Monday, October 29, 2018

2018 Fantasy Football QB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 9

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

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With that said, here are some quarterback waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 9 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add and all stats are through Sunday's games.]

1. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (26 percent)

Perhaps Carr won't be on the roster in 2019, but Gruden has given him a vote of confidence (ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline). With Amari Cooper on a double-bye (Oakland and now Dallas), Carr had his second-best fantasy performance of the season.

In a losing effort, Carr accounted for all four of the team's touchdowns -- three passing and one rushing -- and threw for 244 yards. On a short week with a plus matchup, Carr will have a chance to do it all again as he travels to the other side of the Bay to face the 49ers, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

2. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (34 percent)

Prior to his Week 8 bye, Prescott had his two best games of the season in terms of fantasy production. Rushing for a score and eclipsing the 20-point fantasy threshold in back-to-back games, Prescott finished as the weekly QB2 and QB8, respectively, in Weeks 5 and 6.

It's unclear how much the Cowboys will get from Amari Cooper in Week 9, but it's only a positive for Prescott's rest-of-season outlook that Dallas has tried to address their lack of weapons in the passing game. We may not see another 20-point, top-eight performance from Dak in Week 9, but his outlook is on the rise.

3. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (five percent)

Beginning the 2018 season with three consecutive 400-yard games, Fitzpatrick nearly pulled off a magical comeback in relief of Jameis Winston. Not only did Winston throw four interceptions on Sunday, but he has thrown multiple picks in all four games played this season.

Given how Sunday unfolded, it's little surprise that the Bucs will start Fitzpatrick in Week 9. There is some uncertainty in regards to how long he'll hold on to the job. Not only do the Bucs lead the league (by a wide margin) in passing yards per game (376), but the duo of Fitzpatrick and Winston trail only Patrick Mahomes in fantasy points scored this season.

4. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (43 percent)

Mayfield threw for just 180 yards in Sunday's loss to the Steelers, but the rookie quarterback once again threw multiple touchdowns. In his five starts, Mayfield has thrown for 300-plus yards and/or multiple touchdowns in four games. With a pair of plus matchups against the Chiefs and Falcons before his Week 11 bye, Mayfield continues to have streaming appeal over the next couple of weeks.

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