The first quarter of the NFL season is now behind us.
How's your fantasy team looking? Are you sitting pretty at the top of the standings or does your roster look like a dumpster fire?
One of the bigger challenges as the season progresses is finding players on the waiver wire to replace those who are injured or just plain aren't getting it done. Bye weeks begin this weekend as well, so if you're like me and have Drew Brees, it's time to hit the waiver wire.
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Here are five fantasy quarterbacks you should have on your radar. You'll either find them on the waiver wire or sitting on an opponent's bench, which means you might be able to trade for them if you're desperate enough.
Note: Points are for non-PPR leagues.
Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams
The arrival of Sean McVay has completely former California standout Jared Goff's career around. He's already just 17 passing yards away from his 2016 total, and he's tossed seven touchdowns to just one INT. What's more impressive is the 9.16 yards per completion, which is up from 5.31 a year ago.
If your league was anything like mine, everyone stayed far away from Goff on draft day. Grab him now if you can.
Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers
Let's stay in Los Angeles where Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers sits with the seventh most yards passing in the NFL (35 yards ahead of Goff, actually).
Expect Rivers to put up quality numbers since the Chargers will continue to play from behind. That is, of course, unless he spontaneously combusts like he almost did against Philly this weekend.
— Brandon Frm NJ (@BrandonfrmNJ) October 1, 2017
Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs
Maybe the most underrated quarterback in the NFL, at least from a fantasy perspective, the always sound Smith joins Tom Brady and Drew Brees as the only starter in the NFL who has yet to throw an interception. He's also rushed for 13 scores in his career, including a whooping FIVE a season ago.
Plus, Smith has one of the best new weapons in the league in Kareem Hunt.
Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars
Borles has actually thrown for a touchdown in all four of the Jags' games this year, including four in a beatdown of Baltimore in London. If you find yourself in desperate need of a QB down the stretch, the Jaguars' signal caller should net you around 13 points per week on average. Not fantastic, but not horrible either.
Matt Moore – Miami Dolphins
OK, hear me out on this one. Along with looking beyond disinterested, isn't it about time for Jay Cutler to get hurt? A pulled hammy? Back spasms?
When that happens, the only other active QB on the roster is Matt Moore. He put up serviceable numbers in 2011, throwing for nearly 2,500 yards and 16 touchdowns in 12 starts.
When Cutler inevitably goes down, and it's slim pickings on the wire, Moore might be your best bet.
Jay Cutler was in the Wildcat & literally didn't move. pic.twitter.com/LVOvwj5L69
— The Fake ESPN (@TheFakeESPN) October 1, 2017