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…
Week 5 teams on bye: Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo's MRI came back looking good. Healing well as expected. Continuing to throw regularly
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 10, 2016
Tony Romo is getting healthier and Jerry Jones recently said he is the Cowboys’ QB1. Romo could possibly return after the Cowboys’ Week 7 bye. No matter who you think should be starting in Dallas, there’s still a good chance it will be Romo sooner rather than later. If he is still on the waiver wire in your league the time to add him is right now. Romo could make you a league winner with home games against the Buccaneers and Lions in weeks 15 and 16.
Brian Hoyer – Chicago Bears
Brian Hoyer has three 300-yard, multi-TD games in three starts this season. Jay Cutler has three of them in his last 20 starts.
— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) October 9, 2016
Brian Hoyer first made his appearance in this column back in Week 3. Since then, he has played some pretty solid football. The Bears and John Fox are not promising Jay Cutler his job back once he returns from injury and why would they? Expect Hoyer to keep the job and value him as such in your 2QB and Superflex leagues. However, if someone in your league drops Jay Cutler you’ll want to keep an eye on him, too. After a home matchup against the Jaguars in Week 6, Hoyer has to go to Lambeau Field and then play Minnesota before a Week 9 bye. There’s a chance Cutler could be the man again come Week 10.
Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers
Chip Kelly told KNBR the 49ers staff will meet today to discuss whether Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick will start Sunday at Buffalo.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 10, 2016
I expect Colin Kaepernick to be named the 49ers’ starting QB very soon. Blaine Gabbert has just been flat out bad this season and the 49ers are 1-4. Pick up Kaepernick ASAP if he’s still available. Even if Kaepernick continues to struggle to throw the football like he did last season he’ll still be fantasy relevant because Chip Kelly’s high volume, shotgun, zone-read offense will help him rack up the fantasy points, especially on the ground. A whopping 41 percent of Gabbert’s fantasy points this season have come via the ground and we all know Kaepernick is more athletic.
QB Pass/Rush Fantasy Splits through Week 5 (Minimum of 40 pass attempts, sorted by percent of points scored via rushing)… pic.twitter.com/Mxeaxi4avI
— TwoQBs (@TwoQBs) October 10, 2016
Geno Smith – New York Jets
The Jets are 1-4 and Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the NFL in INTs with 10. Amazingly, he threw nine in just two games from Weeks 3-4. Geno Smith has proven capable in past seasons of being fantasy relevant. While I wouldn’t recommend picking Smith up just yet, this is a situation worth monitoring. If the Jets keep losing and Fitzpatrick keeps turning the ball over I wouldn’t be surprised to see a change made at some point.
Mike Glennon – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
James Winston was able to lead the Buccaneers to victory on Monday night, but it wasn’t exactly pretty. Winston constantly overthrew his pass-catchers, including Mike Evans, which is #HardToDo. He also failed to recognize blitzers and get the ball out of his hands quickly. He has thrown the second-most interceptions (8) in the league behind only Ryan Fitzpatrick (10) this season. Mike Glennon is just a name to file away at this time in case Winston gets injured or continues to struggle. Mike Evans has enough ability to make just about any QB fantasy relevant.
AJ McCarron – Cincinnati Bengals
AJ McCarron is one of the best backup QBs in the NFL. 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, six TDs, and two INTs. Plus, he would be throwing to A.J. Green, one of the best WRs in the NFL.
Tom Savage – Houston Texans
Brock Osweiler is #NotGoodAtFootball. At this point, I feel silly I touted Osweiler as a late round gem in the offseason. Tom Savage was a fourth-round pick by the Texans just two years ago and is a name to know moving forward.
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