We don’t get Lamar Jackson on the main slate this week, so we’ll have to go check the dumpsters and back alleys for our quarterback this week. I’m also not sold on Patrick Mahomes with his bruised hand, but I will likely throw him ini a GPP this week. Jameis Winston is hurting and the Lions probably won’t put up many points with David Blough behind center, so he’s a tough sell.
For higher priced quarterbacks this week, we have to look to the AFC South and maybe out in the desert.
DeShaun Watson, Texans ($6,800) at Titans
Watson threw one touchdown to two interceptions last week against Denver but also rushed for two more touchdowns. And the week before he was nearly perfect against the Patriots. It’s not always what you think it will be but Watson brings home the paycheck each week and this week he gets a Titans pass defense that is missing key players. This game is also huge for both teams, as they battle it out for the AFC South crown. It also has the highest over/under of the week with Ryan Tannehill playing extremely well of late.
Ryan Tannehill, Titans ($6,500) vs. Texans
Tannehill has turned his career around in a big way, as he’s averaged 264 yards passing (73.4 completion percentage) for 15 touchdowns to five interceptions in seven games. He’s also added three rushing touchdowns. That puts him as the No.2 quarterback in DK points per game since his first start in Week 7. Now he faces a Texans pass defense that has been poor for much of the season, culminating in a huge game for Drew Lock last week. Even the barely animated corpse of Tom Brady had three touchdowns against them. Tannehill is a top tier play this week.
Baker Mayfield, Browns ($6,400) at Cardinals
Mayfield isn’t a safe play, as he was awful last week against the Bengals, but the Cardinals are the best team in the league for a quarterback to face right now and we can assure nice weather out in the desert. Arizona leads the league in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks and have given up the best completion percentage, and most completions, yards and touchdown passes. Mayfield is hard to trust but he has shown good upside and this week he will have to try hard to fail.
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