With the holiday weekend ending, we hope that your quarterback provided you with a bounty of points. A few of the quarterbacks did just that and probably led you to victory. On Thursday, Robert Griffin III and Tom Brady racked up a significant amount of points and Cam Newton ended the week with a bang. On the other hand, there were just as many quarterbacks that disappointed. Carson Palmer crashed back to earth after a four-game hot streak, Aaron Rodgers fell flat against the New York Giants and Josh Freeman was held without a passing touchdown.
Robert Griffin III tore apart the Dallas Cowboys defense and has now passed for four touchdowns in back-to-back games. Washington had a very balanced attack and Griffin spread the ball around, connecting with four different receivers for the four passing touchdowns. He ended the game with 311 passing yards, 29 rushing yards, four passing touchdowns and one interception. His next matchup is against the Giants, and he fared pretty well against them in their first meeting this year. The Giants seem refreshed, easily shutting down Green Bay last week. But despite the Giants pass rush, Griffin remains a must start every week. He should be able to score you a bunch of points no matter what New York tries to throw at him.
Tom Brady easily dismantled the New York Jets defense and once again delivered a strong fantasy performance. He passed for 323 yards and three touchdowns. Brady also added a rare rushing touchdown. Playing on Thursday means that Brady and the New England Patriots were able to get a few extra days of rest and preparation for their upcoming matchup with the Miami Dolphins. Miami is stronger at stopping the run than the pass, which should result in another excellent game for Brady and the Patriots passing offense.
Finally, for those fantasy owners who have stuck with Cam Newton or started him because of the matchup, you were rewarded with his best fantasy performance of the season. Newton passed for 306 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 52 yards and two touchdowns. Newton won one of my games for me, and no doubt he was the difference for quite a few other fantasy owners as well. The good times should continue to roll this week when Newton and the Carolina Panthers take on the Kansas City Chiefs.
My predictions for sleeper quarterbacks for Week 13:
Chad Henne, Jaguars- The Jacksonville passing offense looks a lot better with Henne at the helm than Blaine Gabbert. He led the team to a win and threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns. His matchup is very favorable against the Buffalo Bills, who give up the fourth most points to the quarterback position.
Colin Kaepernick, 49ers- Kaepernick looked very comfortable leading the 49ers to a win over the surging New Orleans Saints, and seems to have locked up the starting job for San Francisco. He played pretty well against the St. Louis Rams, when he stepped in for Alex Smith. A bonus is his mobility and ability to rush for yardage and touchdowns.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks- I'm not super high on him this week, but if you're in a squeeze, Wilson isn't a bad choice. He has passed for nine touchdowns over his last four games and has passed for multiple touchdowns against each of the NFC North defenses he has faced thus far. His ability to provide some rushing points doesn't hurt either.
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