Tuesday, November 27, 2018

2018 Fantasy Football QB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 13

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 13 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (47 percent)

Against division-rival Washington on Thanksgiving, Prescott threw for a season-high 289 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, he rushed six times for 18 yards and another score. He finished with the third-most fantasy points (27.36) on the week.

Since Week 6, Prescott has finished as a top-eight weekly fantasy quarterback in four of six games including this week. During that six-game span, Prescott has averaged just 244.3 passing yards per game, but the mobile quarterback has rushed for a touchdown in all but one of those contests. Over that stretch, he has averaged 21.41 fantasy points per game.

Prescott and the Cowboys will host the Saints on Thursday Night Football this week. While Dallas will certainly try to control the clock as much as possible with Ezekiel Elliott, Prescott could be forced early to try to keep up with Drew Brees and the high-flying Saints offense. The Saints have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

2. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (47 percent)

Winston completed 29-of-38 attempts on Sunday for 312 yards and two touchdowns. Perhaps more importantly, he threw no interceptions. On the season, the Tampa starting quarterback has been somewhat of a two-outcome performer: (1) a weekly top-10 fantasy performance or (2) benched.

Playing in six games, Winston has started and finished three of them. In those three games, he has finished as the QB1 (Week 6), QB10 (Week 7) and QB7 (Week 12), respectively. With either Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick, the possibility of an interception-fueled benching is always real, but Winston has top-10 potential in Week 13 against the Panthers, who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

3. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (42 percent)

In his second start of the season, Jackson threw more often (25 pass attempts compared to 19 last week), but he was once again helped by his rushing production. Even though he ran less often, he gained 71 yards on the ground and scored a five-yard touchdown.

Up to this point, Joe Flacco (hip) has missed time due to injury. Even if he returns to practice this week, it will be interesting to see if the Ravens continue to give their first-round rookie more opportunities or not. The Ravens head to Atlanta in Week 13 and the Falcons have allowed the second-most fantasy points this season.

4. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (3 percent)

Allen has thrown for 200-plus yards once this season (Week 2). But like Jackson (albeit to a lesser extent), Allen has the ability to make plays with his legs. The rookie ran for 99 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. In fact, Allen has more rushing touchdowns (four) than passing touchdowns (three) this season.

5. Case Keenum, Denver Broncos (16 percent)

While the Falcons have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, Keenum's Week 13 opponent (Cincinnati) has allowed the most. Throwing for multiple touchdowns for the first time in three starts, Keenum once again failed to reach 16 fantasy points, but this week's matchup could make Keenum a viable (or at least, not terrible) streamer in deep leagues.

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