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5 Worst QB Situations in the NFL Heading into the 2019 Season

Jason Schandl
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There may not be any single factor more important to an NFL team's success than their quarterback play. It's not just important to make sure you have a starting quarterback that can ball out though. Having a top-end starter only means so much if your team completely falls apart when you're forced to roll with a backup (looking at you, Peyton Manning and Curtis Painter).

The really ugly situations, though, come when a team's backups are terrible but they also don't have a reliable starter atop the depth chart. Here are five teams that fall into that camp heading into the 2019 season.

5. Oakland Raiders

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For as much flack as he gets, Derek Carr could be a serviceable quarterback in a league that doesn't seem to have 32 of those. Looking at adjusted passing yards per attempt (AY/A, which weighs touchdowns and interceptions into the usual yards per attempt measure), Carr finished 21st among qualifying passers in 2018 — below average, but fine. His backups are the real problem, as Nathan Peterman's claim to fame is that he once threw five interceptions on only 14 attempts in a game and Mike Glennon threw more touchdowns than interceptions in 2017, when he saw his last work as a starter.

4. Washington Redskins

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If quantity counted, the Washington Redskins may not find themselves on the list. Alex Smith is on the I.R. though, and Case Keenum, Dwayne Haskins and Colt McCoy doesn't exactly make for a star-studded QB room. Keenum had the fourth-worst AY/A mark in 2018 (6.1), and McCoy is a career backup with only 211 pass attempts since 2012. Haskins has some potential, but an unproven rookie surrounded by journeyman veterans isn't an encouraging situation.

3. New York Giants

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Manning has finished in the bottom nine in AY/A in two of the last three seasons, and at 38 years old we shouldn't expect much improvement. His potential successor, Daniel Jones, has impressed in the preseason so far, but his career 6.2 AY/A in college is the lowest mark for a first-round quarterback since 2010.

2. Buffalo Bills

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Josh Allen has some exciting fantasy football potential, but that's because rushing quarterbacks get a huge boost in production. He was one of only two QBs with fewer than 6.0 AY/A in 2018 (5.4). Behind him, Matt Barkley threw eight touchdowns to 14 interceptions the only time he made multiple starts in a season (2016).

1. Miami Dolphins

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Ryan Fitzpatrick was terrific in 2018, but a team as bad as the Miami Dolphins should be playing for the future, which limits the value that the 36-year-old QB brings them. Their young option is Josh Rosen, who had the worst AY/A in the NFL last year (4.7). That mark was the fourth lowest for a rookie QB with a minimum of 250 attempts since 2010.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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