There are only four teams on bye this week so you would think that decisions would be fairly easy, but after the elite options there’s a distinct falloff. Whether it is injuries or difficult matchups, there aren’t as many dependable options as you would’ve thought. Who are the quarterbacks you should be trusting? Who is too risky to use? Let’s take a look at how things stack up:
- Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Houston
- Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at Detroit
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
- Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – at Baltimore
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Philadelphia
- Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Cincinnati
- Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills – at Miami
- Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Kansas City
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
- Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Denver
- Kyle Allen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
- Jacoby Brissett – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
- Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
- Sam Darnold – New York Jets – at Washington
- Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Chicago
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New England
- Nick Foles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Indianapolis
- Mason Rudolph – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
- Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns – vs. Pittsburgh
- Ryan Finley – Cincinnati Bengals – at Oakland
- Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – at Los Angeles Rams
- Brandon Allen – Denver Broncos – at Minnesota
- After sitting nearly a month with an injury Patrick Mahomes returned with a bang, torching the Titans for 446 yards, 3 TD and 0 INT. While it was in a losing effort, the fact that Mahomes didn’t miss a beat is telling. The matchup with the Chargers isn’t necessarily the easiest, but there’s simply too much upside (especially with the questions about the running game) not to have Mahomes right back among the elite.
- Tampa Bay has allowed the second most points per week to opposing quarterbacks, and they’ve been particularly bad as of late. They’ve given up at least 3 TD in each of their past three games, with 11 TD vs. 1 INT over this stretch. Considering Drew Brees has thrown for 660 yards while completing 66 of 89 pass attempts in two games since returning, it’s impossible not to believe. The Saints can sometimes be viewed as a run first offense, but not this week.
- Over their past four games the Detroit Lions have allowed 13 TD vs. 0 INT to opposing quarterbacks, including two games with 4 TD. While they didn’t allow many yards in Week 10 (173), they did allow Mitch Trubisky to throw for 3 TD. What does that say about the upside of Dak Prescott this week? He torched the Vikings for 397 yards, 3 TD and 1 INT in Week 10 and has 6 TD over his past two games.
- The easy answer would be to dub Josh Allen a must start against the Miami Dolphins, and while he was solid against them earlier this season (202 yards and 2 TD) the bulk of his value has come with his legs (3 rushing TD over his past two games, 6 TD overall). Miami has actually been fairly good against opposing quarterbacks the past few weeks and haven’t been burned by quarterbacks who could run this season. That seems to make Allen a riskier option than you may have expected.
- A healthy Matt Stafford would’ve likely been a QB2 against a stingy Dallas defense. One who would be playing through broken bones in his back, if he’s able to play? It’s impossible to recommend using him as anything more than a desperation play (and if it’s Jeff Driskel under center he’d be completely unusable).
- Since Week 4 the Cincinnati Bengals have 10 TD vs. 1 INT (14 TD vs. 3 INT overall this season). Derek Carr has been finding his footing as well, with 6 TD vs. 0 INT over his past three games (14 TD vs. 4 INT overall) and with this matchup is there a better streaming quarterback option? He’s surprising a viable QB1, especially with some difficult matchups for other borderline options, and well worth using as an injury/bye week fill-in.
- Nick Foles is set to replace Gardner Minshew II as the Jaguars starting quarterback, but does that make him a strong choice in his first game back? We’d be more comfortable if it was a favorable matchup, so fantasy owners in one-quarterback formats need to take a wait and see approach.
- There have already been questions about the Eagles’ passing attack, so will Carson Wentz be able to shine in a matchup against the Patriots? That certainly appears to be a difficult matchup to try and exploit, making him a hard sell.
- Speaking of difficult matchups, Kirk Cousins gets one himself against the Denver Broncos but is he really someone you want to sit? He has 10 TD vs. 1 INT over his past four games, throwing for nearly 1,400 yards in the process. With the way he’s played he’s a borderline QB1 and worth considering depending on your alternative.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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