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Baker Mayfield and Mitchell Trubisky weren't exactly first-choice fantasy quarterbacks at the start of the season, but after their weekend performances, both young quarterbacks proved they're viable fantasy options. 


After leading the Browns to a comeback victory in Week 3, Mayfield earned his first career start this past weekend against the Oakland Raiders. Despite four turnovers on the afternoon, the rookie signal-caller put in a good performance and showed why the Browns selected him first overall in the draft.

Mayfield's performance was also encouraging because he has a favorable remaining fantasy schedule. 


Trubisky, on the other hand, had a historic day against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that gives him a strong case for being the better pickup. Yet, there are other factors that give him the edge over Mayfield.

Trusting a rookie quarterback is a hard thing to do. While Mayfield's performance may be a glimpse of what's to come, the turnovers are definitely a concern and they may become a common occurrence as defenses begin to gameplan against him.


Trubisky has the edge not only because he's adjusted to the NFL, but he has a much stronger supporting cast around him. Matt Nagy's offense also takes advantage of his strengths and puts him in a position to win on a weekly basis.


Figuring out which signal-caller is the right one to own will probably be the biggest internal debate a quarterback-needy fantasy player might have right this week, but for now, Trubisky should be the way to go.


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