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 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.
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.
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.
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