Monday, September 28, 2020

Fantasy Football Waiver-Wire Pickups: QB Options Heading into NFL Week 4

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).

With that said, here are some quarterback waiver-wire options to consider heading into Week 4 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):

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

1. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (7 percent)

Longer term (and possibly midseason), we know that the Dolphins will hand the reigns over to Tua Tagovailoa as the future face of the franchise. In the immediate term (Week 4), there is not a better widely-available quarterback on the waiver wire than Fitzpatrick.

Kicking off the season with a dud against the Patriots, it's been back-to-back strong performances for Fitzpatrick with at least 24 fantasy points and multiple touchdowns in each game. Finishing Week 2 as fantasy's QB10, Fitzpatrick currently sits as the QB6 in Week 3 with only Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes still to play on Monday Night.

Seattle's Russell Wilson is playing MVP-caliber football and the Dolphins are TD underdogs in Week 4. A fantasy-friendly game script should force Fitzmagic to try to keep up with Wilson against a defense that has yet to allow a quarterback throw for less than 397 yards this season. Through three games, the Seahawks have allowed 450 passing yards to Matt Ryan, 397 to Cam Newton and 472 to Dak Prescott. If we include Newton's two rushing scores, they have also allowed multiple touchdowns to each quarterback as well.

2. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (43 percent)

When things are going well (for the Browns as a team), Mayfield will be a low-volume passer in Kevin Stefanski's run-first offense. We've seen just that in consecutive wins as the former No. 1 overall pick has completed exactly 16 of 23 pass attempts in back-to-back weeks.

Yet to finish better than fantasy's weekly QB20 this season, Mayfield could find himself in a situation where game script could dictate more passing attempts in Week 4 against the Cowboys. Through Sunday's games, only the Falcons and Seahawks have allowed more fantasy points to opposing passers than the Cowboys. The Cowboys have allowed nine passing touchdowns in their past two games.

3. Nick Foles, Chciago Bears (3 percent)

At a minimum, Foles is worth a look for those in two-QB, Super Flex and/or deeper leagues. After the Bears benched Mitchell Trubisky against the Falcons, Foles came in and provided an instant spark to the offense as he threw for 188 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in relief. It's difficult to envision a scenario where the team returns to Trubisky in Week 4 and it should become Foles job to lose going forward.

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