Mining The 2QB Waiver Wire For Gold: Week 3
All relevant QBs need to be rostered in 2QB fantasy football leagues, which makes it even more important for you stay on top of things. … You can uncover a gem on the waiver wire if you successfully predict what will happen in the future. Your QB situation might look great now, but those who invested in Andrew Luck’s services before last season probably thought the same thing prior to him missing nine games due to injury.
Every week I will break down and update the 2QB waiver wire landscape, as more information and developments become available to try and help you stay ahead of the game. Let’s take a look at some players to pick up immediately or to monitor moving forward:
Potential 2QB Waiver Wire Gold
Cody Kessler – Cleveland Browns
Good chance Browns' QB Josh McCown will miss multiple games with shoulder injury, per sources. Rookie Cody Kessler expected to start Sunday.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 19, 2016
#Browns are not placing QB Josh McCown on Injured Reserve, so they expect him back this season. But Cody Kessler will get an extended look
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 19, 2016
Cleveland will be starting their fifth starting QB in a row dating back to Week 16 of last season on Sunday. That is literally the most Browns stat of all time. With the history of revolving door QBs in Cleveland well-known at this point, it wasn’t hard to predict Cody Kessler would start some games this season. However, I don’t think anyone could’ve imagined he would get his chance so early in the season. Now that he is in the spotlight, what do you need to know?
As I noted in the offseason when breaking down the Browns’ QB Camp Battle, Hue Jackson raved about Cody Kessler in a post-draft press conference and even went as far as to say, “You’ve got to trust me on this one. This is a guy that we feel very comfortable with and we think he’s going to have an opportunity to ascend.” It’s not hard to read between the lines and realize Jackson played a major role in the selection of Kessler, who he likely envisions as his Cleveland version of Andy Dalton. Kessler and Dalton produced strikingly similar numbers throughout their collegiate careers as well as in their final season before leaving for the NFL per the RotoViz Box Score Scout app.
Kessler is no Dalton just yet, but he does get to QB a Browns team that all of a sudden has weapons to work with. Josh Gordon returns in Week 5 to join first-round pick Corey Coleman as well as Gary Barnidge, Terrelle Pryor, Andrew Hawkins, and Duke Johnson.
Jacoby Brissett – New England Patriots
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 19, 2016
Jacoby Brissett will get the start on Thursday night at home against the Houston Texans. At best he’s a two-week rental until Tom Brady returns in Week 5. Brissett is clearly not a long term play but if you’re in a pinch, starting a QB tied to the masterminds of Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels is likely not the worst thing you could do.
Brian Hoyer – Chicago Bears
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 20, 2016
I’m writing this the same night Jay Cutler injured his hand. This is a situation to monitor. Brian Hoyer finished the game out for the Bears on Monday Night Football and is the next man up if Cutler misses time. Sure, Hoyer isn’t #GoodAtFootball, but neither is Cutler, who has been fantasy relevant in years past throwing to Alshon Jeffery.
Charlie Whitehurst – Cleveland Browns
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 20, 2016
Rejoice! Clipboard Jesus has been resurrected! Charlie Whitehurst is now the direct backup in Cleveland, which of course means he will be the starter come Week 4.
Paxton Lynch – Denver Broncos
In a dream matchup at home against a bad and banged up Colts defense, Trevor Siemian could only muster up 266 passing yards and an INT. Paxton Lynch will be starting for the Denver Broncos very soon. I expect him to take over around Week 7. If that does come to fruition, Lynch could end up being much more than just fantasy relevant in 2QB and Superflex leagues. He possesses excellent physical tools to play the QB position, rushing upside, and would be throwing to one of the best WR duos in the NFL.
AJ McCarron – Cincinnati Bengals
AJ McCarron is one of the best backup QBs in the NFL. He should’ve already been in the first two editions of this article. He would become very fantasy viable if Andy Dalton were to get injured just like he did at the end of last year. McCarron finished the 2015 regular season with 854 passing yards, 6 TDs, and only 2 INTs in essentially only four games.
Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams
Jared Goff actually dressed for the game in Week 2! Progress! Although the Rams won the game, they only scored 9 total points. Goff will start sooner rather than later as even Jeff Fisher won’t be able to resist his upside for very much longer. The physical tools that made Goff the #1 overall pick in this past April’s NFL Draft haven’t gone anywhere.
Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers
Blaine Gabbert continues to do enough to keep his job. I expect him to continue to hold off Colin Kaepernick for the time being. However, Kaepernick is still a name to monitor moving forward. Chip Kelly’s high volume, shotgun, zone-read offense could help Kaepernick rack up the fantasy points, especially on the ground. Gabbert has run 12 times for 53 yards and a TD in two games this season. Imagine what Kaepernick could do with those rush attempts.
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