According to Adam Schefter (via Twitter):
“Filed to ESPN: Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is out for the season with a lis franc injury. Matt Leinart from here on in.”
If Schaub’s season is indeed over he finishes the year having thrown for 2,479 yards, 15 TD and 6 INT, despite playing the bulk of the season with Andre Johnson.
The Professor’s Take:
With Johnson set to return after the Texans’ bye week, the timing of this definitely hurts. Leinart, who will step in for Houston, hasn’t thrown a pass since 2009. For his career he has thrown 14 TD vs. 20 INT, though a good running game as well as the presence of Johnson and Arian Foster puts him in a good position to succeed.
Now 28-years old, he should hold value for those in two-quarterback formats (at least for now). If you are in a deeper format, it would make sense to stash him as he has the supporting cast to excel, if you have the room, but don’t expect him to be able to step into your starting lineup.
If it’s not Leinart, where do those in shallower formats turn for a replacement? Let’s take a look at a few options who are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues:
Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders – He’s thrown for 631 yards and 5 TD over his first two starts, showing a great rapport with at least a few of the Raiders receivers (most notably Denarius Moore). While the team will always be a run first offense, it’s clear that he has the potential to produce in this offense. Over the next five weeks he draws Minnesota, Chicago, Miami and Green Bay, all of whom are in the bottom ten in the league in regards to passing yards allowed. While you won’t be happy with a matchup with the Lions come fantasy playoff time, there’s more than enough here to like.
Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – How quickly has he fallen? After being the toast of the town in 2010, injuries have helped to sabotage him this season. While he hasn’t necessarily shown it yet (410 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT over the past two games), we all know the type of potential he has. With Brandon Lloyd now in the mix, his upside looks even greater. He has some tough matchups towards the end of the season, including two games with the 49ers as well as the Steelers and Bengals, which is going to limit his upside.
Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – He’s played well in his rookie campaign, throwing for 1,866 yards, 14 TD and 9 INT. While he’ll have some tough matchups over the next few weeks, when the fantasy playoffs roll around he will face the Rams and Cardinals, both of whom should be favorable matchups. He’s not an ideal option if you need help getting to the end, but at least he’s shown the potential.