Here are the Lester’s Legends quarterback rankings for the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs.
1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning set the NFL record for most passing yards (5,477) and passing touchdowns (55). He faces the San Diego Chargers for the third time. In two games, he averaged 309.5 yards and three touchdowns. San Diego ranked 29th in the league in pass defense with 258.7 yards allowed per game.
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady got off to a slow start, averaging 228 yards and 1.1 touchdowns in his first eight games. He finished strong, though, putting up 314.9 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his last eight games. Look for him to continue to roll against the Indianapolis Colts.
3. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck showed poise and skill as he led the Colts back from a 28-point deficit, throwing for 443 yards and four touchdowns. Luck added 45 yards on the ground and scored on a heads-up fumble recovery. He won’t be intimidated by the Patriots. Luck’s ability to produce with his arm and his feet against a mediocre Pats’ defense should pay off for fantasy owners.
4. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton averaged 211.2 passing yards, 1.5 passing touchdowns, 36.5 rushing yards and 0.4 rushing touchdowns. Look for him to do plenty of damage with his arms and legs against the San Francisco 49ers.
5. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Colin Kaepernick threw for only 227 yards and a touchdown last week against the Green Bay Packers, but he added 98 yards on the ground. Look for that formula to continue against the Panthers.
6. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
It’s unusual for Drew Brees to be ranked sixth, especially when there are only eight options, but that’s an homage to the Seattle Seahawks defense. Plus, Drew Brees isn’t quite the same quarterback on the road. Brees has averaged 286.3 yards and 1.4 touchdown passes on the road, including the Wild Card Game. At home, he averaged 354.4 yards and 3.4 touchdowns.
7. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson saw a dip in production down the stretch, but look for him to kick it into gear against the New Orleans Saints. He had 310 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and 47 rushing yards in the first meeting with the Saints. Wilson should also do damage with his legs.
8. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers threw for only 128 yards and a touchdown, but he helped the San Diego Chargers advance past the Cincinnati Bengals. Despite an impressive season, he averaged only 192 yards and 1.5 touchdowns in two games against the Broncos.
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