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The Three Best Replacements For Justin Herbert In Fantasy Football

Alisha takes a look at three quarterbacks that should be available on waivers but could save your fantasy football seasons.

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 03: Joe Flacco #15 of the Cleveland Browns throws a pass in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on December 03, 2023 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

With the regular season in the rear-view mirror, we must get down to business and take every move we make seriously to make it through the brackets. Look below to see a list of some of the NFL’s starting QBs to begin the fantasy playoffs. This list is nothing that anyone can really get excited over, but there are ways we can utilize some of these guys to get an edge.

  • Easton Stick, Chargers
  • Aidan O’Connell, Raiders
  • Nick Mullens, Vikings
  • Jake Browning, Bengals
  • Mitch Trubisky, Steelers
  • Gardner Minshew, Colts
  • Tommy DeVito, Giants
  • Joe Flacco, Browns
  • Desmond Ridder, Falcons
  • Bryce Young, Panthers
  • Zach Wilson, Jets
  • Bailey Zappe, Patriots
  • Davis Mills, Texans
  • Drew Lock, Seahawks

I know this is not the list we all predicted when we drafted our teams, but injuries have plagued the NFL horribly this season. In fact, this list is tough to look at, but we must do what we can with what we have, so let us look at some options from this dreaded list to try and pick out the best options.

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Best Streaming Fantasy Football Quarterbacks Week 15

Joe Flacco, Cleveland Browns

Flacco is a veteran quarterback who can and is getting the job done. In fact, he looks better than any other quarterback has for the Browns this season, and yes, I am also including Deshaun Watson. Flacco has thrown for 565 yards and five touchdowns in two games, with 311 yards and three of the touchdowns produced in Week 14’s contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Kevin Stefanski trusts Flacco, and at this point I cannot imagine he is going to sit him for anyone else. Joe has thrown 89 passes in the two games he has started, and the Browns have a manageable schedule. Cleveland hosts the Chicago Bears this week, and Flacco is ready to keep pace in the AFC North. He may be the safest quarterback to pick out of this bunch.

Jake Browning, Cincinnati Bengals

Jake Browning has been playing some good football, so if he is available in your league, grab him, even if it is to stash him on your bench. In the last three weeks, Jake has thrown for 856 yards and four touchdowns, while adding two rushing touchdowns. Most fantasy managers thought Cincinnati’s season was over when Joe Burrow was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a wrist injury, but Browning has done exceptionally in his place, keeping things alive for this Bengals team.

In the last two weeks, Browning has averaged 25.2 points and ranked as the QB2 in fantasy leagues. With Ja’Marr Chase, Joe Mixon, and Tee Higgins, Browning certainly does not lack superstar targets to take this team into the playoffs. They host the Minnesota Vikings this week, who played poorly on the offensive side of the ball in Week 14 but were able to do well on the defensive side. It will be a good challenge for the Bengals, but Browning has what it takes to get it done. He is calm and collected and has shown us in the last two weeks that he can be a very viable option.

Desmond Ridder, Atlanta Falcons

Ridder has been an up-and-down quarterback this season. He went from being the Falcons starter to being benched and then back to starter. He can have a 300-yard game or a complete disaster of a game. The reality is that Ridder has more 300-yard games than Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, Justin Fields, and Matthew Stafford. With the Falcons having the easiest of schedules remaining, Ridder should be able to take advantage and lead his team to wins. Ridder is also a dual threat and loves to rush for touchdowns in the red zone, which adds fantasy upside to his profile.

Ridder would probably be the last quarterback that I would consider of the three I have featured here, but if you are having to choose between him and Easton Stick, Mitch Trubisky or even Bryce Young, Ridder is the guy. I feel like I just made quite the case for Ridder in this article, as I basically named off half the league’s quarterbacks. You can pick Ridder up to hold on to or to replace an injured starter you may have just lost.