Matt Flynn, Darren McFadden's Updated Fantasy Outlook Heading into Week 4

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2013

Aug 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn (15) is pressured by Chicago Bears nose tackle Stephen Paea (92) at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Here's what we know to this point on the starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday: Terrelle Pryor has been cleared to play and will get the start. Wait, no, he won't; Matt Flynn will go. Wait, no, it's Pryor. Actually, not so fast my friend, it's going to be Flynn. 

Confused yet? You should be. 

On Saturday night, Vic Tafur of The San Francisco Chronicle wrote that Pryor would be starting on Sunday:

Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor will start Sunday against the Washington Redskins, six days after sustaining a concussion, league sources told the Chronicle Saturday.

Backup Matt Flynn took most of the reps in practice all week but Pryor passed the NFL and team’s concussion tests Friday and Saturday.

Pryor took limited reps in practice Thursday and Friday and was officially cleared for contact on Friday morning. 

Oakland coach Dennis Allen said Friday if Pryor passed another precautionary test Saturday, Pryor would play Sunday against the Redskins. Allen would not say if Pryor would start or come off the bench.

But on Sunday morning, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports tweeted, "Scoopage: despite T Pryor being cleared, Raiders players were told in team mtg last night that Matt Flynn, NOT Pryor, starts today. Details to come on #FOXNFLSUNDAY."

That was quickly followed by this tweet from Adam Schefter, backing up Glazer's initial report: 

And if you weren't confused enough, Ian Rapoport added this to the mix:

What does all of this mean? It means you'll want to sit both Pryor and Flynn this week, that's what. Seeing as the game is a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, it's too risky to roll with either player. 

In Pryor's case, we don't even know yet if he'll play.

In Flynn's case, he might have been a decent play in really deep leagues against the Washington secondary—which has allowed 27 points per week to opposing quarterbacks in ESPN standard-scoring leagues, for second worst in the NFL—but that goes out the window if he splits time with Pryor, which now seems like a possibility. 

Go ahead and avoid both of these players like the plague, unless we find out for sure before the 1 p.m. ET games what the starting situation will be for Oakland. Likewise, you can probably keep your Raiders receivers on the bench this week. 

Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) runs with the ball during the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.  The Broncos won 37-21. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TOD
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Don't worry too much about Darren McFadden, however. One would guess he'll be in line for an expanded role this week with so much uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position. Plus, he's been quite consistent this year. He's one of just six running backs in the NFL to score double-digit fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues each week.

There's no reason to bench him this week. Heck, he may even get a few snaps at quarterback, seeing how well he threw the ball against the Denver Broncos last week, when he completed a 16-yard touchdown pass.

In all seriousness though—per the quarterback situation, just stay away. Who knows what to believe at this point?


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