We have four quarterbacks left, with each having good fantasy upside, but one that has shown consistent upside. If we look at fantasy points per game, our four quarterbacks shake out like this: Patrick Mahomes (24.2, rank 6th), Ryan Tannehill (22.3 rank 10th), Aaron Rodgers (20.5 rank 17th) and Jimmy Garoppolo (19.9 rank 22nd).
There aren’t going to be many arguments with my first choice, as Patrick Mahomes has already put up huge numbers against the Titans this season. After that, we have a dilemma if you want to fade Mahomes and roster one of the other three. The price savings will be big, as Mahomes costs $7,700 while Rodgers is the second most-expensive quarterback at $6,100. But we have larger discrepancies at every position, as there are no-doubt studs and then a large group of inconsistent players.
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs ($7,700)
Mahomes is healthy and playing at the top of his ability right now. We saw him and Andy Reid put on an offensive clinic last week as they strung seven straight touchdown drives together against the Texans and now they face a Titans team that has been below average against the pass all season. The Titans won their matchup in Tennessee earlier this season but Mahomes was great, as he completed 36-of-50 passes for 446 yards and three touchdowns while not turning the ball over. If you are looking for consistency and upside in your lineup this week, Mahomes is the play.
Ryan Tannehill, Titans ($5,500)
Tannehill hasn’t topped 88 yards passing in the Titans two playoff games, which is hard to do, especially when you win both. But his numbers have been dampened by the extreme reliance on Derrick Henry and the running game. Tannehill has throw 14 and 15 passes in those two games while Henry has topped 30 rushing attempts in both. He did manage to throw two touchdowns and rush for another last week, which is pretty amazing and now he’ll face a Chiefs team that the Titans are going to have trouble keeping down.
This game has a 52.5 point over/under with the Titans as +7.5-point underdogs. The Titans were bigger underdogs an Baltimore and were able to get out to a quick lead and run the ball to control the game, but it will be difficult for them to recreate that game flow in Kansas City and the Chiefs have more offensive options than the Ravens had. Their ability to put up points fast when needed was exhibited against the Texans last week. Tannehill will need to throw more than 15 times this week and he’s proven his ability as a fantasy asset this season.