We’re back for Week 4 of choose or lose at the quarterback position. Aaron Rodgers was by far one of the standouts from last week but he is obviously a must start player and would never be on this list. It’s time to find out who the best and worst options are for quarterbacks this week.
PHILIP RIVERS VS. CLEVELAND BROWNS
Owning Philip Rivers in fantasy is always a roller coaster ride. Sometimes Rivers has stretches where he plays like a top 5 fantasy QB and there’s other weeks where he can’t stop turning the ball over.
That was definitely the case last week against the Vikings but things look a lot better against the Browns this week.
The Browns are currently 16th in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks and they just allowed Derek Carr to throw for more than 300 yards. Expect Philip Rivers to have a bounce-back game this week.
TYROD TAYLOR VS. MIAMI DOLPHINS
Tyrod Taylor has been a revelation for the Buffalo Bills this season. The quarterback competition was up for grabs and Taylor took full advantage. It’s hard to believe that a player that was undrafted in a majority of fantasy leagues would currently be the 6th best fantasy quarterback.
Taylor has thrown for a combined 6 TDs the last two weeks and now faces the team that has given up the most passing yards in the NFL, the New York Giants. If Taylor can take care of the football, then he is definitely worth starting if your team has quarterback issues.
JOE FLACCO VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Joe Flacco and the Ravens are 0-3 and desperately need a win. The Ravens take on their arch rival in the Pittsburgh Steelers and now is as good of a time as any to get a victory. Joe Flacco has thrown for more than 350 yards and 2 TDs each of the last two weeks.
The Steelers have allowed the 26th most fantasy points to quarterbacks which means Flacco should have a good day. Flacco might not have a ton of weapons but he will be airing it out a lot. If you’ve got a quarterback on a bye week or looking for other options, then pick up Joe Flacco this week.
RYAN TANNEHILL VS. NEW YORK JETS
Ryan Tannehill is finally starting to look like the Dolphins franchise quarterback. However, last week proved how difficult things are going to be in the AFC East. Tannehill almost threw for 300 yards but he also threw three interceptions against the Bills defense and this week is another tough task against the Jets.
The Jets have allowed the 2nd fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks which means Tannehill could be in for another rough day. He’s worth starting if there are no other options but he’s not someone you can start with confidence this week.
ELI MANNING VS. BUFFALO BILLS
Eli Manning and the Giants finally found a way to close out a game this season against the Washington Redskins. Now they face a much tougher task as they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills. Manning has yet to throw for 300 yards in a game this season but the good news is he hasn’t thrown an interception all season.
This will most likely change this week against a fierce Bills defense that loves to blitz the quarterback. If Eli Manning figures out Rex Ryan and his defensive schemes then he’ll have a big day but that usually doesn’t happen. Sit Manning if you have other options at quarterback.
ON THE BUBBLE
BLAKE BORTLES VS. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Bortles and the Jaguars have to take on a Colts teams that is desperate to get back to .500. Last week Bortles had some solid production because they fell behind very early to the New England Patriots.
There’s a good chance that the same happens this week against the Colts which means the former UCF standout will be throwing the ball more often. Plus the Colts are 17th against opposing fantasy quarterbacks due to a lack of depth in the secondary.
However, if the Andrew Luck and the Colts keep turning the ball over then the Colts will receive a heavy dose of T.J. Yeldon to keep Luck off the field. Bortles has value here but it depends on how the flow of the game goes.
MATT RYAN VS. HOUSTON TEXANS
“Matty Ice” had a huge second half for the Falcons to defeat the Dallas Cowboys. This week the Falcons host the Houston Texans which means the Matt Ryan and Julio Jones show will continue.
There’s a good chance that Matt Ryan has a good game but if the Texans find a way to stop Julio Jones and if J.J. Watt can get after the quarterback then Matt Ryan might not have as good of a game as you would think. Start Matt Ryan unless you’ve got a backup with a little bit better of a matchup.