Jake Locker was finally starting to put it all together before getting injured in Week 4. He opened the season with a rough start in Pittsburgh, throwing for just 125 yards and no touchdowns. Week 2 in Houston was a little better, only throwing for 148 yards, but adding two touchdowns. Then came wWek 3, his official coming-out party. He threw for a penny less than 300 yards and one touchdown, and also rushed for 68 yards and another touchdown against the San Diego Chargers.
In standard fantasy leagues, that’s 28.76 points, a monster performance. He was on track for another one in Week 4 against the New York Jets, throwing for 149 yards and three touchdowns before sustaining a bad hip injury late in the game. He was carted off in a lot of pain and it didn’t look like he would be back for quite some time.
It seemed likely that Locker wouldn’t return until after the team’s Week 8 bye, but it was revealed today that he’ll be under center against the San Francisco 49ers tomorrow. The move is very surprising, considering the fact that he was apparently spotted limping around just a few days ago. His replacement, Ryan Fitzpatrick, was unable to lead the team to a victory in his absence, though, so it’s possible the coaches expect they’ll have a better chance of winning if they start him at less than 100 percent. They’re definitely right, but going up against a strong 49ers team this week, it might not even matter.
Locker’s completion percentage and QB rating were steadily rising before he got hurt, and watching him, it was clear that he’s starting to get more comfortable and confident in the pocket. He’s worth an add if you’re looking for a reliable backup and he should certainly be owned in all two-QB leagues. I wouldn’t recommend starting him this week, as the matchup is tough, it couldn’t hurt to take a look and see how well he can move around on the field. As stated, though, he’s still definitely worth an add right now. His schedule following the bye week is incredible — filled with dream matchups that include two bouts with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Add Locker and hang onto him for now. He could be a very solid fantasy quarterback when he gets completely healthy in the coming weeks.