Mining The 2QB Waiver Wire For Gold: Week 8
All relevant QBs need to be rostered in 2QB fantasy football leagues, which makes it even more important for you stay on top of things. … You can uncover a gem on the waiver wire if you successfully predict what will happen in the future. Your QB situation might look great now, but those who invested in Andrew Luck’s services before last season probably thought the same thing prior to him missing nine games due to injury.
Every week I will break down and update the 2QB waiver wire landscape, as more information and developments become available to try and help you stay ahead of the game. 44 QBs have already started at least 1 game this season and that number is sure to increase moving forward. Let’s take a look at some players to pick up immediately or to monitor moving forward…
Week 8 teams on bye: Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, and San Francisco 49ers
Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets
Jets believe QB Geno Smith tore his ACL, as @RapSheet reported. Smith scheduled to get second opinion Tuesday from Dr. James Andrews.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 24, 2016
NARRATIVE ALERT: It’s Angry Fitzpatrick time! Geno Smith is reportedly done for the year after tearing his ACL. Ryan Fitzpatrick says going forward he will play pissed off. If he was dropped in your league he’s the #1 pickup. He finished as a top-10 QB six times last year and has already done it once this season as well. Plus, six of his next seven games are against the Dolphins (2x), Browns, Rams, Colts, and 49ers.
Landry Jones – Pittsburgh Steelers
Landry Jones was in this column last week, but there’s a chance he’s still on the waiver wire in your league. If so, he’s worth an add with Ben Roethlisberger reportedly out for the next 4-6 weeks. Jones threw for 281 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT against the Patriots in just his first start of the season, proving he can be used as a spot start moving forward after the Steelers’ Week 8 bye. He finished as the QB18 last week and has the benefit of being able to play with Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell.
High Upside Backups To Monitor
Cody Kessler, Josh McCown, and Kevin Hogan – Cleveland Browns
All three of these guys have a chance to start this week. Cody Kessler is in the concussion protocol, Josh McCown is still working his way back from a broken collarbone, and Kevin Hogan just saw his first significant NFL action last week. Whoever is named the starter will be worth an add and can be streamed at home against a Jets defense giving up the sixth-most passing yards per game. After Hogan ran for 104 yards and a TD on only seven carries last week, I’m hoping he gets the starting nod. Rushing production by a QB is a cheat code when it comes to fantasy football. Look no further than Hogan’s QB12 finish last week in limited work.
Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo is nearing a return and we still don’t know yet what the Cowboys will do once he becomes available to play again. Romo is worth a speculative add if you have a roster spot to fill. If he recaptures the QB1 job in Dallas, Romo could make you a league winner with home games against the Buccaneers and Lions in weeks 15 and 16, respectively. The last time Romo was fully healthy he put up seven top-10 QB finishes back in 2014.
Tom Savage – Houston Texans
Brock Osweiler looked horrible again in Week 7. He attempted 41 passes, but was only able to manage 131 passing yards. Even though Osweiler’s 72 million dollar contract all but guarantees he will be the starter, this is still a situation we should continue to monitor. Tom Savage was a fourth-round pick by the Texans just two years ago and is a name to know moving forward.
Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams
Case Keenum threw four interceptions in Week 7, as the Rams lost another game, dropping their record to 3-4. It’s only a matter of time before we see first round pick Jared Goff take over the Rams offense this season. This is worth monitoring as you never know what your QB situation will look like later in the season when Goff finally is named the starter.
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