The title is misleading as you can’t replace Dak Prescott. Unfortunately, Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle on Sunday, ending his season. The Dallas Cowboys will now turn the starting job over to veteran Andy Dalton. Meanwhile, fantasy owners of Dak can put him on waivers in redraft leagues, but how do you go about filling your empty quarterback spot? You look through the waiver wire for hidden gems. Below are five quarterbacks owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues that Dak fantasy owners should target.
Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (35.6%)
In the month of October, Herbert has easily been the best rookie quarterback and arguably the best quarterback in the league, period. In two games, Herbert has 554 passing yards, seven touchdowns, and just one interception while averaging 25.2 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, since taking over as the starter, Herbert has scored 22 or more fantasy points in three of his four games. He has a total of 10 touchdowns this season while throwing for at least 260 yards in every game. Unfortunately, the Chargers have a bye this week, so you will need to add a second quarterback off the waiver wire for the week. However, Herbert should be your top target to replace Dak.
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (47.1%)
While Goff isn’t the flashiest option, he might be the safest. Goff has scored at least 24 fantasy points in three of his last four games, scoring a total of nine touchdowns compared to only two interceptions. He has thrown for at least 265 passing yards in four of five games this season. Furthermore, Goff has been accurate with his throws, completing 71.7 percent of his passes this season, while completing 70 percent in four of five games. With the wide duo of Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp to go along with Sean McVay, Goff should have no trouble finishing the year as a QB1.
Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys (0.2%)
If the Cowboys are going to replace Dak with Dalton, why shouldn’t you. In the 22 snaps Dalton played on Sunday, he completed 9-11 passes for 111 yards and scored 2.4 fantasy points. Dalton connected with Michael Gallup a few times on the game-winning drive. During his time in Cincinnati, Dalton never averaged more than 18.8 fantasy points per game in any season. By comparison, Dak averaged 21.1 fantasy points per game last season and 26.9 this season.
However, while he isn’t the player Dak is, Dalton never had the kind of supporting cast around him in Cincinnati that he does now. With the trio of wide receivers in Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Gallup to go along with Ezekiel Elliott, Dalton has never played with so many weapons. While Dalton won’t score 27 fantasy points per game, he should offer a weekly score of about 22 fantasy points.
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (15.9%)
Carr isn’t an elite quarterback. Some would argue he’s not even average. However, Carr has been surprisingly good for fantasy owners this season. He is averaging 19 fantasy points per game this season. Furthermore, Carr has scored 20 or more fantasy points in three of his last four games. During that span, Carr has 10 passing touchdowns compared to just one interception. Carr has thrown for at least 260 yards in each of his last four games. With the return of Henry Ruggs to go along with Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow, Carr has enough weapons to consistently score 20 fantasy points per game over the rest of the season.
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (34.4%)
Last night Tannehill had his second four-touchdown game of the season. It also marked the second time Tannehill scored over 26.5 fantasy points in 2020. Furthermore, Tannehill has scored 19 or more fantasy points in three of four games this season. With the return of A.J. Brown (who had seven catches for 82 yards, a touchdown, and 21.2 fantasy points last night), Tannehill should continue to put up solid fantasy scoring games. While the presence of Derrick Henry limits Tannehill’s upside, fantasy owners can expect a couple of points per game from Tannehill’s legs. So far this season, Tannehill is averaging 3.4 fantasy points per game with his legs. While there isn’t much upside with Tannehill compared to the other names on the list, he has the safest weekly floor.
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