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Rent-a-Quarterback: Week 16 - Footballguys

Finding QB1 production from the waiver wire

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 15 Results

Let's take a look at how last week's recommendations fared. Last week was among the lowest-scoring fantasy weeks at the quarterback position of the entire season. My DFS Power Grid colleague John Lee had an interesting observation after Sunday's early games.

In fact, the average fantasy points scored among Week 15's Rent-a-Quarterback selections (17.04 points) was the lowest such total of the season. Everything is relative, though, as we still averaged a QB13 finish. For perspective, in Week 2, the Rent-a-Quarterback picks averaged 20.40 fantasy points but finished as QB21 on average.

Baker Mayfield - AT DENVER

Mayfield didn't set the world on fire, but he did just enough Saturday night to get his team a win and a get his fantasy GMs a viable Week 15 performance. His 188 passing yards were his fewest since Week 8, but in a low-scoring Week 15, any quarterback with multiple touchdowns was above average. Mayfield's pair of scores boosted him to the week's QB13 rank, pending Monday night.

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