Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Jay Cutler are all on bye in Week 6. That means there are plenty of desperate fantasy football owners heading to the waiver wire in search of a replacement quarterback for their matchups this week.
While it's highly unlikely owners will find any free agents capable of replacing those big names, there are certainly a couple of quarterbacks they should be sure to avoid altogether. Let's look at three field generals who fall in that category for Week 6.
Which QB has the least fantasy upside?
Quinn is expected to get his chance under center for the Kansas City Chiefs, with Matt Cassel unlikely to recover from a concussion in time to play. It was a switch that might have been on the horizon anyway due to Cassel's struggles.
Regardless, Quinn shouldn't be considered a fantasy option.
In 10 games for the Cleveland Browns three years ago—the last time he saw action—he averaged 134 yards per game. Even with a better receiving corps with the Chiefs, he's better served in the role of game manager.
Don't be deceived by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' poor ranking against opposing QBs, either. They have had to face a fantasy-quality starter in every game. The defense should have more success against Quinn and the Chiefs.
Even though Tannehill has put together a couple of good games, his scoring average of barely over 10 points per game ranks him near the bottom of starting QBs. He's had three games of eight points or fewer, which basically destroys a fantasy week.
His inconsistent play is likely to continue against the St. Louis Rams. The Rams defense has only allowed two passing touchdowns while also intercepting eight passes. It's a ratio that ranks second in the NFL behind the Chicago Bears.
Tannehill has the raw tools to eventually become a useful fantasy quarterback once he gains some experience and the Dolphins bring in more weapons for him to utilize. It's best to avoid him throughout the rest of his rookie year, though.
Fitzpatrick's average of 15.2 points actually comes in ahead of quarterbacks such as Michael Vick and Philip Rivers, but don't be fooled into thinking he's a reliable option. Last week's three-point showing proved he's anything but.
The biggest problem for Fitzpatrick has been a lack of downfield accuracy. The Buffalo Bills offense would be a lot more effective if he was more consistent on those throws, and the San Francisco 49ers took advantage of his weakness to shut down the passing game last week.
Having seen that tape, the Arizona Cardinals are likely to employ a similar game plan on Sunday. They will take away most of the underneath routes, forcing Fitzpatrick into a tough situation.
A second straight single-digit fantasy game wouldn't be a surprise.