When the Cleveland Browns put Johnny Manziel back on the bench in week 3 following a win against Tennessee, the fans were calling for Mike Pettine’s head. Josh McCown had started a week 1 loss to the Jets, but left the game with a concussion and would miss the following week. At the time, the fans had more faith in the former 1st round pick Manziel, than they did in the NFL journeyman.
As it has played out, Josh McCown has proven to be the better choice and has made Pettine look like a rocket scientist. McCown is coming off a tremendous game in which he led Cleveland to a victory over the Ravens. He broke a franchise record with his 457 passing yards and became the first Brown to ever pass for 300 yards in three consecutive games.
Prior to the season, many were quick to write off the Browns offense, especially with McCown leading the charge. It has proven to be their saving grace this season. Who would’ve thought?
With his big performance in week 5, McCown led all players in fantasy points with 37–he was even a top 5 QB in week 4 as well. This leads to a menacing question; should Josh McCown be your starting QB from here on out?
As much as I want to say no to McCown, everything leads me to saying the opposite. Mike Pettine has proven he will win games by throwing the ball, McCown has attempted over 40 passes the past 3 weeks, eclipsing 50 in week 5. This bodes well for him as he will get plenty of opportunities to get you some fantasy points. He has a great streak going, three straight games with 340+ yards with a pair of passing TDs, he even has rushing TDs the past two weeks as well. It is clear that Pettine and co. are content with leaning on him to run the offense and get points.
McCown’s performance is very reminiscent of his tremendous 2013 campaign were he came on for Chicago and replaced an injured Jay Cutler. That year he went for 13 passing TDs compared to just 1 interception. He has proven he can be a reliable fantasy option.
Inserting Josh McCown into your starting lineup isn’t the sexiest of moves, but it sure is a solid one, nonetheless. The 13th year veteran is getting the job done and exceeding all expectations. Next week we’ll see if McCown is the real deal against a Broncos defense that allows less than 9 points per week to opposing QBs. That may want you to give him the week off in season long fantasy football leagues, but he could yet again be a strong value play in daily fantasy leagues and should be a solid option overall for as long as he remains the starter.