Quarterbacks Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, and Taylor Heinicke all exited their games at least briefly on Sunday. Owners in single-QB leagues probably wouldn’t be interested in their backups for the first round of the fantasy playoffs, but potential absences for starting quarterbacks can have a big trickle-down effect in fantasy football leagues. We have the latest injury updates on these signal-callers ahead of your Week 15 waiver pickups and start ’em, sit ’em decisions.
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WEEK 15: Waiver Pickups
Lamar Jackson injury update
Jackson (ankle) was carted to the locker room against the Browns after not being able to put much weight on his ankle, so an extended absence could be on the table. We won’t know much until later in the week, but Jackson was clearly in pain, and we know his mobility is a crucial aspect of his game. If he can’t play, Tyler Huntley will get the start for the Ravens against the Packers this week.
We rank Huntley as the QB27 for Week 15 against a Green Bay defense that was a top-10 unit against fantasy QBs heading into Week 14. Ultimately, Huntley could exceed expectations with his rushing upside, but we don’t foresee a successful passing campaign. His rushing upside does make him one of the top waiver adds in two-QB/superflex leagues, though.
Josh Allen injury update
Allen is reportedly dealing with a mild case of “turf toe,” so we’ll have to monitor his status moving forward. There isn’t much concern he’ll be out for Week 15 against Carolina since he returned to Sunday’s game after suffering the injury, but his mobility and upside could certainly be affected in an already tough matchup. If he does miss a game, Mitchell Trubisky will be the starter in Buffalo.
Again, we don’t expect Allen to miss time, so we rank him as the QB11 in Week 15.
Taylor Heinicke injury update
Heinicke (knee) missed a few snaps against Dallas, but he’s expected to be ready to go against the Eagles next week. However, he, too, could be dealing with an ailment that affects his mobility, so perhaps his ceiling will be limited. Stay tuned for further updates.
For now, we like Heinicke at the QB13 spot, as the Eagles give up the 13th-most fantasy points to QBs. If there were a scenario where Jackson, Allen, and Heinicke were out, Washington backup QB Kyle Allen should be the last priority QB add in two-QB/superflex leagues.