Fantasy Football News: 2013 NFL Week 10: Waiver Wire Quarterbacks Foles or Keenum
Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 10 Waiver Wire Foles or Keenum
November 6, 2013
Waiver Moves Week 10 Quarterbacks
Aaron Rodgers' injury has made the week 10 waiver wire a very interesting place. There are two names that should be available in nearly every league, and Rodgers owners will most likely be looking to acquire either Nick Foles or Case Keenum. Both Foles and Keenum were very impressive last week, and both quarterbacks look like they could be viable fantasy starters the rest of the season. It is hard to see either one of them being a bad pickup, and there is every reason to believe Foles and Keenum will be starting quarterbacks in the NFL next year. Here is a quick comparison of both quarterbacks.
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Nick Foles: Foles has a passer rating of 127.4 on the season to go with a 13/0 touchdown/interception ratio and a completion percentage of 62.7%. With a passer rating that high and a TD/INT ratio that impressive, it is hard to argue that Foles in not the best quarterback on the waiver wire, but there are some factors working against Foles. Foles was red hot in 3 out of his 4 starts, but he was ice cold in his one start at home. Foles start at home was also against the only team he has faced with a winning record. Foles lit up the Raiders, Buccaneers and Giants who have a combined record of 5-19, and he only competed 37.9% of his passes against the 5-4 Cowboys. These number make it appear that Foles can only beat bad teams, but the Raiders, Bucs, and Giants all have middle-of-the-pack pass defenses, and the Cowboys have the league's worst pass defense. While Foles has not faced an elite defense, he has torched average defenses.
Foles has a few other things working for him as well. The Eagles have a very strong running game, and that is always a young quarterback's best friend. Foles also has some very good receivers to throw too. DeSean Jackson has reemerged as a top notch receiver, and Foles is trying to turn Riley Cooper into a star as well. The Eagles also have a fairly easy remaining schedule. The Eagles have a dynamic offense and Foles has looked very effective when he has time to survey the field, however, Foles has struggled when he has not been given time to throw the ball. The Eagles offensive line has allowed 25 sacks this season which is 21st in the NFL. The Eagles defense has not been very good this year either, and their poor play could put more pressure on Foles to carry the team. And the final issue facing Foles is the fact that a savvy veteran is healing up on the bench and the distractions of the inevitable QB controversy are looming. There are lots of reasons to pick up Foles off the waiver wire. Foles has very impressive numbers so far this season, but there are obstacles he will need to overcome in the future and those need to be taken into account.
Case Keenum - Keenum has a passer rating of 118.0 on the season to go with a 4/0 touchdown/interception ratio and a completion percentage of 58.8%. Keenum's passer rating is fairly impressive for a rookie, and it becomes even more impressive considering the opponents he has faced in his first two career starts. Keenum went on the road to play the undefeated Chiefs and he got the very good Indianapolis Colts at home. The combined record of Keenum's two opponents is 15-2, and both the Colts and Chiefs have top 10 scoring defenses. Keenum put up very good numbers against two of the league's best defenses.
Keenum has a few other things working in his favor as well. The Texans have a strong running game, and they also have one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. The Texans have a tough defense that should help to take the pressure off of Keenum. The Texans offensive line has allowed 23 sacks this year, but Keenum has looked pretty mobile in his first two starts. Matt Schaub is still on the bench for Houston, but he was put there based on performance and not an injury, so there is no looming QB controversy in Houston. Keenum is the Texans starter. And finally, the Texans also have a fairly easy remaining schedule. The biggest thing going against Keenum is the loss of his Head Coach, Gary Kubiak. Kubiak had to be taken to the hospital at halftime of the Texans game against the Colts on Sunday night, and losing a head coach can affect the chemistry of the entire team. Losing Kubiak is a huge obstacle for Keenum to overcome, but he played very well in his first two games, and there is every reason to believe he will be the Texans quarterback of the future.
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