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.
Andy Dalton - vs. Arizona
We knew heading into the week that Dalton was risky after his team's weak showing in Pittsburgh in Week 4. For the first half, it appeared that Dalton would get us next to nothing. But a solid second half led to a respectable 21.6 fantasy points, good for the QB12 performance before Monday night.
Jimmy Garoppolo - vs. Cleveland
Garoppolo was good on Monday night, but Cleveland's offense didn't require him to do enough for a QB1 performance. Matt Breida's long touchdown run on the team's first play was a sign of things to come, as San Francisco didn't have to lean on Garoppolo in a 31-1 beatdown. Garoppolo finished the week as the QB16.
Jacoby Brissett - at Kansas City
The case for Brissett was that he'd had a volume-driven floor in the likely event that his team was playing catch-up. But Indianapolis played ball-control offense and surprisingly won the game at Kansas City. Therefore, Brissett disappointed with just 13.45 fantasy points, a low-QB2 performance.
This Week's Candidates
Here are the players available in at least 40% of typical leagues who could provide QB1 production this week.