Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 13: Quarterbacks

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The weather can throw a wrench in some starts for quarterbacks. Which quarterbacks could be riskiest than usual in Week 13?

Just like in the real NFL, sometimes have two starting quarterbacks means that team has none. This is one of the most annoying things about fantasy and playing the wrong QB can be costly since quarterbacks score the most points of any position.

There are a lot of quarterbacks that have busted out while some guys have been busts. In a perfect world, one week a QB of yours will have a great matchup while the other one has a bad one. That doesn't always work out. Here are six quarterbacks with some interesting matchups and developing trends.


Russell Wilson - We get a great game for Monday Night Football. The New Orleans Saints will travel to Seattle as the top two teams in the NFC will face off. The Saints offense vs. the Seattle Seahawks will be the matchup to watch, but Wilson against the Saints should be a big part of the game, as well.

The Saints have been the third-best team in stopping the pass, but they haven't gone up against any formidable passing offenses outside of the Dallas Cowboys.

He's not going have Percy Harvin, but that should be OK with Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate playing better. This could be a high-scoring game and one would think the Saints would do everything they can to limit Marshawn Lynch from going off.

Josh McCown - He isn't the sexiest name in fantasy football, but nobody has a better matchup. He'll take on a Minnesota Vikings defense that has been roasted all season. They rank dead last in points and passing TDs, so McCown has the best matchup of any quarterback.

Sure, he's not the most talented QB in the league, but you can argue the guys he gets the ball to are the best in the league. Brandon Marshall is a top-five receiver, Alshon Jeffery might be the best flanker in the NFL and there aren't many better pass-catching backs than Matt Forte.

All this sets up McCown for a big day in a dome. He's a top-eight play and could be the top quarterback of the week. Especially with his defense not playing well.

Philip Rivers - It's December. That means it's Rivers time. In his last five seasons, Rivers has a passer rating over 100 in four of those months. Hopefully, this isn't going to be backwards for him because he's been over 99 in passer rating in every month this season.

The Chargers are ranked fourth in passing yards with 296.9 per game. Plus, they were able to just hang a 41-spot on the Chiefs. Fantasy owners didn't draft him to be a must-start guy, but that's what he is against the Bengals. Their corners are going to have trouble in coverage and Rivers might hit a couple big ones.


Matt Ryan - Matty Ice isn't what he used to be and the loss of Julio Jones has been very costly. It's almost shocking how bad he's been. Over his last five games, Ryan has a TD:INT ratio of 5:9 and has averaged just 247.6 passing yards. That says a lot since the Falcons lost all of those games and he's had to pass the ball to try and keep his team in it.

It's a decent matchup in a dome, but playing on the road is a bit of a deal breaker. His offensive line might have a tough time protecting him and the pressure could force him into some turnovers.

Colin Kaepernick - The 49ers are going to run the ball a lot against the Rams. That's what they did the last time they faced off and they were able to account for 219 rushing yards on a ridiculous 40 carries. Kap only had 167 passing yards in that game and threw the ball just 23 times. There is just no upside even with his healthy WR corps.

Robert Griffin III - The Giants will be looking to get after RG3 and they've suddenly improved as a defense. After getting abused earlier in the season, they haven't given up more than 21 points since Week 6.

The second-year QB is coming in off a terrible game against the 49ers. Griffin had just 118 passing yards and a passer rating of just 56.2 -- both season lows. Fantasy owners should be looking for other options and McCown seems like a much safer option with bigger upside.

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