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Case Keenum to start again for Washington

Washington is going back to quarterback Case Keenum. He’s better than Colt McCoy, but that’s not saying much. We break down the fantasy football implications.

Ryan Connelly of the New York Giants in action against Washington QB Case Keenum at MetLife Stadium on September 29, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The Garbage Bowl between Washington and the Miami Dolphins will feature a returning face for the road team. Washington interim head coach Bill Callahan has decided to go back to Case Keenum at starting quarterback. Recently fired coach Jay Gruden had moved to Colt McCoy in Week 5 after benching Keenum for Dwayne Haskins in Week 4.

Prior to his benching, Keenum had completed 68 percent of his passes for 970 yards with seven touchdowns, four interceptions, and two fumbles. In his place last week, McCoy threw for 119 yards and one interception.

Fantasy football analysis, QB Case Keenum

Keenum is a mediocre quarterback, but he’s moderately better than McCoy. It’s a pretty low bar, so it’s nothing to write home about. Neither is the future, and at some point one has to imagine Dwayne Haskins gets a chance for an extended look. Washington is garbage and won’t be getting franchise tackle Trent Williams back anytime soon, so they might just prefer not killing the guy that they hope is their long term answer at quarterback.

In the meantime, there are limited reasons to get excited about Washington’s fantasy prospects. Chris Thompson remains a solid PPR option, and Adrian Peterson is a potential volume play in standard leagues. Rookie Terry McLaurin continues to impress, catching three balls for 51 yards in Week 5. Maybe Case Keenum can offer them something in the short term.