Week 2 of the 2016 NFL preseason has wrapped up and 2QB drafts are underway. This is the best time of the fantasy football season. … When watching preseason games from a 2QB perspective I’m focused on backup signal callers who could become potential in-season waiver wire pickups. A total of 53 different quarterbacks started at least one game in 2015 so you never know which backup or third-string preseason quarterback might see significant playing time during the season.
Researching backups now gives you a leg up on the rest of your league. You’ll know immediately to pick up Dak Prescott, for example, while they’re left wondering who Tony Romo’s backup is. Below are a few takeaways from the second week of preseason to help with 2QB draft and in-season preparation…
2QB Things We Learned: 2016 Preseason Week 2
1. Paxton Lynch Time?
With neither retread veteran Mark Sanchez or former seventh-rounder Trevor Siemian taking a hold of the starting quarterback job in Denver it’s possible rookie first rounder Paxton Lynch is named starter by default.
In the team’s second preseason game against the 49ers, Siemian started and led the team on a scoring drive. His overall stat line was respectable, but a pick-six interception probably led Head Coach Gary Kubiak to put a check on the cons side of his pros and cons list he’s using to pick a winner in this QB battle. He did complete nine of his first ten passes, but Sanchez was Sanchez-ian with two fumbles and three sacks.
Even though he was playing against third-stringers, Lynch was the best of the bunch, throwing for 113 yards and two scores. He was picked off once though and only completed 57.7 percent of his passes for a pedestrian 4.3 AYA. Kubiak let it be known Lynch could start Week 1, via ProFootballTalk:
“He’s always been in the mix. I just told you guys that he’s behind the other two from a knowledge standpoint, but we’ve been out there competing every day. Everybody is in competition to play.”
Sanchez and Siemian have both gone undrafted in our 2QB mocks. If Lynch ends up being named starter late in the preseason he’s someone you’re going to want to pick up off waivers or use a late-round pick on. If you play in a deep bench league drafting him now means not having to use any of your FAAB dollars on him later in the season.
2. Andrew Luck Looks Fine
In his first live competition in over nine months, Andrew Luck looked like his dominating self of the 2014 season. Against the Ravens, Luck completed all eight of his passes for 71 yards and added 12 yards rushing. Last season Luck found himself in a battle with Aaron Rodgers for the first overall pick in 2QB drafts, but this year his ADP has settled into round two.
If you’re the type of 2QB drafter who uses early round picks on the quarterback position and were worried about Luck coming off an injury plagued 2015 season his preseason debut should have squashed any concerns. Luck’s 18.7 points per game last season was 11th-best when you exclude Geno Smith’s one-game sample and he’s not that far removed from his 4,761-passing yard/40-passing touchdown (plus 262-rushing yard/3-rushing TD) 2014 campaign. Luck looks healthy and has weapons galore this year in Indy. A top-four fantasy season is in order, and QB1 overall isn’t out of the question.
3. Tyrod Taylor 2.0
A lot has been made of Tyrod Taylor’s rushing ability as a factor into why he should continue to produce top-ten fantasy points per game numbers in 2016. But it wasn’t his rushing skills that were on display in Buffalo’s Week 2 outing versus the Giants.
Without Sammy Watkins in the lineup, Taylor completed 70 percent of his passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. He also showed exemplary pocket awareness and maneuverability and displayed a strong arm on a 59-year pass to Charles Clay.
Be it the contract issue, how deep QB is in fantasy, lack of passing volume, or injury concerns to him and Watkins, 2QBers have slept on Taylor all offseason. His eighth round ADP is way too low, but I’m not sure how much higher he’ll go even with an outstanding preseason performance. He’s a no-brainer pick in the eighth round, and I would consider him as early in the sixth.