It is hard to believe, but the fantasy playoffs are just around the corner. If you are jockeying for playoff position, you have come to the right place to help answer your toughest fantasy football start or sit questions for Week 13.
This week, the Panthers, Browns, Packers and Titans are all on bye, so you might be scrambling to replace some of your best players. This article is not here for the obvious plays, so if you have Tom Brady, Lamar Jackson or Jalen Hurts, you know what to do. Instead, we will look at fantasy football QBs on the fringe of QB1/Streamer status to help you make the tough choices to win your matchups. Let’s get to it!
Fantasy Football Start or Sit: Week 13 QBs
Start: Derek Carr vs. Football Team
Team Name: Baby You Can Drive My Carr
After putting up 21 fantasy points in a tough road matchup against the Cowboys, Derek Carr returns home and gets the Washington Football Team this week. On the season, Washington is giving up 23.5 fantasy points per game (fppg), which is the worst in the league. Carr is averaging 18.1 fppg, which is good for fantasy football QB13 on a per game basis. The only concern this week is that the status of Darren Waller is up in the air after he sustained a knee injury on Thanksgiving. However, with this matchup and a capable backup TE in Foster Moreau, Carr makes for a solid QB1 option this week.
Start: Taysom Hill vs. Cowboys
Team Name: If you See Something Taysom-thing
If Taysom Hill is cleared to play this week, which has not yet happened as of this writing, he makes for a solid fantasy football QB option. Last year when Drew Brees was injured, Hill was given four starts from Weeks 11-14 and put up 24.2, 18.5, 23.6 and 19.9 fantasy points in those games. He scored exactly two touchdowns in each start, rushing for four in his first two starts and throwing for four in his last two. His ability to run the ball gives him a solid floor and, across those four starts, he ran for 49, 44, 83 and 33 yards. So, if you have Aaron Rodgers on a bye or have been streaming QBs, Hill makes a solid start this week.
Sit: Matt Ryan vs. Buccaneers
Team Name: Matty Ice Ice Baby
Despite Matt Ryan averaging 27.4 fppg against the Buccaneers over their last three meetings, and despite the Buccaneers giving up 21 passing touchdowns on the year which is fourth-worst in the league, Matt Ryan belongs on the bench this week. He does seem to bring his best game for divisional matchups like four weeks ago when he put up 343 yards and three touchdowns for 28.5 fantasy points good for QB3 on the week against the Saints the bottom has really fallen out for the Falcons passing offense over the last three games. Over his last five games since Calvin Ridley stepped away. Ryan has put up 8.1, the 28.5 against the Saints, followed by 2.7, 4.1 and 11.2. Ryan belongs on benches in deep leagues and on the waiver wire in shallow leagues at this point.
Sit: Mac Jones at Bills
Team Name: Return of the Mac
After finishing as a QB1 in two of the last three weeks and sitting at QB10 over that same period in fppg, Mac Jones, the odds on favorite for Rookie of the Year, has a tall task ahead of him this weekend against the Bills. While Jones has been impressive this season and has performed especially well of late, he is not a good start this week against the Bills, who have given up only 2080 passing yards, just about 300 less than the next closest team, and have intercepted 16 passes while allowing only eight touchdowns through the air.