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
Josh McCown – Cleveland Browns
Browns' QB RGIII has a fractured coracoid bone in his left shoulder and he will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks. Could be out for season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 12, 2016
Pick up Josh McCown immediately. Even if Robert Griffin III does return this season, the absolute earliest he could come back would be in Week 10. McCown now takes over a Hue Jackson-led offense that all of a sudden has weapons to work with in Cleveland. 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. McCown immediately enters the QB streaming conversation in 2QB and Superflex leagues, and there is room to grow from there. Our own Salvatore Stefanile took a look at McCown’s QB1 upside immediately after the RGIII injury news was announced.
Cody Kessler – Cleveland Browns
McCown is the immediate solution, but I expect Cody Kessler to receive some starts of his own later on in the season, especially if RGIII doesn’t return this year. 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.” RGIII’s injury may have just drastically sped up the time frame of Kessler’s ascension. Keep Kessler on your radar moving forward.
Sam Bradford – Minnesota Vikings
This is your friendly reminder that Sam Bradford likely starts Week 2 for the Vikings and, barring injury, keeps the job for the remainder of the season. He provides some stability at the position. Plus, Stefon Diggs continues to look like a stud.
Trevone Boykin – Seattle Seahawks
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 12, 2016
If Russell Wilson can’t go this week, Trevone Boykin is the next man up on the depth chart. The Seahawks will likely add a veteran option as well, so this is definitely a fluid situation. Still, Boykin could be a fun streaming option if he’s named the starter against a Rams’ defense that just got rung up for 28 points by the 49ers on Monday Night Football. A dual-threat QB at TCU, Boykin ran for 2,049 yards and 27 TDs during his collegiate career.
Paxton Lynch – Denver Broncos
As a Denver Broncos’ fan, watching Trevor Siemian get a victory over 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton in his first NFL start was really frickin awesome. However, without the phenomenal Broncos’ defense shutting opposing offenses down, I never get to type that sentence. Siemian’s stat line of 178 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INTs won’t get the job done forever. Despite his numbers looking eerily similar to 2015 Peyton Manning’s, Siemian won’t be afforded the same leeway when it comes to playing time. Not with first-round pick Paxton Lynch waiting in the wings. I expect Lynch to take over around Week 7. If that does end up coming 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 (Just make sure you monitor the status of Demaryius Thomas’ ailing hip).
Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams
Case Keenum and the Rams’ offense looked so bad on Monday night, Herm Edwards went so far as to say they had set offensive football back 50 years. Jeff Fisher certainly doesn’t help, but Keenum looked putrid. Jared Goff is coming sooner rather than later. I wouldn’t even be shocked if he’s named the Week 2 starter. Goff might not possess as much fantasy upside as Lynch and Kessler, but he likely sees the field earlier than either of them. If you need some immediate QB help and miss out on McCown and Bradford, Goff potentially could be your next-best option depending on what happens with Russell Wilson in Seattle. He is definitely someone to monitor closely this week and beyond. The physical tools that made him the #1 overall pick in this past April’s NFL Draft haven’t gone anywhere.
Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers
Even though the 49ers blew out the Rams on Monday night, Blaine Gabbert didn’t have to do all that much because the Rams just played that badly. Gabbert certainly did enough to keep his job, 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 himself had nine rush attempts in Week 1. Imagine what Kaepernick could do with that kind of rushing volume.
Chase Daniel – Philadelphia Eagles
Carson Wentz impressed in his first regular season start throwing for 278 yards and 2 TDs. However, I can’t quit Chase Daniel just yet. It is important to note Wentz’s first start came at home against the lowly Browns. There are sure to be rookie growing pains moving forward, and if they become too severe, Daniel is the next man up. Keep him on your radar as we continue to see what Wentz is made of.
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