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Russell Wilson has thrown at least two touchdown passes in six straight games
Peyton Manning stands tall atop Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 14 quarterback rankings, but there's another signal-caller who is proving that size isn't the only thing that matters.
Manning led all quarterbacks with 41.8 fantasy points last week, thanks to five touchdown passes and 403 yards against Kansas City, but Russell Wilson wasn't too far behind with 35.1. Wilson won the battle of the 6-feet tall and under quarterbacks on Monday night against Drew Brees, as the second-year pro tossed three touchdowns and finished with 310 yards passing and no turnovers in the Seahawks' dominating 34-7 win over the Saints.
Wilson is having an MVP-caliber sophomore season, with 23 total touchdowns and 11 turnovers (6 INTs, 5 fumbles) and his team possessing the best record in the NFL at 11-1. He's fifth at his position in fantasy scoring, but could be in for a slower day at the office Sunday when Seattle goes to San Francisco for a key NFC West showdown. The 49ers are allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.
Meanwhile Manning and the Broncos will be at home against Tennessee and it will be interesting to see if the expected cold temperatures impact his production, as they did in New England (19-of-36, 150-2-1) two weeks ago. Philadelphia could be cold and rainy as well, but Nick Foles and Matthew Stafford are solidly among the top six options this week. Foles' remarkable season just keeps on going, as he's accounted for 21 total touchdowns (19 passing, 2 rushing) and just one turnover (fumble) in nine games played. Foles is No. 17 among quarterbacks in fantasy points on the season, but his per-game average of 30.8 in his six starts is surpassed by just one player — Peyton Manning.
Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.
2013 NFL Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks
|1||Peyton Manning||DEN||vs. TEN|
|2||Matthew Stafford||DET||at PHI|
|3||Tom Brady||NE||vs. CLE|
|4||Drew Brees||NO||vs. CAR|
|5||Cam Newton||CAR||at NO|
|6||Nick Foles||PHI||vs. DET|
|7||Josh McCown||CHI||vs. DAL (Mon.)|
|8||Tony Romo||DAL||at CHI (Mon.)|
|9||Russell Wilson||SEA||at SF|
|10||Philip Rivers||SD||vs. NYG|
|11||Ben Roethlisberger||PIT||vs. MIA|
|12||Alex Smith||KC||at WAS|
|13||Robert Griffin III||WAS||vs. KC|
|14||Matt Ryan||ATL||at GB|
|15||Joe Flacco||BAL||vs. MIN|
|16||Colin Kaepernick||SF||vs. SEA|
|17||Andrew Luck||IND||at CIN|
|18||Andy Dalton||CIN||vs. IND|
|19||Ryan Fitzpatrick||TEN||at DEN|
|20||Mike Glennon||TB||vs. BUF|
|21||Carson Palmer||ARI||vs. STL|
|22||Eli Manning||NYG||at SD|
|23||EJ Manuel||BUF||at TB|
|24||Ryan Tannehill||MIA||at PIT|
|25||Case Keenum||HOU||at JAC (Thurs.)|
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points
Additional Week 14 Positional Rankings