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.
Josh Allen - vs. Miami
Allen was in - as the kids say - a "smash spot" this week but only provided a high floor instead of the mid-QB1 performance we thought we'd get. We were worried about whether the inferior opponent would require him to play the open style that leads to his rushing production. And with only 32 rushing yards and no touchdowns on the ground, those worries came to fruition. He finished as the QB15, pending Monday night.
Daniel Jones - vs. Arizona
This game went sideways for many involved. If Arizona's David Johnson shenanigans and Chase Edmonds stealing all of the touchdowns from the passing game wasn't enough, Jones and company completed the task of making this could-have-been shootout a thoroughly disappointing affair. Jones was the QB20 on the week.
The player we should have listed here was Jacoby Brissett (he was in the "Deep Leagues Only" section, but that's not good enough).
This Week's Candidates
Here are the players available in at least 40% of typical leagues who could provide QB1 production this week.