Updated 12/1 at 11:40 AM ET. Quietest Sunday in history. Swapped out 49ers kickers.
Week 13 Quarterbacks
QB Notes: Patrick Mahomes comes off a needed bye to a smash spot in a Raiders Defense that’s coughed up more passing scores (26) than all but one team. The reigning MVP figures to give Lamar Jackson a run for his money down the stretch. … Not that there is any question right now: L-Jax is the MVP of the league, and doing things we have never seen at the quarterback position. Rushing for a minimum of 60 yards every week, Jackson has stacked 12 passing scores over his past three contests. Defenses don’t even have the luxury of picking their poison. The 49ers’ NFC-best unit appeared mortal twice in three weeks vs. fellow dual-threat Kyler Murray. … The Falcons stopped doing their “‘85 Bears reincarnate” bit ahead of a short-week matchup with Drew Brees, who has posted three scores in 3-of-4 starts since returning. The Saints are seven-point road favorites for a domed road date with a 49 over/under. … Russell Wilson has only two scores and two picks to show for the Seahawks’ two-game road trip through San Francisco and Philadelphia. Returning home with an extra day’s rest for Monday Night Football, Wilson will get back in the multi-score column against a Vikings D that has quietly been average. A 49 total helps.
Kyler Murray headed into the Cardinals’ bye with eight touchdowns in three games, two of which were against the 49ers. Now he gets a Rams Defense that was just razed to the ground by Lamar Jackson. Up to seventh in raw quarterback fantasy points, Murray should make a frontal assault on top-five status for the stretch run. … You worry about the interceptions. Jameis Winston will handle the touchdowns. The Turnover One has eight picks over his past three starts but produced as the QB4 all the same. Truly nothing matters when it comes to Winston. Just start him. … Aaron Rodgers has been Trubisky-esque over his past two starts and far less productive in fantasy since Davante Adams returned. Playing point guard during Adams’ absence, Rodgers has stopped spreading the ball around. The laughingstock Giants should provide some jumper cables for owners who need Rodgers to bounce back for the final week of the fantasy regular season. … Coming off a predictable dud vs. the Patriots, Dak Prescott returns home for a date with Buffalo’s top-three (by fantasy points allowed) quarterback defense. Daunting, but especially road tripping on a short week, the Bills are nowhere near the challenge the Pats were in a swirling rain storm.
It’s Deshaun Watson’s time in the Patriots barrel, though unlike Prescott, he will be doing battle in his domed home environs. Not even the Patriots can guard Will Fuller. The speed demon’s return immediately jump started the Texans’ offense in Week 12. … Kirk Cousins cooked for eight scores in three games before the Vikings’ bye. Adam Thielen’s (hamstring) status remains uncertain for a 49-totaled road date with the Seahawks. Another Jadeveon Clowney (hip) absence would go a long way, though Clowney is tentatively expected to play. … Mr. Floor Josh Allen had another solid day in Week 12, tossing two touchdowns while adding 56 yards on the ground. In the bottom 10 for quarterback fantasy points allowed, the Cowboys won’t be providing a Dolphins-esque ceiling opportunity. … I held out as long as possible on Sam Darnold, but the sophomore has indeed started taking advantage of plus matchups. The Bengals are yet another one for the holiday week. … Matt Ryan has just three scores in three games since returning from his high-ankle sprain. He could be without Julio Jones (shoulder) for Thanksgiving night’s grudge match with the Saints. This might not be Ryan’s final rankings resting place.
With two scores in two games, Nick Foles has been a major dud upon returning. The Bucs, who continue to battle Arizona for the title of “worst pass defense,” will do all they can to fix that. … Tom Brady has five passing touchdowns over his past six starts. Even if Mohamed Sanu (ankle) returns against the Texans’ eminently-rippable defense, there is little reason to expect anything other than the lowest-end QB1 day at this point from the GOAT. … Ryan Tannehill has provided QB12 and QB2 finishes on 19 and 18 attempts, respectively, over his past two starts. He has been living off big plays, something the Colts uncharacteristically silver plattered in Week 12. It still seems wiser than not to regard Tannehill as a mid-range QB2, even with his recent rushing efforts (three straight 30-yard efforts). … Jimmy Garoppolo continues to toe the line between beauty and disaster. The Ravens’ ascendant defense will provide a daunting Week 13 road challenge. Wink Martindale’s deepened secondary has improved the pass rush, something Garoppolo wilts against. … If nothing else, Daniel Jones has demonstrated spiked week potential. That is something the Packers have been good for lately.
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Kyle Allen has generally had useful days in inviting setups. The Redskins pull out all the stops for rival signal callers. … The Steelers are a tough matchup for Baker Mayfield, but that was also the case when he got them for three total scores in Week 11. Mayfield has attributed his enhanced recent play to improved ball distribution. If he returns, David Njoku will provide a big red zone target. … Put in position to fail, Carson Wentz has done just that. Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery’s expected returns do provide reasonable QB2 hope vs. the pathetic Dolphins. … Derek Carr emerged from a soft portion of the Raiders’ schedule with two touchdowns in two games. The Chiefs have done a better job defending the pass than their reputation would suggest, but Carr does have a 51.5 over/under to hang his hat on. … Jameis Winston without the ceiling, Philip Rivers has a D- road date with a Broncos D permitting the fourth fewest QB fantasy points. … There’s a reason Andy Dalton got benched, but he will at least ensure Tyler Boyd and company do not die on the vine. His presence is more about saving others’ fantasy value than providing his own. … Hopefully Jared Goff’s No-Touchdowns November at least raised money for charity?