Matt McGloin will be under center for the Oakland Raiders for their Week 11 clash with the Houston Texans. Terrelle Pryor, who provided the team's offense with an early-season spark, was unable to recover from a knee injury in time to start.
Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times reported the news of Pryor missing the game, which gives the reins of the offense over to the undrafted rookie out of Penn State:
Terrelle Pryor will not play Sunday. Matt McGloin will make his first NFL start.— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) November 16, 2013
Quite simply, McGloin should be viewed as a player to avoid in fantasy circles. The only exception would be the deepest of leagues, where any starting quarterback carries value. Aside from those 16-team or two-quarterback leagues, he holds very limited upside.
He was given an extended look during the preseason when the Raiders were attempting to sort out their QB depth chart. The results weren't encouraging. He connected on 57 percent of his throws with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
More recently, McGloin is 7-of-15 for 87 yards in extremely limited duty during the regular season. The fact he's now moving into a starting role is a major surprise, as Corkran points out:
Matt McGloin went from "camp arm" in late April to Raiders starting QB on Sunday. No way anyone saw that happening.— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) November 16, 2013
Unfortunately for desperate fantasy owners searching for another quarterback option, the chances of McGloin being the solution to their problems is microscopic. He hasn't provided any reason to believe he's even a solid short-term answer in the real world or the fantasy world.
Does McGloin hold sleeper value for Week 11?
McGloin doesn't have elite arm strength and isn't overly accurate. He played in a conservative system at Penn State, and Oakland will likely have to adapt a similar run-first approach so he doesn't get exposed too quickly.
From a fantasy perspective, the lack of opportunities under that scenario don't even give him the upside to serve as a bye-week replacement.
Furthermore, the Texans own the league's best pass defense. They are giving up less than 170 yards per game through the air, so McGloin doesn't even fall into the category of a matchup play.
It's unclear when Pryor will be ready to return, but assuming he returns to the starting role once healthy, he should retain No. 2 quarterback value and be worthy of a spot start depending on the matchup.
Until then, avoid the Raiders' quarterback situation and move all of the team's skill-position players down a notch for Week 11.