Mason Rudolph Fantasy Outlook Plummets After Being Benched for Devlin Hodges in Week 12

Jason Schandl
Pittsburgh Steelers v Cincinnati Bengals
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Being at the center of a melee was the biggest story surrounding Mason Rudolph in Week 11, but he still had a terrible game even without that additional narrative. He tossed for one TD and four interceptions, also getting sacked four times in the process.

He was off to a terrible start in Week 12 as well, completing just eight of his first 16 passes against the Cincinnati Bengals, with no touchdowns and one interception before being benched for Devlin Hodges.

Hodges made his claim as an upgrade over Rudolph immediately, completing two of three passes on his first drive, which was punctuated by a 79-yard TD bomb to James Washington.

Hodges played a game and a bit in relief of an injured Rudolph earlier in the season, completing 22-of-29 attempts for 200 yards with one TD and one interception, posting a 91.2 passer rating and averaging 6.0 adjusted yards per pass attempt.

Those aren't gaudy numbers by any stretch, but even before his Week 12 dud, Rudolph has only managed an 82.9 passer rating, while averaging 5.8 adjusted yards per attempt on the year.

Rudolph wasn't exactly a productive fantasy QB this year, but being benched (and Hodges producing well) destroys any fantasy value he may have had.

Hodges isn't likely to offer any sort of every-week value, but if he keeps impressing and if he hangs onto the starting role, he could be an interesting streaming option in Week 14 against the Arizona Cardinals (most fantasy points per game allowed to QBs in the league).

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