Monday, November 1, 2021

Fantasy Football QB Waiver-Wire Rankings 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 rostered 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 9 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):

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

1. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (35%)

With Tom Brady on bye in Week 9, you may be in the market for a streamer. If you're looking for a bye-week replacement, Tagovailoa gets a plus matchup against the Texans in Week 9.

In a difficult matchup against the Buffalo Bills, Tua had a modest performance (16.2 fantasy points), but he had scored 22-plus fantasy points in each of his previous two starts before that. Over the past three weeks, Tagovailoa has a minimum of 39 pass attempts and has averaged 275 passing yards and two passing touchdowns per game.

2. Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (22%)

Yet to throw for more than 209 passing yards and more than one passing touchdown in any game this season, Fields showed off his dual-threat abilities on Sunday in a way fantasy managers had yet to see in 2021.

Completing a season-high 70.4% of his pass attempts as a starter, Fields added 103 rushing yards and a rushing score on Sunday. Fields scored 26.3 fantasy points in Week 8 after scoring 39.44 fantasy points in his first five starts combined.

Given that he has one fantasy-useful performance in six starts, it might be too soon to use him as a starter, especially given a difficult matchup in Week 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But the upside is intriguing if he can more consistently utilize his elite rushing ability.

3. Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints (2%)

Speaking of rushing ability, Hill started four games in 2020 and utilized his legs to generate fantasy success for managers that streamed him. In the four weeks that he filled in for Drew Brees last season, Hill scored a minimum of 18.52 fantasy points in each start and finished no worse than the weekly QB11.

If Hill (concussion) is cleared to return in Week 9, he will certainly be a viable streamer against the Atlanta Falcons.

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