Jake Locker's Updated 2013 Fantasy Outlook After Week 4
Titans quarterback Jake Locker has gained plenty of fans so far with a bounce-back 2013 season, but he's officially splashed onto the fantasy scene with a huge Week 5 performance.
Locker was having himself a day with an 18-of-24 performance for 149 yards and three first-half touchdowns before exiting the game on a cart with a hip injury per Dan Hanzus of NFL.com.
Locker picked up his first two passing scores at the goal line, but his 16-yard scoring strike to rookie Justin Hunter with just two seconds left before half put him over the top.
ESPN's Trey Wingo gloated at his forward-thinking move regarding Locker:
Jake Locker with his 2nd TD pass of the day... making him a great fantasy pickup for me with Rodgers on a bye #selfishtweet— trey wingo (@wingoz) September 29, 2013
The third-year pro is much more of a competent starter so far this season, giving the Titans the stability they needed to have a shot at making the playoffs. But he didn't really turn heads in fantasy until Week 3 against the Chargers, with 299 yards through the air, 68 on the ground and two total touchdowns.
Now playing at home again, Locker has taken off for the second straight week and that should bode well for the next time Tennessee hosts an opponent in Nashville.
It takes a lot for a quarterback to prove himself worthy as a fantasy starter, and Locker isn't nearly there despite showing signs of being a solid NFL quarterback.
But at the very least, he should be generating interest from fantasy owners who only have one solid QB on their roster. He's only owned in less than 5 percent of ESPN rosters, so assuming he's alright health-wise, he should be looked at as a potential backup.
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