Matt Schaub's Updated 2015 Fantasy Outlook After Joe Flacco's Injury

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 22, 2015

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub (8) looks for a receiver against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football preseason game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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Just when the Baltimore Ravens thought the 2015 season couldn't get any worse, they lost Joe Flacco for the rest of the season and are now forced to rely on Matt Schaub at starting quarterback.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced after the game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday that Flacco tore his ACL and potentially his MCL too, per NFL.com:

Schaub's last start came with the Houston Texans during the 2013 season, when he set the record for four consecutive games with a pick-six. He finished the year with 2,310 yards, 10 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 10 games.

The 34-year-old had a two-year stretch between 2009 and 2010 when he was one of the better fantasy QBs in the league. Injuries, inconsistency and at times a combination of the two have otherwise prevented Schaub from hitting his fantasy ceiling:

Matt Schaub By the Numbers—2007-2014
SeasonGames (GS)YardsComp. %Yards/Att.TDINT
200711 (11)2,24166.47.899
200811 (11)3,04366.18.01510
200916 (16)4,77067.98.22915
201016 (16)4,37063.67.62412
201110 (10)2,47961.08.5156
201216 (16)4,00864.37.42212
201310 (8)2,31061.26.51014
201411 (0)5750.05.702
Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com

Leaving aside Schaub's own issues, any quarterback in the league would struggle with Baltimore's current supporting cast.

With Flacco under center, the Ravens have been a below-average passing team, especially after Steve Smith's season-ending Achilles injury robbed them of their most dynamic aerial target. There's little reason for the trend to change with Schaub now taking over.

Plus, the team will also be without running back Justin Forsett, who broke his arm Sunday, per CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora. Forsett's absence will allow opposing defenses to focus even more of their attention on stopping the pass, thus spelling bad news for Schaub.

With the exception of the most desperate fantasy owners, you would do well to avoid Schaub on the waiver wire. The only possible scenario in which you should consider the idea is if you have Flacco on your roster. You have to replace Flacco with somebody, so Schaub is as good an option as any so long as you don't need him to ever come off the bench.


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