Brandon Weeden’s Updated Fantasy Outlook After Brian Hoyer’s Injury

With Brian Hoyer possibly out for an extended period of time, it looks like Brandon Weeden is back in the starting lineup for the Cleveland Browns, but don’t expect him to be a go-to consistent fantasy quarterback this season.

After running for a first down in the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills, Hoyer was hit hard while going down and was clearly in pain.  He left the game and was replaced by Weeden.  According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the injury could be very serious.

.@Alex_Flanagan reported the #Browns are fearful Brian Hoyer tore ligaments in his knee. MRI tomorrow. Just when he was rolling…

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 4, 2013

Now, the starting quarterback job is Weeden‘s once again, but fantasy owners shouldn’t be rushing to pick him up.

Would you consider picking up Weeden for your fantasy team?

Would you consider picking up Weeden for your fantasy team?

Weeden didn’t look like a very promising fantasy option through the first two weeks of this season.  He completed just 54.7 percent of his passes, throwing for 516 yards and just one touchdown with three interceptions.  His QBR was just 20.3, and he was waiting far too long to throw in the pocket.

Things won’t be easy for Weeden if he becomes the starter once again.  The Browns will be going against some aggressive defenses before their bye week, including a rematch against the Baltimore Ravens and a game against the Kansas City Chiefs the week before that.

If you’re in a deep league and don’t feel incredibly confident in your starter, Weeden could make a decent backup option thanks to having guys like Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron to throw to.  However, don’t expect him to be worthy of a QB1 spot on your roster, as he won’t put up big games very often.

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