Most fantasy football leagues are headed into the first round of the playoffs and it is that time of year where every decision made can make or break your championship run. Fantasy matchups are more important now and it is necessary to pick players with the best matchups. We have you covered with our Salute Magazine Week 14 choose or lose quarterbacks picks.
Blake Bortles vs. Indianapolis Colts
Bortles has been on fire in recent weeks and he has solidified himself as a must-start quarterback lately. He goes into Sunday’s game facing a Colts’ defense that has given up the eighth most fantasy points to QBs. Bortles has 27 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions this season, but has 10 TD passes and only three interceptions in the last four games. Look for him to build on his five touchdown game last week and add another three-plus touchdown passes this week.
Jameis Winston vs. New Orleans Saints
Last week we selected Winston as one of our “choose” quarterbacks against the Falcons and he had a decent day; throwing for 227 yards, one touchdown pass, one TD run and one interception. He has yet to eclipse 300 yards passing in any game this season but that will change on Sunday against the Saints. New Orleans has given up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season and has allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw for 300-plus yards in eight of their first 12 games.
Matt Ryan at Carolina Panthers
Don’t expect Matt Ryan and the Falcons to do the same thing as the Saints did, and Ryan should be planted firmly on your bench. Ryan used to be fantasy gold but that title has rusted a bit this season, and he only has 17 touchdown passes to go with 13 interceptions. Ryan has been dropped in many leagues (91% owned in Yahoo leagues), and you should stay away from the urge to pick him up. Carolina’s defense could have a field day in this game.
Matt Schaub vs. Seattle Seahawks
Schaub is a pick-six maestro and there could be several in this matchup with the red-hot Seahawks. No team wants to face Seattle right now and the Ravens are probably hoping this game gets snowed out because it could get ugly. Schaub is averaging two interceptions per game since taking over as the Ravens’ starting quarterback and he is facing a defense that has given up the third fewest points to quarterbacks. He is also dealing with some injuries (knee, concussion, shoulder) and might not be able to play.
On the Bubble
Philip Rivers at Kansas City Chiefs
A couple of weeks ago when the Chargers and Chiefs met, Rivers only threw for 178 yards, no touchdowns and one interception — and that was at home. He now heads to KC, where it is supposed to be cool and wet, and this game could be won or lost on the ground. Rivers has posted 3,713 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and only nine interceptions this season, but the Chiefs are always tough to beat at Arrowhead Stadium, especially during the winter months.