QB Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups
Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (48.4%)
With Andy Dalton leaving the game against the Bengals with a knee injury, rookie QB Justin Fields got his time to shine and… didn’t look the greatest. He completed 6-13 passes for only 60 yards and threw an interception against a poor Cincinnati defense. His upside is what should excite fantasy football managers moving forward. If Dalton were to miss time with this knee injury, Fields has tremendous upside with his legs but it may take some time for him to develop as a passer.
The Bears have some favorable matchups ahead, with CLE, DET and LV in their next three games and if Fields gets to start next week against the Browns, he should return some solid fantasy value to his owners. Cleveland just let the Houston offense look good, which isn’t the case, so his upside heading into this is quite high. At just under 50 percent ownership, there’s a chance you could stash him on your bench to see how his role develops in the coming weeks.
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (24.5%)
Despite all the talk about Kirk Cousins not being a good quarterback in the league, he sure is having a great start to the season fantasy-wise. After putting up 22 fantasy points in Week 1 against the Bengals, he improved in Week 2 against the Cardinals, scoring 25 fantasy points. He completed 22-of-32 passes for 244 yards and three touchdown passes. It’s hard to ignore his fantasy upside this season based on the pure talent in weapons he has at his disposal.
Minnesota has favorable matchups as well through their next three games (SEA, CLE, DET) and knowing how the offense has been rolling through the first two games, it could be an absolute shootout this week against Seattle. As long as he keeps making good decisions, Cousins could be monumental for fantasy managers struggling at the QB position from underwhelming results or injury.
Daniel Jones, New York Giants (10.7%)
Daniel Jones is one of the players you just can’t trust on a weekly basis, but so far he’s put up some very solid fantasy numbers against two good defenses in Denver and Washington. He had a huge game in Week 2 mainly because of his running stats where he carried the ball nine times for 95 yards and a touchdown, including a monster touchdown that was called back due to a penalty. He has some viable weapons on the offense now, but he is still prone to making mistakes that will cost his fantasy managers easy points. He faces Atlanta, who’s been torched two weeks in a row and this may be one of his best matchups of the entire season. The Giants have yet to win still, so it’s likely they’ll try to come out and secure their first win of the season aggressively and that starts with how Jones plays.