Fantasy Football Playoff Push: Quarterback Watch

By kylesoppe
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Quarterbacks lead most fantasy leagues in total points earned, so it goes without saying that you need a top-notch signal caller if you want any chance at winning your league. Don’t have a QB you’re comfortable with? That’s why I’m here.

Obviously Aaron Rogers is a stud, but fantasy owners went into panic mode when he suffered a fractured collarbone on his non-throwing side in a Week 9. There is speculation that he could return as early as next week, but do you want to roll the dice on a potentially rusty player at your most valuable position?

Yes. This isn’t Michael Vick hurting his hamstring. Rodgers should be able to regain his MVP form by the fantasy playoffs, and given the Green Bay Packers‘ late-season schedule (vs. Atlanta Falcons, at Dallas Cowboys, vs. Pittsburgh Steelers), I’m taking advantage if his owner is skittish at all.

The Falcons (three passing touchdowns allowed for every interception) and Cowboys (329 pass yards allowed per game) are two of the four worst defenses in terms of QB fantasy points in the league, not to mention that Randall Cobb could be back in the fold as early as Week 15.

If you can’t acquire Rodgers, all hope is not lost. Alex Smith makes very few mistakes and should produce above average fantasy numbers as he faces two of the nine worst fantasy defenses against quarterbacks in Weeks 14 and 15. He draws the Indianapolis Colts in Week 16 (most fantasy Super Bowls), a defenses that impressed early but has struggled in a big way of late.

Case Keenum is another quarterback who should produce well above his current value come playoff time, as he faces the porous Jacksonville Jaguars, gets 10 days to prepare for the Colts, and then takes part in what could be a shootout with the Denver Broncos.

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