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Fantasy football QBs to add after Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees injuries

Fantasy football QBs to add after Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees injuries

Fantasy football is the most infuriating thing on this Earth that, at the end of the day, truly is inconsequential.

But we do it anyway. Each fall, getting together with our friends, drafting our teams and hoping that this year we will secure the glory that long has evaded us. (OK, I'm just talking about myself on that last part. I'm sure some of you actually win your leagues. Must be nice.)

The most frustrating part of torturing ourselves for 16 Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays each fall, is the injuries that inevitably befall your team, taking you from hopeful contender to waiver wire hunter. 

Such was the case Sunday when both Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and New Orleans Saints signal-caller Drew Brees went down with injuries. On Monday, it was revealed both would miss significant time. The Steelers announced Roethlisberger would undergo surgery on his elbow and would be out for the season. As for Brees, he reportedly tore a ligament in his thumb and will be sidelined for at least six weeks.

While these are big blows for both the Steelers and Saints, they also could have huge implications for your fantasy team.

Since you don't want to be headed to the loser's bracket after Week 2, let's look at five quarterbacks to pick up on waivers to replace Roethlisberger or Brees. 

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers (48 percent owned in Yahoo leagues)
Jimmy G was shaky in his first start back from his torn ACL, but he looked a lot sharper in the 49ers' Week 2 demolition over the Bengals.

In two games, Garoppolo has thrown for 463 yards, four touchdowns and only one interception and only will get more comfortable as the season wears on. Couple that with the offensive genius of head coach Kyle Shanahan, star tight end George Kittle and rookie receiver Deebo Samuel, Garoppolo could be primed to put up big numbers. 

Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions (35 percent owned)
Ever the gunslinger, Stafford has been slinging the ball around in two games with new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Through two games, Stafford has completed 65 percent of his passes while amassing 630 yards and five touchdowns.

Now, 385 of those yards and three touchdowns came in Week 1's tie against the Cardinals, so perhaps Stafford is more of the guy that showed up Sunday against the Chargers (245 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions) than the Week 1 version. Beggars can't be choosers. 

Josh Allen, QB, Bills (40 percent owned)
With Allen, you get the added bonus of him also being a running threat. The passing continues to come and go, as he's only thrown for 507 yards and two touchdowns so far this season. But he's also ran for two scores, meaning he has some upside if the kinks in the Bills' passing game gets figured out. 

Gardner Minshew, QB, Jaguars (5 percent owned)
The Mississipi Mustache can sling the rock, he just needs head coach Doug Marrone to let him spin. After starting quarterback Nick Foles went out with a broken collarbone in Week 1, Minshew has stepped in and thrown for 488 yards and three touchdowns while completing 77 percent of his passes. Believe in the legend.

[RELATED: 49ers' Samuel among Week 3 waiver-wire targets]

Mason Rudolph, QB, Steelers (1 percent)
If you still believe the Steelers have a viable offense, then you might as well pick up the guy who's going to be slinging it around for the rest of the season. Rudolph was a dynamic passer in college at Oklahoma State and the Steelers also drafted James Washington, who was Rudolph's favored target during his days in Stillwater, Okla.

NFL rumors: Rams trade Marcus Peters to Ravens after loss vs. 49ers

NFL rumors: Rams trade Marcus Peters to Ravens after loss vs. 49ers

The state of the Rams quickly has gone from dreams to nightmares. Months after reaching the Super Bowl, the Rams have lost three straight and already are shipping off big-name players. 

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Rams have traded cornerback Marcus Peters to the Ravens in exchange for linebacker Kenny Young. 

The news comes just two days after the 49ers beat the Rams 20-7 in Los Angeles. After winning their first three games of the season, the Rams have dropped three in a row and currently sit in third place of the NFC West, behind the 49ers and Seahawks. 

Peters recorded his second interception of the season Sunday when he picked off 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garpoppolo in the end zone. The two-time Pro Bowler finished the game with four tackles, one pass defensed and the one interception. 

Trading the Oakland native comes as quite the shock, especially after the Rams recently placed fellow starting cornerback Aqib Talib on injured reserve.

Los Angeles also made another move Tuesday by acquiring center Austin Corbett from the Browns. The 49ers sacked Rams quarterback Jared Goff four times Sunday and had six QB hits. 

[RELATED: 49ers' Bosa, Ford are PFF's most productive pass rushers]

The 49ers will face Peters on his new team Dec. 1 when they face the Baltimore Ravens on the road in Week 13. Three weeks later, they'll play a Peter-less Rams at Levi's Stadium. 

From NFC champions to trading a former All-Pro after just six games, life in the revolving NFL has come at the Rams fast this season.

Vernon Davis will 'forever be a 49er at heart' upon facing former team

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Vernon Davis will 'forever be a 49er at heart' upon facing former team

Vernon Davis was drafted sixth overall by the 49ers in the 2006 NFL Draft where he spent a decade of his career as their tight end and was selected to the Pro Bowl twice.

Now, Davis finds himself playing for Washington, and as he gears up to face his former team in Week 7, he had nothing but great things to say about his time in red and gold.

“I think about the day I got drafted,” Davis, the top tight end prospect that year, said on 95.7 The Game. “They gave me a platform to be able to make a name for myself and to be able to show people (around) the world that I can play this game at a very high level and I can be successful at it.”

“So, I always keep the 49ers in my heart,” Davis added. “Because it’s hard to just let something like that go. I mean, so many memories, so much history, so much that went on during my time there. And I’ll forever be a 49er at heart.”

[RELATED: 49ers big Week 7 favorites vs. Washington]

Across those ten seasons with San Francisco, Davis accumulated 5,650 total yards and 55 touchdowns. 

Sunday's 49ers-Washington game begins at 10 am PT.