The Washington Football Team’s Kyle Allen become the latest quarterback to be ruled out for the year with a season-ending injury in Week 9. He’ll be replaced by Alex Smith for the foreseeable, and that means fantasy managers have an interesting new option to consider rostering. We’ve taken matchups and injuries into account to come up with two signal-callers to start and two to sit ahead of Week 10.
Alex Smith, Washington Football Team vs. Detroit Lions
Smith threw for 325 yards in three quarters after Allen went down. While his fantasy output wasn’t that impressive because of the three picks he threw, he should look less rusty after a week of first-team reps. The Lions have given up a boatload of points to running backs this season and Smith targeted his 17 times on Sunday. His versatile backs and Terry McLaurin could be potent against a Detroit defense that’s giving up 30 points per game.
Mayfield didn’t play well in the hurricane-like conditions he faced in Week 9 but will get a chance at redemption against a secondary that’s been torched in recent weeks. Mayfield had his best game of the season in Week 8 after Odell Beckham Jr. went down with a season-ending knee injury and has the tools to produce against a Texans team that can run up the score through the air. Cleveland’s inability to stop the pass could lead to more Mayfield passing attempts than usual.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions vs. Washington Football Team
Stafford struggled without Kenny Golladay in Week 9 and his top target is in danger of missing a second straight game with a hip injury. Washington has given up the fourth-fewest passing yards in the NFL and ranks fourth in sacks. I wouldn’t count on Danny Amendola leading receiving corps again.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints vs. San Francisco 49ers
The Saints trashed the Buccaneers on Sunday but Brees’ fantasy numbers were far from amazing. He only threw for 222 yards and his season-high four touchdown passes helped him put together a slightly above average stat line. The 49ers are banged up but still have one of the best pass defenses in the NFL. San Francisco is capable of limiting a New Orleans receiving corps that’s far from 100 percent.