Quarterback is the best place to interchange in fantasy soccer, however shedding a high passer can throw a wrench into the plans of fantasy house owners . Cam Newton’s optimistic COVID prognosis final week despatched Newton’s house owners scrambling for replacements on the place, and plenty of might be targeted on discovering streamers once more this week. Accidents to Drew Lock and Jimmy Garoppolo additionally brought on issues for fantasy house owners, although these have been extra for the house owners of Broncos and 49ers receivers. Both means, we’ll be watching the well being of all three QBs intently this week, as they are going to have large impacts on begin ’em, sit ’em selections for fantasy house owners.
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Is Cam Newton taking part in Week 5?
In accordance with NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport, Newton is unlikely to play for the Patriots in opposition to Denver after testing optimistic for coronavirus final week. This is not a serious shock, as Newton, who’s asymptomatic, must take a look at adverse twice in a row separated by greater than 24 hours to make the return. The Patriots are on bye in Week 6 anyway, so in the event that they sit Newton the additional week, that provides him additional time to get wholesome and would assist mitigate the danger of potential COVID publicity to the crew.
It is unclear who will begin rather than Newton, however Brian Hoyer obtained the nod final week. He struggled with turnovers and key sacks earlier than ceding snaps late to Jarrett Stidham, who additionally had some points turning the ball over. Neither could be a really helpful fantasy play, and Newton’s absence would doubtless be extra of a optimistic for the operating recreation (additional carries) than the passing recreation (downtick in ceiling for Julian Edelman, N’Keal Harry, Damiere Byrd). If Newton is certainly out, Denver’s D/ST turns into a worthwhile streaming possibility.
Is Jimmy Garoppolo taking part in in Week 5?
UPDATE 2: Garoppolo has formally been introduced because the 49ers starter for Week 5.
UPDATE: Garoppolo practiced and was reportedly “transferring round properly” on Thursday.
Garoppolo (ankle) has missed the 49ers final two video games after popping out at halftime of their Week 2 win over the Jets with a high-ankle sprain. Now, it appears like he’ll have an opportunity to see the sphere in Week 5 in opposition to the Dolphins.
In accordance with the crew’s harm report, Garoppolo logged a restricted session on Wednesday. That is an indication that he’ll not less than have an opportunity to play in Week 5 if he can proceed that stage of manufacturing. And if he can get upgraded to full participation both Thursday or Friday, then that might be even higher for his possibilities.
If Garoppolo performs, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, and George Kittle ought to all get inventory ups, as they will be capable of make extra downfield performs in opposition to a Dolphins protection that has allowed 31 factors twice in its 4 video games this season. If Garoppolo is out, all of them will get a slight downgrade whether or not it is Nick Mullens or C.J. Beathard making the beginning for San Francisco.
Drew Lock harm replace
In accordance with ABC Denver, Lock (shoulder) returned to observe for the Broncos on Wednesday. The crew’s younger quarterback was restricted to particular person drills, however this nonetheless is an efficient signal that Lock may very well be obtainable for Week 5 after being deemed a “50-50 shot” earlier within the week.
Lock’s return will beef up his high receivers, Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick, given his sturdy arm and skill to get the ball downfield. Nevertheless, Lock himself nonetheless is not a really helpful begin till we will see how properly he throws. He is additionally going through a troublesome matchup with the Patriots, although the Pats will not have CB Stephon Gilmore after a optimistic COVID take a look at. Nonetheless, Lock solely deserves potential starter consideration in two-QB and Superflex leagues.