Nine Fantasy Football QBs You Can Get to Replace Deshaun Watson
Wave Goodbye to Deshaun Watson, but not your Fantasy season
If your Fantasy Football team had Deshaun Watson as the QB over the past few weeks, you were likely surging ahead in the standings or maybe even enjoying a win streak. Now, with news of his season-ending knee injury, you may feel like your season outlook has suddenly become bleaker. But you can survive if you land one of the following quarterbacks in a trade or even possibly on waivers. We’ll help you overcome the loss of Watson as the Fantasy community wishes him the best in his recovery. The QBs to target are ranked in order of preference to replace Watson.
1. Tyrod Taylor: If you can afford to move a non-superstar, but adequate WR or RB to get Taylor he should be among your top targets to acquire. Seemingly always underrated, he now has Kelvin Benjamin in the arsenal starting in Week 10 and has some rushing upside of his own. He may command a bit more now after totaling three TDs on Thursday night, but he is the guy you want if you can swing it.
2. Philip Rivers: A very good replacement fit who won’t take too much to acquire in a deal, although in any trade, the other owner may sense your desperation and you might have to give up a quality starting RB or WR to make it happen. He is coming off one of his worst games of the year so far, though, so sell it as you really don’t want him as your preferred pickup but you’ll do it anyway. Having the right sales approach can cinch the deal for you.
3. Jameis Winston: This one is a gamble, because his decision-making is very shaky, and he is dealing with a shoulder injury. But he’s unafraid to gun the ball, and has a friendly schedule ahead. It’s a good time to buy on Winston if his current owner has another quality QB and views him as expendable.
4. Marcus Mariota: It’s a good time to buy on Mariota. He had the bye week to further heal from a hamstring injury, and coming off a quiet game against Cleveland before the week off, perceptions of his value have been lowered.
5. Derek Carr: Outside of one big game in Week 7, Carr has been mediocre recently, but he has playmakers at WR and cannot rely on his running game. Talent wise, the potential of the Raiders passing game is still a lure.
6. Josh McCown: He threw for two or more TD passes in four consecutive games entering the Thursday night game against Buffalo and had a decent Fantasy night in the victory. But he also is dangerous, as he can morph back into a mediocre passer at any time.
7. Jared Goff: Consistency is an issue, but Goff has already shown he can take advantage of friendlier matchups. He may not be an ideal starter but you can do worse, and the next two games are against the Giants and Texans, so he can help with your playoff push.
8. Ben Roethlisberger: Not the most appealing guy you might want, but he is coming off a 300-yard game against a respected Detroit defense and JuJu Smith-Schuster is on the rise. You will just need another option for this week because of the Steelers’ bye.
9. Brett Hundley: This one is a sleeper that takes a leap of faith, but it can work out. Once Hundley gets in a rhythm with his impressive crew of pass-catchers, the production should improve. Don’t judge him by one start, and he could begin to significantly improve as a statistical producer against the Lions this week.
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