Late-round quarterback drafter? Had an injury to your starter? In need of a bye-week replacement? This is the place to find your weekly quarterback choices. In this article, which is new to Footballguys this season, I'll highlight a couple of quarterback options likely available in most leagues (we'll use players rostered in fewer than 60% of Yahoo leagues) who could provide some punch at the quarterback position.
Unless most teams in your league carry a backup quarterback, there should be plenty of starting NFL quarterbacks on your waiver wire each week. Instead of starting a low-end QB1 facing an elite secondary, look to the waiver wire and play the matchups. Ideally, a player who appears in this space gets hot for multiple weeks and becomes an every-week starter. But if not, throw him back to the wire and come back here next week. Quarterback is one of the most predictable positions in fantasy football. Simply by using matchups, fantasy GMs can start a mid-to-high QB1 every week by using the waiver wire.
Disclaimer: this column will typically be written on Monday evenings. Should any relevant events occur on Monday Night Football that do not make it into the article, it will be edited after publish. Any post-publication edits will be noted.
Week 5 Results
Let's take a look at how last week's recommendations fared.
Blake Bortles - at Kansas City
Using the waiver wire to find starting fantasy football quarterbacks doesn't have to be pretty. The player being rostered and started doesn't have to be good at playing quarterbacks. Sometimes, he doesn't have to be good at throwing the ball. And he certainly doesn't have to contribute to a winning effort for his team in order to produce positive results in fantasy football In yet another case of this, Bortles threw one touchdown and four interceptions in Week 5. But a garbage time rushing touchdown (plus 430 passing yards) have him as the week's QB3.
The way Bortles got there might leave some questioning the "Rent-a-Quarterback" strategy, but the process was sound. We identified a high-total game, a defense that has been poor at stopping opposing passing games, and we even threw in a player capable of adding points with his legs. Relying on garbage time isn't ideal, but if fantasy GMs stick to the process, they won't have to very often.
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