If you don't own Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady Peyton Manning or Robert Griffin III, you probably find yourself playing matchups with the quarterbacks you have. Sure, Matt Ryan has been excellent this year, but can you really trust him every week?
Yes, Andy Dalton has taken major steps, but is he a true QB1 at this point?
Of course not, and thus you must sometimes roll the dice on players who fall just outside of the QB1 rankings (top-10 or top-12, depending on your league). Thus, I propose to you three players currently outside of that top group of players who will put up QB1 numbers this week.
From the captain of inconsistency in the NFL and actual consistency in fantasy to one of the bigger disappointments for owners this year, these players will step up in a big way for you in Week 13.
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo is currently the 13th-ranked quarterback in standard-scoring leagues, but I expect he'll not only be a top-10 quarterback this week, but after he torches the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday will jump into the top-10 category on the season as well.
Romo is fresh off his finest fantasy performance of the season against the Washington Redskins, has posted 14 or more fantasy points in seven straight weeks and now faces a Philadelphia Eagles secondary that basically throws tea parties for opposing wide receivers into the end zone.
Would you like a spot of TD? The Eagles have you covered.
Philly has allowed opposing quarterbacks to score 14 or more fantasy points in nine straight weeks and has allowed 30 or more points in consecutive games.
Enjoy your TD party, Mr. Romo.
Eli Manning, New York Giants
Eli Manning is a disappointing 17th in the quarterback rankings this season, a year after earning elite status for fantasy owners. So why do I think this is the week he puts up top-10 numbers?
For one, he's fresh off a 23-point effort against the Green Bay Packers. For another, he plays the Washington Redskins, a team that allows 19.2 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks per week (30th in the NFL).
And finally, he and the Giants always seem to save their best for last. In the final five games last season, Manning threw for 1,575 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions. The big numbers are coming, folks, and he'll be one of the top quarterbacks this week.
Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
Matt Schaub really likes the odd weeks, folks. His top four fantasy performances (and five of his top six) have come on odd weeks in the NFL season.
And last I checked, Week 13 is an odd week.
Who will have the biggest week for fantasy owners?
But that's not the only reason he's on this list, since stats like that are generally cosmetic in nature and don't actually mean much. Schaub faces the Tennessee Titans, a team allowing 18 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks each week (26th in the NFL).
And Schaub offered a solid 15.8 fantasy points the last time the teams played.
Now, Schaub is riskier than the above players since the Texans will likely run the ball at will and could jump out to a big early lead. But given the resurgence of Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels, I still expect Schaub to crack the 20-point plateau this week.
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