Friday late update: Herbert has been removed from the injury report and will start and hopefully be healthy against the Texans.
Friday Update: Herbert was seen throwing for the second day in a row, so he is trending towards playing.
#Chargers WR Keenan Allen and C Corey Linsley aren’t out at practice. QB Justin Herbert is throwing for the second consecutive day.— Nick Cothrel (@NickCothrel) September 30, 2022
September 29 Update: Herbert was throwing at practice today. His practice routine is being switched up, but this is more than he did yesterday, so is a good sign.
Justin Herbert throwing at practice today. The Chargers are altering his practice week routine in attempt to help his rib injury heal. Herbert did not throw yesterday during individual drills. pic.twitter.com/ME1gDHpUBk— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) September 29, 2022
The Los Angeles Chargers saw what a banged-up Justin Herbert looks and it wasn't pretty. The franchise QB is dealing with fractures to his rib cartilage, and it was evident it affected him against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Herbert finished the game 25 for 45 passing for 297 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He is set to take on the Houston Texans this week and logged a limited practice on Wednesday.
Fantasy football implications
If Herbert is active, you are playing him. There is no need to overthink that decision even when he is hurting. He was sacked only once last week and still threw for nearly 300 yards with a touchdown. Herbert’s matchup with the Texans is more favorable this week so if he is active, keep him in your lineup.
If he is inactive, then Chase Daniel will get the start. Daniel has been a perennial back quarterback and doesn't carry any fantasy football relevance. Even with a solid supporting cast of Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Austin Ekeler, that doesn't automatically vault Daniel into starting consideration for your fantasy football lineup.