Mining the 2QB Waiver Wire for Gold: Week 1
Things tend to change in fantasy football rather quickly. Even when we think we know, we often don’t. Situations in the NFL are fluid. … And it’s important to keep an open mind as additional information becomes available to us. Case in point:
@ClockDodgers I think it will be Sanchez. Lynch isn't ready yet and I don't buy the Sieman talk at all.
— Ben Cummins (@BenCumminsFF) July 23, 2016
Before the preseason began, I was very confident Mark Sanchez would begin the year as the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos. I believed they would take things slow with Paxton Lynch and I had only heard of Trevor Siemian once through one of Sal’s deep dive QB posts (I couldn’t even spell his name right at the time).
However, after watching Siemian outperform Sanchez through two preseason games, I completely changed my tune:
Think Kubiak names Trevor Siemian the starter for the 3rd preseason game, pretty much locking him into the starting job for week 1.
— Ben Cummins (@BenCumminsFF) August 22, 2016
Not only was Siemian named the Week 1 starter, but Sanchez is no longer on the Broncos’ roster. The point of that exercise was not to toot my own horn (although that never hurts), but rather, to give a recent example of how quickly situations can change and how important it is for our opinions to adapt with new developments. Just as staying on top of things could’ve recently landed you Siemian, the same could’ve been said for Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz, and Jimmy Garoppolo. All four of those quarterback situations immensely changed and the season hasn’t even started yet.
There will be more QB turnover and since almost all relevant QBs are rostered in 2QB leagues, it’s important to stay on top of things. Predicting what’s going to happen in the future will give yourself a shot at uncovering a gem on the waiver wire. 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 this season I’ll 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 we will definitely want to be monitoring moving forward:
Potential 2QB Waiver Wire Gold
Paxton Lynch – Denver Broncos
That whole Denver Quarterback Situation? Ya, it’s not completely settled just yet. Lynch is the future in Denver after John Elway and company selected him in the first round with the 26th overall pick in this past April’s NFL Draft. Unless Siemian completely blows everyone away with his play on the field, the future is going to become the present and Lynch will see the field sooner rather than later. If and when that time does come, 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.
Chase Daniel – Philadelphia Eagles
Minnesota and Philadelphia surprised everyone with the Sam Bradford trade. However, Philadelphia wasn’t finished just yet. I thought for sure they’d roll with reliable veteran Chase Daniel to begin the season. Instead, they’re going with their first round pick Carson Wentz, who only saw 38 NFL snaps this preseason before suffering a rib injury. Even more, he only has 23 games under his belt playing at North Dakota State where he wasn’t exactly facing Alabama every week. Wentz could absolutely turn out to be a stud, but there are likely to be some extreme growing pains, especially early on. Lacking experience and reps, Wentz could face-plant to begin the season and force the Eagles to turn to Chase Daniel at some point.
Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers
Blaine Gabbert won the starting job in San Francisco, but this is likely to be a fluid situation from week-to-week. If Gabbert struggles, a preemptive pickup of Kaepernick could end up paying huge dividends. Chip Kelly’s high volume, shotgun, zone-read offense could help Kaepernick rack up the fantasy points, especially on the ground.
Cody Kessler/Josh McCown – Cleveland Browns
Robert Griffin III has certainly flashed this preseason. However, I’m not buying it just yet. Just like when I broke down the Browns’ QB camp battle back in June, I still believe this is a fluid situation. If RGIII were to get injured or benched, third round pick Cody Kessler could be the next man up. However, there’s no way of knowing for sure whether it would be Kessler or Josh McCown. Keep both guys on your radar moving forward, as Cleveland suddenly looks like a very interesting offense. Corey Coleman was drafted in the first round, Josh Gordon is scheduled to return from suspension in Week 5, and Terrelle Pryor has emerged this preseason.
Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams
Goff struggled mightily this preseason and reportedly will be inactive for the season opener. However, the physical tools that made him the #1 overall pick in this past April’s NFL Draft haven’t gone anywhere. Look for him to take over for Case Keenum at some point this season. When that happens, Goff should have a better understanding of the offense and more practice reps under his belt. He’s definitely someone to pay attention to moving forward, as it seems highly unlikely Keenum is going to be lighting up the scoreboard anytime soon.
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