If you’re scrambling for a quarterback to take you to the playoffs or get a first round win this week in fantasy football, there are still some solid options available in many leagues that I think are in a place to exceed expectations and contribute solid numbers to your team’s big week 13 win. Here are five sleepers I like:
E.J. Manuel-Buffalo Bills
Manuel and the Bills come back off their bye week hosting the Falcons in Toronto for their least home-like home game of the year. It actually should lead to a better day for Manuel and the Bills offense since they’ll be in a dome instead of the elements in Buffalo. Manuel will face a struggling Falcons secondary coming off a solid game his last time out against the Jets. In that game he threw 245 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and he will have more weapons at his disposal in this matchup with the return of Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods. Manuel’s high-risk, but I think it will pay off if you role the dice with him today.
Carson Palmer-Arizona Cardinals
Palmer may be a safer option than Manuel, but he does have a tougher task going on the road to Phily to face the Eagles. Philadelphia allows the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing QBs, but have been better lately. On the positive side, Palmer has been picking it up lately throwing for two touchdowns in his last four games and for over 300 yards in his last two.
Josh McCown-Chicago Bears
McCown gets another start this week in a dome against a beatable opponent. Last week he burned the Rams for 352 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Bears loss in St. Louis, and this week he’ll take on the Vikings in Minnesota who allow the third-most fantasy points to opposing QB’s. McCown is another option to plug in if you need a QB save this week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick-Tennessee Titans
Fitzpatrick has had three solid games in a row in place of the injured Jake Locker. He’s put up 14 points or more in each of the last three weeks and threw for a season-high 320 yards last week against the Raiders. He gets the Colts this week who have allowed multiple passing TDs in four of their last five games.
Brandon Weeden-Cleveland Browns
The Jags have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing QB’s this season, so Weeden is a decent second QB play in multi-QB leagues. He threw for 209 yards and a score last week in relief of Jason Campbell. He has a solid connection with Josh Gordon who should be in for a big game once again as he and Weeden try to get the Browns a much-needed victory.
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