Week 15 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Rex Grossman and More Desperate QB Plays to Consider

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2011

SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Rex Grossman #8 of the Washington Redskins looks to throw a pass against the Seattle Seahawks on November 27, 2011 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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So, here's the scenario: you've managed to get to the semifinal round of your fantasy league, but your quarterback is Pittsburgh Steelers signal caller Ben Roethlisberger.

While Big Ben is questionable with an ankle injury on Monday night, you can't really afford to take a chance starting him, as it could cripple your chances.

The problem is that you're in a pretty deep league and you don't have an adequate backup. There are some guys on the waiver wire, but none of them appear to be great options.

Not all things are as they seem, however.

Here are three desperation quarterback plays that you should consider if you are in a tough spot in Week 15.

Kyle OrtonKansas City Chiefs

At the beginning of the season, Kyle Orton was viewed as a decent sleeper option at quarterback for the Denver Broncos.

Orton got off to a rough start, however, and was surpassed by Tim Tebow on the depth chart before being waived.

The Kansas City Chiefs claimed him, but he has thrown just one pass due to a finger injury he suffered.

Despite all that, Orton will start on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

On the surface that may not seem like the best matchup, but when you delve deeper, Orton is actually in a position to put up pretty good numbers.

Not only do the Packers rank 31st in the league against the pass, but they figure to be up early on the Chiefs. This will force Orton to pass often, thus padding his stats.

He obviously isn't an ideal option, but there is plenty of potential thanks to the high volume of passes he is likely to throw.

Matt MooreMiami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore is dealing with a concussion, but it looks as though he will start Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Moore came into his own during Miami's recent hot streak and his best game may have been against the Bills about a month ago when he threw for three touchdowns.

Because of Buffalo's poor pass defense, he may be able to turn in another big performance this week.

The Bills are actually in the middle of the pack against the pass statistically, but if a team decides to throw on them, they usually put up very little resistance.

They particularly have trouble against tall, athletic receivers, so Brandon Marshall could be in for a huge game as well.

Moore is an injury risk, but he has about as good of a matchup as you can ask for.

Rex Grossman—Washington Redskins

While the "in" thing to do is make fun of Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman, he has actually played quite well since being reinstated as the starter several weeks ago.

While Rex is always going to be prone to turning the ball over, he has been pretty efficient as of late in throwing for at least 250 yards and two touchdowns in three of his past four games.

On top of that, Grossman will have the benefit of facing the New York Giants and their reeling secondary.

The G-Men are ranked 29th against the pass this season and have been decimated through the air over their past few games especially.

Grossman threw for over 300 yards and two scores in his first game against the Giants this season, and I think he can turn in similar results this week.