The rough start continues for the early-round QB strategy. Guys like Joe Burrow and Trevor Lawrence still can’t seem to get it going. If you bought low on them last week, it didn’t exactly work out. Should fantasy football managers try again?
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Which QBs Should You Trade for in Fantasy Football?
Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars
For the second week in a row, I’m including Trevor Lawrence, but I have less confidence than I did last week. Lawrence is just the best of a bunch of disappointing options.
For the second week in a row, Lawrence looked tepid and uninspiring. He completed 27 of 40 passes for 279 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. It wasn’t a total disaster in Week 3, but it’s not what fantasy managers expected after how he closed 2022.
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If we’re to believe Lawrence is as talented as everyone says he is — and I’m not sure I do — then we can project him to play better going forward. He’s yet to reach 20 fantasy points in a single game this season. A home game against the Atlanta Falcons next week is a great get-right spot, though it will be played across the pond.
If you need a QB upgrade, now is the time to take the shot.
Which QBs Should You Trade Away in Fantasy Football?
Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns
After a dismal showing in Week 2, Watson bounced back in Week 3 with 289 yards and two touchdowns. Fantasy managers may think Watson is back, but I don’t think that’s the case.
Watson still does not look anything like the elite QB he was with the Houston Texans. His 21-point Week 3 effort was a product of the Tennessee Titans’ pass-funnel defense. You can’t run on them, but they can’t stop the pass.
This week, Watson has a much tougher matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. Following this division game, Cleveland has their bye week and a game against the San Francisco 49ers. Watson isn’t really startable the next three weeks, at least.
If anyone out there thinks he’s a buy, see what you can get.
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Should You Trade Brock Purdy for Justin Fields?
Brock Purdy is safe. He’s almost always going to throw for at least one touchdown. Most weeks, he’ll get you two. What he won’t ever do is win you a matchup.
Justin Fields can win you a matchup. He can straight up carry your team. He can also have the bottom fall out and completely lose you a matchup. Watching the Chicago Bears recently, the latter feels more prevalent.
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This comes down to whether you prefer floor or ceiling. I always draft for ceiling, but once the season starts, one’s floor can become important depending on what your roster looks like.
If you are stacked across the board, but struggling at QB, you’re probably better off with Purdy. If you need a spark, then take a shot on Fields, who is starting to run more like he did around this time last year.
Should You Trade Jordan Love for Joe Burrow?
This is one of those trades where I really hope I don’t find it in my inbox. I wouldn’t know what to do, at least with much conviction. Jordan Love has been better than Burrow through three weeks, and it hasn’t been close. Love is the QB4, while Burrow is the QB30.
The thing with Love is he’s thrown seven touchdown passes. The Packers have only scored nine touchdowns. That is a passing touchdown rate of 77% for the team. It’s not going to continue.
With that said, Burrow has not looked like himself. His average depth of target is below six yards. The calf injury has forced everything underneath, and he’s just not making any splash plays.
Will Burrow turn it around? I want to say yes, but I’m really not sure. When 100%, the only quarterback I’d rather have in real football is Patrick Mahomes. For fantasy, Burrow would be a top-five QB. Yet, he’s not 100%, and probably won’t be the entire season.
At the same time, Love is due for regression. The touchdown rate will come down, and we don’t have to pretend like Love is playing some amazing football. He’s still completing only 53% of his passes.
If confronted with this decision, I would take Burrow and roll the dice on him turning it around. Moving forward, Burrow will be better and Love will be worse. It’s entirely possible that Love’s “worse” is still better than Burrow’s “better,” but it’s a chance I’m willing to take.
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