The Fantasy Football Week That Was in Gifs
With 90 percent of the media industry pivoting to video, or at least I think it’s 90 percent, I’ve decided to pivot from writing to submitting articles in gifs. Since downloading the app GifJif (which I recommend you download), I’ve spent way too much time building a library of Alex Smith gifs, like JJ and his Jeff Fisher folder.
Someone needs to take away my GifJif app… pic.twitter.com/2yZm7IrRkj
— Salvatore Stefanile (@2QBFFB) October 15, 2017
Since GifJif and I are spending so much time together, I thought I’d recap the past week of fantasy football news and action at the quarterback position in gifs…
Kevin Hogan - Week 6 QB Streamer Du Jour
Many fantasy analysts, myself included, recommended starting new (maybe soon-to-be former) Browns starting quarterback Kevin Hogan versus a Houston Texans defense that had just allowed 300+ yards and 3 touchdowns to Alex Smith the week prior. Hogan himself was coming off a near 17 fantasy point performance that saw him finish as the QB11 in a game he didn’t even start. And, then, well…
Goodbye Aaron Rodgers, Hello Brett Hundley
Aaron Rodgers was forced to leave Week 6’s contest versus the Minnesota Vikings with what was later diagnosed as a broken collarbone. With surgery on the horizon, Rodgers’ season is most likely done. With Rodgers out of the fantasy picture, don’t ignore Hundley, as our good friend Joshua Lake says…
Is That Brock Osweiler’s Music?
Brock Osweiler relieved an injured Trevor Siemian during the Broncos’ Week 6 drubbing at the hands of the New York Giants. Imagine saying that sentence two seasons ago?
Osweiler was being groomed to take over from Peyton Manning in Denver, but Broncos General Manager John Elway balked at the price tag and went with the former seventh-rounder Siemian instead. Osweiler then took his talents to Houston and everything worked out well in the end for both teams. Houston settled on
Tom Savage Deshaun Watson and Denver ushered in the Paxton Lynch Siemian era. (Siemian’s injury is minor and he should play this week.)
It’s Raining Threes in Houston
Speaking of Watson… According to this Adam Schefter tweet, he became the first rookie to throw 3 touchdowns passes in three straight games…
Brian Hoyer Got Beat Hard For His Job
In our rankings section, we have something called The Backup QB Hot List, where we rank the backup quarterback landscape to help readers figure out which backup signal-callers they should roster or monitor in the event they takeover QB1 duties for their respective teams. So far this season, illustrious names such as Jacoby Brissett and Mitchell Trubisky have all graduated from our top tier — “Beam Me Up, Scotty” — to starting quarterbacks.
Going into Week 6, 49ers backup C.J. Beathard headed up our first tier. While I was a fan of Hoyer this offseason, after seeing his play (four games of 8 fantasy points or less) and the team’s record (0-6), you knew a change was coming. And 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan made the move official, stating Beathard would be the team’s starting quarterback following the in-game benching of Hoyer in Week 6. We are now officially in the C.J. Beathard era.
Also, with at least Beathard and Hundley starting in Week 7, the list of different quarterbacks to start at least one game this year will grow to 41.
The Fitzmagic Carpet Ride
It was quite the week for injuries to the quarterback position in Week 6. In addition to the aforementioned Aaron Rodgers and Trevor Siemian, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was also forced out of his game this week thanks to a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder. We don’t have word yet on his status for Week 7, but Bucs Head Coach Dirk Koetter says it’s minor and Winston might play this week. What the Winston injury led to was an appearance by Ryan Fitzmagic!
Fitzmagic was up to his old tricks — 290 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. He giveth and taketh away. Fitzmagic ended the week as the overall fantasy QB6. If Winston were forced to miss Week 7, fantasy streamers will want to look elsewhere for help rather than turning to Fitzmagic. The Bucs face a Bills defense this week that is allowing an average of 10.1 fantasy points per game to the quarterback position.
Wentz There It Is
Jared Goff and Carson Wentz will forever be linked after being drafted 1-2 (Goff, Wentz) in last year’s NFL Draft. And in fantasy circles this year they were a couple of trendy QB2 picks. Thanks to his 13 touchdowns (7 in his last two games) to Goff’s 8, Wentz has run away from his second-year counterpart. He’s the current fantasy QB4 on the season (120.66 fantasy points) compared to Goff’s QB15 standing (86.56 points).
The New Orleans Saints put up 52 points on the Lions this week. Drew Brees scored 11.54 fantasy points and finished as the fantasy QB21.
*Stats courtesy of FantasyData
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