Fantasy QB Rankings Week 13: Who to start, sit at quarterback in fantasy football



Hopefully, you enjoyed a “W” to end your Thanksgiving weekend, but it’s time to get back to business and figure out who to start at quarterback as we grind closer to the fantasy football playoffs. Our Week 13 fantasy QB ranking sees a trio of rookie QBs in tough spots, but outside of those guys, we’re relatively deep with streaming considerations. All in all, everyone should survive the four-team bye this week.

The guys on bye are Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Tannehill, Baker Mayfield, and Cam Newton. Rodgers will surely be missed by many, but again, we think there are enough favorable matchups on the board to get through the week. We also get back Patrick Mahomes and Kyler Murray (hopefully) from bye, so that helps, too.

Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Josh Allen (vs. Patriots), Justin Herbert (@ Bengals), and Joe Burrow (vs. Chargers) face tough matchups on paper, but since all can explode for 40 points any given week, you can’t really sit them unless you have some other high-upside options.

Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

For those in search of streamers, Daniel Jones (vs. Dolphins), Tua Tagovaolia (vs. Giants), Teddy Bridgewater (@ Chiefs), and Matt Ryan (vs. Buccaneers) are the guys you want to target. Jones, Tua, and Bridgewater have been mentioned in just about every QB rankings article we’ve written, as they are almost completely matchup dependent. This week, they all face weak defenses against fantasy QBs, so it’s time to start them again. Matt Ryan fell under 50-percent ownership for the first time this season, and he’s a boom-or-bust play in Week 13. Tampa Bay’s defense has improved, but Ryan can get it done with volume if nothing else. His bust risk comes from the Falcons’ inability to keep him upright.

You can also try Tyrod Taylor (vs. Colts) or Taylor Heinicke (@ Raiders). Taylor draws a bottom-10 defense against fantasy QBs, but we know the Texans’ offense is starved for talent, so he doesn’t come without risk. Heinicke is quietly on the edge of a QB1 for the reason, so although the Raiders aren’t the best matchup, he’s played well enough to warrant consideration unless the matchup is downright awful. Jimmy Garoppolo (@ Seattle) is a fine option, too, but he has a low floor given the lack of rushing upside and the potential for a run-heavy game script.

Rookies Justin Fields (vs. Cardinals) and Mac Jones (@ Bills) are facing top-three defenses against fantasy QBs leading up to Week 12, so we’re not suggesting you play them. Both have shown flashes, but they’re risky in even superflex/two-QB leagues. Trevor Lawrence (@ Rams) faces a middle-of-the-pack defense, but are you trusting him against Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey? We’re not. Zach Wilson (vs. Eagles) actually has the best matchup of all the rookies, but that’s not a risk we’re willing to take either.

All in all, the “veteran” QBs on the start-or-sit bubble have the best matchups, so that should mean the position as a whole is poised for solid production. Maybe consider sitting someone like Herbert or even Russell Wilson (vs. 49ers), but for the most part, even those guys should produce at reasonably solid levels.

Note: We’ll be updating these QB rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest player movement and analysis.

Fantasy QB Rankings Week 13: Who to start at quarterback

Rankings are based on standard, four-point passing TD formats.

Rank Player
1 Tom Brady, TB @ ATL
2 Dak Prescott, DAL @ NO
3 Jalen Hurts, PHI @ NYJ
4 Matthew Stafford, LAR vs. JAX
5 Kyler Murray, ARI @ CHI
6 Lamar Jackson, BAL @ PIT
7 Patrick Mahomes, KC vs. DEN
8 Joe Burrow, CIN vs. LAC
9 Justin Herbert, LAC @ CIN
10 Josh Allen, BUF vs. NE
11 Carson Wentz, IND @ HOU. Wentz lived up to his top streamer status in Week 12, as he threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns. Houston was the No. 10 defense in fantasy points allowed to QBs heading into Week 12 before limiting Zach Wilson, but there is a chance this game turns into the Jonathan Taylor show. However, Wentz could put up big numbers early in this one, so we’re viewing him as a top streamer once again. Just be aware of the bust potential due to game script.
12 Russell Wilson, SEA vs. SF. The Niners as a team have looked better in recent weeks, but its secondary is still struggling and was ranked as the 11-worst unit against fantasy QBs before Kirk Cousins had a respectable day against it. In a regular situation, Wilson would be ranked much higher, but it’s obvious his finger injury is limiting his upside. Until he looks like the fantasy stud we’ve seen in the past, we can’t justify putting him among the elite fantasy QBs. We’ll probably be a week late to his breakout game, but that’s OK.
13 Derek Carr, LV vs. WAS. Washington is the worst defense in the NFL against fantasy QBs, and Derek Carr has proven he can smash in favorable matchups. He always has the random “dud” week, but the matchup sets up for another 300-plus yard passing day and a couple of TDs. His upside could even be somewhere inside the top five, but the dual-threat QBs get the nod in the rankings for obvious reasons.
14 Kirk Cousins, MIN @ DET. Cousins had his fair share of struggles against the 49ers but still ended the day with 238 passing yards and two touchdowns to one interception. Overall, he’s displayed a solid fantasy floor and high upside, so the matchup with Detroit gives him a high ceiling. Like Carr, his lack of rushing upside gives the edge to some other QBs, and like Wentz, his team could simply ground and pound to victory in this game.
15 Tua Tagovailoa, MIA vs. NYG
16 Taylor Heinicke, WAS @ LV
17 Daniel Jones, NYG @ MIA
18 Tyrod Taylor, HOU vs. IND
19 Teddy Bridgewater, DEN @ KC
20 Jimmy Garoppolo, SF @ SEA
21 Matt Ryan, ATL vs. TB
22 Mac Jones, NE @ BUF
23 Zach Wilson, NYJ vs. PHI
24 Ben Roethlisberger, PIT vs. BAL
25 Justin Fields, CHI vs. ARI
26 Trevor Siemian, NO vs. DAL
27 Jared Goff, DET vs. MIN
28 Trevor Lawrence, JAX @ LAR
29 Taysom Hill, NO vs. DAL


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