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Fantasy Football QB1 Primer: Week 12 (2021)

by Matt Barbato | @realmattbarbato | Featured Writer
Nov 24, 2021
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Happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully, you’ve got a quarterback you’re thankful for on your fantasy team. But if not, that’s okay. That’s exactly what streaming is for. Because quarterback is a position you can figure out as you go, so long as you play the right matchups.

So which quarterbacks are worthy of a shot in your lineup this week? Here’s my Week 12 QB1 primer.

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Week 11 Recap

Mid-Range Passers with QB1 Upside

Ryan TannehillQB17 in Week 11
LOL. Tannehill was absolutely horrendous in Tennessee’s loss to the Texans. He threw four interceptions, let’s just leave it at that. With how banged up Tennessee’s offense is, I wouldn’t even consider Tannehill anymore.

Tom BradyQB10 in Week 11
This was easy money, as Brady did plenty to earn QB1 status after a lousy performance against Washington. Brady likely silenced any doubters with his performance against the Giants.

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Cam NewtonQB4 in Week 11
Bingo! This is the exact type of performance we’re asking for when streaming at quarterback. Newton didn’t do a ton through the air, but he’s still got it as a runner. Newton is worth streaming consideration every week, especially in the right matchups.

Tua TagovailoaQB12 in Week 11
Tua cracked QB1 status by throwing for 273 yards and two scores. If not for an interception, he could’ve had an even better day.

Daniel Jones: QB22 in Week 11
I said I didn’t like this pick and to only start Jones if really desperate. Unsurprisingly, Jones didn’t deliver even against a vulnerable Bucs secondary.

Baker MayfieldQB21 in Week 11
At this point, Mayfield just can’t be trusted as a viable fantasy starter anymore. And that’s even in 2QB leagues. His injuries are clearly impacting him, as he was genuinely bad against the Lions.

Week 12 Mid-Range Passers with QB1 Upside

Russell Wilson (QB – SEA)QB10 ECR
If Wilson can’t get things cooking against a Washington defense that’s given up the eighth-most passing yards and second-most touchdowns this year, then he can’t be trusted at all.

Cam Newton (QB – CAR)QB9 ECR
What does Cam have for an encore? Hopefully another strong performance. The Dolphins are an aggressive, blitz heavy team, but that sometimes leaves them exposed on the back end. The Dolphins have given up the most passing yards in the league this season.

Kirk Cousins (QB – MIN)QB11 ECR
Cousins is quietly having a really strong season. He could be in store for another big day against a 49ers secondary that’s struggled to defend the pass all season. Justin Jefferson seems to be poised for another massive day.

Carson Wentz (QB – IND)QB14 ECR
This is an interesting setup for the Colts offense as a whole. Jonathan Taylor will have an imposing Buccaneers front seven, but Wentz could thrive against Tampa’s secondary.

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Tyrod Taylor (QB – HOU)QB16 ECR
Taylor’s rushing prowess came up clutch last week. But I expect Taylor could do even more damage against a terrible New York Jets secondary that’s given up the fifth-most passing yards this season. Consider a Taylor-Brandin Cooks stack on your DFS lineups.

Taylor Heinicke (QB – WAS)QB17 ECR
Heinicke threw for three touchdowns last week against a strong Carolina secondary. He could do even more damage against a Seahawks secondary that struggled against Colt McCoy a week ago.

Andy Dalton (QB – CHI): QB23 ECR
It’s disgusting, I know. But Dalton gets a great matchup against a woeful Lions secondary. And if this is Matt Nagy’s last game, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Bears be insanely aggressive offensively.

Trevor Lawrence (QB – JAX)QB26 ECR and Matt Ryan (QB – ATL)QB24 ECR
These guys are playing together, so I’m lumping them together here. These are very clearly last resort options. But Lawrence faces a Falcons secondary that’s given up 20 touchdowns and only has four interceptions on the season. Meanwhile, Ryan could be in store for a bounce-back against the Jaguars, who can rush the passer but don’t have much on the back end. Again, only break in case of emergency.

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