How big is the news that Case Keenum will be out for the Houston Texans Sunday against the Denver Broncos? Depends on who you ask.
Texans fans have more than likely given up all—or most—serious concern about the way the team finishes the season. Smart and realistic fans are just hoping for the best draft spot possible.
On the other hand, fantasy owners who are in the playoffs of their league undoubtedly care about these developments. With Keenum out, per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Matt Schaub will get the start at quarterback.
Matt Schaub replaces the injured Case Keenum. Last season, he threw 4 TD passes and Texans won at Denver. What a difference!— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) December 18, 2013
Suddenly, fantasy owners have an oldy, but potentially goody to consider as a waiver wire pickup for their postseason. Many owners may have hastily ditched Andre Johnson amidst the Texans' struggles. He's had good yardage, but he only has five touchdown receptions and all of those came in Weeks 9 and 10.
That said, some owners may be looking at Schaub and Johnson as a potential power duo. If they could rekindle some of their 2012 magic, they could potentially win your league for you. The Broncos would be an opponent they can come up big against.
The Broncos score a lot of points, but they also give up a ton of passing yards. The team is ranked only 28th in the league in passing yards allowed per game.
Johnson should be an automatic start, no matter who the quarterback is. Even though he hasn't been a touchdown machine, he's still a solid bet for a 100-yard receiving performance.
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Though Schaub has struggled, this is still the guy who threw for 4,008 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2012. Yes, he had a ridiculous run of interceptions returned for touchdowns before being benched in Week 5, but he's likely eager for an opportunity to correct his mistakes.
He did return in Week 10, but that playing stint was short lived. He played in Week 13 against the Jacksonville Jaguars when Keenum was benched, but the latter would return the following week.
Schaub still has the ability, but his confidence has definitely taken a hit. Can you trust him with the playoffs on the line? That depends on what your other options are, of course.
If any of the following quarterbacks are your alternative, you should take a gamble on Schaub: Geno Smith, EJ Manuel, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Chad Henne, Alex Smith, Matt McGloin, Kellen Clemens, Matt Flynn, Kirk Cousins or Eli Manning.
If you have any other starting quarterback in the league, picking up Schaub and signing him is extremely risky. If he bombs, he could wind up sinking your whole team.
If you already have decent performing quarterbacks, let someone else worry about which Schaub they'll get at this crucial juncture of the fantasy football season.
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