Caught In a Fantasy Football Webb: Why Minnesota's Joe Webb Has Fantasy Value

Kevin RobertsSenior Writer IDecember 15, 2010

Webb's athleticism makes him an interesting play.
Webb's athleticism makes him an interesting play.Tom Dahlin/Getty Images

Few of us saw it coming, but Joe Webb could be an asset to your fantasy team during your run in this year's fantasy football playoffs.

Yes, that's right, the guy who originally came into the NFL as a wide receiver and latched on with the Minnesota Vikings as a project quarterback could very well see his first NFL start in Week 15, and could actually be your answer to your fantasy lineup problems.

Of course, that all depends on what your "problems" are. If your main issue resides at the quarterback position, ironically enough, Webb isn't the top suggestion. While he is the current front-runner to start the likely second Brett Favre-less week in a row, his matchup against the feisty Chicago Bears defense isn't ideal.

So, how then, can Webb help you in fantasy football this week? Try, as a wide receiver.

That's right, because of his former position and the fact that he originally came into the league as a receiver, Webb is (at least for the moment) currently available as both a quarterback and a wide receiver in several fantasy football leagues, specifically Yahoo! Sports fantasy football.

There's no telling how long Yahoo! or any other sites/leagues will keep this up and allow it, but as long as it's something that can be done, I'm quietly suggesting that you scour your league's waiver wire, pick this potential WR3 fill-in up, and make your fantasy playoff opponent wish he had a faster finger.

Webb can currently be used at your Flex position, or better yet, as your third or fourth receiver option. In standard leagues (non-PPR), a decent day by a wide receiver would be, say 60-70 yards and a touchdown. In a standard scoring league, that would equate to about 12-13 points.

Being judicious, Webb should easily be able to match that, and considering he'd likely be playing from behind and putting his athleticism to use (running for his life), the potential for some bigger numbers is there.

Realistically, if Webb even posted a line of 150 passing yards, one touchdown and 50 rushing yards, he'd come out with about 17 points. That's not including potential interceptions or fumbles, but that's also being extremely conservative and not factoring in the potential for more yards or scores.

If you recall, Webb only attempted five passes last week in mop-up duty, and while he didn't come up with a completion on a long ball to Sidney Rice, it was close, and it actually looked pretty nice.

Here's the skinny: Webb is the new Danny Woodhead. He gives you an out if you're hurting at receiver (just lost Lee Evans or Steve Smith, etc), or simply don't have the talent to complete a perfect lineup for that final playoff run.

Be weary of the fact that Webb is still no lock to start, and that his matchup isn't great. But if he does start, his status and position availability makes him a very interesting play in a crucial setting.

In other words, if you're desperate, he could be the perfect high risk/high reward call that could save your season. And even if you're not desperate, if he starts, he'll still probably get you more points than what Mike Thomas and Dwayne Bowe combined for in Week 14 (one catch, three yards). 

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