While the Week 5 “Thursday Night Football” game seems like so long ago, many fantasy football managers have woken up with one question on their mind: How in the world do I replace Russell Wilson?
Injuries are always a nightmare, but losing Wilson to a ruptured tendon in his finger for at least the next four weeks puts fantasy owners on their heels. Unless you play in a league of eight to 10 teams, in which few owners hoard a backup quarterback, you have your work cut out for you. Welcome to the world of streaming quarterbacks.
Every league is different, and some may find a handful of decent options on the waiver wire. If you play on ESPN, players like Joe Burrow, Ryan Tannehill and Derek Carr are rostered in less than 70 percent of their leagues. Of course, between Burrow’s throat contusion and Carr’s neck injury, you may want to dig deeper to Kirk Cousins or Sam Darnold until both are medically cleared.
In Yahoo leagues, the roster percentages of the aforementioned quarterbacks are a little higher, so you may have to look even further down the list to Matt Ryan, Daniel Jones (hoping he passes concussion protocol this week) or one of the rookies, if they’re still out there. Someone like Burrow might be considered an every-week option, but given some of the tough matchups around the NFL, you’re going to want to keep your dance card open.
Week 6 offers a few interesting options for you, beginning with Darnold, who is looking for redemption and gets to face a soft Vikings secondary. Washington’s Taylor Heinicke could certainly be worth a look, as the Chiefs are allowing the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks given the fact that all of their games turn into shootouts.
Carson Wentz also makes for a solid fill-in with the Colts taking on the lowly Texans, who give up the sixth-most fantasy points to the QB position.
Taking it one week at a time is probably best, but if you need to plan ahead, Darnold and Heinicke have favorable matchups in Week 7 as well. As do Wentz and, possibly, even Patriots quarterback Mac Jones.
The bye weeks are going to make it tough to navigate these waters, but if you study the matchups properly and invest in the right arms, it won’t be long before Russell Wilson is back under center for your fantasy teams.
Howard Bender is the VP of operations and head of content at FantasyAlarm.com. Follow him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy and catch him on the award-winning “Fantasy Alarm Radio Show” on the SiriusXM fantasy sports channel weekdays from 6-8 p.m. Go to FantasyAlarm.com for all your fantasy football advice.
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