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RISERS & FALLERS: Week 12

This week, we’re all about the quarterback position. Outside of a few LaDainian Tomlinson type of running back season or Calvin Johnson type of receiving season, it’s usually the quarterback that drives the championship wagon. With the season well beyond the halfway point, we need to take a long, hard look at our rosters and ask out loud if our quarterbacks are good enough to bring us to the promised land. Let the debate begin. 

Tom Brady, New England

On the season, taking into consideration everything he’s been through, the elder QB still produces at a QB1 level, right? What if we told you that last week against the Eagles, Brady wasn’t even the best quarterback on his own team? Julian Edelman had the lone passing touchdown while Brady frowned his way toward a zero fantasy payoff. As a matter of fact, the last two games have added up to just one touchdown and one interception. The Patriots’ offensive line is one of the worst units in the league and things don’t look to get any better anytime soon. So, can Brady take on the above average Dallas secondary with and succeed with almost nothing at receiver? How Brady fairs this week will set the bar for our playoff expectations. 

Philip Rivers, L.A. Chargers

The quarterback position may be the only spot in football where you can simply judge a book by it’s cover. It’s unfortunate to say, but Rivers’ book has a very dreary illustration on the front. Over the last three weeks in three consecutive beneficial outings, Rivers has totaled three touchdowns. That’s not that bad, right? Well when you take into consideration that he’s also had 7 interceptions over that same time frame, things don’t look very optimistic. With all the negative going against Rivers, the best thing that could have happened for him was a late bye week. The guy isn’t even playing this week and still he has value on the line. Rivers could use a little R&R to re-CHARGE himself back into QB1 form. If the top-end defenses that are the Broncos, Vikings, and Jaguars were to get beat up over the weekend, Rivers would have his compass back to pointing North. 

Dak Prescott, Dallas

At one point in the off-season, we complained, explained, and exclaimed over the notion of Prescott wanted to be the highest paid quarterback in the NFL. Well, things aren’t as funny as we once thought. Some of the highest guys at the position have struggled so badly while the rest of the league has functioned so poorly, that Dak is in line for a big pay-day. Look at what Prescott has been able to accomplish to this point: 3,221 yards and 21 touchdowns. That’s more passing scores than Russell Wilson, more yards than Aaron Rodgers, and in some scoring formats, more fantasy points than Lamar Jackson. But we hear zero chatter of Prescott threatening for league MVP or fantasy MVP for that matter. Can you imagine if he hung a stat line of 300 yards and two touchdowns in a win against Tom Brady in New England? Prescott has the billing of consensus top QB within his sights. 

Daniel Jones, N.Y. Giants

After going on and on about how much value Prescott could have coming his way if he defeated the stellar Patriots, the same could be applied to Daniel Jones. While the Bears’ defense hasn’t met most expectations, they are still considered to be an elite defense. With Daniel Jones playing behind maybe the worst line in all of football with no functioning athlete at tight end, will Jones be able to stay in the pocket and get things going to Golden Tate and Slayton, or will he turn into a younger version of Kirk Cousins? By that, we mean standing in the pocket long enough to dump it off to the running back. There is a really chance that having Saquon Barkley in the backfield could turn into a problem for the developing QB. Will he let the deep ball develop? Will he step up and go through his progressions? Or will he get the ball out as soon as possible to the running back and make it look like it was part of the design? 

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