QB Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups
Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (26.1%)
Jameis Winston will likely be on every fantasy football owner’s radar as a solid backup option or for teams in dire need of QB help already, but his performance can’t go unnoticed. Despite only throwing 20 times, Winston put up an impressive stat line, throwing for 148 yards and five touchdowns against the Packers in a 38-3 rout. You can’t expect him to do this on a consistent basis and don’t forget how turnover-prone he has been his whole career, but on a well-disciplined team like the Saints, he has a chance to be a great fantasy option moving forward in the season.
He faces CAR, NE, and NYG in his next three games, which are all pretty solid defenses, but as long as he stays composed behind the Saints solid offensive line and leans on Kamara in certain situations, he’s not bad for a plug-in starter when you’re faced with tough matchup decisions.
Jared Goff, Detroit Lions (5.6%)
Jared Goff is one of those guys that almost everyone stays away from, due to his inconsistent play. But the good news is he plays for the Lions now, who are downright awful on both sides of the ball and could be good considering they’ll be playing in a negative game script nearly every game. Goff completed 38/57 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns and one interception against a very solid 49ers defense. Granted, most of his yards and fantasy points came during garbage time, but that’s what makes him appealing as a fantasy option. As long as the Lions play badly defensively, Goff will be throwing 40+ times a game. He has a friendly matchup next week against the Packers, who just let Jameis Winston throw five touchdowns on them. And if the Packers and Aaron Rodgers figure out their offense, the Lions will be playing from behind.
Tyrod Taylor, Houston Texans (4.0%)
The pleasant surprise of the weekend was Tyrod Taylor. He did play the Jaguars, whose defense hasn’t been good for a few years now, but his stat line is enticing enough to grab the attention of fantasy owners. He completed 21/33 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns while rushing four times for 40 yards. The Texans were projected to be the worst team entering the season with all the Deshaun Watson drama, but this could be a case similar to Goff where they’ll be playing from behind most games. Taylor has always been consistent enough throughout his career to get the job done, plus his running upside is intriguing.