Rent-a-Quarterback: Week 2

Finding QB1 production from the waiver wire

Late-round quarterback drafter? Had an injury to your starter? In need of a bye-week replacement? In this article, you'll find 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 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 and becomes an every-week starter. 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 publishing. Any post-publication edits will be noted.

Last Week's Results

Week 1 was a disaster, especially if we don't get to take credit for having Matthew Stafford as a deeper play. Hopefully, you couldn't stomach the players recommended and went with Stafford instead. While last week was terrible, there are a couple of important factors to consider about early season Rent-a-Quarterback:

  1. It's typically not necessary since most people draft a quarterback (or two) with either high upside or an easy early-season schedule. Lamar Jackson and Dak Prescott fit the bill for both of those categories, which is why they were discussed frequently in the preseason, notably here.
  2. Teams often draft two or more quarterbacks and then settle on one during the year as bye weeks and injuries increase the need at other positions on the roster. This makes the pool shallower for early-season "renting."
  3. Without multiple weeks of data, we're flying somewhat blind in terms of which matchups are the juiciest.

These may seem like excuses, but they're realities. The final point above was proven last season when the average positional finish of the quarterbacks in this column broke down as follows:

  • Weeks 1-5: QB16.4 (only one week better than a QB15 average)
  • Weeks 6-16: QB 12.5 (only two weeks worse than a QB13 average)

Jacoby Brissett - at L.A. Chargers

Brissett only threw for 190 yards and 2 touchdowns, and he was the bright spot of the week.

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