Fantasy football injury update, 10:00 p.m.
The Carolina Panthers ruled out Cam Newton for another week, and his return remains a question mark. Kyle Allen gets his fourth straight start, this one coming against a shaky Bucs defense. The bigger news for Week 6 is that quarterback Sam Darnold is back and will start against the Cowboys. This is big news for Darnold and the entire Jets offense after weeks of struggles under Luke Falk.
Washington fired head coach Jay Gruden on Monday, paving the way for first-round rookie Dwayne Haskins to potentially start at QB this week. Gruden reportedly did not think Haskins was ready for the starting QB role, and the coaching change sounded like it could result in 0-5 Washington electing to give Haskins all the reps he can get going forward as the team looks to the future. However, interim coach Bill Callahan said on Monday that Haskins is not a candidate to start this week, so it looks like fantasy owners will need to wait on Haskins unless Washington’s plan changes.
Sam Darnold is still awaiting clearance as he recovers from an illness that enlarged his spleen. If he is able to be cleared for contact, the New York Jets said he will start at QB against the Dallas Cowboys.
Here are some QBs with under 50 percent ownership on mainstream ESPN traditional leagues that fantasy owners can consider picking up if they are in need of a QB.
Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars (19 percent)
Minshew is coming off a season-high in passing volume, attempting a heavy 44 passes and throwing for 374 yards and two TDs in a Week 5 loss to the Panthers. Minshew’s numbers on the season are strong, posting an adjusted passer rating that is 15 percent better than league average, and more passing volume would boost his fantasy value if the trend holds. Minshew draws a good matchup in Week 6 against a Saints defense that has allowed the third most fantasy points to QBs and has allowed more passing yards than average. New Orleans has allowed one of the 10 highest QB ratings to opposing QBs through five weeks.
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (26 percent)
Cousins was off to a poor start to 2019, but a soft matchup against the Giants in Week 5 got things moving in the right direction. Cousins passed for 306 yards and two TDs and completed an efficient 22 of 27 passes for his best fantasy performance of the season. Cousins draws another soft matchup in Week 6 against an Eagles pass defense that ranks towards the bottom of the league, which positions him well as a potential streaming option.
Kyle Allen, Carolina Panthers (8 percent)
Allen didn’t contribute much fantasy scoring last week as RB Christian McCaffrey ran wild on the ground, but draws a good matchup this week against a Buccaneers defense that has allowed the sixth most fantasy points to QBs and ranks as the worst pass defense by passing yards allowed. The Buccaneers schemed to stop McCaffrey in their first meeting, a game plan that worked, holding McCaffrey to just 37 rushing yards and 2.31 yards per carry. If Tampa Bay employs a similar strategy this week, Allen could have expanded room to take advantage of a poor Bucs pass defense.
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (34 percent)
Garoppolo faces a Rams pass defense that has been below average lately, allowing more passing yards than average in each of their last two games. On the season, the Rams have been mediocre at preventing fantasy points to QBs and have allowed a higher than average QB rating to opposing QBs. The matchup isn’t great, but it’s workable for fantasy owners in need of a bye week fill in.
Washington QB, TBA
Washington has yet to announce a QB for Week 6. Case Keenum (5 percent) is recovering from a foot injury, and it’s not clear if he will be healthy enough to play this weekend. Whoever is starting for Washington would draw a very soft matchup against a tanking Dolphins team that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing QBs and ranks as the second worst pass defense by passing yards allowed. If Washington is being truthful and Dwayne Haskins (2 percent) is not named the starter, Keenum or Colt McCoy (1 percent) are streaming options against the foul Dolphins.