by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
We’ll be without arguably the top option due to a bye week, as Matt Ryan is going to be sitting on the sidelines and resting up. That doesn’t leave us without viable options, however, as there are some juicy matchups across the board to exploit. Who offers the best value and who do we want to be conservative with? Let’s take a look:
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at San Francisco
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Carolina
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Washington
- Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at Indianapolis
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Philadelphia
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Chicago
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Buffalo
- Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – vs. Green Bay
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Baltimore
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Minnesota
- Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Detroit
- Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – vs. New England
- Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at Cincinnati
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Kansas City
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Houston
- Brock Osweiler – Houston Texans – at Oakland
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Jacksonville
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Tampa Bay
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Dallas
- Tyan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at Los Angeles
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Seattle
- Sam Bradford – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Arizona
- Drew Brees has now thrown for over 300 years and 3+ TD in four of his past five games, including a 465 yard, 4 TD, 1 INT performance against the Panthers on October 16. Two of the big performances have come on the road and we all know that Carolina has struggled stopping opposing quarterbacks this season (sixth most points per week allowed). You could argue the order of the Top 3, as they are almost interchangeable, but Brees is as good a bet as any.
- Marcus Mariota is coming off a game where he shredded the Green Bay Packers, to the tune of 295 yards and 4 TD. He’s now thrown 2+ TD in six straight games, including 7 TD in his past two (he threw for 313 yards at San Diego the week before). The Colts have struggled against opposing quarterbacks, including just 17 TD vs. 3 INT, and with the way Mariota has been playing he’s a good bet to keep the good times rolling.
- It’s been a season in the making, but Russell Wilson finally appears to be healthy and primed to produce big numbers on a weekly basis. Over the past two weeks he’s thrown for 630 yards and 5 TD, while also rushing for another TD. Philadelphia may not represent the easiest matchup, but consider him a QB1 in all formats.
- Blake Bortles has been a disappointment, but the fact that Jacksonville is consistently falling behind and forced to go with a pass-heavy offense has helped buoy his numbers. He’s thrown the ball at least 40 times each of the past four weeks, and over the past three he has 7 TD vs. 2 INT. While they may not fall behind quite as much against Detroit, the fact that opposing QB have taken it to Detroit keeps Bortles on the QB1 spectrum, though hardly a must use option.
- Before Monday night Eli Manning had thrived at home (344.5 yards per game) while struggled on the road (215.8 yards per game). With this one coming against the Bears, at home, dial him up as a QB1.
- Does anyone really want to trust Colin Kaepernick? It’s tough, but he now has rushed for 55+ yards in three of his four starts and that’s going to give him value. Throw in the fact that the 49ers could fall behind early to the Patriots, forcing him to air the ball out, and there’s reason to view him as a high-level QB2.
- Don’t look now but Derek Carr has thrown for 225 yards or fewer in three of his past four games (and four of his past six). In the past four he has three games of 1 TD or fewer and he doesn’t add value with his legs. It’s easy to over-rank him, but don’t make that mistake.
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