Week 10 saw Kirk Cousins pick apart the Saints secondary for four touchdowns. As the playoff picture begins to take shape, let’s take a look at which quarterbacks will have an opportunity to do some big things this week.
MATT STAFFORD VS. OAKLAND RAIDERS
Matt Stafford and the Lions stunned the Packers last week but Stafford hasn’t thrown for 300 in quite some time. Stafford has a much more favorable matchup against the Oakland Raiders this week.
The Raiders are 26th in the league against quarterbacks and they even allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith to throw for more than 300 yards. Stafford is a solid play this week, especially with someone like Drew Brees on a bye week.
MATT RYAN VS. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Matt Ryan has fallen out of the top 10 as a fantasy quarterback despite having the number one fantasy running back in Devonta Freeman and the number two fantasy wide receiver in Julio Jones.
Ryan has a much better chance of putting together a 20 point performance against a Colts defense that is 21st against quarterbacks. The Colts haven’t really been able to stop anyone this year.
Hopefully the Falcons don’t jump out to an early lead and take Ryan out of the game, otherwise he should have a solid day.
RUSSELL WILSON VS. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Russell Wilson is in the same boat as Matt Ryan in terms his lack of production. Wilson still hasn’t thrown for more than 300 yards in a game this season but there’s a chance that could change in a key divisional game versus the 49ers.
The 49ers are 24th in the league against fantasy quarterbacks and they’ve allowed more than 300 yards passing in five games this season. If the 49ers can stop Marshawn Lynch, then Wilson may have to exceed his 235 passing yard total from their last matchup.
ANDY DALTON VS. ARIZONA CARDINALS
Andy Dalton is still a top 10 fantasy quarterback but he’s faded in two of the last three weeks. This week it probably won’t get better against a fierce Cardinals defense that is 8th against quarterbacks.
Dalton and the Bengals have allowed for defenses to score double digits in three of the last five weeks against them. Don’t trust Andy Dalton this week and look to your backup for help.
CARSON PALMER VS. CINCINNATI BENGALS
Carson Palmer is probably going to throw for more than 300 yards, he did so against one of the best defenses in the Seahawks. However, his performances have been hurt due to uncharacteristic turnovers.
Palmer has four over the last two weeks and the Bengals are 4th against opposing quarterbacks. The Bengals have also allowed just 10 points in each of the last three games. Something has got to give in this matchup and the Bengals defense could prevail.
ON THE BUBBLE
CAM NEWTON VS. WASHINGTON REDSKINS
Cam Newton has been on fire the past couple of weeks with no receiving corps at all. He along with the Panthers defense is why they’re 9-0 and the Washington Redskins stand in the way from making them 10-0. The Redskins are surprisingly 13th against fantasy QBs, they’ve also kept Tom Brady and Drew Brees under 300 yards passing.
What separates Newton from those quarterbacks is his ability to run it into the endzone, which he might do at least once. It could go either way for Cam this week, but you can expect one thing. He definitely will Dab on em.
Cam Newton's message to the Titans: Want him to stop dancing? Stop him from scoring. https://t.co/yBdvf78iSz
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