Jared Goff, LAR (vs Seattle)
Goff is facing the easiest defense/matchup for quarterbacks, but is also coming off of a performance vs. Miami that exposed his achilles heel - performing against pressure - and the Seahawks just sacked Josh Allen seven times. The Rams defense has occasionally had some success against Russell Wilson, which would keep this game low scoring, but that was before Wilson put on his chef’s hat. There’s risk here, but there’s a very high ceiling.
Alex Smith, WAS (at Detroit)
Smith looked much more capable of hanging with NFL defense last week than he did the first time he took the field earlier this year, and it’s not clear if the Lions have an NFL defense right now. In the last two Detroit games Philip Rivers and Kirk Cousins each threw for three scores against them, so Smith has a chance to be a solid play this week.
Philip Rivers, IND (vs Tennessee) **Thursday**
One quarterback has failed to account for multiple touchdowns against the Titans - Drew Lock all the way back in Week 1. That includes Gardner Minshew, Kirk Cousins, and Nick Foles. If you have to go to the waiver wire for a quarterback this week, you could do worse than Rivers, who will likely get T.Y. Hilton back this week.
Derek Carr, LV (vs Denver)
The Broncos pass defense has been vulnerable to the deep shot lately, which is exactly where Carr will be most likely to attack them in the Raiders vertical pass game. Carr has thrown multiple touchdown passes in every game this year except the Wind Bowl vs Cleveland and an opening week thriller against the Panthers when Josh Jacobs scored three times. He’s only a sleeper because the low attempt games vs. the Browns and Chargers the last two weeks have lowered his ceiling, so there is a risk of that here if Drew Lock plays terribly for the first three quarters again this week.
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