In Come The Backups: Fantasy QB’s & The Ripple Effect
A change at QB can have a ripple effect on the players around him. Just look at how much Antonio Brown’s stock rises when Big Ben is in the game compared to Steeler backups QB’s Landry Jones or Mike Vick. A gunslinger’s favorite target can have a massive boost in fantasy, and the following is a breakdown of a few teams moving forward.
Peyton Manning Injured: Out at least one week
For the record, I’m convinced the Broncos are using this injury as an excuse to bench Peyton Manning. The 39-year-old legend isn’t half the quarterback he once was. I’m guessing this will be Peyton’s last season in Denver and he’ll be forced to make a tough decision in the offseason on whether he should retire or not.
In relief, Denver will look to Brock Osweiler, who has been sitting for quite some time. The former Arizona State QB was selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft and was expected to be the starter by this point. Osweiler is actually in the last year of his rookie deal, and will be a free agent this coming spring. The move to sit Manning allows the Broncos QB investment a chance to showcase his skills for the future in a tryout audition that will make things easier next year when it comes time to dealing with his contract.
Osweiler will make his first career start in Week 11 at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears. In my opinion, this is a great matchup to kickoff his NFL career. Some believe the 6-foot-8 quarterback, who has a cannon for an arm and mobility to run the bootleg, is a better fit in Kubiak’s offense than Peyton. Manning and his flat lackluster 2015 season has dragged down the fantasy value of everyone around him.
I’m buying into the idea of Osweiler being the starter moving forward, and I think he’s worth adding on the waiver wire week 11 to your bench.
I think Brock Osweiler –if given more than a one week audition– will thrive in the Broncos system and restart this high powered offensive machine. Wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders will see a boost in value and regain their elite form.
Fantasy Spike: Demaryius Thomas
Sam Bradford: Concussion, out possibly 2 weeks
Mark Sanchez came off the bench and did enough to put the Eagles in a position to win on Sunday, yet decided to make an ill-advised pass while in the redzone trialing by one point (20-19) and lost the game with interception. This is in a nutshell, is exactly why Sanchez is a backup QB in the NFL. Sanchez is extremely erratic and makes poor decisions that forces coaches and fans to pull out their hair.
That being said, Sanchez does take more risks, something that Sam Bradford could learn from. Sanchez is more of a gunslinger and willing to take shots down the field. He trusts his wide receivers to make contested catches and will keep the ball on the zone-option read to scramble and pick up yards.
On a side note: Sam Bradford has not once keep the ball this season on the zone-option-read. In fact, when Sanchez came into the game after Bradford was injured, he and running back DeMarco Murray had a confused exchange in which Sanchez correctly read the defensive end blitzing downward towards the running back and decided to keep the ball as one is suppose to do. Murray was so confused throughout the process as he couldn’t understand why Sanchez was pulling the ball out of the RB’s chest and the play resulted in a loss of yards. I was very shocked that Murray was so accustomed to getting the ball that he wasn’t use to the QB keeping it in this situation. I know Chip Kelly says the team doesn’t run the option-read anymore, but if Bradford would correctly read the defensive end and keep the ball now and then, he’d have wide open lanes to run through. Nick Foles wasn’t much faster than Bradford and even he had 221 rushing yards (3.9 YPC) back in 2013.
This is more prove that Bradford shouldn’t be in this system and/or Chip needs to do better job adjusting his offense to his players. I expect more option-read with Sanchez where the QB keeps the ball to pickup decent yardage.
Sanchez will get the job done against the next two easy opponents (TB, DET). The past weekend was full of upsets with 11 NFL road teams winning and I wouldn’t expect the Eagles to play so poorly down the stretch. Sanchez stat lines will include interceptions, but we could see larger passing yards and even multiple touchdown scores. Sanchez and Jordan Matthews have a great rapport and could build up the fantasy value of the Eagles top wide-out.
Fantasy Spike: Jordan Matthews
Season is over, let the kid play
The Browns have made a smart decision to let their 2014 first round pick Johnny Manziel play out the season as the starter. Sunday was Manziel’s best statistical day of his pro career throwing for 372 yards (33 for 45) with one touchdown and one interception.
Fantasy Spike: WR Travis Benjamin
Nick Foles Benched
The Rams 2015 season isn’t over, but the team needs a spark. This is an interesting coaching move as the 4-5 Rams still have hope for a wildcard run if the team can put together some wins. Case Keenum doesn’t help or hurt the players around him. No fantasy impact.
The Dallas Cowboys haven’t won a game without Tony Romo under center this season. They also haven’t racked up a win with Greg Hardy in the lineup either.
Being apart of such a terrible NFC East division and still having seven games to go on the 2015 schedule, there is a chance the Cowboys run the table and make the postseason.
If somehow Romo is on your waiver wire, you need to pick him up. Check out more on the Cowboys offesnse from an down-to-earth Cowboys fan in our latest Waiver wire article for week 11
Fantasy Spike: Dez Bryant & Jason Witten