Every week we will bring you our advice on which signal-callers have the potential to help your fantasy teams win. We will look at the previous weeks’ performances, the quarterbacks’ supporting cast, the matchup, and smart statistical insights to offer you the clearest picture of which QB to pick up from your waiver wire.
Remember, we will only consider QBs who are less than 70% rostered in Yahoo! leagues so as to give you an honest chance at picking one up for your team’s matchup.
It was a general fantasy bonanza in Week 3 with high scoring games and a 90 point feast down in Miami. Saying that, only two players rostered under 70% broke into the top 10 at the position, one of those being Andy Dalton with a lot of garbage time points. The other was our second streaming recommendation, Jordan Love (25.26 fantasy points in Yahoo!) who was lucky to come away with such a haul after the Packers were dreadful for three quarters and somehow worked out of a 17-0 hole late mainly thanks to big plays using his legs. Love ran in the Packers first score and completed the two-point conversion before a 24-yard scramble setup a connection with Romeo Doubs for an eight-yard touchdown with just under three minutes remaining. He finished as the fantasy QB6 on the week.
Our top recommended streamer Matthew Stafford (13.46 fantasy points) left us wondering what could have been after a dour Monday Night Football contest with the Bengals never reached the shootout heights we expected. Stafford lost two of his starting offensive line and this meant heavy pressure on drop backs – two interceptions hurt his team, who probably deserved better. Still, Stafford remains and interesting option to stream given the potential for passing attempts.
We put faith in Kenny Pickett (18.50 fantasy points) and trusted our analysis and it paid off as he produced a top 15 fantasy finish thanks to a brilliant throw to Calvin Austin III for a 71-yard touchdown which highlighted the promise of future fantasy Kenny. He is improving in confidence and hopefully he is allowed to unleash that arm more regularly going forward.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Fantasy Points|
|Matthew Stafford, Rams||LAR at CIN||37%||13.46|
|Jordan Love, Packers||GB vs. NOS||62%||25.26|
|Kenny Pickett, Steelers||PIT at LVR||30%||18.50|
Going into Week 4 we are unable to consider Jordan Love right now, who has rightly moved to over 70% rostered. There are still question marks about Anthony Richardson, Bryce Young, and Derek Carr, who is likely to make way for Jameis Winston with a sprained AC joint.
Let’s look at our recommendations for Week 4.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Projected Fantasy Points|
|Russell Wilson, Broncos||DEN at CHI||54%||15.60|
|Daniel Jones, Giants||NYG vs. SEA||69%||17.07|
|Kenny Pickett, Steelers||PIT at HOU||27%||14.77|
“Let Russ Cook Because…The Defense”
Russell Wilson, Broncos at Bears
Despite the Dolphins putting up a 70-burger on the Broncos, Russell Wilson was not the reason why. He managed to throw for 306 yards and a touchdown to go along with an interception. The veteran made some very accomplished throws and connected with seven different targets and was competitive up going into the second quarter. Wilson showed excellent chemistry with primary receiver Courtland Sutton, with whom he connected with for 12-yard touchdown and has targeted 23 times across the first three weeks.
Another reason to be hopeful is the prospect of a dour Bears defense that is leaking yards through the air at will. If Russ is going to cook, this will be the time to give him a chance.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 24, 2023
“DJ, Spin Those Legs”
Daniel Jones, Giants vs. Seahawks
I know, I know it’s Daniel Jones coming off an absolute howler against the 49ers. However, Jones has a history of coming out firing, as he did in Week 2 against the Cardinals scoring 31.74 fantasy points in Yahoo!. It feels like Head Coach Brian Daboll has no choice but to unleash Jones on the ground, somewhere he can be effective and a fantasy darling. Jones had just two rushing attempts against the 49ers despite 22 across his first two contests. Expect that bump in fantasy categories to also support more air yards against a Seahawks secondary that is susceptible to leaving receivers open across the middle of the field.
The Giants play at home and Seattle are giving up the ninth most points to quarterbacks so far in 2023 – optimism needs to be high on a week where matchups are not favorable elsewhere for quarterbacks outside the top 12.
The 49ers were not going to allow Daniel Jones to win with his legs pic.twitter.com/cBvnh50bom
— Nick Falato (@nickfalato) September 22, 2023
“KP, Have It Your Way!”
Kenny Pickett, Steelers at Texans
I could continue waxing lyrical over Kenny Pickett, but I’ll just let his throw against the Raiders do the talking. Well, no I actually do need to qualify this pick to be honest. The Steelers young quarterback has thrown for at least 225 yards across all three games and supports a 4:3 TD:INT ratio, with at least two of those picks more the fault of his receivers. Pickett has grown in each game and against a Texans defense that gave up 31 points against the Colts he should find room to spray the ball to the outside and test the Texans inexperienced young secondary. Pickett has Calvin Austin III emerging as a deep threat and Jaylen Warren as a nifty pass-catching back who is going to hit paydirt with a breakout long touchdown run at somepoint. Why not this week?
PICKETT DART! 🎯 @steelers answer right back in Vegas 😮
— NFL (@NFL) September 25, 2023
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