There are a few quarterbacks widely available that either have good matchups heading into Week 13, or had successful Week 12 performances, or could benefit from an injury. With that in mind, here are five quarterbacks with under 50% rostership in traditional fantasy football leagues that managers can consider picking up for Week 13.
Week 13 byes: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers
Taysom Hill, Saints (59 percent)
Next up — @ATL, @PHI, KC, MIN
The New Orleans Saints offensive game plan was ratcheted down after learning their opponent wouldn’t have a quarterback, so Hill’s upside in Week 12 was limited. But, Hill still was able to rush for two touchdowns to give himself a middling, but not disastrous fantasy start in Denver. And this week he’ll take on the Falcons again, who he put up over 24 fantasy points in his first start two weeks ago.
Kirk Cousins, Vikings (40 percent)
Next up — JAX, @TB, CHI, @NO
Cousins is a weird and inconsistent quarterback, but he’s been on a good streak of late. He has 11 touchdown passes to one interception over his last four games, topping 20 fantasy points in three of those. He should get Adam Thielen back this week at home in a great matchup withe the Jaguars.
Philip Rivers, Colts (33 percent)
Next up — @HOU, @LV, HOU, @PIT
Rivers is losing goal-line snaps to Jacoby Brissett, but the team has decided to throw instead of run, as Rivers is best as a short passer who can read defenses well. He gets three good matchups in a row, with the Texans twice and Raiders once. His upside isn’t outstanding, but he’s had a good enough floor of late to drop him in your lineup this week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins (20 percent)
Next up — CIN, KC, NE, @LV
We still don’t know who will be the starter this week for the Dolphins, but Tua Tagovailoa had some swelling in his hand, and with Fitzpatrick helping them to a win last week, they aren’t going to push Tagovailoa too far. The Bengals are a weak defense across the board, ranking 28th in pass DVOA. And without a strong running game, Fitzpatrick should still be used enough to put up respectable numbers.
Derek Carr, Raiders (57 percent)
Next up — @NYJ, IND, LAC, MIA
You really can’t get any worse than Carr was against the Falcons, so it would make sense to just let him go and move on. But, if you are feeling risky, Carr gets a great matchup against the Jets and is more than ready for a bounce-back game.