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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 11 ISSUES: QB TURMOIL IMPACTING SCORES OF SKILL-POSITION PLAYERS

It was a lively day in the QB world on Wednesday as two changes were made in preparation for Sunday's and there are some fantasy football ramifications that go with it.  First came word the Arizona Cardinals would go with third-string QB Blaine Gabbert since backup Drew Stanton is dealing with a knee injury.  Then later the Buffalo Bills announced that Tyrod Taylor would be benched for rookie Nathan Peterman despite the team being 5-4.  Let's tackle each one in terms of the impact on the skill players involved.

Arizona:  Boy have things gone completely off the rails for the Cardinals who are absolutely decimated with injury.  Going with Gabbert and his noodle arm is never a good thing for those wideouts and runners who make up the rest of the offense and so that means more bad news for Larry Firtzgerald, John Brown, Adrian Peterson and company.  Fitzgerald is the only one who we would still sign off on starting in a WR 3 sense given his slot position and how inferior QB's like Gabbert use him as a safety outlet.  Peterson comes off a brutal Week 10 performance and he will continue to see 8 men in the box which is trouble.  Consider him right on the RB2/3 border.

Buffalo:  It is ridiculous how the Bills have treated Taylor; who while he does have faults; is also a competent enough to win games for you.  New head coach Sean McDermott is obviously not a fan and he is now risking possibly playoff contention by going with the green Peterman who looked terrible in the preseason.  While running back LeSean McCoy seems matchup proof, wideout Kelvin Benjamin may need to be benched this week as we watch to see how Peterman performs in Sunday's game.  

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