Not your average Joe
By: Corby Yarbrough | 12/16/10, 2:51 PM EST
It's not often that a rookie quarterback, making his first start in Week 15 of an NFL season could advance you in your fantasy playoffs, but the Minnesota Vikings might have just that guy.
Brett Favre's streak of 297 regular season starts came to an end Monday night. Tavaris Jackson played in his sted, got injured and has now been put on injured reserve. This left the Vikings with rookie Joe Webb, a dual-threat quarterback from Alabama-Birmingham. They have since signed journeyman Patrick Ramsey.
If Favre cannot go, either Ramsey or Webb is getting the start Monday night when the Vikings play host to the Bears, outdoors at the University of Minnesota's stadium. A hamstring injury sidelined him in the first quarter against the Giants this past Monday, but he is slated to start if Favre doesn't.
Why would you ever consider starting Joe Webb? Well, depending upon what Website hosts your fantasy league, Webb's dual threats give him dual eligibility.
Webb came into the draft as a wide receiver prospect, and Yahoo is taking it literally, making him a QB/WR in its leagues. AthlonSports.com, CBSSports.com and ESPN.com have Webb as a QB only in their leagues.
The sixth-round pick passed for 2,229 yards and 21 scores while running for 1,427 and another 11 TDs as a senior. In two appearances this year, Webb has completed 2-of-5 passes for eight yards and rushed for another 16 on one carry.
Now imagine if you could slide Joe Webb into that flex or WR3 or WR 4 spot. He might have a horrible outing, but horrible in quarterback terms may be great in flex terms. Let's say he throws for 140 yards and rushes for 50, that's 12 points right there. Let's say he adds just one touchdown either through the air or on the ground, that's four or six points right there. So a bad game for any other QB could be a 16-18-point game for you as a flex or WR3 or 4 spot.
The reason this is such a pressing matter for fantasy players right now is due to the fact that Week 15 kicks off tonight with San Diego and San Francisco playing. There might be players on either of those squads that you are iffy about playing this week as say as flex or wide receiver 3 or 4 (i.e. Malcolm Floyd, Vincent Jackson, Legedu Naanee, Mike Tolbert, Ryan Mathews, Josh Morgan, Brian Westbrook, Anthony Dixon, Alex Smith).
So if you are in a Yahoo league and have a deep starting roster, I would suggest running to the waiver wire now and adding Webb.
Keep in mind the Vikings do not play until Monday. This move could pay great dividends or blow up in your face, but stash him away for now. There is also no guarantee that Webb will get the starting nod. Favre could come back. Ramsey could somehow get the start. Yahoo could also, although unlikely, change his position to just that of quarterback. But Yahoo normally only adds eligibility to a player during the season in its leagues not take away.
Monitor his situation, but there probably won't be many better flex options than a quarterback who plays as a wide receiver.
— Corby A. Yarbrough @AthlonCorby on Twitter
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