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 this time of year with owners fighting for playoff spots. Let’s take a look at some players to pick up immediately and one more to monitor moving forward…
Teams on Bye: Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans
Matt Barkley – Chicago Bears
Matt Barkley showed me something on Sunday. He did throw two INTs, but he also added 316 yards and three TDs. If it weren’t for some late drops by his pass catchers, Barkley would’ve led a game-winning comeback against a good Titans team and finished with four TD passes. There’s a pretty good chance Jay Cutler misses at least one more game and the Bears are at home against San Francisco this week. The matchup is a good one, as the 49ers have given up the second-most pass TDs this season. Pick up Barkley and stream him if you’re in need of some QB help.
Cody Kessler/Robert Griffin III – Cleveland Browns
The #Browns are hopeful RGIII will start for them before 2016 ends, I’m told, once he’s cleared. Caveat is if Cody Kessler gets on a roll
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 27, 2016
Unfortunately, the Cleveland Browns are on bye this week. However, Cody Kessler has been cleared from the concussion protocol and returned to practice. He will likely be the Browns starter in Week 14. However, also keep an eye on Robert Griffin III. It sounds like if he’s healthy he will see at least one more start this season.
Bryce Petty – New York Jets
Ryan Fitzpatrick has already been named the starter for Week 13. However, the Jets are 3-8 and going absolutely nowhere this season. It would make no sense for head coach Todd Bowles to let Fitzpatrick play the season out. They’ll take another look at Bryce Petty this year and he could start again as early as Week 14. If he does get the start in two weeks, he will get to face a 49ers defense that has given up the second-most passing TDs this season. Plus, he will get to throw to Brandon Marshall.
Tom Savage – Houston Texans
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse for Brock Osweiler, he goes and throws zero TDs and three INTs in Week 12. He now has only 12 TDs to 13 INTs on the entire season. Osweiler is not good at football, and it seems blatantly obvious at this point the Texans made a horrendous decision investing in him. Tom Savage is the backup in Houston and was a fourth-round pick by the Texans just two years ago. There’s a chance Savage starts a few games before the end of the year if the Texans decide to give Osweiler an early start to his off-season.
Paxton Lynch – Denver Broncos
Trevor Siemian has earned the right to continue on as the Broncos starting QB. Still, Paxton Lynch is worth keeping an eye on. He was the Broncos’ first round pick this offseason and that definitely counts for something. If he finds his way onto the field before the end of the season he will be very intriguing as the starter, as he possesses excellent physical tools, has rushing upside, and would be throwing to one of the best WR duos in the NFL.
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