Week 10 is almost behind us and with it your belief that you can properly evaluate quarterbacks. Some of you thought Andrew Luck would struggle against Jacksonville’s defense. And you were wrong. Some of you thought Marcus Mariota’s fantasy value was as dead as the feeling in his throwing hand. 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 11 waiver wire QBs are…
Week 11 Waiver Wire QBs
Should I Pick up Baker Mayfield? – Owned in 43% of leagues – Last week, I said that Baker Mayfield’s schedule was very favorable going forward. This week, Baker Mayfield had his best game of the season, throwing for 216 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Mayfield should definitely be on your radar, but I would probably avoid burning a waiver on him this week, since he on his bye-week next week and is likely to clear waivers. The answer to the question, “should I pick up Baker Mayfield” is complicated: if you have the bench space, Baker Mayfield might be the best week 11 waiver wire QB option available.
Should I Pick up Dak Prescott? – Owned in 33% of leagues – This is the third week in a row that Dak Prescott has turned in a solid performance. At this point, I am willing to trust that he might be a very solid option at quarterback going forward. In week ten, he had 270 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. In three of his last four starts, Dak Prescott has been a QB1. There is a lot of reasons to be nervous about Dak Prescott. He still is on a team run by Jason Garrett, but I say yes to, “should I pick up Dak Prescott,” as he has a pretty solid playoff schedule and gets to play in the terrible NFC East, and has actual upside if you can get past the fact that he is stuck with Jason Garrett as a play-caller.
ABSURDITY CHECK – Should I pick up Mariota (AKA Mariota Is Finally To Be Good! This Time I Mean It!)
Should I Pick up Marcus Mariota? – Owned in 23% of leagues – For the second week in a row, Marcus Mariota finished as a QB1. He threw for 228 yards and 2 touchdowns. He rushed for 21 yards. He even had 1 catch for 21 yards. One almost wonders if he has finally turned it around. Anyone who has ever owned Marcus Mariota will tell you that he will hurt you. I’m going to need a lot more consistency before I start answering “yes” to, “should I pick up Mariota?”
Other notable quarterbacks to avoid
Matt Barkley — Owned in 1% of leagues (Matt Barkley managed to look good by virtue of not being Nathan Peterman. But with a bye week coming up and that fact that he still plays on the Bills, you probably should not pick up Matt Barkley )
Alex Smith — Owned in 49% of leagues (Alex Smith couldn’t throw for over 200 yards against one of the worst pass defenses in football. You should not pick up Alex Smith.)
Blake Bortles — Owned in 21% of leagues (Blake Bortles managed to have one of his best games of the season, but still couldn’t win. I wouldn’t trust in garbage-time Bortles anymore. You should not pick up Blake Bortles)