In this article we assume that you are starting your WR1s regardless of the matchup.

Each week we will analyze the defenses and provide our take on which Quarterbacks you should start and which should be benched based on matchups with stout run defenses, stubbed toes, potential weather problems, conduct code violations etc.

Among the big name QBs it’s really just Michael Vick who is still sidelined by injury.  Big Ben is back this week against the Chargers to help put another dagger into AJ Smith and Norv Turner.

 

Quarterback Upgrades

Josh Freeman (vs. Eagles):  Freeman has had a couple down weeks but the Eagles are a dream matchup for a QB looking to bounceback.  They have completely quit and you have to wonder who the next scapegoat on the defensive side of the ball will be while Andy Reid fiddles and watches the franchise burn.  The Eagles are the worst defense against the pass in the league right now and are giving up more fantasy points to QBs than any other team over the last 7 weeks.

Season Ranking at Postition

FF CrystalBall Yardbarker Aggregate Rank

 Opponents Rank vs. Pass

 Opponents Avg FF Pts to QB (Last 5 Games)

10th (251 fantasy points)

 11

16th (233.6ypg)

28.3  (32nd)

 

Matt Schaub (vs. Patriots) –The Patriots are bad against the pass.  How bad?  Well, Mark Sanchez went 26 for 36 with 286 yards and 1 TD with 1 INT against them two weeks ago.  For the record, Schaub is much better than Sanchez.   The Texans are a balanced team that runs 41% of the time in the first half and 59% in the second half.  There’s a good chance that the Texans will have to keep the foot on the gas pedal and pass more than usual in the second half as opposed to feeding their powerful run game to close this one out.  It’s not so easy to beat the Uggs off Tom Brady.

Season Ranking at Position

FF Crystal Ball Aggregate Rank

 Opponents Rank vs. Pass

 Opponents Avg FF Pts to QB (Last 5 Games)

14h (230 fantasy points)

14

29th (298.7 ypg)

24.1 (29th)

 

Quarterback Downgrades

Carson Palmer (vs. Broncos) – Palmer has been the king of garbage-time yards and fantasy points this year but it wasn’t that way in Week 4 when these two teams met.  Palmer threw for just 202 yards and no TDs in a 37-6 whoopin by Peyton Manning and the Broncos.   Palmer’s receivers have been letting him down of late, as matter of fact Denarius Moore ended last week on the bench after a couple drops.  It’s not looking like a week where Palmer will post good fantasy points.  The Broncos defense is tough and has proven they can keep him in check.

Fantasy Points Last 4 Games

FF Crystal Ball Aggregate Rank

 Opponents Rank vs Pass

 Opponents Avg FF Pts to WR (Last 5 Games)

32,20,16,10,18 (no INT pts)

17

6th  (211.8 ypg)

17.8 (9th Best)

Philip Rivers (vs. Steelers) – Rivers performance mirrors the Chargers performance as a team.  They are crashing together.  Rivers has been sacked 14 times over past three games and thrown 3 TDs and 3 INTs.  The Chargers have a lame duck coach and many of them appear to have quit.  This should prove to be a tough week and one where you should strongly consider sitting Rivers – if you haven’t reached that point already.  The Steelers are giving up just 166 yards passing per game…ouch.

Season Rank at Position

FF Crystal Ball Aggregate Rank

 Opponents Rank vs Pass

 Opponents Avg FF Pts to WR (Last 5 Games)

20th (189 fantasy points)

22

  1st  (166.7 ypg)

9.9 (1st in NFL)

 

Quarterback Sleepers

Nick Foles(@ Buccaneers): Foles looked pretty good last week.  He squared off against a tough division rival with the 10th ranked pass defense and went 22/34/251 with 1 TD and no interceptions.  This week he gets to throw against he worst pass defense in the NFL.  The Bucs are second only to the Eagles in fantasy points surrendered to QBs over the last 5 games.  Considering the Eagles defense wouldn’t be able to stop a determined a high school squad Foles is going to have to air it out to keep up.  This despite the fact that all of the sudden the worst game day coach in the league (Andy Ried) has discovered the run after Lesean McCoy goes down with an injury (while running in a hopeless game in the final 2 minutes).

Fantasy Points Last 4Games

FF Crystal Ball Aggregate Rank

 Opponents Rank vs. Pass

 Opponents Avg FF Pts to WR (Last 5 Games)

15,16,15, 16

22

32nd (309.8 ypg)

26.7 (2nd worst)

 

Brandon Weeden (vs. Chiefs)– Weeden isn’t getting any love in the rankings but he has a very good matchup in Week 14 and we predict that he will surprise.  There is little chance of this turning into a shootout against the Chiefs considering how poor their offense is (no pun or insensitivity intended there – for once).  This is the sleeper section and Weeden qualifies.  He’s thrown for more than 290 yards 4 times this year and 2 or more TDs in 5 games.  It’s not he isn’t capable and with Josh Gordon flashing amazing speed he can hit some big passes this week.

Season Rank at Position

FF Crystal Ball Aggregate Rank

 Opponents Rank vs. Pass

 Opponents Avg FF Pts to WR (last 5 games)

23rd (166 fantasy points)

25

9th (219.9 ypg)

22.5 (8th Worst)

 

 

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