Week 7 Waiver Wire QBs
Week 6 is behind us and with it your belief that you can properly evaluate quarterbacks. Some of you didn’t think that Brock Osweiler would be one of the best quarterbacks in week 6. And you were wrong. Some of you didn’t think Dak Prescott could hold up against one of the NFL’s best defenses. And you were wrong. Some of you thought fantasy football could be fun. And oh boy were you wrong. If I don’t mention someone whom you think I should be talking about, just know there are many reasons why I overlooked them. Maybe they are owned in most leagues. Maybe they are so bad I don’t even consider them. Maybe it’s because your opinions cannot be trusted. After all, you are here. So let us examine what our best week 7 waiver wire QBs are.
Mitchell Trubisky – Owned in 31% of leagues – In week 4, Mitchell Trubisky went off for six touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and I recommended caution. In week six, Mitch threw for 316 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception and now I am intrigued. Unlike the hapless Bucs, the Miami Dolphins give up the 3rd fewest points to opposing fantasy quarterbacks. Week by week, Trubisky is looking more comfortable in an offensive scheme that is producing the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Carson Wentz. While it is too soon to tell if Trubisky can duplicate their performances long-term, he might be the best upside play left on the waiver wire. If you need to pick from the week 7 waiver wire QBs, Mitchell Trubisky is my number one recommendation.
Dak Prescott – Owned in 29% of leagues – Dak Prescott, thus far, has been one of my greatest preseason missteps. I thought he was one of the best QB sleepers in this class, but I failed to account for just how terrible the Dallas Cowboys offense is. But in week six, Dak showed me why I was so high on him. Decimating a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that typically destroys quarterbacks, Dak had the second best QB performance in week six. However, in no way does that mean you should add him. Dak Prescott has been terribly inconsistent and his team is a mess. Before I burn my waiver position on him, I will need to see some consistency from him.
Sam Darnold – Owned in 8% of leagues – Two weeks in a row, Sam Darnold has shown why many NFL scouts considered him to be the top quarterback in the 2018 NFL draft class. In week six, Darnold destroyed the Indianapolis Colts, throwing for 280 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. The issue I have with targeting him among week 7 waiver wire QBs is that he was playing a Colts team whose defense was devastated by injuries. And his schedule doesn’t get much easier, facing off against the Vikings, Bears, and Dolphins over the next three weeks. I’d think long and hard before adding Darnold on waivers.
Brock Osweiler – Owned in 1% of leagues – The only thing more amazing than Brock Osweiler’s improbable win against the Chicago Bears is the fact that he was actually owned in 1% of fantasy football leagues. Which just goes to show you that you can absolutely play fantasy football without knowing anything about actual football. An interesting fact about Brock Osweiler is that in his first start with the Denver Broncos he won against the Chicago Bears. Brock Osweiler’s first start with the Houston Texans, he won against the Chicago Bears. What about Osweiler’s first start with the Miami Dolphins? You guessed it, he won against the Chicago Bears. If Brock Osweiler were ever to start a game for the Chicago Bears, the universe would collapse into a black hole, much like any fantasy football team that was to start him. Don’t pick up Brock Osweiler.
Other notable quarterbacks to monitor
Baker Mayfield — Owned in 43% of leagues (It’s okay to be curious)
C.J. Beathard — Owned in 6% of leagues (look, but don’t touch)
Case Keenum — Owned in 15% of leagues (don’t even look, your eyes might burn out)