Any experienced fantasy player knows Week 9 is never an easy week as there are several teams on bye and thus players are forced to hit the bench or the waiver wire for a one-week fill-in. This year is certainly no exception with Joe Burrow (QB10), Carson Wentz (QB9) and Jared Goff (QB14) all QBs who are regular starters for most fantasy leagues on bye this week. However, 2020 has made this much harder as there are several QBs that are either questionable or out which is making the waiver wire much thinner, especially in 2QB/SuperFlex leagues. So today, as a special treat to you, I will go through every QB injury, their replacement(s) and what to expect from them!
Jimmy Garoppolo, SF – IR (Ankle) replaced by NICK MULLENS
While Jimmy G hasn’t exactly had a stellar fantasy season, he’s had a couple startable games and probably found a way into some starting lineups and was rostered in 42% of Sleeper leagues before his injury. News came out this week that he re-injured his ankle and is likely done for the year. His replacement, Nicky M (not quite the same ring to it), is proven and actually could make for a good fantasy start the rest of the year. When he took over in 2018, he was the QB13 over the final 8 weeks of the season and in his only full start this year in Week 3 he put up a QB16 week in a blowout win vs the G-Men. Go grab this guy if you need a QB, he’ll make a passable QB1 and a solid QB2/SuperFlex.
Gardner Minshew, JAX – OUT (Thumb) replaced by JAKE LUTON
The Jockstrap King himself got injured in Week 5 and attempted to play injured in his last two games before the bye, however put up his two worst outings of the season and has been given the hook to make room for Jake Luton. Prior to his injury, Minshew was putting up QB13 numbers and while we shouldn’t expect that from Luton, it does show what the offense is capable of. As for the newcomer, he had a spectacular senior season throwing 2700 yards and a 28:3 TD/INT ratio over 11 games at Oregon State. The big knock on this guy though is he straight up can’t run with -87 rushing yards as a starter last year, the 6th worst total in all of FBS. If you’re really desperate in 2QB or SuperFlex, he might be worth a start against a weak Houston D this week but that’s about it.
Matt Stafford, DET – Q (COVID) replaced by CHASE DANIEL
We don’t know for sure what’s happening with Stafford but for the sake of this article, we’re gonna assume he’s out and the Lions are gonna go with Chase Daniel as the starter this week vs Minnesota. While Stafford was the QB20, he did have a promising matchup and may leave bye-week owners scrambling. Unlike some of these rookies, we know who Chase Daniel is, a 10-year backup with 3 starts and parts of 4 games played in the last 3 seasons. Those starts weren’t overly spectacular finishing in between QB16 and QB20 each week. If you’re in a 2QB league, he’s worth the add if Stafford can’t go as he’ll probably get you 10-15 points, but if you expect 20+ out of this guy, you’re dreaming.
Andy Dalton, DAL – OUT (COVID) replaced by GARRETT GILBERT/COOPER RUSH
If you were one of those players in approximately 13% of leagues that still have Dalton rostered, I really hope you had a replacement ready. If not… you should probably just throw away the week. If you start one of these guys, they may not even put up positive numbers given the matchup, but regardless here they are. One of Gilbert or Rush is going to start this week vs Pittsburgh. Gilbert has thrown 6 passes in his 6-year NFL career and was an okay QB in college for SMU, and was actually pretty mobile rushing for 14 TDs in his final two years but that was 7 years ago. Cooper Rush has an awesome name, but not an awesome resume, throwing 3 passes in his 4-year NFL career and was productive for Central Michigan throwing for 12,000 career yards and 90 TDs in his 4 years as a starter. However, he threw 57 picks in that span and was far from productive as a rusher. Whoever starts here, don’t trust them, don’t roster them, don’t even think about them. If you do start them, don’t blame me for the L you’re gonna take.
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