Alex Smith, KC – Since coming out of the Week 10, bye, Smith has been on fire, throwing for 524 yards with five touchdowns and just one interception over his last two games. He matches up against Denver’s 22nd-ranked pass defense for the second time in three weeks and will continue to exploit the mismatches in coverage that allowed him to throw for 230 yards and two touchdowns the last time they met. The Broncos give up an average of 283 passing yards per game and have allowed 21 touchdowns through the air this season. If the Chiefs play another strong game in this battle for the AFC West, Smith should help your fantasy squads as well.
Josh McCown, CHI – Call it a 2013 swan song if you will, although with the frailty of Jay Cutler’s body, we still may see more of McCown this season. But he couldn’t have asked for a better send-off here as he gets to face the Vikings who are allowing an average of 282 passing yards per game and have coughed up a league-worst 24 passing touchdowns this year. The Vikings secondary has been burned like yesterday’s toast all year and their whopping eight interceptions on the year aren’t scaring anybody. McCown should also have plenty of time to stand in the pocket here as the Vikings pass rush has produced just 24 sacks all season. Not a bad note to go out on here.
Nick Foles, PHI – For those who have been riding the Foles-Train recently, be aware of the fact that it already started to derail right before the bye week. Sure, he threw for 298 yards, but it was the Redskins, people and even I could throw for 298 yards against that secondary. And if it wasn’t for that poached TD-run in the first quarter, he would have put up a huge letdown performance against a team he was supposed to treat like he treated the Raiders. Now he faces a much tougher Cardinals pass defense that may allow 236 passing yards per game, but opposing quarterbacks have just a 77.8 passer rating against them and their 15 interceptions is tied for second in the NFL. Foles may not go completely belly-up here, but I’ll bet that most people’s back-ups have a better day.
Andrew Luck, IND – There’s just no good way to say this: Luck has looked like dog crap these last three games and another match-up with the Titans, who held him to 232 yards and no passing touchdowns two games ago, isn’t exactly what the doctor ordered to cure him of these woes. The Titans are giving up just 217 passing yards per game and they’ve allowed just eight touchdowns through the air this season, lowest in the NFL. Luck is really missing Reggie Wayne on the field as T.Y. Hilton is now his only guy, and even he [Hilton] is nowhere near as reliable as Wayne ever was. With strong coverage in the secondary, Luck will have to look for Coby Fleener all day and that’s not racking up big points for anyone; not even Fleener.