Things are getting trickier and trickier for fantasy owners, as the fantasy regular season comes to a close. Just further complicating things is several of the top quarterbacks drawing difficult matchups, though given all of the uncertainty it’s more important than ever to take the “don’t get cute” approach. With that in mind, who are the best options this week? Who should we be avoiding? Let’s take a look:
- Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New York Giants
- Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Philadelphia
- Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills – at San Francisco
- Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – vs. Indianapolis
- Justin Herbert – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. New England
- Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Dallas
- Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Jacksonville
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Washington
- Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans – vs. Cleveland
- Cam Newton – New England Patriots – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Derek Carr – Las Vegas Raiders – at New York Jets
- Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Arizona
- Taysom Hill – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
- Philip Rivers – Indianapolis Colts – at Houston
- Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns – at Tennessee
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
- Ryan Fitzpatrick – Miami Dolphins – vs. Cincinnati
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Green Bay
- Drew Lock – Denver Broncos – at Kansas City
- Colt McCoy – New York Giants – at Seattle
- Sam Darnold – New York Jets – vs. Las Vegas
- Nick Mullens – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Buffalo
- For now we’ve included Lamar Jackson on the rankings, though it’s unknown if he’ll actually be cleared ahead of the contest as he’s currently sidelined with COVID-19. Monitor the news closely, but have a plan in place to proceed without him.
- Kyler Murray has been spectacular this season, but he is coming off a down week against a tough defense (170 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT against the Patriots) and gets an even tougher draw against the Rams. Obviously he’s going to remain a Top 5 option, but he has to be knocked down a few spots.
- Speaking of New England, it’s Justin Herbert’s turn to try and produce against them. The Patriots entered the week having allowed the 7th fewest points per week to opposing quarterbacks, but very few teams have been able to slow down the rookie. Herbert has thrown for 300+ yards in three of the past four weeks and six times overall, totaling 3,015 yards, 23 TD and 7 INT. We can’t quite call him matchup proof, but he is locked in as a QB1.
- Kirk Cousins has posted at least 300 yards and 3 TD in back-to-back games, totaling 621 yards, 6 TD and 0 INT. In fact he has 2+ TD in four straight games (and six of his past seven) and now draws a Jacksonville defense that entered Week 12 having allowed the third most points per week to opposing QB. It hasn’t necessarily been the norm, but Cousins is locked in as a QB1 this week.
- Taking on the Jets vaults most QB into QB1 status, but does anyone really believe in Derek Carr? He’s now thrown for 215 yards or less in four of his past five games and has averaged 240.5 yards per game overall. That’s not to say that he’s unusable, but it’s awfully hard to trust him.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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