest of Season Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings: Cam Newton Tops the List

Up to date rankings of NFL QBs for the remainder of the 2015 fantasy football season before Week 13.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

There is nothing makes the NFL more fun than fantasy football and few things make fantasy sports more fun than rankings, rankings, and more rankings. QBs are ranked in this post with the ESPN and Yahoo! standard fractional scoring.

Rank Player Team Last Week
1 Cam Newton Panthers 2
2 Tom Brady Patriots 1
3 Ben Roethlisberger Steelers 6
4 Aaron Rodgers Packers 5
5 Carson Palmer Cardinals 3
6 Drew Brees Saints 4
7 Derek Carr Raiders 7
8 Blake Bortles Jaguars 9
9 Matthew Stafford Lions 16
10 Andy Dalton Bengals 8
11 Brian Hoyer Texans 10
12 Russell Wilson Seahawks 25
13 Eli Manning Giants 13
14 Ryan Tannehill Dolphins 17
15 Jay Cutler Bears 19
16 Philip Rivers Chargers 12
17 Matt Ryan Falcons 11
18 Marcus Mariota Titans 18
19 Ryan Fitzpatrick Jets 20
20 Jameis Winston Buccaneers 14
21 Brock Osweiler Broncos 21
22 Alex Smith Chiefs 22
23 Kirk Cousins Washington 28
24 Blaine Gabbert 49ers 32
25 Tyrod Taylor Bills 23
26 Matt Hasselbeck Colts 31
27 Andrew Luck Colts 26
28 Sam Bradford Eagles 27
29 Teddy Bridgewater Vikings 29
30 Matt Cassel Cowboys ---
31 Johnny Manziel Browns 35
32 Austin Davis Browns ---
33 Case Keenum Rams 33
34 Mark Sanchez Eagles 30
35 Nick Foles Rams ---

Notes:

  • These rankings generally hold water with six-point passing TDs. Cam Newton is the notable drops in the escalated passing TD bump closer to the bottom of the top-5 and Russell Wilson is a QB3, behind those whom can project for more passing TDs in garbage time. No one else in the top-24 can be expected to rush for TDs, and Wilson is barely startable in a 2QB six-point passing TD league.

  • Newton has been QB2 in these rankings for a long time. With the injuries to the Patriots receiving corps, Tom Brady's ceiling drops a tad and Newton's schedule is great.

  • For two-QB leagues, INTs are something of which to take more caution because losing one less point can bump a 12-point game in standard scoring by about 8-12%, whereas the effects on QB1s are more in the 5-8% range.

  • QB10 through QB13 are largely interchangeable. Don't overthink the numerical ranking. Volume and schedule are slight tiebreakers, but we can pretty much begin streaming around QB7. QB14 through QB19 were equally difficult as the next tier, but schedule and the pieces around them are larger factors than the tier above them.

  • How does Brees not fall with another bad week? Drew Brees is similar to Dalton, except we are never really benching Brees. The gap between Brees' home-road splits is huge. Their Week 17 matchup is in Atlanta, so where we don't play Week 17, he can be bumped up as high as QB4, as Weeks 15 and 16 are great home matchups against the Lions and Jags

  • As we go down the rankings, there is an increase in the weight of strength of schedule. Where we have healthy paths to the playoffs, playoff schedules matter more than the coming weeks; where we are fighting for playoff spots, we need to get to the playoffs to even make the playoffs relevant. Check the schedules.

  • Do your research and use rankings cautiously, as they are always a work-in-progress. Rankings are a bad tools to tell us what to do. They are conversation starters, tier setters, value mirrors, and a combination of the scientific explanations of what has happened with the art of predicting what will happen. Feel free to supply contrary evidence to me on Twitter at @AlexSontySBN or in the comments. They will help me help you.