The PFW staff brings you it's late-week tips for fantasy quarterbacks, where Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning are set for huge days, while expectations for Joe Flacco should be somewhat tempered.
The Titans are allowing 279.6 passing yards and 2.4 throwing TDs per game. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger very much should be a prime starting consideration in Week Six.
Broncos QB Peyton Manning has three consecutive games of 330-plus passing yards and zero interceptions. The Chargers have a good pass rush and some veteran corners, but Manning should be a must-start for Monday night. San Diego is 20th in the league in passing yards allowed, and this very well could be a shootout.
The word out of San Francisco is that Niners QB Alex Smith will be good to go Sunday despite a finger injury that head coach Jim Harbaugh indicated early in the week could be legitimate cause for concern. Coming off arguably his finest game as a pro with a near-perfect 156.2 passer rating, Smith went full tilt in practice Wednesday and could be very effective again this Sunday working against an ailing Giants secondary.
Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw for 318 yards and three TDs against a Cleveland defense that was missing star CB Joe Haden in Week Two. Even with Haden returning for the rematch, Dalton merits strong consideration from fantasy owners. The Bengals’ running game has sputtered of late, making Cincinnati very dependent on the pass.
Browns QB Brandon Weeden racked up 322 passing yards and two TDs in his first matchup against Cincinnati. He’s a reasonable option in very big leagues, as well as two-QB formats, in the rematch against the Bengals.
In three home starts, Ravens QB Joe Flacco is 77-of-114 passing for 1,037 yards with six TDs and two interceptions. If you have to start Flacco in Week Six vs. Dallas, those numbers are reassuring. Less reassuring: the Cowboys are allowing the fewest passing yards in football (169.5 ypg).
While Lions QB Matthew Stafford has thrown just three TD passes in four games, he’s still on pace to throw for more than 4,700 yards. You would have to think the passing TDs will start to flow at some point, though Detroit does draw a tough matchup in Philadelphia (six passing TDs allowed in five games) in Week Six.
Don’t get too excited about Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill, who has played much better over the last two weeks, as he does not have favorable matchups in Weeks Six and Eight. This Sunday, the Rams’ pass rush could cause problems, and ball-hawking corners Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins will be looking to turn over the rookie QB. In Week Eight, he faces a Jets squad that is still strong against the pass, even without Darrelle Revis. Tannehill could be stashed, though, as Miami faces Indianapolis, Tennessee and Buffalo in Weeks 9-11.
The Chiefs are ranked sixth vs. the pass and shut down Ravens QB Joe Flacco in Week Five, but only four teams have allowed a better passer rating than the Chiefs this season (103.0). Kansas City has given up 10 passing TDs and picked off only three passes in five games, and Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman should be starting in two-QB formats this week with the Bucs coming off a bye to host the Chiefs. We do not recommend playing the inconsistent Freeman in one-QB leagues this week, though.
Michael Vick has said repeatedly that he knows he can’t live with this many fumbles. The number is now 27 (12 lost) in his past 24 games. Continued lack of ball security will lead to him being benched, no doubt. Can he curb the habit against the Lions? Well, they have only forced three fumbles and have zero interceptions in four games. Even with the bye to prepare for Vick — and they have the athletes to mimic his athleticism in practice sessions — this looks to be a solid matchup to give him another shot as your starter.
Brady Quinn will start for the Chiefs in place of Matt Cassel, who has not passed his post-concussion tests. The Chiefs are on bye next week. If you have not already dropped Cassel, please do so now. As for adding Quinn, it’s definitely a wait-and-see proposition with “wait” outweighing the “see” at this point. The Chiefs have been horribly turnover-prone when they have tried to throw the ball this season, though maybe a change can help in that regard.
Robert Griffin III is in. He has passed all his post-concussion tests and has looked good, per the coaching staff. He’s facing a tough Vikings defense, but you should still consider starting him if he’s your best option.