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Under Center: Top five fantasy quarterbacks for week 13

  • Tad Johnson

hey everyone and welcome to another edition of UNDER CENTER, where I’ll examine the 5 best options for fantasy football quarterbacks for week 13 of the 2013 season. Will there be any changes from last week? Who will rise up and who will drop off? Let’s find out!

5. Matthew Stafford

matthew stafford

(AP Photo/Matt York)

Stafford had a poor week last week against a revitalized Bucs defense. He threw four interceptions, which is very un-Stafford like of him. Usually he does a much better job taking care of the ball. I don’t think that’ll be a problem this week. He’s facing a Packers defense that’s only mustered four picks all season. It’s also worth noting that even though it was considered a poor week for Stafford last week, he still threw three touchdowns and 300 yards. Either way, Stafford is one of the safest starts in fantasy football this year and that won’t change this week.

4. Tom Brady

AP Photo

AP Photo

Brady is coming off a big win over Denver, so his confidence is going to be sky high this week against Houston. Houston right now is knocking on the door of a #1 overall draft pick when they were originally supposed to compete through the playoffs. What a mess… this is the kind of team that Tom Brady thrives against. Houston has allowed 18 touchdown passes this year but is only giving up around 172 yards a game through the air, which is good enough for best in the league. Brady’s offense is beginning to click, and that’s bad news for anyone left on New England’s schedule this year.

3. Cam Newton

(Credit: AP Photo)

(Credit: AP Photo)

In the past few weeks, Cam’s arm hasn’t looked as golden as we’ve come to expect. Still, he’s the most lethal quarterback in the league when it comes to tucking it away and running. What he’s struggled with through the air he can easily make up for with his legs and his size. He’s competing with a Buccaneers defense that allows the seventh-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, so he’s definitely a very safe start. I’d expect two passing TD’s and maybe one on the ground.

2. Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos v Baltimore Ravens

Last week against New England was not the Peyton we’re used to seeing. He completed 19-of-36 passes for 150 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in an overtime loss. This has to feel like an especially bitter loss to Peyton because he lost to Brady and the Pats and I’m sure he wishes he could have thrown better. Peyton is a smart guy. This week he faces the Chiefs for the second time and I’m sure he’s made adjustments to be able to torch their defense worse than last time. Peyton Manning is THE guy when it comes to making adjustments and game plans that will work. The pressure on him will likely be minimal as LB Tamba Hali is hobbled with an injury and Justin Houston probably won’t play. If there’s something we’ve learned about Peyton Manning in his time in the NFL it’s this: If you give him time he’ll make you pay dearly. I expect him to make the Chiefs pay dearly this week.

1. Tony Romo

(Credit: AP Photo)

(Credit: AP Photo)

Tony Romo looked good against the Giants last week including a very well put together final drive that gave the Cowboys a big divisional win against the rival G-Men. This week he’s competing against a Raiders squad that has been good against the run but shoddy in pass defense.

Here’s another fun reason to start Tony Romo. Once again he and the Cowboys will be competing on Thanksgiving, a time of year when Tony Romo is notoriously good under center. He passed for 441 yards and three touchdowns last season on Thanksgiving day, and 226 yards and two touchdowns on Thanksgiving day the season before. On  Thanksgiving in 2009 he threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-7 win over the Raiders. He should have another good Turkey Day this year against a poor Raiders pass defense.



Honorable Mentions

1. Drew Brees: Brees has a tough matchup this week against Seattle, but he tends to rise to the occasion in games like this. Seattle is also hurting in their secondary after seeing more of  their defense suspended this week for some reason or another.


2. Phillip Rivers: Rivers was supposed to have a hard time against the Chiefs last week and he definitely didn’t. He stepped up with almost 400 yards and three touchdowns. He has Cincinatti this week and after last week I wouldn’t doubt him having another big week against a top AFC defense.


3. Carson Palmer: Palmer and the Cardinals have looked hot the last few weeks, with Palmer having four straight multi-touchdown games. Against the Eagles, I expect him to play well. The Eagles have given up yards by the chunk in the past few weeks to QB’s but have been tough to score on. I think Palmer will find the end zone at least once and will have a solid day in terms of passing yards.

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