QB rankings and streaming advice for Week 12 of the 2020 fantasy football season.
2020 has taught us to expect the unexpected. Thus, you should not be surprised that Week 11 gave us the first NFL starts of a polarizing 20-plus million dollar third string and a former XFL MVP.
- The one you’ll hear about all week, Taysom Hill got the start over Jameis Winston for the Saints and became just the second player in the Super Bowl era with 40-plus rushing yards and at least two rushing TDs in their first QB start. With Drew Brees out a minimum of two more weeks, on IR with 11 broken ribs, Hill is arguably considered the waiver wire pickup of the week. I would encourage you to use caution though: Hill did not throw a touchdown and will have a more difficult matchup this week against the Broncos than he did last week against the Falcons.
- P.J. Walker started for the Panthers while Teddy Bridgewater nursed a knee injury, accumulating 258 passing yards, one TD and two INTs in his first career start — and first NFL win. The celebration is unfortunately short-lived as Bridgewater is expected to practice this week and start on Sunday.
Additionally, Joe Burrow suffered a brutal injury last week, tearing his ACL and MCL in the third quarter. He will be out for the season, and will most likely be starting next season on the PUP list. Ryan Finley finished the game completing three of 10 passes for 30 passing yards, 19 rushing yards and an interception. Rumors spread Wednesday morning as this article was being posted that Bengals are planning to start Brandon Allen — not Finley — against the Giants this week. Allen was on the practice squad until this week.
Other news to keep an eye on — Bears head coach Matt Nagy said a QB change is “on the table” and remained noncommittal on whether Mitchell Trubisky or Nick Foles would get the start on Sunday. Owners in a quarterback bind may want to consider picking up Trubisky before the news breaks.
Finally, next up for the Jaguars will be Mike Glennon in place of Jake Luton who had four interceptions last week and Gardner Minshew who may or may not be healthy enough to return but has not played since Week 7.
My picks were extremely disappointing last week. In one of his worst starts of the season, Matthew Stafford took five sacks and averaged 5.4 YPC while Alex Smith was a victim of a poor game script that had them leading much of the game, allowing Washington to rely on the running game. Derek Carr saved me from a three-and-out notching 275 passing yards and three TDs while tossing an interception on his final attempt of the night.
|TwoQB||Matthew Stafford||7.6 FP|
|Streamer||Alex Smith||8.3 FP|
|Bounce back||Derek Carr||21.6 FP|
There are no bye weeks this week, though it is not the last we’ve seen of them. This means more potential on the waiver wire for those in need.