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Week 12 QB Rankings and Streaming Options

QB rankings and streaming advice for Week 12 of the 2018 fantasy football season.

In what could easily be the most competitive week ever, we have another segment of “Who is that under center?” This week’s episode features Colt McCoy, who took over for Alex Smith after a season-ending leg injury that required him to have immediate surgery. McCoy inherited a 17-7 deficit in the third quarter and almost pulled off a comeback win if not for a missed 63-yard field goal.

The injuries don’t end there. Marcus Mariota suffered a stinger after taking his fourth sack of the half against the Colts, though head coach Mike Vrabel confirmed he did not re-injure his elbow. Blaine Gabbert took over in Sunday’s loss and could be called upon again in Week 12.

Meanwhile, in Lamar Jackson’s first NFL start for the Ravens he went 13 of 19 for 150 yards and an interception, which would seem like a rather disappointing start if not for the 117 additional yards on the ground. Do the rushing yards make up for the underwhelming passing game? Should Joe Flacco not return in Week 12, we might find out.

Once again, we update the Patrick Mahomes tracker in what was arguably the greatest NFL regular season game in history. The Chiefs Monday Night Football game against the Rams was the only game in NFL history where both teams scored 50-plus points. And with Mahomes QB1, 35.9 point fantasy day, he became the first player since 1933 with six touchdowns and five turnovers. The Chiefs also became the first team ever in the 99-year history of the league to score 50 points and lose, a stat tailor-made for Andy Reid. Not the best record to hit, but it gave us a game that exceeded expectations and made for some good football nonetheless.

As for me, Dak Prescott’s 200-plus passing yards and rushing touchdown provided quality QB2 numbers. I was also correct in the Buccs quarterback bouncing back — I just failed to pick the right one. Jameis Winston took over for a struggling Ryan Fitzpatrick after his seventh interception in the last three weeks. Winston went on to lead three consecutive touchdown drives though could not pull out a win while playing against the game clock. And of course, Marcus Mariota was removed from the game due to his stinger in the second quarter, only having time to pass for 85 yards and an interception. 

Pick QB ESPN Points QB Rank
TwoQB Dak Prescott 14.8 17
Streamer Marcus Mariota 3.1 28
Bounceback Ryan Fitzpatrick 8.1 24

We are almost out of the bye week blues, with the two remaining teams (Chiefs and Rams) taking the week off. As we near the playoffs, and with quarterbacks continuing to shuffle, every start has the ability to make or break your season.1

Week 12 Quarterback Rankings

Quarterback Matchup Ranking
Drew Brees vs Atlanta 1
Mitchell Trubisky at Detriot 2
Andrew Luck vs Miami 3
Matt Ryan at New Orleans 4
Aaron Rodgers at Minnesota 5
Baker Mayfield at Cincinatti 6
Ben Roethlisberger at Denver 7
Tom Brady at NY Jets 8
Cam Newton vs Seattle 9
Russell Wilson at Carolina 10
Kirk Cousins vs Green Bay 11
Carson Wentz vs NY Giants 12
Eli Manning at Philadelphia 13
Deshaun Watson vs Tennessee 14
Philip Rivers vs Arizona 15
Andy Dalton vs Cleveland 16
Dak Prescott vs Washington 17
Nick Mullens at Tampa Bay 18
Jameis Winston vs San Francisco 19
Marcus Mariota at Houston 20
Blake Bortles at Buffalo 21
Case Keenum vs Pittsburgh 22
Lamar Jackson vs Oakland 23
Matthew Stafford vs Chicago 24
Ryan Tannehill at Indianapolis 25
Derek Carr at Baltimore 26
Josh Rosen at LA Chargers 27
Sam Darnold vs New England 28
Colt McCoy at Dallas 29
Josh Allen vs Jacksonville 30

TwoQB Pick of the Week – Eli Manning at Philadelphia

Projected: 15.3
Ownership: 16.9%
GSLP: 17.4

Few quarterbacks have received as much criticism as Eli Manning this season. And while those criticisms may be valid, Manning has become increasingly more productive in recent weeks — completing over 94 percent of his passes in Week 11 including a season-high 12.8 yards per attempt, albeit against an inept Buccaneers defense. In his last two weeks, Manning has had five passing touchdowns and no picks. And when he faced his NFC East foe in Week 6, Manning put up 281 passing yards.

Since then, the Eagles secondary has suffered significant injuries and just allowed Dress Brees to throw for 363 yards and four touchdowns last week. While this beaten defense should put up more of a fight this week (and Manning is no Brees), Manning fits the mold of an opportunistic QB2 in this division matchup.

Favorite Streamer – Baker Mayfield at Cincinnati

Projected: 16.7
Ownership: 27.5%
GSLP: 21

Baker Mayfield has been on fire in recent weeks; at least when you’re evaluating the bottom of the barrel. He has four straight games with multiple touchdowns, with his most recent outing delivering his highest fantasy performance thus far this season (22.6 points). In that Week 10 matchup against the Falcons, he connected with nine different receivers.

Meanwhile, the Bengals defense has allowed an average of 30.6 points per game and is on track to break the yards-allowed record — by Week 16. Fresh off a bye, Mayfield is in an ideal position to continue his multi-touchdown streak with the potential to put up QB1 numbers. He’s a favorable replacement for those missing Jared Goff or Mahomes this week.

“Bounceback Candidate” – Nick Mullens at Tampa Bay

Projected: 16.5
Ownership: 6%
GSLP: 22.5

It’s not him, it’s the matchup. Nick Mullens’ first NFL start was record-breaking-phenomenal (22.2 FP), and then there was his second start (10.1 FP). But after (hopefully) getting his head right over the bye week, Mullens faces the best defense possible to position himself for a bounceback.

The Bucs are giving up the most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season. Meanwhile, Mullens has already managed to put up over 250-plus passing yards in each of his two first starts. It’s a low-tier, relatively desperate play — but one with significant upside.

  1. Ownership and projected points are from ESPN Fantasy. Rankings are based on GSLP, FPPG and matchup. GSLP models were run three times — six weeks back, four weeks back and three weeks back and averaging results. In cases where it doesn’t make sense to look back at 8 games for a quarterbacks, those weeks are removed from the average.  (back)

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