Josh Allen, BUF QB (at NE)
23% owned in Yahoo! Leagues, 31.4% owned in ESPN Leagues
All Josh Allen does is produce — he’s the highest-floor quarterback in the league right now. Since returning to health 4 weeks ago he has rushing lines of 99 yards & 1 touchdown, 135 yards, 101 yards & 1 touchdown, 16 yards and 1 touchdown. Adding to that, he’s thrown for over 200 yards in 3 of 4 contests — 160 in the other. He effectively produces like a bellcow running back who gets enough passing attempts to rack up 200 yards through the air. It’s not a winning strategy in real football but in the fantasy world it certainly is. Trust him to finish as a QB1 in Championship Week.
Nick Foles, PHI QB (vs. HOU)
7% owned in Yahoo! Leagues, 9.4% owned in ESPN Leagues
Here we go again. The season’s coming to an end and wouldn’t you know it, it’s Foles Time. Carson Wentz’s stress fracture should keep him out for a month or more, according to Dr. David Chao so you can count on Foles to be Philly’s signal-caller for the remainder of the 2018 fantasy season.
Bank on it that #CarsonWentz will not play again this season even if @Eagles make it deep into the playoffs. Stress fracture timeline is more month-to-month than week-to-week as explained here: https://t.co/ipcCSyG0EC https://t.co/myRYGG1baT— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) December 17, 2018
As luck would have it, Foles walks into a matchup against a Houston Texans defense that’s been sledgehammered through the air by Marcus Mariota, Baker Mayfield, Andrew Luck, and Sam Darnold over the last 4 weeks. While Luck’s success is to be expected, it’s the other 3 that give us reason for excitement. Foles has a good shot to finish as a Top 12 option this week and he gets a beatable Washington defense in Week 17, should your season extend that far.
Lamar Jackson, BAL QB (at LAC)
46% owned in Yahoo! Leagues, 54.1% owned in ESPN Leagues
Jackson still hasn’t crossed the 50% ownership threshold in Yahoo! Leagues, despite being a great starting option in each of the last 5 weeks. The Chargers defense is dangerous, so there’s reason to expect Jackson turns the ball over once or twice this week, though. After drastically different rushing attempts in Weeks 11 and 12 (26 and 11, respectively), his rushing attempts average has come to rest in the mid-teens with totals of 17, 14, and 18 in Weeks 13 - 15. His legs will be needed in this one as Baltimore tries to keep pace with the Chargers powerhouse offense. Count on Lamar Jackson as a low-end QB1 for Week 16.