2017 Quality QB2 Options

3 August 2017

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Not everybody can land a Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, Big Ben, Cam Newton, Russell Rilson or Matt Ryan in their fantasy drafts. If you miss out on an elite quarterback it’s not a bad plan to nab a quality QB2 that you can play the matchup game with when your starter has a tougher opponent. Assuming Jameis Winston, Kirk Cousins, Marcus Mariota and Dak Prescott round out your QB1s, here are some quality QB2 options.
Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers – Rivers is always a good option for a low-end QB1 or high-end QB2. He has averaged 4,485.5 yards and 31.25 touchdowns over the past four years. He’s often overlooked, but he finished 5th in passing yards and 4th in touchdown passes. Once again a dozen or so quarterbacks will likely go off the board before Rivers.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions – Stafford is another one that seems to be forgotten about on draft day. Yet he finished 6th with 4,327 yards. He only threw 24 touchdowns (14th), which has kept him from fantasy greatness. Stafford has only topped 30 touchdowns twice. However, he’s averaged 4,583.5 yards over the past six seasons.
Eli Manning, New York Giants – Manning throws to arguably the best wide receiver in the game. He has averaged 4,291 yards and 30.3 touchdowns over the past three seasons. Last year Manning finished 13th in passing yards (4,027) and tied for 10th with 26 touchdowns.
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders – After finishing with 28 touchdowns to 6 interceptions to go along with 3,937 yards in an injury-shortened season, it would not be a stretch if Carr went as a QB1. If not, he’s a real nice QB2.
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals – Palmer finished 9th with 4,233 yards and tied for 10th with 26 touchdowns. He had 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns in 2015. His age makes him a little scary, but Palmer can still produce.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals – Dalton throws to A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert. He finished 11th with 4,206 yards. The injuries to the two aforementioned stars limited him to 18 touchdown passes. He has averaged 23.6 touchdowns in six season.

Adam Conley
Adam Conley, Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves
Conley is 4-3 with a 5.11 ERA, but is 2-0 in his past three starts with a 1.74 ERA. He’s 3-0 on the road with a 1.54 ERA. He was 2-0 against Atlanta last year with a 0.98 ERA
Season Totals: 95 starts, 32-26, 535.1 IP, 390 Ks, 4.29 ERA (255 earned runs), 1.37 WHIP (543 hits, 188 walks)

LestersLegends Best Fantasy Football Team Name Contest
The 2017 fantasy football season is around the corner. Not only do you have to put in the prep work for your fantasy football draft, but you have come up with a cool team name. The 2016 Lester’s Legends Best Fantasy Football Team Name Contest gives you a chance to show off how clever you are. Not only will you have the bragging rights, but you have a chance to take home a prize. The winner will take home a $25 gift certificate.
All you need to win is a creative name and contact information to get your prize. You can reference football players, songs, movies, whatever. Just be original and keep it somewhat clean. Avoid the low hanging fruit if you’re looking to win the prize.
Limit three team names per entrant. The contest will be open until August 21st. We will then narrow it down to ten team names and determine the winner. Scroll down past the entries below to submit your names.
Here are the 2016 finalists:
Fat-bottomed Gurleys
Javorius Bastards
Make AmariCarr Great Again
Poke’Veon Go
Pound Control to Major Tom (2016 contest winner)
Suh-icide Squad
Here are the 2015 finalists:
Bend Back like Beckham
Fourth and Lynches (2015 contest winner)
I LaFell and it Ertz
Now watch me Chip, now watch me Mur-Ray
Rage Against the Vereen
Spiller High Life
The King Jameis Bible
When I Poo I Forsett
Here are the 2014 finalists:
Clear eyes, Foles Hearts, Can’t Lose
For Whom Le’ Bell Tolls
Joiquierro Taco Bell
Kuechly in the Bedroom
Le’Veon on a Prayer
Saved by Le’ Bell
Sons of anArchie (2014 contest winner)
The Walking Dez
Here are the 2013 finalists:
Blair Walsh Project
Blurred Tynes
Come Helu High Water
Harvin hip problems, I feel bad for you son
Luck B a Brady 2Nite
I Find Urlacher Faith Disturbing
I Pitta the Fool (2013 contest winner)
The Land Before Tynes
Here are the 2012 finalists:
50 Shades of Heyward Bey
Biggie Smalls is the Hillis
Helu… Is it me you’re looking for?
Here’s my number, so call me Brady
Percy Control
RG3P0 (2012 contest winner)
Sexy Andy knows it
Teenage Newton Ninja Turtles
That’s a McCown Question Bro
Weeden’t Start The Fire
Here are the 2011 finalists:
Avoid the Lloyd
Belichick yourself b4 you REX yourself (2011 contest winner)
Brady Back Ribs
Burrested Development
Flaccoroni N Cheese
It’s all about the ReX’s & tOe’s
Plaxidental Shooting
Shot through Gerhart, and You’re to Blame
The Hillis have Eyes
Throw Mamma from the Torain
Here are the 2010 finalists:
A Kolb Day in Hell
Cooley than the Other Side of the Pillow
Corn on the Schaub
Dezzie Does Dallas (2010 contest winner)
Henne Nut Cheerios
Ix-nay on the Heyward-Bey – Reid
Revis and Butthead
Schaub Shank Redemption
Texas Chainsaw Massaquoi
The Godfavre
Here are the 2009 finalists:
Kibbles and Vicks (2009 contest winner)
Eli-The Other White Manning
Forgetting Brandon Marshall
Cassel Greyskull

Kendall Graveman
Kendall Graveman, Oakland A’s at San Francisco Giants
Graveman is 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. The Giants are hitting .246 and are averaging 3.97 runs per game.
Season Totals: 94 starts, 31-26, 527.1 IP, 387 Ks, 4.35 ERA (255 earned runs), 1.37 WHIP (537 hits, 186 walks)

Jhoulys Chacin
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One thing you have to understand at this point of the season is the fact that you won’t be picking up the likes of Clayton Kershaw, David Price, Stephen Strasburg, or any other big name pitchers unless they suffer season ending injuries.


Even though you can’t sign the guys mentioned above, you can still sign some really good pitchers that are often overlooked because they are on terrible teams.


One of those pitchers is San Diego’s Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin was available in many fantasy leagues earlier in the season because he struggled a lot. In his first 12 starts of the year, Chacin was 4-5 with a 5.65 ERA. Opponents were also hitting .277 against him at the time.


Since his horrible start, Chacin has turned things around and is currently one of the hottest pitchers in the league. In July, Chacin was 4-0 in five starts with a 2.51 ERA. Opponents were hitting .207 against him as well.


In his last nine starts, Chacin is 6-2 with a 2.05 ERA. While his numbers improved as the season went on, he is still not a very reliable pitcher on the road, but his numbers on the road have also improved as well. Chacin hasn’t allowed more than three runs in his last four road starts.


The best part about picking up Chacin right now is he is approaching the months in which he has historically been at his best.


In 28 career appearances in August, Chacin is 12-9 with a 3.31 ERA. In September, he is 8-10 with a 3.37 ERA.


The interesting thing about Chacin is he is currently owned in only 28 percent of Yahoo and ESPN fantasy leagues, which means he is probably available right now.


While he isn’t expected to be your top pitcher, he will get you a lot of points and help you win games because he is pitching really well right now. If you can get past the fact that he pitches for the Padres, you will have a valuable asset on your team.


Here are a few other pitchers that can help you out.


Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks


Corbin is 4-3 in his last nine starts, and while that might not jump out at you, you have to consider the fact that he hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of those games. Additionally, Corbin is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA since the All Star break and has pitched very well at Chase Field this season with a 6-3 record and a 3.14 ERA.


Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds


Castillo is 1-4 with a 4.05 ERA, which aren’t impressive numbers. However, the rookie is striking out 10.1 batters per nine innings and leaving 81 percent of batters stranded on base.


James Paxton, Seattle Mariners


Paxton was 1-3 with a 7.20 ERA in June, but he rebounded nicely in July, going 5-0 with a 1.62 ERA.

JC Ramirez
J.C. Ramirez, Los Angeles Angels vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Ramirez is 9-9 with a 4.29 ERA. He’s 2-2 in his past four starts with a 2.55 ERA. The Phillies are hitting .248 and are averaging 4.09 runs per game.
Season Totals: 93 starts, 30-26, 521.1 IP, 382 Ks, 4.38 ERA (254 earned runs), 1.37 WHIP (531 hits, 184 walks)

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Ricky Nolasco Angels
Ricky Nolasco, Los Angeles Angels vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Nolasco is 4-12 with a 5.07 ERA, but has been rock solid in two of his last three home starts. The Phillies are hitting .248 and are averaging 4.09 runs per game.
Season Totals: 93 starts, 30-26, 521.1 IP, 382 Ks, 4.38 ERA (254 earned runs), 1.37 WHIP (531 hits, 184 walks)

Dinelson Lamet
Dinelson Lamet, San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Lamet is 2-2 in his past six starts with a 4.54 in his past six starts, including 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his last two home starts. He’s 2-1 at home this year with a 4.30 ERA. Pittsburgh is hitting .248 and averaging 4.26 runs per game.
Season Totals: 91 starts, 29-26, 510 IP, 371 Ks, 4.41 ERA (250 earned runs), 1.38 WHIP (525 hits, 177 walks)

Chad Kuhl
Chad Kuhl, Pittsburgh Pirates at San Diego Padres
Kuhl is 3-7 with a 4.92 ERA, but is 2-3 with a 3.96 ERA in road starts. He’s 1-1 in his last five starts with a 3.25 ERA. He was 3-1 with a 2.72 road ERA last year. San Diego is hitting .236 and averaging 3.81.
Season Totals: 90 starts, 29-25, 507 IP, 369 Ks, 4.38 ERA (247 earned runs), 1.37 WHIP (520 hits, 173 walks)

Chris Flexen
Chris Flexen, New York Mets at San Diego Padres
Flexen will make his MLB debut at PETCO. He’s 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA in 48.2 innings for Double-A Binghamton. The Padres are hitting .235 and are averaging 3.79 runs per game.
Season Totals: 89 starts, 29-25, 501 IP, 367 Ks, 4.42 ERA (246 earned runs), 1.37 WHIP (515 hits, 170 walks)

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