by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
This week will see the return of Tony Romo, which certainly comes at a good time for fantasy owners given the changes by some teams (Blaine Gaebbert & Case Keenum, for example, are now starters), injury (Peyton Manning) and bye weeks (Eli Manning, Drew Brees & Ben Roethlisberger). While Romo is hard to depend on, he is immediately a QB1 option. Who joins him? Who should we avoid? Let’s take a look:
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Cincinnati
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Detroit
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Washington
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Kansas City
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Indianapolis
- Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Tennessee
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Arizona
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at Miami
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Oakland
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Francisco
- Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. Dallas
- Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Carolina
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Philadelphia
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at San Diego
- Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets – at Houston
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Denver
- Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at New England
- Brock Osweiler – Denver Broncos – at Chicago
- Brian Hoyer – Houston Texans – vs. New York Jets
- Teddy Bridgewater – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
- Mark Sanchez – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Tampa Bay
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. St. Louis
- The breakout of Derek Carr continued in Week 10, throwing for 300+ yards for the third straight game and 2+ TD for the fourth straight (seven of the past eight). He’s already matched the number of TD he threw in his rookie season (21) while throwing just 6 INT. Regardless of the matchup he would’ve been penciled in as a top option, given the production, but the Lions have allowed the third most points per week to opposing QB including just 4 INT (tied for the fewest in the league). Fire him up as a Top 5 option.
- After watching Carson Palmer torch the Seattle Seahawks (363 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT), in Seattle, it’s fair to say that the matchup simply isn’t going to matter. He’s now thrown for over 350 yards in three of his past four games (four of his past six) and has already thrown for 23 TD. Sure the Bengals look like a tougher matchup, but it’s hardly a reason to downgrade him at this point.
- Blake Bortles, along with his dynamic pair of young wide receivers (Allen Robinson & Allen Hurns), has quickly developed a vaunted passing attack in Jacksonville. We would like to see him limit the interceptions (11) and improve his accuracy (55.3%), which does put him at risk of putting up a poor performance from time to time (especially with Hurns no guarantee to play this week). While the Titans haven’t been great against opposing quarterbacks, they’ve actually only allowed 2,107 passing yards (putting them towards the bottom of the league) and have 9 INT. Bortles is a QB1, but don’t simply push him up the rankings too far.
- Granted Russell Wilson was less than stellar the last time he faced the 49ers (235 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT), but in general it’s a favorable matchup. While he’s only a borderline option, given the bye weeks/injuries/matchups he could be worth rolling the dice on.
- What can we expect from Tony Romo in his first game back? Time will tell, but the upside is certainly there and he’s a potential QB1.
- Marcus Mariota showed what he could do against a poor defense in Week 9, as he torched the Saints (371 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT). Is he going to be that good against the Jaguars? Probably not, but they have allowed 17 TD on the season and are among the worst groups in the league. Dial him up as a QB2 and a potential streaming option if needed.
- It’s been two weeks since Jameis Winston has thrown for a TD, but he’s rushed for one in three straight and the Eagles have allowed 15 passing TD (as well as 2 rushing TD) to opposing QB. He’s a gamble, but given the other options consider him another potential streamer if you are desperate.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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