If you’re reading this, welcome and congratulations to the fantasy football quarterfinals. It’s week fifteen, so ideally you don’t need to find a quarterback sleeper. But, if you do, we have our weekly quarterback sleeper article ready to rock and roll for you. To qualify as a quarterback sleeper, a player must be available on the waiver wire in over 50% of Yahoo! leagues. For deep league players, we provide a quarterback sleeper available in at least 90% of leagues.
Quarterback Sleeper Option #1:
Jalen Hurts at Arizona (29% rostered)
Hurts might be the worst-kept secret right now, given that he just took on the league’s fourth-best defense at neutralizing opposing quarterbacks and walked away as the QB13, just .04 points behind Josh Allen… Oh and he did it in his first career start. Hurts did it the hard way, getting 106 rushing yards on 18 attempts, and mustered just 167 yards on 30 pass attempts. It might not be pretty, but we started Taysom Hill for weeks so we aren’t here to be pretty. This week, he gets the Cardinals, who appear to have tightened up against quarterbacks lately, but in reality, they played a swirling-the-drain Cam Newton and a significantly hampered Daniel Jones over the last five weeks. Since their bye, four-of-six QBs notched 20+ fantasy points against them in four-point passing touchdown leagues.
Sleeper Quarterback Option #2:
Mitchell Trubisky at Minnesota (12% rostered)
Don’t look now, but Troobs is a top-ten quarterback since returning for an injured Nick Foles (QB9). In that timeframe, he averages 259 passing yards, 2.3 touchdowns and 0.7 interceptions per game while chipping in 13 rushing yards. Sure, he did this against two of the worst defenses in the league (Detroit and Houston), but he tossed three touchdowns against the Packers, who allow the seventh-fewest fantasy points to QBs on the season. This week, he gets the Vikings, who are middle-of-the-road in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. In reality, they crushed marginal guys like Nick Foles, Mike Glennon, and Teddy Bridgewater lately. Andy Dalton lit them up in week eleven. Andy Dalton. In reality, the Vikings are a neutral matchup, but Trubisky has played well lately in a small role. If you’re down here looking at 12% rostered guys, you could do a lot worse.
Plus, he gets the Jaguars in the fantasy football finals.
Deep League Sleeper Quarterback Option:
Alex Smith versus Seattle (6% rostered)
Seattle’s pass defense has looked good lately on defense, but playing against Sam Darnold and Colt McCoy on back-to-back weeks will do that to a team. Prior to that point, they allowed at least 17.5 four-point per passing touchdown games to five-of-six quarterbacks to play against them, including allowing Carson Wentz 19.8 fantasy points a scant seven days before he lost his job to Jalen Hurts. They’re better with Jamal Adams, but they still aren’t good. Adams mostly plays as a missile to try to destroy the opposing QB, so the injured Smith must watch out for him, but otherwise, he should be able to pick them apart underneath with Logan Thomas and with Terry McLaurin on crossers. Smith is injured with a calf strain, but the Football Team anticipates him playing this week. That’s a situation to monitor.
If Alex Smith can’t go, your deep league pivot is Nick Mullens at Dallas.
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