Congrats on making it to the all important Super Bowl week. Most Eli Manning owners are running out of four letter words to explain his week 15 dud but if you somehow survived his week 15 clunker – consider our waiver wire suggestions since a date with Revis Island is on the horizon.
There are a few signal callers likely sitting on your waiver wire that have favorable matchups and could be worth consideration if your starting signal caller is not a must start and face a difficult matchup.
The following defenses have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing QBs (more than 22 FPG): New England, Minnesota, Denver, Green Bay, Oakland and Buffalo. Matt Moore travels to Foxboro for a dream matchup but be sure to check the weather reports. The Vikings pass defense is abysmal and this week Sexy Rexy Grossman benefits from facing their porous secondary. The Packers will look to avoid a 2-game losing streak against the division rival Bears. Despite the solid matchup, Caleb Hanie hasn’t shown much to warrant him fantasy relevant (especially with the loss of Johnny Knox).
On the flip side, the top defenses at defending the pass in 2011 (allow less than 17 FPG) are Baltimore, Cleveland, Houston, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville and the NY Jets.
Joe Flacco could struggle against the Brown’s #1 ranked pass defense. Eli Manning will also find tough sledding against Revis Island.
Next to each player is each team’s remaining schedule. In GREEN are the favorable matchups against the 10 worst pass defenses that allow the most fantasy points to opposing QBs. In RED are matchups with the top 10 pass defenses allowing the least fantasy points to opposing RBs.
On the season, he is averaging 217 YPG with 13 TDs and an alarming 18 INTs. His penchant for completing passes to the defense will likely limit his list of suitors on the free agent market. Despite the suspension of leading receiver TE Fred Davis, the trio of Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth paired with PPR beast RB Roy Helu provide Grossman will solid receiving options. In week 16, he faces a dream matchup against an injury riddled Minnesota pass defense that can’t cover their shadow. The Vikings 30th ranked pass defense (260 YPG) has allowed a league high 31 passing TDs through 14 games. Those in deeper leagues would be wise to consider starting Grossman this week as 250 yards and 2 TDs seems well within reach in a favorable matchup.
Kyle Orton: (OAK, @DEN) – KO’s first start in KC was a memorable one as he led the Chiefs to a win over the previously undefeated Packers – highly doubt Tyler Palko could have done that. Orton completed 23-of-31 passes for 299 yards but was unable to find the end zone. We covered the Kyle Orton move to Kansas City in detail a few weeks ago and the impending free agent could very well be auditioning for the starting job with the Chiefs (Matt Cassel less than impressive 2011 season could render him a cap casualty).
Orton had an impressive 2010 season (averaged 280 YPG) but early season struggles in 2011 paved the way for Tebow time in Denver. With an above average WR corps led by Dwayne Bowe (also including Steve Breaston, Jon Baldwin, Dexter McCluster) and two plus matchups to end the season – Orton is well worth adding for fantasy owners looking for a spot start option during the playoff weeks.
In week 16, the Chiefs host the Raiders 23rd ranked pass defense that has allowed the 2nd most TDs (27) through the air. Orton has a very good chance of approaching 300 yards again and should reach pay dirt multiple times.
Matt Moore: (@NE, NYJ) – Despite the blustery Buffalo conditions, Moore completed 10-of-20 passes for 217 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 15 win over the Bills. Over nine starts this season, the 27-year-old Oregon St Beaver alum is averaging a pedestrian 189 YPG with 12 TDs and 6 INTs. With Brandon Marshall , Davone Bess, and Reggie Bush at his disposal – Moore could be a deep league option when the matchup is favorable which is the case in week 16 against New England’s 32nd ranked pass defense (297 YPG).
Jake Locker: (JAC, @HOU) – Titans head coach Mike Munchak apparently doesn’t want to make the playoffs since he continues to start the over the hill Matt Hasselbeck with impressive rookie Jake Locker banished to the bench.
Locker has now outperformed the veteran in consecutive weeks and should get the week 16 start with the Titans playoff hopes on life support. In relief of an ineffective Hasselbeck, Locker completed 11 of 16 passes for 108 yards and one touchdown in the 4th quarter as the Titans allowed the Colts to get their first win.
Locker was selected as the 8th overall pick as the Titans became enamored with the big arm/mobility of the University of Washington alum despite accuracy concerns. We profiled Locker in detail in a preseason Draft feature and there is a very good chance that head coach Mike Munchak decides to take a further peek into the future over the final 2 games of the season. If he gets the nod – Locker would be a solid QB2 in week 16 against struggling Jags defense that was torched by Matty Ice last Thursday. The Jags pass defense ranks 4th but they have allowed 19 passing TDs and have struggled since losing CB Rashean Mathis for the season.