Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 14: Quarterback

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In a tough spot at fantasy football quarterback this week? Here are some guys that have good and bad matchups this week.

Fantasy football quarterbacks can be a cruel mistress. One week they're your best friend and lead you to a big win, then next week they're not scoring any touchdowns and you're getting blown out.

There are a lot of quarterbacks that have some bad match ups like Cam Newton against the Saints, but fantasy owners really shouldn't be thinking about benching a guy that them to where they are.


Josh McCown - One week after a great matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, McCown and the Chicago Bears get another terrific chance to put up big numbers. McCown didn't disappoint last week with 355 yards and two scores at Minnesota. Alson Jeffery became the eighth player in NFL history to put up his second 200-yard receiving game in a season and he's only the second best receiver on his team.

The Cowboys are extremely apt to giving up some massive games on the year. They have allowed 400-yard passing days four times and have allowed multiple TDs six times on the season with the others coming against some terrible passing units.

McCown is a terrific QB1 yet again this week and hopefully the weather won't be too bad on Monday Night Football. It wouldn't hurt to check the forecast on Sunday morning, though.

Nick Foles - He is really a must-play quarterback. Foles is going to remain at home and welcome the Detroit Lions. This game projects to be a high-scoring contest and the fantasy points should be racking up. In fact, Las Vegas has this game as the highest over/under of the weekend at a whopping 54 points.

The Lions shut down the Packers last week, but before that they were giving up some major points. In the previous five games, they allowed 2.8 passing TDs per game.

On the other side of things, Nick Foles is the hottest quarterback in the NFL. He still hasn't thrown an interception and he has scored at least 19 fantasy points in every week since he's been the starting quarterback. He's a top-five play this week and you could argue he's in the top three.

Philip Rivers - The Chargers have a lot of weapons these days.  Rivers can throw it to Keenan Allen on the outside, Danny Woodhead of Ryan Mathews out of the backfield, and he has Ladarius Green and Antonio Gates at tight end.

Green has been the most interesting of the bunch and has been lethal in the slot. He's a great option for first downs and the Chargers have really been able to sustain some long drives.

Rivers gets an interesting matchup against the New York Giants. The G-Men have looked outstanding against some horrible teams, destroying the Raiders, Vikings and Mike Vick this season. However, some QBs have been able to rip them up. Rivers is at home and should be a good bet for a couple scores and 300 passing yards.


Robert Griffin III -  It's really a perfect storm to sit RG3 this week. He has a terrible matchup against the Chiefs.  While they rank in the middle of the league in fantasy points allowed to QBs, it's a little misleading. They have gone up against Peyton Manning twice and Philip Rivers over the last three weeks. Before that, they only allowed a one multiple-TD game and that came in Week 8 against a pass-happy Browns team.

Griffin only has multiple-TD games just three times since Week 2 and just can't get his season off the ground. He does get Jordan Reed back, but the Skins are likely going to be overmatched. RG3 could have his fair share of turnovers and the weak offensive line can be his undoing. There are about 15 better QBs than Griffin this week.

Andrew Luck - Everything was coming up rose to start the year for Luck and his numbers, now it's just coming up Munson. Kingpin references aside, He's gone three weeks with just one TD over that span and hasn't even cleared 200 passing yards in each of his last two games.

The Bengals have shutdown some good quarterbacks this year. Tom Brady couldn't even score at all, Philip Rivers only had one TD last week and even Aaron Rodgers could muster up just one TD.. Luck isn't a top-12 option this week on the road and out of his QB-friendly dome.

Colin Kaepernick - There isn't much to like about Kaepernick at all this week. The San Francisco 49ers are last in the NFL in passing yards and they haven't thrown over 300 yards in any game since Week 1.

This week he has the unenviable task of taking on the Seattle Seahawks. He faced the Hawks back in Week 2, and to say it went horribly wrong might be an understatement. He threw for just 127 yards, didn't have a TD and turned the ball over four times.

Even though he's at home this time around, there is no way fantasy owners can start him. He's barely a top-20 play.

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