Monday, September 21, 2020

Fantasy Football Week 3 QB Waiver Wire

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 running back waiver-wire options to consider heading into Week 3 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):

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

1. Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars (32 percent)

While Jacksonville entered the 2020 season as the odds-on favorite to win the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes, Minshew is doing his best to keep Lawrence out of Duval County. One week after a nearly-flawless outing to upset the Colts, the second-year quarterback nearly pulled off another upset against the Titans and enters Week 3 as a favorite over the Dolphins on Thursday Night Football.

In his two starts, Minshew has tossed three touchdowns in each game and has now scored more than 20 fantasy points in back-to-back games. He finished as fantasy's QB11 in Week 1 and he's currently the QB12 for Week 2 heading into Monday Night Football. Counting his 14 games as a rookie, Minshew has compiled a career 27-to-eight TD-INT ratio over 16 NFL games.

Perhaps the most underrated aspect of his game is his rushing ability. While the numbers so far this year aren't gaudy (19 rushing yards in both games), that's a 304-yard pace over a full season. Rushing for a similar number (344 rushing yards) in 2019, only four quarterbacks -- Lamar Jackson (1,206), Kyler Murray (544), Josh Allen (510) and Deshaun Watson (413) -- rushed for more than Minshew last season.

The Dolphins have allowed 10.59 Y/A and a 7.41 TD%, the most and fourth-most, respectively, to opposing quarterbacks this season through Sunday's games.

+ More: Jacksonville Jaguars Mock Draft Roundup

2. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (46 percent)

The Titans are a run-first team, so there's always the potential that Tannehill won't have the opportunity to sling all over the yard. In fact, he threw it only 24 times on Sunday, but last year's NFL Comeback Player of the Year averaged nearly 10.0 Y/A (9.96) and connected for a score on one-quarter of his pass attempts against the Jags despite missing stud second-year receiver A.J. Brown.

Tannehill gets a favorable Week 3 matchup against the Vikings. who have allowed 8.38 Y/A (seventh-most) and a 7.25 TD% (fifth-most).

3. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears (7 percent)

Trubisky had a much better fantasy performance in Week 1 (24.28, QB7) than he's had in Week 2 (13.2, currently QB22). That said, the much-maligned quarterback has thrown five touchdowns in the first two weeks of the season and has the ability to make plays with his legs.

Furthermore, the Bears will face the Falcons in Week 3 and no team has allowed more fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks through Sunday Night Football. Granted, Trubisky is no Russell Wilson (Week 1) or Dak Prescott (Week 2), but Trubisky offers some streamer appeal for those in deeper leagues.

- More Fantasy Football Waiver-Wire Advice Heading Into Week 3

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