In his first three games as a starting quarterback, Case Keenum has put up seven touchdown passes with no interceptions while throwing for at least 250 yards in each game. So why is he not getting any fantasy football love?
The gun-slinging rookie came on strong in his first start for the Houston Texans, completing 60 percent of his passes for 271 yards and a score. He followed that up with two straight three-TD games and 551 passing yards. He has even tucked it away on occasion and ran for an average of 16 yards a game.
Yet he’s owned in barely a quarter of Yahoo fantasy leagues and even fewer ESPN formats. What gives?
Sure, each of those games have ended up as Texans losses. And yes, he has a tendency to taper off in games, throwing for only 304 of his 822 total yards and completing just one touchdown pass. But who cares? Stats are stats, no matter when they are accumulated and no matter the “real” outcome of the game.
The biggest reason to trust Keenum down the playoff stretch isn’t what he’s done, but what he has the potential to do – and what a terrible schedule he plays.
The Texans get a juicy matchup with the Oakland Raiders this week. After that, there’s a pair of games with the woeful Jacksonville Jaguars. Throw in fantasy playoff games in Week 15 and 16 with the Indianapolis Colts – a team he torched for 350 yards and three scores already this year – along with a Denver Broncos secondary that isn’t turning any heads, and there’s no reason not to take a chance on Keenum.
This isn’t to say you should bench Drew Brees or Tom Brady for the guy, but with the rash of QB injuries going around, you could do much worse in finding a replacement.