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We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and are not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
After Thursday night’s come-from-behind victory, many Washington Football Team media are asking if Taylor Heinicke has "earned" the right to start even when veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is healthy. Fitzpatrick was given an eight-week recovery time from his hip injury. The veteran quarterback chose to rehab the injury instead of going under the knife. If Heinicke continues to play as he did against the Giants, it will be a moot point. In that contest, Heinicke completed 74% of his passes for 336 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. The pick was late in the game and enable New York to take the lead. On the play, Terry McLaurin got caught in traffic as Heinicke was throwing to a spot. There are several good fantasy matchups in the near future as we wait to see how Fitzpatrick’s recovery goes. Washington has six games before the bye (at Buffalo, at Atlanta, New Orleans, Kansas City, at Green Bay, and at Denver. The bye week is roughly when Fitzpatrick is expected to return. Whichever player is under center for the team will be a great option for the fantasy playoffs as Washington plays Dallas and Philadelphia twice each and at New York (Giants) in the last five games. Those are five potential QB1 games, especially against the Cowboys. Heinicke’s contract rewards him for playing time and team victories. Beat writer John Keim tweeted, “Taylor Heinicke can earn up to $1.5 million in bonuses from wins this season in games where he plays at least 60 % of the snaps. It’s $125k per win. Can earn the same next season as well as up to $250k each year in playoff wins.” He is up to $250,000 so far this season.
Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor left the loss to the Cleveland Browns in the first half and never returned. Taylor has been snakebit the past few years. Last year, he was the Las Angeles Chargers starter before having his lung punctured while getting a pain-numbing shot. Justin Herbert took over and that was the last we saw of Taylor until his strong play in Houston. Before the injury, the veteran quarterback completed 10-of-11 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. He also scored on the ground. The injury was to Taylor’s hamstring. Ace beat reporter, Aaron Wilson, tweeted, “Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor's hamstring injury is significant enough (Grade 2) he could be sidelined for next four games, according to a league source. Rookie quarterback Davis Mills will start in his place. Jeff Driskel expected to be elevated from the practice squad.” The game against the Carolina Panthers this Thursday should be a bloodbath as the Panthers have an elite defense and the Texans offense is a disaster. Add in the Deshaun Watson mess and this team is destined for a top-five pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
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