The PFW staff brings you its late week fantasy tips for quarterbacks, in which Matt Schaub and Josh Freeman should keep up their strong recent play, and Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck are reliable rookies you shouldn't overlook.
Texans QB Matt Schaub has been on a tear since Week 11, with a combined 1,049 passing yards, eight TDs and three interceptions over that span. Another big day could be in the offing Sunday, as the Texans travel to Foxborough to battle the NFL’s 29th-ranked pass defense. The Texans are banged up on “D,” so if Tom Brady is able to get an early lead for the Pats, Schaub has shown the ability to put up some big points, making him a very attractive start this week.
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is a developing fantasy force at just the right time. Wilson’s passing-yardage totals have steadily increased each of the last four games, culminating with his 293-yard, two-TD effort in the win over the Bears last Sunday. He has an off-the-charts 9-0 TD-interception ratio in that span. Looking for more noteworthy fantasy numbers on the ascending rookie signalcaller? At CenturyLink Field, which is where he will be playing this Sunday vs. Arizona, Wilson has a stunning 11-0 TD-interception ratio. In addition, he has been offering an extra fantasy dimension lately with his legs, gaining 6.8 yards per carry in the last three games (21-143), including a season-high 71 yards rushing on nine carries vs. the Bears. This Sunday, Wilson will be operating vs. an Arizona run defense that has allowed at least 173 yards rushing in three of their past four games (177 last week).
He has cooled off a bit from his hot streak during the middle portion of the season, but Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman has thrown multiple touchdown passes in seven of the past eight games and has a good matchup Sunday vs. the Eagles’ pass defense. Freeman is worth a start in most formats at home against Philadelphia, which allowed nine passing TDs in the past three games.
Colts QB Andrew Luck completed 26-of-38 for 297 yards, one TD and one interception in his Week Eight matchup against the Titans. Tennessee’s “D” played well against the Texans last week, but Luck is still a strong play, particularly given the fact that RB Donald Brown is hurt again.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) went through a full practice on Wednesday and looks to be on track to start in Week 14 vs. San Diego. The matchup is favorable for Roethlisberger; the Chargers are allowing 240.6 net passing yards per game and have allowed 21 TD passes. However, rain is possible in Pittsburgh, so keep an eye on that situation.
Browns QB Brandon Weeden (364 passing yards, one TD, two interceptions in Sunday’s win at Oakland) isn’t an unreasonable play in two-QB formats this week vs. the Chiefs. The Chiefs are surrendering about two passing TDs per game. However, be sure to check the weather. Multiple forecasts call for at least a 50 percent chance of rain in Cleveland on Sunday.
The Redskins’ pass defense is not a strength, making Ravens QB Joe Flacco a decent option in big one-QB formats and a solid play in two-QB lineups. The question is, can Flacco take full advantage of the matchup? He has not played especially well on the road this season, and he’s thrown just two TDs in his last three games. Even with the matchup in his favor, he’s hard to be counting upon with great confidence.
Rex Ryan is letting Mark Sanchez start on Sunday, to the chagrin of many Jets fans, but lucky for Sanchez, he has a favorable matchup against the Jaguars' 31st-ranked defense, which is 28th against the pass. The Jets will focus on getting the run game going first and foremost, but Sanchez, looking for something to prove, completed 70.8 percent of his passes in a 32-3 win over Jacksonville in Week Two last year. Rarely is Sanchez that accurate — though he did throw two picks in that game. He’s only worth considering in two-quarterback leagues, but Sanchez would be hard pressed to ask for a better situation when under fire.
Nick Foles has been named the Eagles’ starting QB for the remainder of the season, and he’s coming off his best performance as a pro. If you need insurance at the QB position, you could consider him as a break-glass-in-case-of-emergency option. Also look for the Eagles to throw more downfield to see what Foles is capable of; only four of his 81 completions have gone 25 yards or longer.