2-QB Waiver Wire Future Planning: Week 2

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Jaguars QB Chad Henne

Aug 24, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne (7) looks for a receiver in the second quarter of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at EverBank Field. The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-24. Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

When focusing on the quarterback position of the waiver wire in most 2-QB fantasy football leagues, you’re going to either have to dig deep to unearth new quarterbacks or keep tabs on the same quarterbacks week after week.

You’ll notice the latter to be the case with my waiver wire recommendations for Week 2, as I’ve featured a few of the same 2-QB league waiver wire quarterbacks to target this week, as I did last week.

What you won’t find are the more common names like Terrelle Pryor and EJ Manuel. If they’re on the waiver wire of your 2-QB league, they should be snatched up immediately. The focus each week in this article is to highlight quarterbacks that are more than likely on the bench, that could one day become useful.

If you’re wondering what other positions to make your waiver wire claims on this week, you’re going to want to read waiver wire articles by my fellow XN Sports writers Igor Derysh and Rich Hribar. They have you covered. As for the quarterback position…

Chad Henne
At the top of the list this week is the man many thought should have been the starting quarterback in Jacksonville from the start, over Blaine Gabbert. The Chad Henne supporters, or more accurately, the Gabbert dissidents, were right. At least for one week, and possibly more.

Not only did the Jaguars lose to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1, but they weren’t able to score a single offensive point, and lost Gabbert to a hand injury. Gabbert’s already been ruled out for Week 2, with a lacerated throwing hand injury, and he could possibly be out longer.

Week 1 didn’t have many positives, if any, for Gabbert, and there are many stats that could tell the story, such as Gabbert averaging 3.5 yards/pass, but here’s all you really need to know: Gabbert had only five more pass completions (16) than Bryan Anger had punts (11).

Before the injury knocked Gabbert out, he threw for 121 yards, and two interceptions. In his seven full games a year ago, Henne, Gabbert’s Week 2 replacement, passed for an average of 267 yards, while tacking on ten touchdowns and ten interceptions.

Henne’s not going to be a world beater by any stretch of the imagination, but if you have Gabbert on your team, it’s time to cut him loose for Henne. Going up against the Oakland Raiders this week would be one of the few times you would consider starting Henne, if you have absolutely nobody else to start as your QB2. For now though, he’s nothing more than a QB3/bench stash.

Matt Cassel
Matt Cassel almost made the list last week, but I wanted to see what Christian Ponder had in him in Week 1 versus the Detroit Lions. Turns out that Ponder is pretty much who we thought he was: a quarterback that is unable to make things happen on his own, and the longer defenses continue to stack the box and game plan against the Vikings’ true offensive playmaker, Adrian Peterson, the tougher it’ll be for Ponder to do much of anything.

It’s not like Matt Cassel’s any better, but when you’re preparing for the future, you have to be cognizant of who’s next in line, and in Minnesota, that would be Cassel.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick is on the list for the same reason Cassel is, and that’s because he would be the beneficiary if Jake Locker were to ever get benched in Tennessee. It wasn’t a pretty Week 1 for the Titans and Locker, even though they managed a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A measly 20 pass attempts was all Locker was able to pull off, completing 11 of them for 125 yards. Locker wasn’t a factor on the ground either, adding 3 yards rushing on 5 carries. If you drafted Locker as your QB2 this year, you have to hope that he’ll put up startable fantasy quarterback performances at some point, but Locker finished as QB31 Week 1 in standard scoring leagues.

There wasn’t much burden put on Locker to lead the way Sunday with his arm, as he took on more of a game manager role, so the jury is still out. It’ll be interesting to see what happens if Locker is asked to do more with his arm, but if that arm isn’t able to throw the ball accurately, Fitzpatrick will be ready to step in.

Mike Glennon
It was a week to forget for Josh Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past Sunday, adding to Freeman’s lackluster preseason. What was being labelled as nothing to worry about in the preseason, could turn into a potential problem if Freeman keeps playing the way he does. Freeman graded out as one of the worst preseason quarterbacks by Pro Football Focus, and he earned the worst quarterback grade in Week 1, out of all 32 starting quarterbacks.

That’s not a good way to start the season, and it doesn’t help that rookie Mike Glennon is waiting in the wings. There’s no reason to add Glennon yet, and Freeman has a decent match-up on paper against the New Orleans Saints this week. We just have to wait and see if it’s the Freeman that torched the Saints for over 400 passing yards and three touchdowns in Week 7 of last year, or the one that threw for under 300 yards, and 4 interceptions?

If it’s the former, Freeman’s job will be safe, but if it’s the latter, Glennon will become a must pick-up for any Freeman owner in 2-QB leagues, and a wait and see QB3 option for anybody else.

Kyle Orton
The only reason Orton is on this list is because Cowboys starting quarterback Tony Romo took a vicious hit to his ribs Sunday night against the Giants. At the time, the hit looked nasty enough for Romo owners in 2-QB leagues to consider picking up Orton right away, just in case.

X-rays later revealed that the injury wasn’t all that serious, as Romo’s ribs were only bruised, and that he’ll be fine to suit up against the Kansas City Chiefs this week. That’s good news for Romo owners, but it doesn’t hurt to remind yourself that Kyle Orton is his back-up. If Romo were to go down, Orton would enter a favorable situation, with three stellar pass catching options in Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Jason Witten to throw to. That could lead to Orton, at the very least, entering the QB2 streaming discussion.

*Stats used in this article courtesy of ESPN.com, Rotoworld.com, and Pro Football Focus.

Salvatore Stefanile is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and believes that 2-QB fantasy football leagues will be the future of fantasy football. You can read about his 2-QB fantasy football opinions and analysis at XNSports.com.
14 comments
Ton
Ton

Do you think Pryor can be a solid QB2 in rotation with Alex Smith/Big Ben? Or am I better off keeping Big Ben/Smith?

Salvatore Stefanile
Salvatore Stefanile

Pryor is just a guy to have on hand for streaming purposes, and when the match-up is right, he's a good option. Especially when passing TDs are only worth 4 points. At this point, I think I'd rather have Pryor over Smith in standard leagues. But Pryor could become fantasy useless at any point, he's just not a good real life QB.

Ton
Ton

I assume your thoughts on Manuel are pretty much identical to your thoughts on Pryor? Or is there bigger upside?

Salvatore Stefanile
Salvatore Stefanile

Yeah, you gotta do that 2-for-1 now before Gordon is back. Even if it's a small upgrade somewhere else, do it. Is there any team in your league desperate for WR help? You have a lot of those. If not, you have to drop Smith or Manuel, as you don't really need 4 QBs on your team.

Ton
Ton

He laughed off the trade, I laughed at his team, lol. Cam is his pride and joy, if he won't take Bush + any combination of Bowe/S. Johnson/Big Ben/even offered Garcon, he probably won't do the package you mentioned. I told him the deal is off the table after this week anyway. I want Gordon now before he returns, that's my only reason for trying to do a 2-for-1.

Salvatore Stefanile
Salvatore Stefanile

Yes, I think he has WR2 potential. I tried to get him in all of my drafts this year. I would aim higher than Lacy, if you could. If you could get Cam, that would be a good deal. Parting with Bush would be hard though. Why not offer Bowe or Stevie plus Miller and Big Ben for Cam? Frees up two bench spots for you, and you keep Bush. Packaging for a better QB would be a good course to go, as the rest of your roster is really solid.

Ton
Ton

Do you think Gordon is a potential WR2 in my group with Fitz, Garcon, S Johnson, and Bowe? I'm thinking of flipping either Bowe/Miller or S. Johnson/Miller for Eddie Lacy. Or should I be shooting for a QB2 and package Big Ben + Johnson/Bowe for someone like Palmer? I sent out a feeler to an owner of Cam Newton, R. Bush + Big Ben for Cam... I doubt he says yes to that, although his RB's are weak and Matt Ryan is his QB2, with Pryor stashed on his bench. Should I make a big play for Newton? How high should I go? Sorry for all the questions, you've helped me out a lot.

Ton
Ton

Thanks, sorry for the double post. I'll try that.

Salvatore Stefanile
Salvatore Stefanile

I would try to work out some sort of 2-for-1 trade that will free up a bench spot. Find a team that is weak at a certain position, and offer them an upgrade and then pick up Gordon. That would be the best solution. You just have too many good players to drop.

Ton
Ton

Who would you drop for Josh Gordon? Ben Roethlisberger, EJ Manuel, Alex Smith my QB's in QB2 rotation. Reggie Bush, Darren Sproles, Lamar Miller as my FLEX rotation... Pierre Garcon, Dwayne Bowe, Steve Johnson as my WR2 rotation... and Jordan Cameron as my back-up TE... I don't know who I would drop. Lamar Miller maybe? Dwayne Bowe? One of the QB's?

Ton
Ton

Who would you drop? Big Ben, A. Smith, EJ Manuel... Lamar Miller, Darren Sproles... or Garcon, Steve Johnson, Dwayne Bowe?

Salvatore Stefanile
Salvatore Stefanile

Yeah, you have good WR depth. So the lose of Thompkins shouldn't hurt too much. You need to pick up Gordon ASAP. Somehow. No way that guy should be on waivers. That's not a bad strategy to go with the QBs.

Ton
Ton

I see. Pryor was snatched before I could get him. So I was forced to pick up Manuel. I dropped Kenbrell Thompkins, but I think I'll be OK with Fitz, Garcon, Bowe, and S. Johnson. Plus, Gordon, Hartline, Sanders, V. Brown, Britt, and James Jones are all on waivers, so I'm not sure anyone will pick up Thompkins unless he explodes this week. I'm thinking I will keep EJ, Smith, and Big Ben until week 4, then drop the worst of the bunch for a potential play off waivers.

Salvatore Stefanile
Salvatore Stefanile

I like Manuel's long term prospects more this year. But Pryor is the home run threat.