Raiders, Vikings make Week 12 QB decisions

Stay put, Matt: When the Raiders said they weren’t committed to Terrelle Pryor, they weren’t kidding. Pryor has been dealing with knee issues, but he’s practicing again as of today … except it’s with the second unit. Matt McGloin has been named Oakland’s starter against Tennessee. The undrafted rookie ambushed the Texans by throwing three scores and no picks. I’ve said this before and will say it again: be extremely cautious about buying in on QBs who have great initial success (ie beginner’s luck). Take Case Keenum as one of many examples — another guy who hit the ground running, set off a fantasy waiver wire stampede, then tapered off as soon as defensive coordinators had some film they could analyze. If you start McGloin this week, desperation is the only valid reason to do so. Otherwise, you’re going to be bummed come Sunday evening if you’re expecting a repeat performance.

Ponder this: Speaking of starting QBs, Vikings coach Coach Leslie Frazier has decided to go back to Christian Ponder as his Week 12 starter after benching him during a sorry outing against the Seahawks this past Sunday. Short of placing want ads in the local paper, the Vikings have done everything they could to find a spark at the QB position this year. Nothing has worked, and that has taken a toll on the offense as a whole, including Adrian Peterson’s production. If there’s any room on the “Minnesota is dying to go through the motions and play out the rest of this year as lifelessly as possible” bandwagon, book me a first-class ticket on it.

That’s hip: So, Dennis Pitta (remember him?) had extensive surgery back in July to repair a dislocated hip. Baltimore sits at 4-6, and they’re still within touching distance of the Bengals who sit atop the AFC North, but have a brutal schedule down the stretch. The Ravens have gotten next to nothing from the fill-in tight ends, so naturally they’re desperate to rush Pitta back if possible. My take? It’s too late and just not going to work for Pitta this year. He may catch a TD or two if he plays at all this year, but is it worth casting aside your starting TE? Only if you’re getting absolutely nothing from him to date. Let’s revisit the issue if and when Pitta gets cleared to play.

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