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.
Derek Carr - vs. Cincinnati
Carr didn't have the high-ceiling game we were hoping for, but the rushing touchdown he added to his 292 passing yards and 1 passing touchdown resulted in 23.7 fantasy points and a QB10 (pending Monday night) finish.
Kyle Allen - vs. Atlanta
Allen had a career-high in passing yardage with his second consecutive game of 300 or more passing yards, but he had zero touchdowns and four interceptions. It was a highly disappointing finish that left him outside the top-20 at quarterback in Week 11.
This Week's Candidates
Here are the players available in at least 40% of typical leagues who could provide QB1 production this week.