Every week I break down the 2QB waiver wire landscape with updated information and developments from the previous weeks. All starting quarterbacks need to be rostered in 2QB/Superflex fantasy football leagues, especially during the win or go home fantasy football playoffs. Let’s take a look at some players to pick up immediately and to monitor moving forward…
*All Bye Weeks Have Already Taken Place
Robert Griffin III – Cleveland Browns
Depending on how practice goes this week, there's a real chance Browns QB Robert Griffin III starts Sunday against Cincinnati.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 5, 2016
If you have been relying on the combination of Cody Kessler and Josh McCown at times this season or are just in need of some QB help entering the fantasy playoffs, pick up Robert Griffin III immediately. You’ll want to have him on your roster before the official announcement is made and the competition for acquiring his services off the waiver wire heats up. If Griffin does end up starting, he will be at home this week against a Bengals defense allowing the 17th-most passing yards per game and that is tied for the ninth-most pass TDs allowed. Griffin can be started if you’re in a pinch, as the matchup shouldn’t scare you off. He will likely add some extra value with his legs and game flow should be in his favor, as the Browns have yet to win a game thanks to their struggling defense. Looking ahead, if RGIII is able to remain healthy and finish out the season, I wouldn’t start him in Week 15 at Buffalo if I could help it. However, he will be at home again in Week 16 against the Chargers. Depending on how he performs these next two weeks, I could see him being in play in TwoQB and Superflex fantasy football championships.
Bryce Petty – New York Jets
Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched on Monday Night Football after completing just 5/12 passes for 81 yards and an INT. It was another pathetic performance for Fitzpatrick and the Jets who are now 3-9 on the season. Barring injury, you won’t see Fitzpatrick again the rest of the season. He’s done. Bryce Petty took over for him and likely will play out the year as the starter. Perhaps we see second round pick Christian Hackenberg for a game or two but I seriously doubt it. Pick up Petty right now if you need a starting option. He is guaranteed to be inconsistent but his big arm might allow you to luck into a long TD or two. Plus, his schedule from Weeks 14-16 is pretty favorable as he gets games against the 49ers, Dolphins, and Patriots. He can be started this week if you are in a pinch as the 49ers are tied for allowing the second-most passing TDs this season.
Paxton Lynch – Denver Broncos
Paxton Lynch struggled mightily on Sunday while filling in for Trevor Siemian. He completed only half of his passes for 104 yards. However, Lynch is worth another look since we don’t yet know whether Siemian will be able to play this week or not. While Lynch did play poorly, it’s important to note he made his first career road start against a Jaguars defense that has given up the second-fewest passing yards per game through 13 weeks. Lynch’s outlook looks a little better this week against a Titans defense giving up the seventh-most passing yards per game and that is tied for the ninth-most pass TDs allowed.
Blaine Gabbert/Christian Ponder – San Francisco 49ers
Colin Kaepernick was benched on Sunday after only completing one pass for four yards. Blaine Gabbert was the one that replaced him and was also the man that began the season as the 49ers’ starting QB. Although unlikely, if Kaepernick is benched and Chip Kelly goes back to Gabbert, he is worth a pickup. Gabbert finished as a top-10 QB twice in five games to begin this season. Plus, the 49ers schedule looks favorable from here on out with matchups against the Jets, Falcons, and Rams in Weeks 14-16. Christian Ponder is another name to re-familiarize yourself with just in case Chip Kelly decides he wants to see what he can do in this offense for a few games.
Cardale Jones – Buffalo Bills
— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) December 5, 2016
The Buffalo Bills are 6-6 after losing three of their last five and there seems to be some growing frustration with Tyrod Taylor around the organization. The team drafted Cardale Jones in the fourth round earlier this year and might want to get a look at him before the season is over. For now, Jones is more of just a name to monitor, as Taylor likely will see at least a few more starts this season.
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