QB rankings and streaming advice for Week 14 of the 2018 fantasy football season.
Another week without a single quarterback reaching 30+ fantasy points – though 15 put up 20 or more points. The top 10 quarterbacks of Week 13 included Josh Allen, – who has ranked QB4 and QB2 the last two weeks — Nick Mullens — who had a bounce back a week too late (for me) — and Derek Carr….
It was a great week for defenses, with 33 forced turnovers on quarterbacks alone — four of which were taken from Cam Newton against the Buccaneers, who had long been considered the defense that you streamed quarterbacks against. He had so many turnovers, Newton couldn’t even keep track of them.
Quick update on our Patrick Mahomes tracker – who did not contribute to those turnovers but did surpass the 40-touchdown mark on the season. He is the third player in NFL history to throw at least 40 passing touchdowns in their team’s first 12 games of the season, joining Tom Brady (2007) and Peyton Manning (2004 and 2013).
While I may not be the founder of the Lamar Jackson bandwagon, I did jump on at the right time. This week, Jackson added another rushing touchdown to his rookie record and notched another win for the Ravens, remaining undefeated as a starter. I was not as fortunate with my Case Keenum bounce back choice. Meanwhile, the only thing Colt McCoy delivered was another devastating blow to Washington fans, fracturing his right fibula at the start of Monday Night Football and is out for season.
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‘Tis the playoff season. At this stage, 14 teams have started more than one quarterback. If you’re on your last limb fighting to stay alive in the postseason, here are your some of your final rankings and streaming options of the season.1
Week 14 Quarterback Rankings
|Patrick Mahomes||vs Baltimore||1|
|Drew Brees||at Tampa Bay||2|
|Philip Rivers||vs Cincinatti||3|
|Ben Roethlisberger||at Oakland||4|
|Cam Newton||at Cleveland||5|
|Josh Allen||vs NY Jets||6|
|Matt Ryan||at Green Bay||7|
|Andrew Luck||at Houston||8|
|Russell Wilson||vs Minnesota||9|
|Jared Goff||at Chicago||10|
|Dak Prescott||vs Philadelphia||11|
|Tom Brady||at Miami||12|
|Aaron Rodgers||vs Atlanta||13|
|Deshaun Watson||vs Indianapolis||14|
|Mitchell Trubisky||vs LA Rams||15|
|Jameis Winston||vs New Orleans||16|
|Lamar Jackson||at Kansas City||17|
|Baker Mayfield||vs Carolina||18|
|Kirk Cousins||at Seattle||19|
|Case Keenum||at San Francisco||20|
|Marcus Mariota||vs Jacksonville||21|
|Nick Mullens||vs Denver||22|
|Carson Wentz||at Dallas||23|
|Ryan Tannehill||vs New England||24|
|Matthew Stafford||at Arizona||25|
|Derek Carr||vs Pittsburgh||26|
|Eli Manning||vs Washington||27|
|Jeff Driskel||at LA Chargers||28|
|Josh Rosen||vs Detroit||29|
|Sam Darnold||at Buffalo||30|
|Mark Sanchez||vs NY Giants||31|
|Cody Kessler||at Tennessee||32|
TwoQB Pick of the Week – Dak Prescott vs Philadelphia
Is Dak … back? Averaging weeks six through 13, Dak Prescott has outperformed Andrew Luck, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers — all the while remaining available in almost half of ESPN leagues. At this stage of the season he’s currently ranked QB15 — and that’s having started the year averaging just 12.5 fantasy points per game in the first five weeks.
I’m not here saying that he’s a hidden QB1 on your waiver wire. After all, the Cowboys are still a run-first, Ezekiel Elliott-led team and Prescott is fairly fumble-prone. But he has also averaged 9.1 yards per attempt in his last two games, highlighting his comfort down the field (thanks largely to Amari Cooper) and has managed to have a rushing touchdown in five of the last seven games.
He’ll face an Eagles defense on a short week (with Dallas enjoying a mini bye week) that has allowed an average of 27.5 points the last four games — and that’s including their most recent outing against Mark Sanchez. Prescott is a favorable QB2 in a week that’s do or die.
Favorite Streamer – Josh Allen vs NY Jets
Josh Allen has slowly climbed up in my rankings throughout the last few weeks, but I’ve refrained up until this point due to the fact that he hasn’t completed more than 59 percent of his passes in his last five starts. But there is something that is boosting his fantasy value — a run game. In his last two starts since returning from injury, he’s gone 33 for 99 yards (and one touchdown) and 9 for 135 yards putting up 26-plus fantasy points in those two games.
Allen should keep on running into this week’s matchup against the New York Jets who have allowed 40+ rushing yards to the quarterback position twice in the last five games and multiple touchdown passes in all but three games this season.
Though he won’t be startable past this week, Allen has the potential to get you into that final playoff spot in desperate situations and deeper leagues.
“Bounceback Candidate” – Baker Mayfield vs Carolina
He was an easy streamer for the last few weeks but Baker Mayfield finally plateaued. Though he put up almost 400 passing yards, his three interceptions contributed to his worst fantasy day since Week 6. His matchup against the Panthers, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to the quarterback position, puts Mayfield in a position for a bounce back. Mayfield has had multi-touchdown games in six of his nine starts, making him a high-upside pick to get you into the postseason.
- Ownership and projected points are from ESPN Fantasy. Rankings are based on GSLP, FPPG and matchup. GSLP models were run three times – looking six weeks back, four weeks back and three weeks back, and averaging the results. (back)