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Fantasy football rankings, Week 12: Quarterbacks through the last of the bye weeks

Streeter Lecka

Tom Brady could have his best game of the season this week, while Case Keenum looks to bounce back from his benching. We look at those situations and share our Week 12 quarterback rankings.

We have finally reached the last bye week and I can't wait for them to be over. The bye weeks and the myriad of injuries to starting quarterbacks have created a whole bunch of problems for fantasy owners thus far. It will be nice to have thirty-two quarterbacks to choose from in the coming weeks, including the return of a few injured starters

Tom Brady regressed back to an average fantasy scoring performance against Carolina although it had looked like he had maybe turned things around with his last game before the bye. Although we can give him the benefit of the doubt because he was facing the stout Carolina defense. I like Brady this week for a few reasons. First, he felt that he was robbed of that penalty call on the last play of the game. You probably took note, as I did, of his tirade on the referees as they all left the field. That slight may give some extra motivation for this next matchup. Second, it's the rivalry game against Peyton Manning (and the rest of the Broncos). Brady will need to keep the passing game flying at a high level, since Denver will be putting up some major points. Brady's had success against Denver recently, throwing for 586 yards and seven touchdowns in their last two meetings.

Case Keenum experienced his first rough patch of the season against Oakland last week. I don't think it will affect him negatively going forward. He'll start this week in a great matchup against Jacksonville, and the Jaguars have been allowing the second-most points to fantasy quarterbacks this season. If you're missing Russell Wilson, Andy Dalton or Nick Foles and Keenum is available, grab him. Arizona's passing game burned the Jaguars defense last week and I believe that will be the case this week as well. I'm expecting at least two passing touchdowns from Keenum this week.

Mike Glennon has quietly made a name for himself. He hasn't burst on the scene like a Foles, Keenum or McGloin. But he has developed into a decent quarterback. Glennon has thrown two touchdowns in four out of his last six starts. I like that he knows to get it to his stud receiver in Vincent Jackson. Glennon's ball security is great, only turning it over three times in his last six starts. With this being the last bye week, Glennon would not be the worst choice to replace your starter for one game. Detroit has been very generous to opposing quarterbacks over the last few games.

My sleeper this week is Josh McCown again. Last week, he had to contend with a weather delay and a field that turned into slop. This week he'll be playing inside and the urgency of a playoff push is being felt. I still love the receiving weapons he has available in Marshall, Forte, Jeffery and Bennett. I'm also very impressed that he hasn't turned the ball over at all this season.

Listed below are the top five quarterbacks for passing touchdowns:

1. Peyton Manning - 34
2. Drew Brees - 26
3. Tony Romo - 21
4. Matthew Stafford - 21
5. Andy Dalton - 21

And the top five quarterbacks for passing yards:

1. Peyton Manning - 3,572
2. Drew Brees - 3,369
3. Matthew Stafford - 3,198
4. Philip Rivers - 2,989
5. Andy Dalton 2,954

Quick Notes: Aaron Rodgers has been throwing passes over the last few days. It remains to be seen whether he can return for next week's Thanksgiving Day game against Detroit......Michael Vick expects to be healthy following Philadelphia's bye week. I'm sure Nick Foles will hold onto the starter's job despite Vick's return.......Oakland has not decided on their starter for this week. McGloin looked great, so I could see Oakland sticking with him for at least one more game......Jay Cutler hopes to play in Chicago's Week 13 game. If McCown plays well again this week, I think they'll hold Cutler out until Week 14......Tennessee signed John Skelton.......Minnesota has yet to decide on their quarterback for Week 12. It could be any of their three quarterbacks: Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel or Josh Freeman.

1 Drew Brees
2 Peyton Manning
3 Matthew Stafford
4 Tom Brady
5 Cam Newton
6 Case Keenum
7 Tony Romo
8 Robert Griffin III
9 Andrew Luck
10 Philip Rivers
11 Eli Manning
12 Colin Kaepernick
13 Matt Ryan
14 Alex Smith
15 Josh McCown
16 Ben Roethlisberger
17 Carson Palmer
18 Mike Glennon
19 Scott Tolzien
20 Ryan Fitzpatrick
21 Jason Campbell
22 Ryan Tannehill
23 Joe Flacco
24 Kellen Clemens
25 Chad Henne
26 Matt McGloin
27 Geno Smith
28 Josh Freeman
29 Christian Ponder
30 Matt Schaub
31 Matt Cassel
32 Matt Simms
33 Terrelle Pryor

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