Matt Hasselbeck: Fantasy Projections for Titans QB vs Vikings

Lou Rom@louromliveContributor IOctober 4, 2012

Sep 30, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (8) calls the signals against the Houston Texans in the first quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PREWIRE

Matt Hasselbeck will be back behind center on Sunday, this time against the surging Minnesota Vikings. He'll be filling in for Jake Locker again and leaving some fantasy owners scrambling for an edge.

Hasselbeck, at 37, has been putting up pedestrian numbers for some time now as his skills have diminished with age. Last year, Hasselbeck averaged 223 yards a game while throwing 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

Still, he makes up for a weak arm with his ability to read defenses effectively and navigate defenders in the pocket.

With the Vikings' run defense among the the league's best, giving up just 3.2 yards per carry, it's likely that the Titans will be forced to let Hasselbeck air it out if they're going to stay competitive in this game.

Hasselbeck has thrown for nearly 236 yards in limited play this year, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Locker, however, threw for 380 yards in Week 3 and caught the eye of countless fantasy owners.


Locker's injury may lead some owners to look for a replacement, but Hasselbeck has thrown only four more touchdowns than interceptions in the last five seasons (counting early 2012) and gives back as much as he gains for you.

Be patient and hold onto Locker if you have him. Or, if you're looking for a No. 2 or No. 3 QB, Hasselbeck is a fair option, but don't go punching your tickets to New Orleans just yet.