Tuesday, 22 September 2015 00:00

Episode 90: QB shuffle

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On Tuesday's edition of the redraft podcast, the Helpers breakdown the Colts/Jets and Steelers/49ers. Plus, they go over the quarterback drama and why you should not panic and reach for a backup quarterback just yet.

Notes from film watching...

— #20 on San Francisco gets beat early by A. Brown for 28-yard gain. Brown makes one move to the side and up the field.

— #20 on San Francisco gets beat on 2 pt conversion by H. Miller. Falls down.

— San Francisco's Carlos Hyde tries spin move when

— Kaepernick has 72 passing attempts through 2 games in 2015. He had 53 attempts in 2014. Obviously gameflow played a role, but 33-for-46, 335 yards, 2 touchdowns, zero interceptions.

— Kaepernick has already tied his total for 300 yard games in 2014 (1)

— San Francisco has another tough test on the road against Arizona. Like Pittsburgh, the Cardinals are a high-scoring team. Cardinals receivers will be a hot ticket in that one with this secondary. John Brown, Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd will all be highly startable.

— Offensive line continues to struggle. Making Carlos Hyde and whatever other running back less valuable. Kaepernick can adjust and make quick throws, but the running backs can't do much. Hyde didn't show a lot of improvisational ability when the play broke down.

— Kaepernick got sacked five times in this game, Roethlisberger was not sacked once.

— Darrius Heyward-Bey has flourished in Pittsburgh's offense while Martavis Bryant has been out, and it's not just boom-or-bust numbers he's putting up. He caught 4-of-5 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown against San Francisco, and caught 4-of-7 targets for 58 yards against New England. He's averaging about 16 yards per catch and for the first two games at least, is looking like the receiver people were expecting when he got drafted in the Top 10 by the Oakland Raiders. No doubt a quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger has really helped expedite his progress. He'll be another good boom-or-bust play against the Jekyl and Hyde Rams. Though the Rams have fared better at home, so my move would be to bench Heyward-Bey if you have a better matchup option.

— #66 center Marcus Martin really struggled. This was once one of the best offensive lines in the league. Losing Mike Iupati looks like it might be a costly loss. They moved Alex Boone over to right guard, Jordan Devey is at right guard.

Quarterbacks that may or not play in Week 3

Drew Brees (Garrett Grayson), Jay Cutler (Jimmy Clausen), Josh McCown (Johhny Manziel), Tony Romo (Brandon Weeden), Matthew Stafford. Ryan Tannehill also suffered a minor ankle injury but said he should be fine. These are all unfortunate injuries, are there any backup quarterbacks we should look at on the waiver wire if your current quarterback maybe isn't working out? I say no. Rookie quarterbacks who replace veteran stars rarely do well. The only way you're going to benefit from that is if there's a veteran backup quarterback who is already decent and could benefit from a key matchup. Derek Anderson against the Panthers is a good example of this. Anderson filled in nicely for an injured Cam Newton last season twice. He played his best against Tampa Bay (once again, good matchup for QBs) and threw for nearly 300 yards and a touchdown against them in their final meeting of last season. That was when Newton was involved in that car accident.

Some waiver wire pickup ideas

Colin Kaepernick (owned in 65% of Yahoo! Leagues)

Derek Carr (owned in 15% of Yahoo! Leagues)

Johnny Manziel (owned in 3% of Yahoo! Leagues) he plays Oakland this week.

Darrius Heyward-Bey (owned in 1% of Yahoo! Leagues)

Some streaming defense ideas

Cleveland Browns going against Oakland at home

Green Bay against Kansas City at home

Miami against Buffalo at home



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Last modified on Tuesday, 22 September 2015 06:39
George Banko

George Banko started talking about fantasy football shortly after graduating college. He started as an intern at FFChamps.com before working as a staff writer for Fantasy Knuckleheads. He currently contributes to the Fantasy Hot Read podcast, which is available on itunes. He also educated himself on player evaluation and is a graduate of The Scouting Academy in 2015, which is an online course run by former NFL Scout Dan Hatman. He started Fantasy Football Helpers as a blog in 2011 and converted it to a full-scale website in 2014. Read more.

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