Case Keenum Fantasy Outlook: Better left on the waiver wire

With Case Keenum being thrown into a starting role on Thursday Night Football, what should fantasy managers expect in Week 7?

The Cleveland Browns will be without Baker Mayfield at quarterback on Thursday Night Football after he aggravated a labral injury on Sunday. They’ll also be without Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Jarvis Landry, and possibly Odell Beckham Jr. Getting his first start since Week 17 of 2019, Case Keenum will be under center on a short week against the Denver Broncos. Is there any hope for Keenum to be a worthwhile fantasy football streamer?

Case Keenum has a rough road ahead

This is just a reminder that #Byepocalypse is real, folks. Justin Herbert, Josh Allen, Dak Prescott, Kirk Cousins, Trevor Lawrence, and Ben Roethlisberger all have their bye weeks in Week 7. Therefore, fantasy managers are scrambling for replacement options. And with the news that Mayfield will be out this week, you might be tempted to consider Keenum. Don’t.

The Denver Broncos are out for blood this week. Outside linebacker Von Miller went as far as to say, “I will play well in this game. I’m going to have a great game. I don’t know who the tackle I’m going against is, but I’m going to kill him.” Okay then, Von.

The Broncos’ defense is holding opposing QBs to the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game at only 15.8. Not only that, but the Broncos are holding teams to the fourth-fewest rushing yards per game. And the Browns are going into TNF without Chubb or Hunt.

I see absolutely no reason why Denver won’t be able to pin their ears back and get after Keenum early and often. 

Keenum has been remarkably underwhelming

If Keenum has been anything over the course of his career, it’s been unspectacular. In his last 14 appearances (eight starts), he’s had a 63.8% completion percentage, throwing 11 TDs and 5 INTs while only averaging 125.6 passing yards per game. 

He hasn’t thrown multiple touchdowns in a game since Week 6 of 2019. He’s topped 300 passing yards only eight times in 71 career games. 

With injuries and a slew of bye weeks impacting who is available to start in your fantasy rosters for Week 7, it’s understandable that you could be looking for a streaming option. However, with Keenum making his start without several of the Browns’ offensive weapons available to him, his ceiling and floor for this week are both incredibly low. If you’re looking for quarterbacks to stream this week, there are other options available that I’d recommend. 

Jon Helmkamp is a fantasy football and NFL contributor for Pro Football Network. You can find him on Twitter: @JonHelmkamp and find more of his work here. Don’t forget to listen to the PFN Fantasy Football podcast and check out our free fantasy newsletter.

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