How to replace Joe Burrow


It seems like every year, the fantasy football community laments over and debates whether this NFL season has been worse for injuries than any other. We understand that injuries happen. Football is a rough sport. We also understand there is no control over it and we as fantasy owners must simply roll with the punches. But when you lose your starting quarterback in Week 11, it just hits harder, doesn’t it? People in your league are hoarding backups on their roster in case what just happened to you happens to them, so the waiver wire is barren. It is the most important position in football, both reality and fantasy, and you need to find some help or else. With your fantasy playoffs hanging in the balance, this one’s for you, Joe Burrow owners. 

Joe Burrow
Joe Burrow is out for the rest of the season.
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Give up. You’re done. Better luck next year. 

I’m just kidding! 

While things may look bleak, we can turn to a few names who should be able to get the job done. They are not superstars and they are not league-winners. But what they can do is provide you with enough production to keep your playoff chances alive. You may have to stream in different players, but with just two or three weeks left in your fantasy regular season, you do what you can to win. 

With the Thanksgiving holiday, the games are a little more spread out, and with so many people taking time off to be with their families, perhaps fewer people will be paying attention to the waiver wire. That could allow you to grab Jordan Love for his matchup against the Lions. The implied game total is at 46, so points are expected, and with Aaron Jones injured again, perhaps Love takes it to the air more often. 

Believe it or not, Gardner Minshew sits in a great spot against the Bucs this week. Tampa Bay’s run defense usually forces teams to take it to the air and with how soft their pass coverage has been, even Minshew should make an impact. Both Will Levis and Bruce Young square off in Week 12, and while neither has been anything to write home about, both pass defenses are weak enough to expect a little gunslinging. And though his popularity is soaring, you still may be able to acquire Minnesota’s Joshua Dobbs, who faces a weak Bears secondary and could have Justin Jefferson back. 

The available options are far from sexy, but you make do with what you have. Just because your starting quarterback goes down, doesn’t mean your season is cooked. Winning is more difficult, but show me one championship that was ever easy to attain.

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