Cam Newton once again made his mark on the fantasy football scene last week, and rewarded those owners that have stuck with him to the end. Hopefully, those same owners had the supporting cast to get them to the playoffs. Newton passed for 287 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 116 yards and a touchdown. His last four games have been superb with eight passing touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns and no interceptions. Imagine if Newton had put up these numbers all season. Currently he sits sixth among all fantasy quarterbacks for points scored this season and could still move up the list with a few more strong games. He faces the San Diego Chargers this week in what should be another strong matchup for him.
Nick Foles had a huge game against a bad Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary last week. He passed for 381 yards and two touchdowns Sunday. The passing numbers were especially surprising because he lost Brent Celek early in the game to a concussion. Another surprise was the 27 yards rushing and rushing touchdown, a real cherry on top. The rookie is making a strong case for the Philadelphia Eagles' starting job in 2013, and with a full offseason should be able to mount a challenge.
Tom Brady tore up the the Houston Texans' defense, and could have put up even bigger numbers if Houston had made it a game. He passed for 296 yards and four touchdowns. Brady has a short week and has to face another dominant defense against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. With both teams looking to lock up a higher seed in the playoffs, this should be a really great game and potential Super Bowl preview.
With the fantasy playoffs continuing, here are your top five fantasy quarterback must-starts:
1. Drew Brees vs. Tampa Bay - Brees has been passing for yardage but not for touchdowns over the last couple games. That should change with the Buccaneers on tap this week. Their pass defense is very poor. See: Nick Foles taking full advantage of its weaknesses Sunday. Look for Brees to pass for yardage and touchdowns this week.
2. Tom Brady vs. San Francisco - The 49ers are a dominant defense, but have given up points to elite quarterbacks this season. Brees passed for three touchdowns against them, and Rodgers passed for over 300 yards in his game.
3. Peyton Manning at Baltimore - Manning did not have the huge game that we were expecting against the Oakland Raiders. Hopefully you weren't knocked out of the playoffs as a result. He did pass for over 300 yards, but at this point in the season we need touchdowns. The Baltimore Ravens are beatable through the air, having given up a few big games to quarterbacks this season.
4. Cam Newton at San Diego - Newton should continue on his late-season tear in this game. The Chargers have given up two or more passing touchdowns in seven games this season. Superman should once again show up and punish the Chargers through the air and on the ground.
5. Aaron Rodgers at Chicago - The Chicago Bears defense is good, but I think Rodgers will find a way to have his way. This game means a lot, with the division title still up for grabs. The Green Bay Packers receivers are too good to be held completely out of the end zone two weeks in a row.
My predictions for sleeper quarterbacks for Week 15:
Russell Wilson, Seahawks - Wilson did not have a great game against the Arizona Cardinals. but that was because the game got quickly out of hand. Facing the lowly Buffalo Balls should be a very good pick-me-up.
Colin Kaepernick, 49ers - Kaepernick has not produced much through the air the last two games, but that should change this week. The New England Patriots will probably key on the running game. In order for the Niners to keep up with Brady, the passing offense will need to be put to better use.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills - Although they are facing the Seahawks, I think Fitzpatrick will surprise with a nice passing game.
Brandon Weeden, Browns- Weeden hasn't taken advantage of all the opportunities he has had this season. I have a feeling there will be more hits than misses when taking on the Washington Redskins' secondary.
Chad Henne, Jaguars - The Dolphins have given up some big passing games to poor quarterbacks over the course of the season. If Cecil Shorts is back, look for Henne to have a good game.
Nick Foles, Eagles- Foles has looked more comfortable. and will want to prove that he can have back-to-back strong starts.
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