Brian Hoyer, QB, N/A
2015 Outlook: Bust (overvalued)Last updated on Dec-13-2015 by Shawn Childs
Week 14 DFS Update (12/13): Hoyer had a solid game in Week 13 (308 combined yards and three TDs), but his ticket came in a week late. On the year he has one game with 300+ yards passing and three games with three TDs. The Patriots rank 9th in the league in QB Fantasy defense, with five of their last six opponents scoring fewer than 20 Fantasy points. QBs have 16 passing TDs, while gaining 6.8 yards per pass. Not ideal, but he may surprise if New England sets the tempo on offense.
Week 13 DFS Update (12/3): The one week Fantasy owners place a bet on Hoyer coming out as the top value play at QB, he comes up short due to the Saints not pressing the issue on the scoreboard. He finished with 205 yards and two TDs. He has one 300-yard passing game in seven full games played, with two games with more than two TDs. Buffalo is about league average in QB Fantasy defense, with improved success in four of their last five games (20 Fantasy points or less). QBs have 20 passing TDs, while gaining 6.8 yards per attempt. Not ideal, but maybe the Hopkins/Hoyer combo comes in a week late.
UPDATE (11/21): Hoyer actually hasn't been awful. He has an impressive TD-to-INT ratio of 13-to-4. Despite missing large chunks of multiple games due to injuries or due to being benched, he is still averaging a respectable 243.4 yards per game. All things considered, those really aren't awful Fantasy stats. With that said, he is currently injured and suffered a concussion and memory loss in Week 10. It's unclear how much time he will miss. T.J. Yates will start in his absence.
Hoyer outplayed Johnny Manziel in 2014, which led to him starting 13 games for the Browns. He went 7-6 while passing for 3,326 yards, 12 TDs and 13 INTs. He completed only 55.3 percent of his passes. His lack of success was due to a poor wide receiving corps and a disappointing year from TE Jordan Cameron. Just like Mallett, Brian spent three seasons as the backup in New England. His tenure came when O'Brien was the Pats' quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. Hoyer's resume is short and his upside is limited. I expect him to start some games this season and offer value as a game manager.
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