First of all, huge congratulations to the fantasy football community for wising up and removing Ryan Tannehill (47% owned last week, up to 58%) from this QB sleepers list. Congratulations, and welcome to the party, pal.
It’s the fantasy football playoffs, which means that I’m talking to, realistically, a smaller, and smaller audience. That also means that it’s less and less likely that you’ll try to find quarterback sleepers since you probably have Lamar Jackson or the ilk. However, I am still here for those of you that need quarterback sleepers for your playoff matchups. For a player to qualify for as one of the weekly quarterback sleepers, Yahoo! owners must deem them unrosterable in over 50% of leagues. For deep leagues or 2QB leagues, one guy is out there in at least 90% of Yahoo! leagues. As always, check Waleed’s Waiver Wire Cheat Sheet first.
Jacoby Brissett at New Orleans (37% Owned)
The Saints are now in the top-ten in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. A lot of this comes from Jimmy Garoppolo’s 29-point effort last weekend. It’s not just that, though. They’ve allowed at least 18.5 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in each of their last four games. Also, bad news is mounting for the Saints, as Marcus Davenport and Sheldon Rankins went on IR on Wednesday. Things are bleak for the Saints defense right now, and The Rake should take advantage of that.
Brissett has been struggling since returning from injury, posting 16, 13, and 14 fantasy points in his first three games back. I always give a guy a pass on his first game back from injury. The second game? Thursday Night Football, which is a random number generator disguised as a football game. The third game was Tennessee, who are in the bottom-half in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. Now, Brissett gets an ailing Saints defense that went toe-to-toe with a 49ers defense last weekend and came out worse for wear.
Ryan Fitzpatrick at N.Y. Giants (24% Owned)
Fitzpatrick didn’t do too well last week, in a predictably bad matchup against the Jets. The first N.Y. team he plays in hid Big Apple Two-Step ranks nineteenth on the year in fantasy points to QBs. So, his struggles were understandable. Let’s not forget three things. First, He had over 52 fantasy points in his two previous games combined. Second, the Jets were a predictably bad matchup. Finally, let’s not forget one very important thing: The Giants’ defense isn’t any good.
The Giants allow the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks on the season, just about 1.1 fantasy points behind… The Miami Dolphins. That tells me that this one is going to be an AARP shootout, as Eli Manning is playing what is likely to be his last home game.
Eli Manning versus Miami (4% Owned)
That brings us to our second Verifiably Old Dude in this one. Daniel Jones is practicing, but it seems as though he is unlikely to play this weekend. That sets us up with Eli Manning in what just might be his last start at MetLife. If you watched the first half of the Eagles-Giants Monday Night Football tilt, you saw two things you didn’t see before. First, you saw Eli Manning willing to take downfield shots to his playmakers. Darius Slayton had a big day mostly because Eli took advantage of him streaking downfield. Second, you saw an offensive line and skill players absolutely geeked up about Eli turning back the clock. Manning put in a 16.02 fantasy point performance, on the road. That was eighteenth, but it was also more than Patrick Mahomes, Kirk Cousins, or Baker Mayfield.
There’s going to be something ineffable in the air at MetLife, and I think it will lead to a good performance from Eli.
What’s extremely, uhhh… effable, is Miami’s pass defense. They’ve given up just one game under 20 fantasy points in their last four efforts, and that was last week’s 270/2/1 line from Sam Darnold. Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, and Carson Wentz combined for ten touchdowns in the three weeks prior.