They say the most popular player in any given city is the backup quarterback. I don't think there are many fantasy owners who share that sentiment.
This Sunday, we saw a few players step into a more prominent role and shine after players above them on the depth chart went down to injury. If you followed my advice and started James Jones of the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, for example, you know what I'm talking about.
But this week, I'm seeing more duds than studs in the backup department. As of now, it's looking like a bare market for those owners searching for value on the waiver wire.
Instead of wasting your waiver priority on one of the below players, however, I'd suggest looking elsewhere. The following guys will only leave you disappointed.
Brady Quinn, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Here's the first thing we know—after sustaining a concussion against the Baltimore Ravens, Matt Cassel is unlikely to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said Monday he's not yet ruling Cassel out against the Buccaneers, but he also said that the quarterback's health is of paramount importance.
Crennel said that Brady Quinn will prepare to start next Sunday's game. Ricky Stanzi would be the backup quarterback.
Here's the second thing we know: Quinn isn't really much of a quarterback.
This Chiefs team has been such a disappointment this year, and I don't think Quinn of all people will change that. While the Tampa Bay defense hasn't been all that hot this year, the only fantasy options from Kansas City worth your while are Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins
There are two reasons why you don't want to bother adding Cousins this week: There's no guarantee that Robert Griffin III will miss this week's game, and Cousins has to deal with the relentless Vikings defensive line if he does play.
“He’s feeling good. No dizziness, no headaches, no vomiting. He feels like he’s done well on the tests that he’s taken thus far,” Shanahan said. “Hopefully there’s no symptoms that happen over the next couple of days.”
If Griffin passes all his tests, he could be back with the team at practice on Wednesday. That would put him on track to play in Week Six, although it’s definitely a too early to start projecting the likelihood of that happening.
Even if Cousins does end up playing, I promise you there are better quarterback options available this week. Do the smart thing and avoid the rookie quarterback. Cousins, that is—RG3 is one rookie you can't afford to bench if you have him on your fantasy team.
The Arizona Cardinals Backfield
Beanie Wells is on the temporary IR. On Monday, we learned that Ryan Williams was lost for the season due to a shoulder injury.
And thus begins the rush for LaRod Stephens-Howling, Williams Powell and Alfonso Smith. Do yourselves a favor and avoid that madness on the waiver wire.
The Cardinals are averaging just 63.4 rushing yards per game. Stephens-Howling has the only touchdown for any Cardinals running back this year after five games.
Last Thursday, the St. Louis Rams exposed the Cardinals for what they were: a team with a very good, opportunistic defense and special teams that will have to consistently bail out a very poor offense. Suddenly, that 4-1 record looked a little deceiving, didn't it?
The point is, unless you need an emergency start or just want some depth at running back you can stash away, stay away from these three guys.
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