While Week 5’s “Thursday Night Football” game may seem like a long time ago, many fantastic football managers have woken up with a question: how in the world can I replace Russell Wilson?
Injuries are always horrible, but losing Wilson from a torn tendon in his toe for at least four weeks puts fantasy owners on their feet. If you don’t play in a team of eight to ten, where the rare owners rarely gather a reserve quarterback, your job is done for you. Welcome to the world of Quartbecks.
Each league is different, and some may find several suitable options on the waiver cable. If you play on ESPN, players like Joe Burrow, Ryan Tannehill and Derek Carr are listed in less than 70 percent of their leagues. Of course, between Burrow’s sore throat and Carr’s neck injury, you can go deeper into Kirk Cousins or Sam Darnold before undergoing a medical examination.
In the Yahoo leagues, the list of quarterback defenders mentioned above is a bit higher, so you’ll need to see Matt Ryan, Daniel Jones (I hope he passed the concussion protocol this week), or one of the newcomers. still there. Someone like Burrow may be considered a weekly option, but given the tough games around the NFL, you’ll want to keep your dance card open.
Week 6 offers a few fun options for you, starting with Darnold, who is looking for salvation and facing a second level of soft Vikings. Washington’s Taylor Hayney could certainly be notable, as the bosses give the quarterback defenders a second-place finish in fantasy, given that all of their games turn into shootings.
Carson Ventz will also make a solid fill with the Colts, accepting the lows that give up the sixth most fantastic points to the QT position.
It’s best to take it once a week, but if you need to plan ahead, Darnold and Heinick will have good appointments in Week 7 as well. Ventz and perhaps even the Patriots defender McJones.
Good weeks make it hard to travel in these waters, but if you learn the games correctly and invest in the weapons you need, Russell Wilson will soon be back at the center of your fantastic teams.
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