by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
This is going to be an extremely tricky week for fantasy owners, especially when managing their quarterback spot. Having six teams on bye is already going to limit your options, and you have multiple players who have struggled mightily over the past few weeks. That doesn’t mean that they all should be written off, as there are some promising matchups, but that’s offset by some who could easily disappoint. Who are the quarterbacks to trust? Who should we be skeptical about? Let’s take a look:
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Houston
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. San Francisco
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at Washington
- Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – vs. Dallas
- Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – at New England
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Carolina
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Chicago
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at New York Jets
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Indianapolis
- Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – at Seattle
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Buffalo
- Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – vs. Oakland
- Josh McCown – New York Jets – vs. Atlanta
- Trevor Siemian – Denver Broncos – at Kansas City
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Detroit
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Pittsburgh
- Case Keenum – Minnesota Vikings – at Cleveland
- Jacoby Brissett – Indianapolis Colts – at Cincinnati
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Miami
- C.J. Beathard – San Francisco 49ers – at Philadelphia
- Matt Moore – Miami Dolphins – at Baltimore
- Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – at New Orleans
- It’s been a rough stretch for Cam Newton, with 450 yards, 1 TD and 5 INT over his past two games. Of course he’s saved his value with his legs, rushing for 121 yards and 1 TD, and has a get right matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (third most points per week to opposing quarterbacks, including 11 TD vs. 4 INT). If he was playing well he’d be a candidate for the #1 ranking, but he’s definitely not someone to write off due to his recent struggles.
- Sure the Patriots defense contained Matt Ryan and company in Week 7, but does anyone truly believe that they are capable of maintaining that? They entered the week as the worst defense against opposing quarterbacks, by far, and while the gap closed a little they remain at the top of the leaderboard. Rivers has had his issues this season, though that mostly is in yardage as he has 8 TD vs. 1 INT over the past four games. Couple that with the matchup and it’s easy to put him towards the top of the rankings this week.
- Obviously no one is going to sit down Drew Brees, though he’s now thrown 4 INT over his past two games, draws a Chicago team that is going to try and limit his touches and control the clock and offers nothing with his legs. The game being played in New Orleans is going to be seen as a plus, but temper those expectations.
- The matchup with Indianapolis makes Andy Dalton an ideal play this week… At least you would think, but Dalton continues to struggle and now has 4 INT in his past two games. While the Colts have allowed a lot of yardage, they have 7 INT and just 10 TD allowed. It’s possible that he pops off a big day, and that makes him an intriguing streaming option, but we wouldn’t be so quick to dub him a must start QB1.
- Jameis Winston is coming off a big day against the Buffalo Bills (384 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT) and draws a Carolina defense that has allowed 10 TD with just 1 INT on the season. With things coming together for Tampa Bay offensively, this looks like a good follow-up and there’s a good chance he keeps the good times rolling.
- Things have been going extremely well for Deshaun Watson of late, but drawing the Seahawks (in Seattle) isn’t going to be ideal. They aren’t the same defense that they once were, but they are still yielding the fourth fewest points to opposing QB including not allowing a rushing TD. With the road start in what should be an extremely difficult matchup, Watson is going to be tough to trust in single quarterback formats despite the impressive numbers he’s posted thus far.
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