by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Have you been forced to stream QB, whether it’s due to the suspension of Tom Brady, the injury to Teddy Bridgewater or a strategic decision? Here are options owned in fewer than 50% of ESPN leagues that are worth considering for Week 1:
Brock Osweiler – Houston Texans
Last season the Bears allowed 31 passing TD, tied for fifth most in the league. They didn’t do much to upgrade the secondary in the offseason (though they did strengthen the front seven, which will help), and the unit remains a serious concern.
While it is just the preseason, Osweiler thrived in the important third preseason game to the tune of 11-13 (84.6% completion rate), 146 yards and 1 TD. That performance came against the Arizona Cardinals, generally viewed as one of the elite defenses in the league. Obviously we don’t know who was on the field and who wasn’t, but the performance was eye-popping none the less.
With DeAndre Hopkins at his disposal, it’s easy to imagine Osweiler posting big numbers in his regular season debut for Houston.
Robert Griffin III – Cleveland Browns
The Eagles were aggressive in their attempts to fix a secondary that allowed 36 passing TD in 2015, second most in the league. Will it all come together over night, though? It’s hard to say, but it could take time for the new faces to gel as a unit.
Griffin, for his part, has thrown the ball well this preseason. Over the final two games he went 14-22 for 215 yards, 3 TD and 0 INT while also still showing the ability to run the ball a little bit (4 carries for 40 yards). Obviously the outlook would be better if Josh Gordon were active and not suspended, but there are enough pieces here that he could potentially put up some points.
It’s not ideal, but if you have to gamble the matchup and potential for a rushing TD makes him worth considering.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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