Who Should I Start? - Week 7

Baker Mayfield or Alex Smith

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Baker Mayfield
QB - CLE
Baker Mayfield
at TB, Sun 1pm EDT
Alex Smith
QB - WAS
Alex Smith
vs. DAL, Sun 4pm EDT
 
 
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 14# 21-
Best Rank# 7# 20-
Worst Rank# 18# 22-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent at TB vs. DAL-
Matchup Rank122-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Pass Comp15.319.7
Pass Yds180.4192.4
Pass TD1.61
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total52.979.0-
Avg Game13.215.8-
Avg Projection17.515.4-
Week 612.315.8-
    
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  Baker Mayfield
QB - CLE
Baker Mayfield
Alex Smith
QB - WAS
Alex Smith
2018 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. PIT
at ARI
21/30, 255 pass yds, 2 td, 0 int
8 rush, 14 yds, 0 td
Week 2 at NO
vs. IND
33/46, 292 pass yds, 0 td, 0 int
4 rush, 14 yds, 0 td
Week 3 vs. NYJ
17/23, 201 pass yds, 0 td, 0 int
2 rush, -2 yds, 0 td
vs. GB
12/20, 220 pass yds, 2 td, 1 int
7 rush, 20 yds, 0 td
Week 4 at OAK
21/41, 295 pass yds, 2 td, 2 int
4 rush, 10 yds, 0 td
BYE WEEK
Week 5 vs. BAL
25/43, 342 pass yds, 1 td, 1 int
2 rush, 23 yds, 0 td
at NO
23/39, 275 pass yds, 0 td, 1 int
2 rush, 7 yds, 1 td
Week 6 vs. LAC
22/46, 238 pass yds, 1 td, 2 int
2 rush, 8 yds, 0 td
vs. CAR
21/36, 163 pass yds, 2 td, 0 int
6 rush, 13 yds, 0 td
Week 7 at TB vs. DAL
Week 8 at PIT at NYG
Week 9 vs. KC vs. ATL
Week 10 vs. ATL at TB
Week 11BYE WEEK vs. HOU
Week 12 at CIN at DAL
Week 13 at HOU at PHI
Week 14 vs. CAR vs. NYG
Week 15 at DEN at JAC
Week 16 vs. CIN at TEN
Week 17 at BAL vs. PHI
  Baker Mayfield
QB - CLE
Baker Mayfield
at TB, Sun 1pm EDT
Alex Smith
QB - WAS
Alex Smith
vs. DAL, Sun 4pm EDT
Passing
   
Pass Att38.833.2
Pass Cmp24.521.8
Pass Yards288.7240.2
Pass TDs1.71.2
Ints0.90.5
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts2.64.3
Rush Yards11.419.1
Rush TDs0.10.2
   
Misc
   
Fumbles0.20.4
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points17.515.4
   
  Baker Mayfield
QB - CLE
Baker Mayfield
Alex Smith
QB - WAS
Alex Smith
2018 Points 
Week 119.6
Week 213.1
Week 39.816.8
Week 412.8
Week 518.013.7
Week 612.315.8
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  Baker Mayfield
QB - CLE
Baker Mayfield
at TB, Sun 1pm EDT
Alex Smith
QB - WAS
Alex Smith
vs. DAL, Sun 4pm EDT
Expert 
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
 Smith, who completed more than 65 percent of his passes in each of the last four seasons, finished each of the last two games with a completion rate below 60. That's hard to do in a league where 28 quarterbacks hold a mark above 61.0. Only one quarterback (Deshaun Watson tied for QB8 in Week 5) posted a top-12 QB output against the Cowboys, and this game unsurprisingly carries one of the week's lowest over-under lines (41.5 as of Wednesday). He's only playable in two-QB leagues, especially since Jamison Crowder (knee) is out and Paul Richardson (knee) is doubtful.
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
Baker is banged up with an ankle injury, but he doesn't even appear on the injury report because we know he will be playing. Tampa, meanwhile, has the worst secondary in all of football this season, making Mayfield a top streamer this week. 
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
Mayfield injured his ankle and showed his inexperience for the first time in last week's lop-sided loss to the Chargers, but he'll have an excellent chance to rebound against a very forgiving Buccaneers defense. This could be the breakout performance that Browns fans and fantasy owners have been waiting for, so Mayfield is a solid streaming option as long as his ankle is not an issue.  
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
It's been a bit of a bumpy road for the rookie, who was shoved into a first-team role without any reps, though that excuse will wear out here relatively soon, as he's now had three weeks preparing as the starter. But here's the thing… opposite of Mitch Trubisky, Mayfield's production doesn't match what you see on the field. He's poised in the pocket, maneuvers well, and throws with precision, though his receivers haven't helped him out to this point. His wide receivers have a 9.8 drop percentage, which ranks as the most in the NFL. In fact, there's just two other quarterbacks whose receivers have more than a 6.6 percent drop rate. Mayfield tweaked his ankle while running out of bounds last week, but he's reportedly going to be fine. The Bucs might be the cure for his ailments, as they've now allowed five straight quarterbacks to throw for at least 334 yards, and 4-of-5 to throw for at least three touchdowns. It forced them to fire defensive coordinator Mike Smith last week, promoting linebackers coach Mark Duffner to be the interim coordinator. There was definitely issues in the scheme, but the talent is just not there for the Bucs to succeed, as they have a weak trio of cornerbacks (that includes two rookies) who are now dealing with injuries and are down to their second-string safety after Chris Conte went to injured reserve. Provided Mayfield is healthy heading into this game, he should be started as a low-end QB1. 
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
Mayfield is a great streaming option against the league's 32nd ranked fantasy quarterback defense. Dallas is 6th against fantasy quarterbacks, Smith has is a low-upside QB2 against a Dallas D that has impressed early this season.