Matt Ryan is on his bye week, Michael Vick is injured and Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford have difficult matchups for Week 6 of the NFL season. That means you might be in need of an under-the-radar option at quarterback, or else you'll be missing out on the highest-scoring position in fantasy football.
You'll need to find a player who isn't owned in your league, or who might be available for a trade on someone else's bench. Keeping with that theme, here are five quarterbacks who are owned in 70 percent or fewer of ESPN.com fantasy leagues who I believe are due for a big day, ranked in order of projected fantasy points.
(All ownership information is based off of ESPN.com data.)
5. Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1 percent ownership)
Third-round rookie Mike Glennon and the Buccaneers take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, who have allowed the third-most passing yards per game so far this season.
Glennon got off to a rough start against the Arizona Cardinals in his NFL debut, but he has taken the bye week to look over the tape and get to work on building chemistry with his best wide receiver, Vincent Jackson.
#Bucs WR Vincent Jackson says he & Mike Glennon put in some extra time during the bye week to get on the same page. Expect more deep balls— Tom Krasniqi (@TKras) October 11, 2013
That won't be enough to turn Glennon into a star, but it might just be enough for him to stumble into some fantasy production. The Philadelphia defense is awful, and that will help the young starter for Tampa Bay.
Projected Statistics: 23 of 41 for 234 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions
4. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (54.4 percent ownership)
Flacco and the Ravens take on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, which will give the Baltimore QB plenty of chances to air the ball out and earn some fantasy points.
According to ESPN, the Packers allow four more fantasy points per game to quarterbacks than the average defense. For Flacco, that means more throws to Torrey Smith and Ray Rice in a game that should feature plenty of scoring from both sides.
Flacco is certainly prone to mistakes, and it's doubtful that he's going to light up the scoreboard. But the matchup is right for a decent game for a one-week replacement.
Projected Statistics: 28 of 39 for 288 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions
3. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (66.4 percent ownership)
Kansas City doesn't have a very fun passing attack because Alex Smith doesn't have a very big arm. But what he lacks in dazzle, he makes up for in efficiency and a surprising ability to run the football.
Alex Smith completes a pass over 40 yards, but Avery still had to pull up and field it like a punt bc it was underthrown— Sigmund Bloom (@SigmundBloom) October 6, 2013
Smith has rushed for 161 yards so far this season, combined with his seven passing touchdowns to only three interceptions to create a decent fantasy football output.
But against the Oakland Raiders, those numbers multiply because he'll be facing a poor defense at home in a key divisional game.
Projected Statistics: 21 of 28 for 186 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, 35 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown.
2. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans (34.4 percent ownership)
Matt Schaub has thrown for 12 touchdowns in the 2013 NFL season. Unfortunately for him and his fantasy football owners, four of those have been thrown to the other team.
Whether or not you agree with the above video stating that Schaub should be benched, the fact remains that Schaub has tossed eight touchdown passes to his own team, which is what matters for fantasy football.
He faces a St. Louis Rams defense on Sunday that has allowed the second-most touchdowns per passing attempt in the NFL this year, and that is generally prone to giving up big plays in the secondary.
Yes, he's prone to mistakes, and he may throw a frustrating interception or two. But in a game that should be a high-scoring shootout, Schaub is worth a start in almost every fantasy football format.
Projected Statistics: 32 of 45 for 342 yards, three touchdowns, one interception.
1. Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars (0.7 percent ownership)
Henne and the Jaguars are going to lose to the Denver Broncos. That's as much of a certainty as there is in the NFL these days.
But unless your scoring system deducts points for your quarterback losing a game, that shouldn't matter to you at all. What should matter is that the Denver defense allowed 500 passing yards and five touchdowns to Tony Romo in Week 5.
Henne and his Jacksonville teammates will be behind for most of the afternoon against Peyton Manning and the Broncos, which means he'll be throwing the football. A lot.
And he's really not as bad of a quarterback as you'd think, and he represents a fantasy football upgrade over Blaine Gabbert.
The matchup is right and there will be plenty of garbage time, so feel free to play Chad Henne with confidence this week.
Projected Statistics: 42 of 58 for 435 yards, four touchdowns, two interceptions.