The last week has been an utterly terrible one if you are a Dallas Cowboys fan. First there was the terrible news that Dez Bryant will be out for 10-12 weeks with a foot injury, then yesterday Tony Romo went down with a broken clavicle, and will likely miss eight weeks. Even if you are not a Cowboys fan, but just have Romo on the fantasy team, you have to be pretty rattled about the injury. Well, I’m here to ease the pain of the loss of Romo, with some advice on what quarterbacks to target on the waiver wire before next week.
Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals (Owned in 15.4% of leagues on NFL.com)
Andy Dalton has found quite a bit of success over the first two weeks of this season, and next week plays against the Ravens, who were devastated by Oakland’s quarterback play last week. There are just a ludicrous amount of weapons in the Bengals offense, and all Andy Dalton has to do is play half-decently for him to be a fantasy success week-in and week-out. A very strong running game, and defense help Dalton to be a high level fantasy quarterback. Dalton is available in the majority of leagues and has the fifth highest fantasy points of any quarterback so far this season.
Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills (Owned in 7.7% of leagues on NFL.com)
Taylor has been the darkhorse of NFL quarterbacks so far this season. He was a guy that, before training camps began, most football fans had never heard of. But since winning the Buffalo Bills starting job this off-season he has been one of the best fantasy quarterbacks. Taylor is seventh among all fantasy quarterbacks so far this season, and is available virtually everywhere. If you need a quarterback Taylor should be near the top of your list. Not to mention he is playing the Dolphins next week. A team that has been a train wreck so far this season, not recording a single sack in two games.
Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders (Owned in 10.1% of leagues on NFL.com)
Carr had an exceptionally productive day yesterday, finishing the day fourth among NFL quarterbacks in week 2 (excluding the Jets and Colts who play tonight). In week one Carr wasn’t nearly as productive, but that was against one of the NFL’s best defenses, and he was injured shortly into the contest. Carr has a number of weapons at his disposal, and an underrated defense helping him with the field position battle. If somehow Taylor and Dalton are both gone in your league, and you are trying to replace Romo on your fantasy team, Carr is not a bad option.
Brandon Weeden – Dallas Cowboys (Owned in 0.1% of leagues on NFL.com)
A suitable replacement for Tony Romo (the Dallas Cowboys agree) is Brandon Weeden. You may be scared to go after a back-up quarterback to start on your fantasy team, but there are several good reasons why Weeden is worth the risk. For starters Dallas is still a running team, with the best o-line in football. A great o-line and strong running game is a quarterbacks best friend, as it greatly reduces the pressure the quarterbacks feels, from both the defense and on his shoulders. Also don’t overlook the fact that Weeden looked tremendous in his relief effort yesterday, going 7/7 for 73 yards and a touchdown.
Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins (Owned in 1.5% of league on NFL.com)
Definitely the last one on the list, but can still be a suitable replacement for Romo. Cousins has looked very good through the first two weeks of the season, putting forth a very competitive effort in both weeks (that really should have resulted in two wins). His numbers haven’t been fantastic, but his play has been pretty exceptional, with very few mistakes. If Cousins continues to play football with as few mistakes as he has been than I’d expect his fantasy production to continue trending upward. The Redskins have outplayed what was expected of them on both offense and defense, and have a pretty easy schedule ahead of them. As Cousins continues to play, he will continue to gain confidence and will continue to progress in terms of fantasy production. Don’t count Cousins out as a possible fantasy option.
What do you think of the list I’ve put together? Are you trying to decide between a couple of candidates, but aren’t sure what the best choice is? Let us know in the comments and we will help you out!