by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Fantasy owners finally enjoyed a resurgence for Cam Newton in Week 6, as well as seeing Tom Brady reinforce the fact that talk of his demise was well overblown. Throw in the return of Carson Palmer and an already deep position looks that much better. Let’s take a look at who fantasy owners can depend on and who may be a bit too risky for the coming week:
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cincinnati
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Carolina
- Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – vs. San Francisco
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Kansas City
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Detroit
- Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at Denver
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Green Bay
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at St. Louis
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Miami
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Dallas
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New York Giants
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Atlanta
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Oakland
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Baltimore
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Houston
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. New Orleans
- Brian Hoyer – Cleveland Browns – at Jacksonville
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Arizona
- Austin Davis – St. Louis Rams – vs. Seattle
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Indianapolis
- Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Cleveland
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at Chicago
- Kyle Orton – Buffalo Bills – vs. Minnesota
- Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – vs. Tennessee
- It’s impossible to argue that Andrew Luck hasn’t been the premier quarterback in the NFL this season, throwing for 1,987 yards and 17 TD. In fact he’s thrown for 3+ TD in four of his past five games and 370+ yards four times this season (312+ in five games). Over the past two weeks the Bengals have been beaten up by Tom Brady and Cam Newton, two QB that people had been questioning. What’s going to happen when they square off with one of the elite?
- Speaking of Newton, not only did he throw the ball well in Week 6 (284 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT), but he finally proved comfortable running the football (17 carries, 107 yards, 1 TD). Obviously the injuries to the backfield played a role, but we’ve simply been waiting for him to show he still is capable. Coming off this type of performance, he’s a viable QB1 in all formats.
- You would think that Matthew Stafford taking on the New Orleans Saints would be a matchup to exploit, but he showed us in Week 6 that his upside is limited without Calvin Johnson (185 yards, 1 TD). He’s usable, but don’t push him too high as the team could easily lean on their running game (despite that being banged up as well).
- Is anyone still doubting Tom Brady? After throwing for 361 yards and 4 TD against Buffalo he now draws one of the worst secondaries in the league (and who also lost Dee Millner). Brady should be in store for another big performance.
- Anyone taking on the Jaguars (12 TD vs. 1 INT) is going to be a favorable option. Brian Hoyer didn’t do much last week (17 attempts), but he showed he can make the most of them turning 8 completions into 217 yards and 1 TD. He’s proven he can get the job done and is a viable option in two-quarterback formats.
- Matt Ryan has name appeal, but is he really a QB1 at this point? The Ravens have been among the better defenses against opposing QB this season (just 6 passing TD) and Ryan has just 2 TD and 2 INT over his past two games.
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