Having a good quarterback in fantasy goes a long way towards winning your league. It's the difference between making the playoffs and going all the way.
It means you have to identify which quarterbacks are primed for a big game. We do the hard work for you and tell you which QBs are going to score the most this week.
Ben Roethlisberger against the Chiefs
The Chiefs are 30th in total points allowed. The Steelers are on a roll as of late, and they have a Monday night home game. While the Chiefs aren't terrible in pass defense, they will look to stop Issac Redman and the suddenly resurgent run game. That will open up lanes for Big Ben. While Antonio Brown being out hurts, the Steelers have enough weapons to make up for it.
The offensive line is clicking, the Steelers are clicking. The Chiefs have lost five straight games and have given up 25.2 points per game in that stretch. They have given up the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. This has blowout written all over it, and those who own Roethlisberger will reap the rewards.
Carson Palmer against the Raiders
Carson Palmer threw for 414 yards and four touchdowns against the Bucs last week. The Ravens are struggling with injuries and it shows: They are ranked 22nd against the pass, giving up almost 247 yards in the air per game.
The Raiders throw it a lot—upwards of 40 times a game. Between the poor Ravens defense and the volume of the Raiders passing offense, Palmer is due for a big game.
Matthew Stafford against the Vikings
Last time Matthew Stafford and the Lions faced the Vikings, they threw for 319 yards. The Vikings pass defense is in a bit of a slump, giving up six touchdowns in the last two games to such luminaries as Josh Freeman and Russell Wilson. It's a Vikings defense trending downward, and that bodes well for Stafford.
While it's true Stafford has had an oddly disappointing season, it's also true that he's trending upward. In the last three games, Stafford has a completion percentage of 60.9, 69.4 and 66.7, respectively.
Stafford will continue his upward progression against Minnesota. In his last three games against the team, Stafford has averaged over 300 yards passing, five touchdowns and no interceptions. He's a must-start this week.
Matt Ryan against the Saints
The Saints have an absolutely horrid defense. They give up the 29th-most passing yards in football, at 294.8 yards per game.
The Falcons, on the other hand, are clicking on all cylinders. Matt Ryan is having a MVP-type season, throwing for 2,360 yards, 17 touchdowns and only six interceptions. The Falcons have the seventh-best passing game in the league.
That all means that Ryan should have a field day. The Saints do not have a cornerback that can stop Julio Jones or Roddy White. The Falcons offensive line is pretty good, so Ryan should have time to pick his targets.