Matt Leinart Injury: Is T.J Yates a Viable Fantasy Option?
The Houston Texans are running out of quarterbacks.
A couple weeks after Matt Schaub was lost for the season with an injured foot, Matt Leinart had to leave today's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with an injured shoulder. The latest on him (per the Houston Chronicle) is that he has a broken collarbone, and that he is out for the season.
With Leinart out, the Texans are down to rookie quarterback T.J Yates, who they selected in the fifth round of the 2011 draft.
I'm going to go ahead and presume that the Texans are going to bring in a veteran quarterback to fill out their depth chart, but I have my doubts about whether or not this veteran QB would immediately supplant Yates as Houston's starter.
As such, we should consider Yates to be Houston's starter for the time being, and that means we must discuss his fantasy value.
Credit where credit is due, Yates was halfway decent in relief of Leinart, completing eight of his 15 pass attempts for 70 yards. Not great, to be sure, but at least he was better than Blaine Gabbert.
Since we're giving Yates credit, we may as well point out that he was a record-setting quarterback at North Carolina. He may not be Cam Newton, but he was definitely productive in his college days.
Is all of this to suggest that Yates is a viable fantasy quarterback?
Sorry, but there's just no reason to believe that Yates is going to be a reliable source of fantasy points. He's a third-stringer, and the fact of the matter is that the Texans can be expected to turn their offense over to their rushing attack. Arian Foster and Ben Tate are going to be in for a lot of work.
Assuming he remains under center, Yates' job will be to not screw things up. This is something he did pretty well on Sunday, so my guess is that the Texans will keep the status quo.
If you're looking for a quarterback, I suggest you look elsewhere.
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