Week 12 (QB) – The Peak, Weak, and Sneak of the Week!


The Peak, Weak, and Sneak of the Week!

If you are new to the article, thank you for reading! The ‘Peak, Weak, and Sneak of the Week’ column will be a weekly article about three quarterbacks that I believe could impact your DraftKings lineup in a positive or negative manner. The three categories are below:

Peak – A quarterback I like most this week, based on match-up, and their cost.

Weak – A quarterback who a lot of analysts are high on, or has a large price tag that will not be worth their cost.

Sneak – A quarterback sleeper for the week. A low-cost quarterback with boom potential.

‘Peak of the Week’ – Peyton Manning…Just kidding. His brother though, I am not joking about. Eli Manning: ($6,500) – Eli is the 8th most expensive quarterback on DraftKings this week. Eli and the Giants are coming off a bye week and face off against a division rival in the Washington Redskins who just gave up 5 touchdowns through the air to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.

The Redskins are coming off a tough loss against a 10-0 Carolina Panthers team.  This game could turn into a shootout against the Giants as both teams rank in the top 12 as worst defenses in terms of fantasy points given up to quarterbacks.  The Redskins average giving up 2 touchdowns through the air, while only intercepting 0.6 passes per game, tied for 24th worst in the league.

In the past 10 games Eli has played coming off a bye, his quarterback rating is 138.89.  He has thrown for 274.5 yards on average per game, and tossed 19 touchdowns against 5 interceptions in his first games after a bye week.  I believe the trend will continue and Eli will be stuffing the stat sheet full of touchdowns and yards.

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‘Weak of the Week’ –Tom Brady ($8,000) – Tom Brady is the most expensive DraftKings quarterback for week 12, coming in at $8,000. Brady also has the tall order of facing a Denver Broncos defense who earlier this year absolutely dominated a Green Bay Packers offense that was rolling until week 8.  Stay away from Tom Brady!

The Denver Broncos are the best defense in terms of fantasy points against, only allowing 11.46 points per game to opposing teams’ quarterbacks. Quarterbacks against the Broncos average 211.9 yards, while throwing for less than 1 touchdown (0.8), while intercepting 1 pass per game.

The Patriots offense also is not the same after Julian Edelman went down with injury.  On drives with Edelman in the lineup, the Patriots scored 32 touchdowns on 88 drives in comparison to without him when they have only scored 4 times on 21 possessions.

Denver and their dominant defense would like to make a statement in this game to prove to the league they can hang with Brady and the Patriots.  Just like the yams at Thanksgiving dinner, I am staying away from the high price tag of Tom Brady.

 ‘Sneak of the Week’ – Brian Hoyer ($5,000) – Tony Romo played okay last week and was a risky pick, but this looks to be my riskiest selection to date!  Brian Hoyer is coming off a concussion, but both his head and receivers will be clear and open as he has the luxury of playing the New Orleans Saints horrendous defense.

Dec 21, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) before a game against the Baltimore Ravens at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off a bye week, the Saints fired their defensive coordinator as they come into week 12 dead last in terms of allowing 25.32 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.  The Saints defense allows almost 3 touchdown passes (2.8) per game. That. Is. Terrible.  The Saints defensive backs also have trouble creating turnovers via interceptions as they are tied for a league worst with 4 interceptions through 10 games.

In the past 5 games Hoyer has started and finished, he has thrown for at least 2 touchdowns, and only threw 2 interceptions in those games.  Hoyer also has Deandre Hopkins, who happens to be one of the best receivers in the game.  If you are thinking about starting Hoyer, I would also start Hopkins as he averages 13.50 targets a game (most in the NFL).

Hoyer is as cheap as they come in terms of cost on DraftKings at $5,000. If your lineup contains a bunch of studs at other positions and you want to buy low on a quarterback with boom potential, Hoyer is your guy!

Gobble Gobble! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!