Backup quarterbacks will get their chance in Week 6, as several teams have already ruled out their starters. Here’s the latest information on who will be under center today.
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It was only a matter of time, right? Vick pulled up with a hamstring injury last week against the Giants and wasn’t able to finish the game. Nick Foles came in and put the finishing touches on the 36-21 victory by throwing two TD passes in the fourth quarter. Vick practiced fully on Friday, but he is listed as Questionable and is not expected to play today. Foles will get his first start of the season, but it’s probably too risky to use him right off the bat in your lineup. If anything, this game against the Buccaneers will be a good gauge of his fantasy potential in Chip Kelly’s offense. Foles isn’t anywhere near as mobile as Vick, so most of his damage will have to come in the pocket. Plus with Vick already making progress in his recovery, chances are Foles could be back to clipboard duty as soon as next week.
Blaine Gabbert, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos
Gabbert missed two games earlier because of a thumb injury and in his first game back last week, he sustained a hamstring injury against St. Louis. He has already been ruled Out for today’s game, which means Chad Henne will get the start. Even though Jacksonville is a historic underdog on the road against Denver, that doesn’t mean that Henne and other Jaguars can’t provide valuable fantasy points. In fact, based on the likely outcome of this game and the 347 yards passing per game the Broncos are giving up, I have no problem if you want to take a chance on Henne as your bye week, fill-in starter this week or if you play in a 2-QB league.
Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers
Ponder is listed as Probable, as he’s recovered enough from the rib injury that caused him to miss the Vikings’ last game, but he will not start. The team will stick with Matt Cassel against the Panthers. At this point, neither Ponder nor Cassel merit any fantasy consideration, especially against a Panthers’ defense that has given up the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. The Vikings’ quarterback situation is just one jumbled mess right now, as the team recently signed Tampa Bay cast-off Josh Freeman to add to the circus.
Other Notable Quarterback Injuries:
Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans – Locker remains out because of the hip/knee injury he suffered in Week 4. Ryan Fitzpatrick will serve as the Titans’ starting quarterback and has a tough assignment today, playing in Seattle against the league’s sixth-ranked defense (third against the pass).
EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills – The Bills’ first-round pick will miss a few weeks after hurting his knee (LCL sprain) last week against Cleveland. Thad Lewis will start today in Manuel’s place.
Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns – Hoyer’s season is over after tearing his ACL last week against Buffalo. Brandon Weeden will resume the starting role.