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What to do with Case Keenum in Week 4 fantasy football

Keenum had a game full of everything in Week 3. High yardage, lots of completions, touchdowns, but most importantly: five turnovers. With Dawayne Haskins knocking on the door, we take a look at Keenum’s situation for Week 4.

Washington quarterback Case Keenum looks to pass against the Chicago Bears during the second half at FedExField on September 23, 2019 in Landover, Maryland. Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

Only six times this season has a quarterback thrown for 330-plus yards on 30 or more completions and scoring two touchdowns. Patrick Mahomes, Drew Brees, Andy Dalton, and Russell Wilson achieved it. The other quarterback to do it —twice!— is Case Keenum. Normally, such a line would yield good performance, but Keenum’s Week 3 outing was ugly. To all of that, he added three interceptions and two of three fumbles lost that amounted to five combined turnovers. Of course, no one has pulled the three-interceptions plus three-fumbles this season so far. And that is not the worst for Keenum, but rather some rookie calling for his turn and already getting burned by the heat of the bench.

Yes, that is Dwayne Haskins, and although head coach Jay Gruden has no plans to start the rookie in Week 4, that moment seems to be approaching faster than ever. Although Keenum missed Wednesday’s practice with a foot injury, he was back on the field (full practice) by Thursday. There is a high chance—some could say it’s a lock—Keenum starts this Sunday no matter what. There is always time for a mid-game change. The problem with deciding what to do with Keenum in fantasy football is that the veteran QB carries an incredibly high risk-reward proposition attached to him, given both his current situation in Washington and the upcoming matchup.

Fantasy Impact: There are two things to consider here. One, Washington faces a middling New York Giants defense that will surely allow all of the chances to the opposing quarterback, and Keenum is more than ever playing for his short-term life. Two, the slightest of mistakes from Keenum can be his death sentence, force a substitution, see Haskins take the reins and rack up fantasy points at the expense of Keenum. There is no question that if this game didn’t carry all of the Keenum/Haskins starting QB controversy, Keenum would be a must-start. The Giants have allowed more than 30 fantasy points per game to QBs, and you have to exploit that (plus the total O/U sits at 49 points, a high enough number). On the other hand, Keenum could be benched at any moment and—in the worst of cases—become a zero for you this weekend. If you don’t believe that last scenario will happen, consider Keenum a good one-week streaming option. If you’re risk-averse or don’t trust his turnover prowess, definitely pass on him.

Recommendation: Sit