Sneaky pickups entering Week 5 

October, 4, 2013
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In a really deep league, the loss of any quarterback is a big deal. In 10- and 12-team formats, NFL starting quarterbacks are readily available, and fantasy owners can wait to sign a backup for the bye week, but that's simply not the case in leagues deeper than 14 teams. I've got former Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter Josh Freeman as my Andrew Luck backup in one league, and let's just say when Luck's bye week occurs, I'm likely out of luck in more ways than one. Everyone who has thrown a pass is already owned in that 20-team format, and then some.

For the first month of the season in this weekly (every Friday) Sneaky Pickups blog entry, we've discussed long-shot running backs and wide receivers with the potential to matter, but now we turn to those who throw the football for a living. In a deep league, yes, even these guys could matter. After all, Brian Hoyer did until Thursday night, right? (Brandon Weeden, by the way, is awful.)

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Kim Klement/USA TODAY SportsNick Foles may get a shot to start for the Eagles at some point this season.
Let's start with teams that feature running quarterbacks. There's a reason we keep noting that Michael Vick has played all 16 games in a season only one time. The Eagles are going nowhere this season, and Nick Foles has a good chance to see playing time. Running quarterbacks -- like Vick, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, etc. -- are always at more risk for injury than pocket passers -- like Luck and Peyton and Eli Manning -- so if you're desperate, it's generally wiser to look at the latter first. The Washington Redskins' backup is Kirk Cousins, by the way, not Rex Grossman. Seattle's backup is Tavaris Jackson. Don't let the fact that Jackson is currently 7-for-8 with a passing and rushing touchdown in relief fool you, though! And finally, the news that Matt Flynn is held in such disregard by the Oakland Raiders that he was demoted to third string might mean nothing today, with Terrelle Pryor ready to go this weekend, but Pryor is a runner and recently had a concussion, and Matt McGloin is next in line. That's interesting to me.