by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The bye weeks have come and gone, giving us a full allotment of quarterbacks to choose from… Well, barring the injuries that have continued to plague the league (Joe Flacco is the latest to fall victim, as he was lost for the season in Week 11). Who are the good plays this week? Who should we be avoiding? Let’s take a look:
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Dallas
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Denver
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Houston
- Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. San Diego
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Washington
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Tennessee
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Minnesota
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Jacksonville
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. St. Louis
- Brian Hoyer – Houston Texans – vs. New Orleans
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Seattle
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Philadelphia
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at Green Bay
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Pittsburgh
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Carolina
- Johnny Manziel – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
- Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Giants
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
- Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – vs. Oakland
- Brock Osweiler – Denver Broncos – vs. New England
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Indianapolis
- Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets – vs. Miami
- Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at Kansas City
- We all know that the Denver Broncos boast one of the strongest defenses in the league, but is anyone really willing to bet against Tom Brady at this point? As it is the defenses has shown a few dents in recent weeks, including seeing Jay Cutler throw for 265 yards against them in Week 11. Maybe the matchup and the questions about the talent around him (especially with Danny Amendola now hurt as well) knocks him off the top spot, but he can’t fall below #4 (and even that’s debatable).
- Cam Newton may not throw for a significant number of yards, but he does find the end zone both throwing the football (20 TD, with 11 coming in his last four games) and running it (6 TD). While Dallas’ defense has played fairly well, it’s impossible to think that they are going to shut him down.
- It was surprising to see Derek Carr stumble against the Lions, completing just 52.0% of his passes for 169 yards and 0 TD. Of course you could argue that he was due a poor game and he’s thrown for 2+ TD in seven of his ten starts. He appears to have a favorable matchup against the Titans, so despite the poor performance dial him up as a QB1 in all formats.
- Eli Manning has had plenty of poor games this season, but he’s also had some monster performances (10 TD vs. 2 INT over his past three games). Coming off the bye week we’d expect big things, especially against a Redskins defense that has allowed 20 passing TD this season (Manning himself threw for 279 yards and 2 TD against them in Week 3).
- When healthy and in the lineup Brian Hoyer has been solid, with 1,704 yards, 13 TD and 4 INT. The team has already announced that he will remain the starter, despite a strong showing from T.J. Yates in Week 11, and the expectation is that he’ll be cleared from his concussion to return. Time will tell, but if he’s on the field he’ll be worth streaming against a Saints defense that has been routinely torched by passing attacks.
- Seeing Tony Romo struggle in his first start back (227 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT) shouldn’t be surprising and things could get even worse in Week 12 as he has a short week and a significantly tougher matchup (Carolina). This isn’t the week to be banking on him, unfortunately.
- As we said last week the Seattle Seahawks are still a strong defense, but they simply shouldn’t scare you like they used to. While we wouldn’t go out of our way to play Ben Roethlisberger, he certainly is worth considering depending on your alternatives.
- While Jameis Winston threw for 5 TD in Week 11, keep in mind that he hadn’t thrown one in the previous two games (and had 10 in his first nine games overall). It’s easy to get excited, but don’t exaggerate your ranking of him based on one big game.
- Brock Osweiler played fairly well in his first start, throwing for 250 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT. It’ll be interesting to see if the team continues with a run first approach (Ronnie Hillman & C.J. Anderson combined for 33 carries), but in what could turn into a shootout of sorts against the Patriots Osweiler is worth utilizing as a QB2.
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