As we enter the last few weeks of the season, some unexpected quarterbacks are putting up points, while others that we've relied on to get us here seem to be fading. All the hard work that we've put into the season cannot be wasted by choosing the wrong quarterback and losing by three or four points.
Peyton Manning is coming off two of his worst outings of the season. Is it time to hit the panic button? I'm concerned, especially since he's helped me to a great record in one of my leagues. But I'm not really worried going into this week or further. Manning is far too much of a competitor for this thing to fall completely apart at this point. Manning and Denver face Kansas City again this week, but this Chiefs team has really changed over the last few weeks. Their pass rush has now been decimated by injuries and lacks the teeth it once had. Their defense has allowed an average of over 300 yards passing over their last four games. Right now, we're not sure of the status of Knowshon Moreno for Week 13 because of an ankle injury. If he can't go or is somewhat limited, Manning is going to have to carry more of the load. Denver's other backs cannot be trusted anywhere near as much as Moreno.
His opponent this week, Alex Smith, has suddenly heated up. Smith has gone over the twenty point threshold in three out of his last four games. Over the next three weeks, he faces Denver, Washington and Oakland. If you're looking for a replacement for Rodgers or Cutler, Alex Smith needs to be your guy until they're back healthy. As mentioned above, his defense has suddenly gone cold and that has resulted in some higher scoring games. That's given Smith the chance to throw the ball some more. Even if your quarterback is healthy, if his matchup is less than favorable, it's worth it to give Smith a shot.
What has happened to Geno Smith? In the first half of the season, he was worthy of a start every other game. Now he's not even worthy of a roster spot. Over his last four games, he's passed for zero touchdowns and seven interceptions. It's incredible that Rex Ryan has stuck with him this far. I'm hoping that this isn't doing long term damage to the rookie's psyche because he looked good, even impressive, at times during the first eight games.
My sleeper this week is Josh McCown once again. He didn't disappoint last week with 352 yards and two touchdowns. With Jay Cutler's possible return right around the corner, this could be the last opportunity to use McCown. His matchup against the Minnesota Vikings is one that needs to be taken advantage of. Minnesota has been allowing the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year. The game is inside the dome, so no chance of weather affecting his play. The way the Bears defense has been playing, McCown will probably be needing to throw the ball to keep Chicago in the game.
Listed below are the top five quarterbacks for passing touchdowns:
1. Peyton Manning - 36
2. Drew Brees - 28
3. Matthew Stafford - 24
4. Tony Romo - 23
5. Philip Rivers - 22
And the top five quarterbacks for passing yards:
1. Peyton Manning - 3,722
2. Drew Brees - 3,647
3. Matthew Stafford - 3,495
4. Philip Rivers - 3,381
5. Matt Ryan - 3,160
Quick Notes: Matt Flynn has been taking the first-team reps in practice this week. He looks like he'll be the starter for Green Bay in Week 13......Cleveland has signed Alex Tanney. He's the YouTube quarterback, that makes those trick shots.......Jay Cutler is aiming to play in Week 14 or 15.......Mike Glennon has thrown for ten touchdowns and only one interception over his last six games. He certainly looks like Tampa Bay's quarterback of the future.......Matt McGloin will start Oakland's Week 13 game.
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