With Cleveland and Tennessee finally getting a week off, the thirteenth wave of regular season games marks the final week that fantasy owners will be forced to find bye week fill-ins for their starting lineup. Marcus Mariota is obviously the only QB that we need to worry about replacing, but there are over a dozen serviceable fantasy options to satisfy that need.
Here are my Top 30 QBs for Week 13 vs. FantasyPros' ECR rankings:
Notes & Analysis:
- Look for yet another ultra-productive outing from Drew Brees in Week 13 when he faces off against the commonly pitiful secondary of the Detroit Lions, all in the comfort of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
- Aaron Rodgers has been forced to carry the team on his back in recent weeks, throwing for 300+ yards and multiple TDs in three consecutive games.
- Tom Brady‘s methodical attack will be in full force this Sunday when the Pats welcome the LA Rams to Gillette Stadium. Tom is bound to post high-end QB1 numbers.
- Ben Roethlisberger will be at Heinz field to take on the surging Giants in what could be a shootout. Big Ben plays much better at home and this game script is mouthwatering for fantasy players.
- Andrew Luck emerges from concussion protocol just in time to hit the road for a MNF clash against the Jets. Their burnable secondary is no match for a healthy Colts passing game.
- Russell Wilson burned his owners last week when he put up a dud in Tampa, but I’m expecting a solid bounce-back performance this Sunday night against the Luke Kuechly-less Panthers in Seattle.
- Colin Kaepernick’s dual-threat skill set hasn’t translated in W’s for the 49ers, but it has for his fantasy owners. He’s looking like a legit QB1 with a very high floor.
- It’s fair to label Cam Newton as a back-end QB1 this week in Seattle, but I’m not shying away from starting him in season-long leagues. The Seahawks are on the mend with multiple bumps and bruises on defense, and Cam is always a force to be reckoned with near the goal line. He very well could account for every Panthers TD in Week 13.
- Derek Carr suffered a nasty, dislocated finger in last week’s win versus Carolina, but he should be fine this Sunday. The Bills have been stingy against fantasy QBs, but Carr is still a passable, if not borderline QB1.
- Philip Rivers hasn’t had a fully healthy receiving corps all season, and the Bucs just shut down Russ and Seattle last week. I’m not counting on top-12 fantasy numbers.
- Dak Prescott doesn’t have the upside he usually does against a stout Vikings defense, but he still presents a moderately safe floor and should be a high-end QB2 at worst on Thursday night.
- Averaging just under 18 points per game in standard scoring, Jameis Winston has been a fine streaming option in 2016. Expect more of the same this week in San Diego, as the Chargers present a much more formidable run defense than pass defense.
- Carson Wentz is coming off his best fantasy outing since Week 1 and will look to keep the ball rolling in Cincy, but he’s just a low-end QB2 until he improves upon his conservative one TD per game average.