by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The time is now for many as the fantasy playoffs kick off. It’s an interesting week as well, with a few of the top quarterbacks drawing difficult matchups (though that doesn’t mean we could imagine sitting them down). That’s not to say that all of the matchups are concerning, as there are some quarterbacks who appear to be heating up and walking into favorable matchups. Throw in the “names”, who are never easy to value, and there are many landmines to maneuver through. Let’s take a look at who we should be trusting:
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Miami
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Jacksonville
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Los Angeles Rams
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
- Josh McCown – New York Jets – at Denver
- Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Washington
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
- Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Philadelphia
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Detroit
- Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Minnesota
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Tampa Bay
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Kansas City
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Dallas
- Case Keenum – Minnesota Vikings – at Carolina
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Chicago
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at New York Giants
- Blaine Gabbert – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Tennessee
- Brett Hundley – Green Bay Packers – at Cleveland
- Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at Arizona
- Tom Savage – Houston Texans – vs. San Francisco
- Jimmy Garappolo – San Francisco 49ers – at Houston
- Jay Cutler – Miami Dolphins – vs. New England
- After we were all ready to give up on Alex Smith, he popped off a monster day at the right time. Going up against the New York Jets in Week 13 as he threw for 366 yards and 4 TD. Taking on the Oakland Raiders, who he torched for 342 yards and 3 TD in Week 7, it’s easy to slot him back in the Top 5.
- After a few weeks on the sidelines Jameis Winston returned in Week 13 and it looked like he didn’t miss a beat as he threw for 270 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT. Over the past few weeks the Detroit Lions haven’t been playing well against opposing QB, including Joe Flacco (269 yards, 2 TD) and Case Keenum (282 yards, 2 TD) over the past two weeks. That would seem to make this a perfect matchup and return Winston into as a potential QB1.
- Russell Wilson has been tremendous recently (seven consecutive games with 2+ TD), though he hasn’t put up big yardage (under 260 yards in four straight) and draws one of the toughest defenses. It’s impossible to sit him down, but slotting him right at the top of the rankings is difficult as well. As of late he’s been a TD dependent option, and there’s a chance that he comes up empty in that regard in Week 14. (Note: We can make almost the same statement for Carson Wentz, who had a solid but unspectacular day against the Seahawks due to just 1 TD in Week 13 and now draws the Los Angeles Rams)
- While Drew Brees has a positive matchup, he’s thrown for 1 TD in each of the past two weeks as the Saints continue to get back to their focus on their running back duo. That is going to drag him down, though he’s a borderline QB1 due to the potential upside.
- Jimmy Garoppolo put up some strong numbers in his first start, throwing for 293 yards, 0 TD and 1 INT, and he also has a strong matchup. However considering his receiving corps is it really possible to trust him? The downside risk far outweighs the potential reward, making him more of a QB2 than a player to trust.
- The situation for the New York Giants has been poorly handled, but it makes for an intriguing situation in Week 14. After being benched last week all signs point towards Eli Manning making the start, in what may be a “send off” type outing at home against a struggling division rival (Dallas has allowed the fifth most points to opposing quarterbacks over the past four weeks). It’s easy to envision a big day, isn’t it?
Make sure to check out all of our Week 14 rankings: