Fantasy QB Tips: Dalton should stay hot

Posted Nov. 29, 2012 @ 1:49 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The PFW staff brings you its late-week fantasy tips for quarterbacks, which say hot streaks should continue for Matt Schaub, Andy Dalton and Chad Henne, but a tough matchup may be reason to sit Josh Freeman.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton has thrown nine TD passes in his last three starts and multiple TDs in 7-of-11 starts. The Chargers have allowed two TD passes or more in 6-of-11 games, which adds to Dalton’s already considerable appeal.

Matt Schaub is on a torrid pace of late, with 842 passing yards, six TDs and three INTs over the past two weeks. Meanwhile, the Titans just got torched by Jaguars QB Chad Henne. Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said he wants to get back to running the football, but it is hard to ignore how hot Schaub’s hand has been.

Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman had thrown at least two TD passes in six consecutive games before being held without a TD in the Bucs’ loss to the Falcons in Week 12. Freeman was on a tear heading into Week 12, and he faces a tough matchup Sunday at Denver. The Broncos have the league’s fifth-stingiest pass defense (it has allowed only 209.6 yards per game) and no team has more sacks than the Broncos (37). Freeman should be on the bench, even in deeper formats.

If Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder, ribs) returns to start in Week 13 at Baltimore, he’s a viable starter in all formats on skill alone, but it’s a sneaky-tough matchup. The Ravens’ defense has picked up its play recently. In their last four games, the Ravens have allowed 189 net passing yards or less in three of them, and they have allowed just three TD passes in this span.

Break up Chad Henne’s Jaguars! OK, not really. But you might want to think about plugging in the red-hot QB against Buffalo’s porous defense. To wit: Henne has thrown six TDs and only one interception the past two weeks. Buffalo hasn’t surrendered more than 300 yards passing since San Francisco’s Alex Smith did it in Week Five, but with the Jaguars down to one healthy running back, Henne should be airing it out quite a bit.

Browns QB Brandon Weeden (concussion) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and looks like he’ll start Sunday at Oakland. He’s a potential option in huge two-QB formats against a Raiders defense that has allowed three TD passes in each of the last three games. 

According to the Eagles' website, as of Wednesday, QB Michael Vick has not passed his ImPACT concussion test. Plan on Nick Foles starting again.

The only positive from a fantasy perspective in the news that the Cardinals will again be starting rookie Ryan Lindley under center this Sunday is that his performance can’t possibly be as poor as it was in Week 12, when he imploded with four interceptions in the loss to the Rams after a pretty strong first half. It appears Kevin Kolb, who has been sidelined since suffering rib and shoulder injuries vs. the Bills in mid-October, is still not fully ready to return to the starting lineup.