A.J. McCarron Fantasy Football News 2019

Raiders QB Derek Carr injured his left (non-throwing) arm in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Seahawks. We'll look for more info. QB A.J. McCarron is Oakland's backup.

The Bills have traded QB A.J. McCarron to the Raiders for a 5th-round pick. It's not a surprising move after Josh Allen and Nathan Peterman seemed to play their way ahead of him in the preseason. Expect McCarron to immediately slot in as Derek Carr's backup, replacing Connor Cook.

Update: Oakland released Cook.

Bills QB Josh Allen will start the team's 3rd preseason game against the Bengals on Sunday. The rookie has been surprisingly competent through 3 exhibitions, completing 18 of 32 passes (56.2%) for 176 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs. None of that has come against 1st-team defenses, though. So Sunday will be Allen's biggest test yet. If he passes it, he'll likely be under center for Buffalo in Week 1 against the Ravens. In other Bills QB news, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that additional testing revealed QB A.J. McCarron did not break his collarbone in the 2nd preseason game and will return to practice "soon."

Bills QB A.J. McCarron suffered a hairline fracture in his collarbone in Friday night's preseason game against the Browns, according to insider Vic Carucci. So that knocks him out of the QB competition. Rookie QB Josh Allen played well vs. Cleveland, completing 9 of 13 passes for 60 yards and a score. At this point, we'd bet on the Bills rolling with Allen as their Week 1 starter. This obviously remains a situation to avoid in fantasy drafts.

The Bills traded up from #12 to #7 to select Wyoming QB Josh Allen. Allen looks the part. He’s 6’5, 237 pounds with a bazooka arm. He also has boasts plus athleticism, running for 727 yards and 12 scores over the past 2 seasons and registering an 86th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. The problem: Allen can’t hit the ocean when he’s standing on the beach. He completed 56.0% and 56.3% of his passes the last 2 years against subpar competition at Wyoming. And he mustered just a 49.0% completion rate at freakin’ Reedley Community College. Allen also comes with a worrisome history of throwing-arm problems, breaking his right clavicle in 2011 and 2015 and spraining his right A/C joint this past year. Allen now heads to Buffalo, where he’ll at least be familiar with the weather. He won’t have much to work with out of the gate, though. Buffalo currently boasts a WR corps of Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones, Jeremy Kerley, Andre Holmes and Rod Streater. Allen will duke it out with A.J. McCarron for the Week 1 starting job.

The Bills have signed QB A.J. McCarron to a 2-year deal, according to NFL Network. We don't know the financial terms yet, but we have to assume Buffalo will at least give McCarron a chance to start in 2018. The Bills, of course, also recently moved up in Round 1 via a trade with the Bengals and have the ammo to move up further if they fancy a particular QB. McCarron started 3 games late in 2015 after Andy Dalton suffered a thumb injury but has yet to show anything special in general. Don't consider him much of a fantasy football factor.

Bengals QB A.J. McCarron won a grievance he filed against the team and will become an unrestricted free agent in March. The QB contested that Cincinnati should have activated him from the non-football injury list during training camp in his 2014 rookie season. Instead, the Bengals kept him deactivated on the NFI until December, which kept McCarron from accruing credit for that season. He has started just 3 games in his 4-year career, all in 2015 after Andy Dalton suffered a thumb injury. We see little reason to believe McCarron will carry much fantasy intrigue, but the generally weak QB market will likely at least provide him a shot at fighting for a 2018 starting job somewhere.

The Bengals have declared QB Andy Dalton (thumb) out for Saturday’s game vs. Pittsburgh. A.J. McCarron was expected to start all along, and now it’s official. Four weeks ago, McCarron recorded 280 yards, 2 TDs and 2 picks vs. Pittsburgh after coming on in relief of Dalton.

Bengals HC Marvin Lewis confirmed on Tuesday that the team is preparing to start QB A.J. McCarron in Saturday night's game against the Steelers.  QB Andy Dalton is out of his cast but is unlikely to receive full clearance by the weekend.  McCarron has been solid in relief over the last 4 weeks, completing 66% of his passes with 6 TDs and 2 INTs.  That includes a 280-2-2 line vs. Pittsburgh.  The playoffs are a different animal, though.  McCarron will be a risk/reward DFS play in the Wild Card Round.

ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports that Bengals QB Andy Dalton had the cast removed from his injured throwing thumb.  But his status for Saturday night's game against the Steelers remains "unknown," per Holtzman.  Cincinnati will likely test Dalton's ability to take snaps, grip and throw the ball this week.  He still seems worse than 50/50 to play this weekend.

Bengals QB A.J. McCarron (wrist) is active for today’s game against the Ravens. He was listed as probable, so the wrist shouldn’t be an issue. McCarron is a 2-QB league and DFS option in this plus matchup.

Bengals QB A.J. McCarron (wrist) is probable for this weekend’s game against the Ravens. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday, so the wrist shouldn’t be an issue. McCarron is worth a look in 2-QB leagues and in DFS in Sunday's plus matchup.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert has been cleared to practice, "but whether he'll play Sunday is another matter," according to Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson. We'll track Eifert's progress and participation this week. He would certainly be in play for fantasy football lineups if active wth QB A.J. McCarron likely to start against the Ravens. Getting Eifert back would also make McCarron more interesting as a Week 17 DFS flier.

An MRI on Bengals QB A.J. McCarron's left wrist revealed just a sprain, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  "Still a chance he plays Sunday," Rapoport adds.  NFL Network's Albert Breer gave a more optimistic outlook, saying McCarron "should be fine" to play against the Ravens.  Considering it's his non-throwing wrist, we'd expect him to be out there.  Even in the plus matchup, though, McCarron will be a risky QB2.

Bengals QB A.J. McCarron hurt his left wrist on the final play of Monday night's OT loss at Denver. McCarron took his eyes off the approaching shotgun snap and then hurt the wrist diving after the fumble in an unsuccessful recovery attempt. He told reporters after the game that he was headed for an MRI and hopeful for good news but that he didn't know how bad it was. On the same day, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that QB Andy Dalton remains a few weeks away from returning to the field. Dalton will not only miss Week 17, but the team reportedly doesn't expect him back until the Divisional round of the playoffs. The Bengals will need to beat Baltimore this Sunday and hope for Denver to lose to San Diego if they're to secure a 1st-round bye. Keith Wenning's listed 3rd on the QB depth chart right now. Starting him would obviously ding the fantasy value of WR A.J. Green and any other Bengals receiving options in play.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton does not need surgery on his injured thumb, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  There's still no concrete timetable for his return.  Fantasy owners need to be planning to be without Dalton the rest of the way.  Cincinnati would be happy to get him back for the start of the playoffs.  QB A.J. McCarron will definitely start this weekend's game against the 49ers.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton injured his right (throwing) thumb in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Steelers.  He headed back to the locker room and is officially questionable to return.  Cincinnati will turn to QB A.J. McCarron if Dalton can't come back.

Update: Dalton has been ruled out for the rest of the game.

New Bengals QB AJ McCarron told Sirius XM NFL Radio that we didn't really see him at full power in college.  "A lot of people don't realize I wasn't healthy at Alabama," McCarron said.  "I sacrificed a lot to play for coach Saban and that university; I played through a lot of injuries and we never leaked it because that's just the way it is."  Will we get a healthy McCarron in the pros?  And did these injuries help push the 2013 Heisman runner-up into the 5th round?  McCarron landed in a decent spot for his future starting chances.  Incumbent Andy Dalton has performed solidly overall but also proved erratic -- especially in 3 straight 1st-round playoff exits.  We don't expect McCarron to get a real shot at starting this year.  We'll see if Dalton can develop and hold off challengers beyond that.  His contract also runs out at the end of 2014.

QB A.J. McCarron expected to be a 1st-round pick.  He ended up dropping to the 5th, where the Bengals finally snatched him up.  McCarron has been compared to new teammate Andy Dalton.  He's an average athlete with an average arm.  But McCarron is accurate in the short and intermediate games.  And he knows how to get the ball to his playmakers, with a good understanding of coverages.  Cincinnati is an interesting landing spot for McCarron.  Dalton is entering the final year of his contract and might need to take the next step in his development (i.e. win a playoff game) to earn a new deal from the Bengals.  If that doesn't happen, McCarron could be in the starting mix in 2015.

 
 
 

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