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Commanders QB Jacoby Brissett questionable to play in Week 17 vs. 49ers

After being named the starting QB for Washington, the veteran is now questionable to play due to a hamstring injury. We break down the news.

Offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy talks with quarterback Jacoby Brissett of the Washington Commanders during a game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Washington Commanders QB Jacoby Brissett has been added to the injury report and is questionable to play in Week 17 vs. the San Francisco 49ers due to a hamstring injury. Brissett had been named the starting QB for the Commanders earlier in the week in place of Sam Howell, who would end up starting if Brissett is out. Brissett took over for Howell in the second half vs. the New York Jets in Week 16 and nearly led a comeback after trailing 27-7. Let’s break down the news of Brissett’s hamstring tightness and how it might impact fantasy football.

Fantasy football impact: Jacoby Brissett injury

If Brissett sits, the Commanders will be forced to start Howell again. Washington is in the midst of a six-game losing streak and Howell has been awful the past five games, throwing just two TDs with eight interceptions. In Week 16 vs. the Jets, Howell completed just 6-of-22 passes for 56 yards and two picks. After at one point leading the NFL in passing yards, Howell now finds himself on the bench and wondering about his future as the Commanders’ starting QB.

If Brissett is out, it’s a knock on Commanders’ receivers. Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, Curtis Samuel and Logan Thomas would all be impacted. The matchup isn’t great on paper against a tough 49ers defense but the game script favors passing if Washington is trailing. Maybe this is a reality check for Howell and he can get back to throwing for over 300 yards. Still, it’s tough to view Howell and the Commanders correcting these mistakes in just a week. It’s tough to trust some of Washington’s skill position players if Brissett ends up sitting out.