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QBs That Will Perform Above Expectations:
Josh Freeman (@New Orleans Saints): Freeman has come back to earth after a stretch of 16 touchdowns in a six-game span in the middle of the season. His recent performances haven’t been poor, but have been overlooked by three straight Tampa Bay Buccaneers losses. Facing the Saints has been a recipe for success all season. They’re giving up an average of 25.8 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, allowing 27 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions.
Eli Manning (@Atlanta Falcons): Over the past four weeks, Manning has totaled eight touchdowns and two interceptions. On Sunday, the New York Giants will face Atlanta in what is destined to be a high scoring contest. I expect the Giants to win because the Giants have more receiving weapons than the Falcons can handle. Although the Falcons defense is noticeably better at home, Manning should continue his recent hot streak.
Ben Roethlisberger (@Dallas Cowboys): Roethlisberger provides the rare commodity of consistency from a lesser tier quarterback. Although the Pittsburgh Steelers put forth an underwhelming performance, Roethlisberger came strong from his injury. A matchup with the Cowboys and the fifth highest opposing quarterback rating at home is promising for Roethlisberger.
QBs That Will Perform Below Expectations:
Robert Griffin III (@Cleveland Browns): The injury to Griffin could be the most unfortunate thing to happen this football season. He was setting the NFL world on fire with his arm and his legs. The Washington Redskins were on a crash course for the playoffs until their lead man damaged his main asset. Without his legs to his advantage, Griffin’s success will be limited. Cleveland has given up the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks over the past three weeks with just two passing touchdowns over that span.
Matt Ryan (vs. New York Giants): Ryan only managed a 32.8 QB rating during the Falcons playoff meeting with New York last year. The Giants’ pass rush had an answer for everything Ryan tried to do in that game and their defense will surely be studying the tape to create similar results this Sunday. After a start to the season that had him in the early season MVP discussion, Ryan registered four touchdowns and seven interceptions over his last four games.
Colin Kaepernick (@New England Patriots): With the way New England has been scoring points, it’s likely that Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers will be playing catch up on Sunday. Kaepernick hasn’t been in a legitimate shootout yet and it’s likely that he’ll be out of his element in this game. The New England defense has been playing well on all aspects of defense. They shows on Monday Night Football that they can apply pressure on the quarterback, stop the run, deny the pass and force turnovers against the best record in the NFL. We’ll see if that defense can stand up the league’s best offensive line. I think they can.
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