As you look to set your lineup for Week 13, you might be feeling a bit less confident about the quarterback position than usual. Tom Brady and Teddy Bridgewater are on a bye, and some of our expected star quarterbacks look a little bit iffy lately. Kyler Murray is coming off his worst game of the season and has seemingly been limited by his shoulder injury, and now he has to face the Rams tough defense -- they held him to just 28 yards rushing in two games last season. Meanwhile, Justin Herbert has to face the Patriots defense that just slowed Murray down, while Josh Allen has to travel west to face the 49ers. Russell Wilson hasn't been as dominant lately, either.
You're still starting each of those guys, but none of them necessarily feels like the huge advantage they have been for most of the season. And you'll have tough decisions to make on the likes of Matt Ryan, Jared Goff, and Ryan Tannehill, plus we could be without Daniel Jones and Lamar Jackson this week, too. Jamey Eisenberg will help you with your toughest decisions with his Start 'Em & Sit 'Em calls for quarterback in Week 13:
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Kirk Cousins QB
MIN Minnesota • #8
Age: 32 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Do we still have to worry about Cousins and his volume? He's attempted at least 30 passes in three games in a row, including two outings with at least 36 attempts. He's averaging 26.5 Fantasy points per game in his past four outings, including 28.3 Fantasy points per game in his past three at home. And he gets Adam Thielen back this week after he missed Week 12 against Carolina because he was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The Jaguars have allowed five quarterbacks in a row to pass for at least 258 yards and two touchdowns, and Cousins should be in that range this week -- if not better. He's a top 10 Fantasy quarterback for Week 13 and was in consideration for Start of the Week.
MIA Miami • #14
Age: 38 • Experience: 16 yrs.
I'm hopeful the Dolphins let Tua Tagovailoa's thumb rest. Maybe for the rest of the season since Fitzpatrick is the better Fantasy quarterback. We'll see if Tagovailoa can return this week, but if he's out, consider Fitzpatrick a must-start Fantasy quarterback in all leagues. He's scored at least 20 Fantasy points in six games in a row, including Week 12 at the Jets when he had 23 points. The Bengals have allowed three of their past six opposing quarterbacks to pass for at least 297 yards and three touchdowns, and Fitzpatrick has that kind of upside in what could be the final starting opportunity of his career.
TEN Tennessee • #17
Age: 32 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Tannehill rallied the past two weeks against tough opponents on the road at Baltimore and Indianapolis with at least 20 Fantasy points in both outings. Now, he benefited with key guys missing on defense in both of those matchups, and the Browns will be without cornerback Denzel Ward (calf) and safety Ronnie Harrison (shoulder). Myles Garrett (illness) is back to cause problems up front, but I still like Tannehill as a starter in all leagues. He's averaging 25.7 Fantasy points per game at home, and Cleveland just allowed Mike Glennon to pass for 235 yards and two touchdowns and score 21 Fantasy points. Tannehill should do better than that this week.
PIT Pittsburgh • #7
Age: 38 • Experience: 17 yrs.
Hopefully, Roethlisberger is fine in Wednesday's game against Baltimore, and he should be considered a top-10 quarterback for Week 13 against Washington. Prior to Week 13, he had scored at least 20 Fantasy points in three games in a row, and he's attempted at least 42 passes in each outing. Also, in Roethlisberger's first five home games, he was averaging 24.2 Fantasy points per game. This should be a game where the Steelers offense has its way with the Washington defense, and the passing game is the reason why. I can't imagine Washington stopping JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson and Eric Ebron, and Roethlisberger has the chance for a big outing in this spot.
Derek Carr QB
LV Las Vegas • #4
Age: 29 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Carr was an absolute disaster in Week 12 at Atlanta with zero Fantasy points. That's not a misprint. He passed for 215 yards, no touchdowns and one interception, and he also lost three fumbles. What better way to cure his woes then facing the Jets this week. That secondary is a mess, and the Jets have allowed 623 passing yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions the past two games against Justin Herbert and Fitzpatrick. Carr should rebound this week, potentially in a big way, and he's worth trusting again in Week 13 despite his poor outing in Week 12.
CHI Chicago • #10
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
It wasn't pretty, but Trubisky scored 24 Fantasy points at Green Bay in Week 12 as the starter in place of Nick Foles (hip), who is likely out again. And Trubisky faces Detroit this week, which is a team he typically has success against. In his past four meetings with the Lions, Trubisky has scored 29, 24, 29 and 41 Fantasy points. He's worth using as a streaming option in all leagues.
CLE Cleveland • #6
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
The Browns finally played in decent weather for the first time since Week 7 in their game at Jacksonville last week, and it showed in their passing game with Mayfield scoring 22 Fantasy points. Hopefully that continues in what could be a fun game at Tennessee this week. The Titans are No. 4 in Fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks, and the past two games that Mayfield attempted more than 28 passes he scored at least 22 points. Only Cousins in Week 3 had fewer than 29 pass attempts against the Titans this year.
IND Indianapolis • #17
Age: 39 • Experience: 17 yrs.
Rivers has scored at least 21 Fantasy points in four of his past six games, including two outings in a row. He's attempted at least 36 passes in four games in a row, and we'll see if he's forced to throw again this week at Houston. The Texans haven't allowed multiple passing touchdowns in a game since Week 7, but three of their past four opposing quarterbacks have at least 295 passing yards. It also helps that Houston cornerback Bradley Roby (suspension) is out.
DET Detroit • #9
Age: 32 • Experience: 12 yrs.
Once again it appears like Kenny Golladay (hip) will be out against the Bears, and that's been bad news for Stafford all season. Golladay missed six games prior to Week 13, and Stafford has one game with more than 19 Fantasy points over that span. He faced the Bears in Week 1 without Golladay and scored 17 Fantasy points. We'll see if Darrell Bevell taking over as the interim head coach for the fired Matt Patricia inspires Stafford, but I don't trust him against the Bears. In his past five trips to Chicago, Stafford is averaging 265.4 passing yards per game with seven total touchdowns, six interceptions and a lost fumble.
Jared Goff QB
LAR L.A. Rams • #16
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Goff has been extremely inconsistent this season, and I don't want to trust him this week against the Cardinals. He has one game with more than 12 Fantasy points in his past four outings, and he's been turnover prone with six interceptions and four fumbles over that span. The Cardinals have struggled with quarterbacks of late, but it's been mostly mobile ones like Russell Wilson, Tua Tagovailoa and Josh Allen. Goff isn't going to hurt the Cardinals with his legs, and he should be considered a low-end starter at best this week.
Carson Wentz QB
PHI Philadelphia • #11
Age: 28 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Wentz got lucky with 22 Fantasy points in Week 12 against Seattle thanks in part to a 33-yard Hail Mary at the end of the game to Richard Rodgers. While he did run for 42 yards, he still finished with 215 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He was also sacked six times in the game, and he's been taking a beating all season. It's hard to trust Wentz in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues at this point, and prior to his 22-point outing against the Seahawks, he had 18 Fantasy points or less in three games in a row. This could be another week where Wentz is getting hit often against the Packers, and he shouldn't be started in most formats.
Cam Newton QB
NE New England • #1
Age: 31 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Newton struggled against the Cardinals in Week 12 with just 9-of-18 passing for 84 yards and two interceptions, and he also added nine carries for 46 yards. He could rebound this week since the matchup looks OK on paper against the Chargers, but Los Angeles got Chris Harris back in Week 12 against Buffalo, as well as a monster game from Joey Bosa. If Bosa is able to harass Newton, as well as Harris and Casey Hayward causing problems in the secondary, it could be another rough game for Newton. And remember, he only has two games with more than 20 Fantasy points since Week 2, so he's an easy quarterback to replace in most leagues.
Taysom Hill QB
NO New Orleans • #7
Age: 30 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Hill had a solid game in the first meeting with the Falcons in Week 11, scoring 24 Fantasy points with 233 passing yards, 49 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He followed that up with 17 Fantasy points behind just 78 passing yards, 44 rushing yards and two touchdowns at Denver in Week 12, but he didn't have to do much in that game since the Broncos offense was so inept. I'm expecting his production to fall in the middle of those two outings, so he's a low-end starting option at best this week at Atlanta. It's hard to count on him scoring two touchdowns on the ground, but hopefully he can throw his first passing touchdown this year. Hill should be good, but I don't expect him to be great, which is why he's in this spot.
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