Trevor Lawrence – JAX
Week 12 stats: 321 YDS, 3 TD, 1 FUM, 2-pt conversion – 24.94 PPR points
Week 13 matchup: @ DET
Last year’s number one pick has taken strides this year, following a disappointing rookie year clouded by the stench of Urban Meyer. While he has not quite looked like the generational prospect many propped him up to be, Lawrence has looked far better than most of his contemporaries from the 2021 draft class, especially as a pocket passer. Last week, Lawrence delivered one of the best games of his career, accruing his highest passing yardage and touchdown totals of the season. This week, Lawrence will carry a streak of three straight games with at least 17 points into Detroit, against a Lions team that is allowing the most points to opposing quarterbacks.
Kenny Pickett – PIT
Week 12 stats: 174 YDS, 6 CAR, 32 YDS, 2-pt conversion – 12.16 PPR points
Week 13 matchup: @ ATL
Kenny Pickett has looked increasingly comfortable in the Steelers offense, and he performed well enough to get the Steelers a win against the Colts elite defense on Monday night. His growing rapport with fellow rookie George Pickens has been intriguing to watch, and the duo could blow up for a big game against the Falcons mediocre defense.
Geno Smith – SEA
Week 12 stats: 328 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT, 1 FUM, 5 CAR, 22 YDS – 19.32 PPR points
Week 13 matchup: @ LA
Consistency is key, and the most efficient passer in the NFL has become a borderline lineup lock for many teams, especially in deeper formats. Broadway Geno has thrown for 275+ yards in three consecutive games, and has thrown multiple touchdown passes in nine of his 11 starts this year. In a matchup against a miserable Rams team, Smith should remain locked in as a top 10 QB option.
BYE WEEKS: Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold
Tom Brady – TB
Week 12 stats: 246 YDS, 2 TD – 18.04 PPR points
Week 13 matchup: vs NO
The GOAT does not have many blemishes throughout his epic NFL career, but he has struggled mightily against the Saints since joining the Buccaneers. In five regular season starts against them, Brady has averaged 245.4 yards, on 59.7 CMP%, a 1.4 to 1.6 TD:INT ratio, and has averaged 14.04 PPR points. The Saints have declined this year, but they still have a solid defense, and they managed to hold Brady to only 9.04 PPR points in their first meeting of the season.
Deshaun Watson – CLE
Week 12 stats: N/A (SUS)
Week 13 matchup: @ HOU
Deshaun Watson has not played professional football in 700 days, and will be making his season debut against his former team on Sunday. There are plenty of moral reasons you should not want to cheer for Deshaun Watson’s success this Sunday, but ultimately it is just a bad idea regardless. I do not care how good Deshaun Watson is at football, two straight years without playing requires some time to get back into rhythm. The Texans, meanwhile, have allowed the third fewest points to opposing quarterbacks. Expect Watson to lean heavily on the run game, and take some time to adjust back to playing meaningful snaps.
Mike White – NYJ
Week 12 stats: 315 YDS, 3 TD – 24.8 PPR points
Week 13 matchup: @ MIN
After watching Mike White pick apart a terrible Chicago Bears secondary, Jets fans are rejoicing. Zach Wilson was horrible against an elite defense, and career backup Mike White looked stellar as his replacement. However, White is not even worth a waiver consideration, and he will likely regress to being the mediocre quarterback that he truly is in short order.