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We have Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Tannehill on byes for Week 13, and that should leave plenty of options for Fantasy managers who need to stream the position or a one-week replacement.

Jamey Eisenberg has his Start and Sit calls for QB below. His Waiver Wire column also can direct you to the best options who may be available in your leagues. And don't forget to check out Heath Cummings' quarterback preview for more help with matchup notes, Week 13 numbers to know and more.

START 'EM & SIT 'EM
Quarterbacks
Start 'Em
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LAR L.A. Rams • #9
Age: 33 • Experience: 13 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs JAC LAR -13 O/U 48
OPP VS QB
7th
PROJ PTS
24.8
QB RNK
6th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
3316
RUYDS
37
TD
27
INT
9
FPTS/G
25.7
Stafford might be playing with an injured back, ankle and elbow, but he was a great Fantasy quarterback in Week 12 at Green Bay with 28 points. I'm counting on him to have another solid showing this week against the Jaguars at home. He's scored at least 23 Fantasy points in four of five home games this year, including three outings with at least 30 points, and this is a get-right game for the Rams after losing three in a row. Stafford has top-five upside in this matchup.
MIN Minnesota • #8
Age: 33 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DET MIN -7 O/U 46.5
OPP VS QB
13th
PROJ PTS
23.8
QB RNK
10th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
3013
RUYDS
69
TD
24
INT
3
FPTS/G
24
Cousins was a letdown in Week 12 at San Francisco when he scored 19 Fantasy points, which snapped a three-game streak of him scoring at least 21 points. He should get back on track this week against Detroit. He has passed for at least three touchdowns in three of his past five games against the Lions. And in his past two games at Detroit, he has combined for 743 passing yards and eight total touchdowns. Cousins is a top-10 Fantasy quarterback going into Week 13.
ARI Arizona • #1
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CHI ARI -7.5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS QB
16th
PROJ PTS
22.4
QB RNK
9th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2276
RUYDS
147
TD
20
INT
7
FPTS/G
26.4
He's back from his three-game absence with an ankle injury, and hopefully DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) is with him. You should be starting him this week, and hopefully he's back to the form we saw earlier this season when he scored at least 25 Fantasy points in five of his first seven starts. There could be some rust from the extended absence, and his ceiling won't be as high if Hopkins is out. But I'm still starting Murray against the Bears, who have allowed four quarterbacks to score at least 26 Fantasy points this season.
LV Las Vegas • #4
Age: 30 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs WAS LV -2.5 O/U 49.5
OPP VS QB
32nd
PROJ PTS
20.6
QB RNK
11th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
3414
RUYDS
73
TD
17
INT
9
FPTS/G
20.3
Carr had a strong game at Dallas in Week 12 with 22 Fantasy points, and he passed for 373 yards and a touchdown, along with 21 rushing yards. That's now at least 21 Fantasy points in four of his past six games, and he should have another strong outing this week against Washington. The Football Team defense allows the most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, and Russell Wilson just scored 22 Fantasy points against Washington in Week 12. Carr has top-10 upside this week at home, and he's scored at least 21 Fantasy points in four of six games in Las Vegas this year.
Sleepers
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NO New Orleans • #7
Age: 31 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DAL DAL -4.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS QB
11th
PROJ PTS
21
QB RNK
16th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
56
RUYDS
104
TD
3
INT
1
FPTS/G
5.4
Hill is expected to start for the Saints against Dallas, and hopefully he plays like he did in 2020. Last year, Hill was great as a Fantasy quarterback when he started four games for an injured Drew Brees, scoring at least 22 Fantasy points in three of those outings. The Cowboys have allowed at least 22 Fantasy points to an opposing quarterback in two of their past four games, and Hill is a great streaming option in all leagues this week.
MIA Miami • #1
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYG MIA -4.5 O/U 40.5
OPP VS QB
12th
PROJ PTS
17.9
QB RNK
15th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1701
RUYDS
68
TD
13
INT
6
FPTS/G
17.8
Tagovailoa didn't have a huge game in Week 12 against Carolina, finishing with 15 Fantasy points, but he looks great right now. He was 27-of-31 passing for 230 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers, and he should do well in Week 13 against the Giants. I like Tagovailoa as a streamer in all leagues, and the Giants have allowed six quarterbacks to score at least 22 Fantasy points this year.
WAS Washington • #4
Age: 28 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LV LV -2.5 O/U 49.5
OPP VS QB
22nd
PROJ PTS
19.2
QB RNK
17th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2613
RUYDS
279
TD
17
INT
10
FPTS/G
19.4
Heinicke has played well of late and is worth using as a streaming option in Week 13 at Las Vegas. He only has one game with more than 17 Fantasy points in his past four outings, but Washington has won three games in a row. The matchup with the Raiders is positive since Las Vegas allows the seventh-most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, and four quarterbacks have scored at least 23 Fantasy points against the Raiders in their past six games.
Sit 'Em
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ATL Atlanta • #2
Age: 36 • Experience: 14 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB TB -11 O/U 50.5
OPP VS QB
20th
PROJ PTS
16.2
QB RNK
21st
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2617
RUYDS
43
TD
17
INT
11
FPTS/G
17
Ryan had 20 Fantasy points at Tampa Bay in Week 2, and he could surprise us if he's chasing points this week against the Buccaneers. But in the past five games without Calvin Ridley (personal), Ryan has topped 11 Fantasy points just once, and he's combined for only 13 Fantasy points in his past three games. Tampa Bay also has held two of its past three opposing quarterbacks to 17 Fantasy points or less. Ryan is only worth using in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues this week.
SF San Francisco • #10
Age: 30 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SEA SF -3.5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS QB
9th
PROJ PTS
16.7
QB RNK
20th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2342
RUYDS
40
TD
16
INT
6
FPTS/G
17.7
Garoppolo is without Deebo Samuel (groin) this week, and the 49ers should be able to run all over the Seahawks. In his past three games, Garoppolo has scored 19 Fantasy points or less, including just 13 Fantasy points against Minnesota in Week 12. He also has two games over that span with fewer than 200 passing yards. Seattle also has held six of the past seven opposing quarterbacks to 18 Fantasy points or less. I'd only use Garoppolo in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues this week.
DEN Denver • #5
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC KC -9.5 O/U 47
OPP VS QB
26th
PROJ PTS
17.2
QB RNK
22nd
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2518
RUYDS
79
TD
17
INT
5
FPTS/G
18.2
Bridgewater is expected to start this week despite playing through a shin injury in Week 12 against the Chargers. But that doesn't mean you should start him in most one-quarterback leagues. He's scored more than 18 Fantasy points just once in his past five games, and the Broncos are leaning heavily on their backfield duo of Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams to carry the offense. Along with that, the Chiefs have held three of the past four opposing quarterbacks to 19 Fantasy points or less. This could be a tough week to trust Bridgewater on the road.
PIT Pittsburgh • #7
Age: 39 • Experience: 18 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BAL BAL -4.5 O/U 44
OPP VS QB
18th
PROJ PTS
15.6
QB RNK
23rd
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2522
RUYDS
6
TD
14
INT
6
FPTS/G
16.6
Roethlisberger regressed in Week 12 at Cincinnati when he scored 10 Fantasy points after scoring at least 20 Fantasy points in each of his previous two outings against the Bears and Chargers. The Ravens have held two of the past three quarterbacks to 18 Fantasy points or less, and Roethlisberger was held to 19 Fantasy points and 14 Fantasy points in two meetings with Baltimore last season. He's only a two-quarterback and Superflex league option in this matchup.
Bust Alert
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CIN Cincinnati • #9
Age: 25 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAC CIN -3 O/U 50.5
OPP VS QB
6th
PROJ PTS
19.7
QB RNK
13th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2835
RUYDS
63
TD
23
INT
12
FPTS/G
21.2
Burrow has been a mediocre Fantasy quarterback of late, and if you are starting him in Week 13 then you should hope for a shootout against Justin Herbert. Most likely, the Bengals will lean on Joe Mixon in this matchup since the Chargers can't stop the run, and Burrow's Fantasy production will be minimal. He's scored 17 Fantasy points or less in three games in a row against the Browns, Raiders and Steelers, and he's been under 200 passing yards in each of his past two outings. The Chargers only give up an average of 17.2 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks because teams run on them, and the Bengals will follow suit. Burrow is not a must-start Fantasy option in Week 13.

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