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.
To say we are thrilled with the return of our quarterback streamers in Week 4 is an understatement. Jared Goff (32.22 fantasy points on Yahoo!) and Geno Smith (31.70 fantasy points) finished as the fantasy QB1 and QB2 on the week after going up against each other in a 48-45 football bonanza that provided the perfect fantasy storm for them to thrive. It is rare things go this well so if you took the punt on either of these guys, congratulations. We are feeling good about it, too!
Unfortunately, our other two options were derisory. And for this, we apologize. Turnovers were the downfall of both Trevor Lawrence, who had the score from hell (6.66 fantasy points) after fumbling four – yes, FOUR! – times, and Marcus Mariota (3.86 fantasy points), who threw a terrible interception and failed to make an impact with his legs for the first time this season. The less we analyze these two performances the better. Both have tough Week 5 matchups and won’t be considered for streaming until we see a little more.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Fantasy Points|
|Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars||JAX at PHI||57%||6.66|
|Marcus Mariota, Falcons||ATL vs. CLE||22%||3.86|
|Geno Smith, Seahawks||SEA at DET||9%||31.70|
|Jared Goff, Lions||DET vs. SEA||33%||32.22|
Now, let’s look at the lay of the land for Week 5. Remember, the caveat is that our recommended players for streaming are less than 70% rostered in Yahoo! leagues. The bye rounds are only one week away so consider a cheeky waiver wire add to prepare this week.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Projected Fantasy Points|
|Zach Wilson, Jets||NYJ vs. MIA||10%||16.18|
|Jared Goff, Lions||DET at NE||53%||18.82|
|Ryan Tannehill, Titans||TEN at WAS||17%||18.19|
“American Pie: Zachary’s Time”
Zach Wilson, Jets vs. Dolphins
He’s back! Zach Wilson returned to the Jets and engineered a fourth-quarter comeback in style as he completed 10-of-12 for 128 yards and a touchdown throw to Corey Davis to seal an unlikely win over the Steelers. It was a “Jekyll and Hyde” showing from the young quarterback who started well before struggling mightily until he answered the call late one. The improvements are there to be seen and with an improved set of weapons, it is an encouraging time to jump on Wilson to continue his progression.
The Dolphins have given up the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season so there is no better canvas for Wilson to paint a pretty fantasy picture. Looks for Garrett Wilson to make a big splash and Breece Hall to close it out with plenty of PPR magic to bump up Wilson’s score.
ZACH WILSON IS BACK AND CATCHING TOUCHDOWNS.
— NFL (@NFL) October 2, 2022
“Detroit Highs & Lows”
Jared Goff, Lions at Patriots
We already touched upon the fantasy miracle that Jared Goff put up at the weekend against Geno Smith. The Lions came out as the loser but Goff continues to be a big fantasy winner. Despite the fact Amon-Ra St. Brown, D’Andre Swift, and D.J. Chark were all missing for him to feed, Goff found a way to get it done and this is mightily encouraging. We said he could be a fantasy monster if he could find a way to get T.J. Hockenson involved and that is exactly what he has done. The tight end has been underwhelming so far in his fantasy career but he went off for 8 catches for 179 yards and two scores on 12 targets, his second straight week with a touchdown grab.
The Patriots have an inexperienced secondary that has struggled to contain teams in the passing game so far in 2022. Goff meanwhile boasts an 11:3 TD: INT ratio after four weeks. We are banking on that to continue as the Lions know their best form of defense is offense right now.
— NFL (@NFL) October 2, 2022
“The New Dalton Line”
Ryan Tannehill, Titans at Commanders
It’s not the most attractive sell in a heavy Titans running offense but Ryan Tannehill is a solid option right now if you are looking for a solid contribution to keep your team competitive at the position because you’ve lost your starter or are unhappy with you current middle-of-the-road signal-caller. He now has at least 14 fantasy points to his name in the last three weeks and his improving chemistry with Robert Woods and rookie Treylon Burks has given us enough to believe in him for the short term.
The matchup against the porous Commanders’ defense is also worth mentioning – they just can’t stop teams from moving the ball on the ground or through the air. The Titans should be able to do both. As long as Tannehill doesn’t turn the ball over, he will put up a nice score for fantasy managers this week.
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) October 2, 2022
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