Terrelle Pryor's Updated Week 4 Fantasy Outlook Following Concussion
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, though, Pryor will not start under center for the Raiders, who will go with Matt Flynn:
Raiders QB Matt Flynn, not Terrelle Pryor, will start Sunday vs. the Washington Redskins, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 29, 2013
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport broke news of Pryor clearing the tests to take to the gridiron, noting that the team was being cautious, though it's possible Pryor could still see some action:
What I'm told on #Raiders: Yes, Pryor was cleared. But team being cautious after how Pryor concussion was handled. Maybe both play?— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 29, 2013
However, with regard to Pryor's fantasy football stock, his injury situation makes him too risky of an option for this week
Washington is allowing 488 yards per game, dead-last in the league, and is second-worst in yielding 32.7 points per contest. To say this would be a favorable matchup for Pryor is a massive understatement, but it isn't up to him as to whether he takes the field.
That decision will be made by head coach Dennis Allen, who can at least turn to Pryor in a pinch knowing that the 24-year-old signal-caller has been given the OK to play.
Should the Raiders risk playing Terrelle Pryor in Week 4?
The most plausible scenario under which Pryor might see a lot of action is if Flynn struggles. It's easy to see how that could happen, since he was meant to start over Pryor in the first place before being outplayed in training camp and the preseason.
But Flynn has a huge opportunity to prove himself here, and in facing such a generous defense, he should be able to play well enough to avoid putting Pryor at potential risk.
Pryor's fantasy upside is evident in that he's already run for 198 yards on 7.6 yards per carry in three games. He has also made huge strides as a passer, completing 65.4 percent of his throws for an average of 7.7 per attempt.
Just for this week, look elsewhere for quarterbacks if Pryor is a go-to option in your lineup. Especially for a quarterback who runs as much as he does, it seems dangerous for Pryor to reenter the heat of competition less than six days after sustaining a head injury.
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