Ranking the Bottom Fantasy Football Quarterbacks
By Rocco Minsk Yesterday’s news that Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson suffered a season-ending ACL tear in practice was a stunning blow. Besides being an obvious disappointment for a promising rookie player, the news shook up many fantasy rosters that were seemingly pointing towards a deep playoff run with an unexpected find. Between injuries and just downright bad quarterback play, the NFL is awash with marginal quarterbacks. Especially in two-QB leagues and to a lesser extent because of bye weeks, many fantasy owners will have to drink from the poisoned chalice and add one of these marginal quarterbacks. This article will rank the bottom eight quarterbacks in the order where they should be added as necessary. We excluded Jimmy Garoppolo who should be added in all formats in advance of his ascension to the starting QB job in San Francisco and set the measuring bar for bottom eight below Joe Flacco
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- Josh McCown – While the Jets offense has shown signs of life, it is primarily a rushing offense that will run repeatedly when it gets ahead and will throw only when it must. Even when the Jets ran the ball 68 percent of the time against the Bills, McCown put up decent numbers with a rushing TD and a passing TD. Leading an offense that can move the ball counts for something even if it largely a rushing offense.
- Tom Savage – There is no doubting that Savage was awful in his one half of action this football season, but Savage had one game last season in week 15 against Jacksonville where he looked like a serviceable NFL quarterback. With good receivers and a decent running game, Savage may be serviceable, albeit at a level well below Watson.
- Jacoby Brissett – He will have the job for the season in the wake of the Andrew Luck injury and the Colts’ leaky defense means that they will have to abandon the running game early. Brissett makes his mark in garbage time and the extra points from rushing yards help his value.
- Brett Hundley – Hundley also has a very good receiving corps to throw to which will mask some of his inexperience and inconsistency. He was downright atrocious in his first full game, but the ability to make things happen with his feet and two weeks to learn the system should point Hundley to a better place.
- Drew Stanton – Stanton would rank lower on this list based solely on his performance in relief of Carson Palmer prior to the bye week, but the Cardinals wide open offense and playing for Bruce Arians gives him some potential to be a streaming option based on matchup.
- Brock Osweiler – It will be interesting to see if Osweiler recaptures some of what earned him his massive overpay from Houston going back to the place where he performed competently. The factor in his favor is the Broncos’ have a tough schedule which could lead to more throwing and garbage time points.
- Blake Bortles – If there are two quarterbacks left on the waiver wire, Bortles should get a shot. Other than that, this is a running system and the Jaguars are not about to change their formula for success with a division title in sight after half of their division imploded from QB injuries.
- Mitch Trubisky – The training wheels seem permanently affixed for this season. The Bears are going to run the ball plain and simple and Trubisky will not have enough opportunity to show any growth this year. You just don’t want a quarterback who has had a complete game with seven passing attempts.