QB rankings and streaming advice for Week 13 of the 2018 fantasy football season.
No quarterback reached 30 fantasy points this week, which could be attributed to Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff having a week off. In their absence, Dak Prescott, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield finished in the top 5.
This week’s edition of “who is under center?” features Chase Daniel and Jeff Driskel, both relieving their respective starters due to injury. Daniel gave Bears fans plenty to be thankful for, throwing for 230 yards and two touchdowns to secure a win while Mitchell Trubisky deals with a shoulder injury. Meanwhile, Driskel entered Sunday’s game in the second half when Andy Dalton injured his thumb and managed one passing and one rushing score along with 155 passing yards — and a bit of a Bengals resurgence.
Driskel will be the starting quarterback for the Bengals with Dalton now on injured reserve. Daniel will also see a second start with Trubisky still recovering.
In other backup-turned-starter news, Cody Kessler will be taking over for Blake Bortles after the Jaguars had their seventh consecutive loss.
I will not be replaced under center, despite some misfires in Week 12. I was accurate in my Baker Mayfield pick, whose four touchdowns to four different receivers led the Browns to their first road win since 2015 and their first winning streak since 2014. Eli Manning put up modest QB2 numbers while Nick Mullens failed to bounce back, leaving some to wonder if CJ Beathard will soon be getting his starting job back.
|Pick||QB||ESPN Points||QB Rank|
With bye weeks over and playoffs quickly approaching, fantasy owners are left to make crucial decisions. At this stage, you may have lost one of your options at quarterback to injury (Alex Smith, Andy Dalton) or been forced to give up on your initial quarterback pick (Carson Wentz, Marcus Mariota). If you’re still looking for a quick fix, consider these Week 13 rankings and quarterback streaming options. If Baker Mayfield or Dak Prescott (available in 54 and 49 percent of ESPN leagues respectively) are on your league’s free agent list, take them, but they no longer qualify as streaming options at this stage of the season.1
Week 13 Quarterback Rankings
|Patrick Mahomes||at Oakland||1|
|Jared Goff||at Detriot||2|
|Andrew Luck||at Jacksonville||3|
|Philip Rivers||at Pittsburgh||4|
|Drew Brees||at Dallas||5|
|Cam Newton||at Tampa Bay||6|
|Deshaun Watson||vs Cleveland||7|
|Ben Roethlisberger||vs LA Chargers||8|
|Matt Ryan||vs Baltimore||9|
|Baker Mayfield||at Houston||10|
|Aaron Rodgers||vs Arizona||11|
|Kirk Cousins||at New England||12|
|Russell Wilson||vs San Francisco||13|
|Tom Brady||vs Minnesota||14|
|Lamar Jackson||at Atlanta||15|
|Dak Prescott||vs New Orleans||16|
|Josh Allen||at Miami||17|
|Carson Wentz||vs Washington||18|
|Colt McCoy||at Philadelphia||19|
|Jameis Winston||vs Carolina||20|
|Case Keenum||at Cincinnati||21|
|Ryan Tannehill||vs Buffalo||22|
|Marcus Mariota||vs NY Jets||23|
|Chase Daniel||at NY Giants||24|
|Josh McCown||at Tennessee||25|
|Josh Rosen||at Green Bay||26|
|Matthew Stafford||vs LA Rams||27|
|Derek Carr||vs Kansas City||28|
|Eli Manning||vs Chicago||29|
|Nick Mullens||at Seattle||30|
|Jeff Driskel||vs Denver||31|
|Cody Kessler||vs Indianapolis||32|
TwoQB Pick of the Week – Lamar Jackson at Atlanta
In his second outing as the Ravens starter, Lamar Jackson continued to maintain a modest passing attack (178 yards) but compensated with his running game adding to his two-game total of 190 rushing yards — the most by any quarterback in his first two career starts in the Super Bowl era. Jackson has also struggled with turnovers, with three in his two starts. It still remains to be seen if Jackson will remain the Ravens starter once Joe Flacco is medically cleared to play or if he has what it takes to be successful against a tough defense.
We will get neither of those answers this week as the currently undefeated Jackson faces off against a depleted Falcons defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season and allowed mobile Dak Prescott to have a rushing touchdown two weeks ago.
It’s also important to note, should Jackson remain under center and you’re looking for a long-term option, his next two matchups are against weak Kansas City and Tampa Bay defenses.
Favorite Streamer – Colt McCoy at Philadelphia
In his first start with the Redskins replacing the injured Alex Smith, Colt McCoy passed for over 260 yards and two touchdowns, resulting in a decent fantasy outing. The production would have been more highly regarded had he not had three interceptions – albeit against a dangerous Dallas defense. Despite the turnovers, there was a lot to like from McCoy’s performance. He was able to push the ball down the field a lot more effectively than Alex Smith had shown this season and it seems that the receivers, specifically Josh Doctson, are beginning to come to life.
If McCoy can continue to move the ball without turning it over, he has a favorable matchup against an injury-ridden Eagles secondary who just allowed Eli Manning to throw for 300 yards last week. With the NFC East still up for grabs, McCoy offers high-upside if you’re in a desperate situation.
“Bounceback Candidate” – Case Keenum at Cincinnati
Case Keenum has had an underwhelmingly inconsistent season in his first year with the Broncos, having only reached 20+ fantasy points once thus far. However, his matchup against the Bengals should position him for a fantasy comeback (at least for one week) as he faces a Bengals defense that has allowed the most points per drive to opponents this season and gave up three touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks in four of the past five games.
While it’s unlikely Keenum will get to three touchdowns, the matchup is worth the Week 13 “bounce back” title and should provide sufficient QB2 numbers.
- Ownership and projected points are from ESPN Fantasy. Rankings based on GSLP, FPPG and matchup. GSLP models were run three times — six weeks back, four weeks back and three weeks back, averaging results. (back)