Rent-a-Quarterback: Week 5

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, the article will be edited. Any post-publication edits will be noted.

Last Week's Results

Let's take a look at how last week's recommendations fared.


Jones was fine. But ultimately, the on-paper issue with him came to fruition as Washington's offense was inept enough that New York's offense didn't need to force the issue. With 225 yards and 1 touchdown (plus 33 yards rushing), Jones was QB18 heading into Monday night. That didn't crush the dreams of his fantasy managers, but it isn't what we're looking for.


Stafford was has appeared in this column in three of four weeks so far. And he's responsible for two of our five QB1 performances, including both top-five showings. This week, 291 yards and 3 touchdowns led to 28.35 fantasy points and the week's QB5 ranking heading into Monday night.


Brissett is another player who has appeared multiple times here. We missed the boat in Week 3 when Brissett had the QB12 finish against Atlanta, but changing course and including him in Week 4 worked out. Brissett had 265 yards and 3 more touchdowns, which yielded 26.15 fantasy points and the QB6 finish heading into Monday night.

Brissett now has multiple touchdowns in each of his four outings this season and is tied with Patrick Mahomes II and Lamar Jackson for the league lead in touchdown passes.

This Week's Candidates

Here are the players available in at least 40% of typical leagues who could provide QB1 production this week.

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