QB2 By Committee: RG3, Mark Sanchez, and Josh McCown Make Solid QB2 Streaming Options


Week 10 turned out to be another hit or miss week for my QB2 streaming recommendations…

The Good: Mark Sanchez – 21.18 fantasy points, fantasy QB4
The Bad: Ben Roethlisberger – 13.72 fantasy points, QB13
The Ugly: Carson Palmer – 7.74 fantasy points, QB24, torn left ACL and is out for the season.

Week 11 QB2 Circle of Trust

Robert Griffin III vs. Tampa Bay

It’s odd for me to list RG3 as a QB2 streaming option, but at this point of the season, here we are.

In his return to action in Week 9, RG3 threw for 251 yards, ran for 24 yards, and scored one touchdown through the air. It was a respectable performance, and one he could build upon.

This week he plays a Bucs defense allowing the eight-most fantasy points/game to opposing quarterbacks. On the season, only two quarterbacks (Austin Davis and Teddy Bridgewater) scored under 15 fantasy points vs. Tampa Bay. It feels like RG3 has a relatively safe floor this week, and we know how high his ceiling can be.

Mark Sanchez vs. Green Bay

Last week the main question 2-QBers thinking of starting Mark Sanchez were asking themselves was if they could trust Mark Sanchez in their starting lineup? Yes, that Mark Sanchez, of the infamous Butt Fumble.

The answer, for those of you willing to trust the process, found out the answer was yes, as he threw for 332 passing yards, and two touchdowns, finishing the week as the fourth-highest scoring fantasy quarterback. A Brent Celek reversed touchdown would have catapulted Sanchez up to QB3.

This week is a stiffer test than Carolina’s pitiful pass defense for Sanchez, as the Eagles face a Green Bay Packers defense that has been middle of the road against fantasy quarterbacks. It wouldn’t surprise me if Sanchez pulled a Cutler (272 passing yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs) or a Drew Brees (311 passing yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs).

Game script will play a major factor in this game, and one thing in Sanchez’s favor is that this game has the second-highest over/under for the week at 55.5. Even though the Packers are favored to win, the Eagles are still projected to score 25.25 points.

Josh McCown vs. Washington

Sure, I’m a Mike Glennon fantasy apologist, as I thought he was producing as a fine fantasy QB2 this year. But Lovie Smith made his mind and went with Josh McCown. The matchups are still there for whoever is quarterbacking the Bucs, and this week’s game vs. Washington could set up nicely for McCown to put up solid fantasy numbers.

Only two teams are allowing more fantasy points/game to opposing quarterbacks than Washington this year, but other than a three game stretch where they allowed massive fantasy performances to Nick Foles, Eli Manning, and Russell Wilson in Weeks 3-5, their secondary hasn’t been lit up too much.

I’m a tad wary to trot out McCown this week, but Teddy Bridgewater didn’t do a whole lot last week (268 passing yards, 20 rushing yards, 1 passing TD), and he still scored 16+ fantasy points. In a game where Washington is favored by seven points, it could force the Bucs’ passing offense to have to play catch-up in an attempt to score points through the air.

*Stats used in this article from The Fake Football, FantasyData, and Yahoo!

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Salvatore Stefanile
Salvatore Stefanile is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and believes that 2-QB fantasy football leagues will be the future of fantasy football. You can read about his 2-QB fantasy football opinions and analysis at XNSports.com.