How To Treat Tyler Huntley as Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Target
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Week 14 was a brutal one for starting quarterbacks with Lamar Jackson, Jimmy Garoppolo and Tua Tagovailoa going down with injuries. If you’re a fantasy manager who owns one (or two) of these three, you’re probably scrambling to find a suitable replacement.
One of the hot adds this week is Jackson’s backup, Tyler Huntley. He helped Baltimore pull off a tight win over Denver on Sunday and was pretty solid as both a passer and a runner. With Jackson potentially sidelined for the Ravens’ upcoming game, he’s an obvious target to pluck off the waiver wire if you can.
The Action Network’s fantasy football experts dish below on Huntley’s prospects going forward in a tough rivalry game against the Steelers.
Sean Koerner: I am definitely interested in adding Huntley in 2QB/Superflex formats. He’s a dual threat who is capable of handling the same playbook as Jackson, making him one of the more valuable backup quarterbacks in the league.
I view him as a mid-range QB2, but he does carry a much higher ceiling than most in that range, as seen by his QB1 overall finish in Week 15 last year against the Packers.
Samantha Previte: Huntley stepped in for an injured Jackson at the start of the second quarter to help the Ravens eke out a 10-9 victory over the Broncos. He completed 27-of-32 attempts for 187 yards and one interception and rushed 10 times for 41 yards and a touchdown.
Huntley was the QB15 in Week 13, impressive given he played just three quarters of this game against a top-notch Denver defense.
Jackson’s knee injury is not believed to be of the season-ending variety and head coach John Harbaugh left the door open for him to return as soon as Week 14, though the signing of Brett Hundley on Monday suggests the contrary.
If Jackson is not good to go, Huntley would be the Ravens’ starter in what could be a consequential AFC North showdown against the Steelers. Huntley carries significant fantasy value given his rushing ability and the matchup opposite Pittsburgh’s defense, which has allowed the fifth most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year.
Mike Triplett: Huntley plugs smoothly into Baltimore’s offense as his rushing ability gives him both a high fantasy floor and ceiling. He has now run for at least 40 yards in six straight games dating back to last season when filling in for Jackson.
He is an obvious choice for Jackson managers who need a short-term replacement, but he could also be worthy of a start in superflex or two-QB leagues.