Time to Finger it Out

Updated: Oct 11, 2021

With the news of Russell Wilson's injury and timeline being announced today, let's take a look at who's hanging around on the waiver wire in a pinch.

We'll take a look at some potential replacements that might be hanging around your waiver wire to give your team a lift over the next 6-8 weeks that Russell Wilson will be out of commission. For the purposes of this, we'll limit this search to QBs that are under 50% owned, and we have 5 options at the top of the list.

Daniel Jones (QB-NYG) - If Danny Dimes is still sitting around on your waiver wire, this is definitely a strong play. Jones currently ranks as the QB 6 in standard scoring leagues, and offers a safe floor with his running ability. Jones has attempted more than 30 passes in each of his starts, and averaging more than 6 rush attempts per game. He only has 4 passing touchdowns this year, but he's working with a depleted receiving corps that is on the mend. Jones has 188 rushing yards on the season and a pair of scores with his feet, making him a weekly option on a team that will be trailing in most of their games.

Sam Darnold (QB-CAR) - Who knew Matt Gase was the plague of productive fantasy players? Everyone. Everyone knew. Darnold has seen his game take a step to the next level this season now that he's been freed of the chains that bound him in New York. Darnold is averaging more than 35 pass attempts per game, and he has 20 carries to his credit as well. Darnold has eclipsed 300 yards in three of his four games, has been remarkably efficient when targeting DJ Moore. Despite his 5 passing touchdowns, he has 5 on the ground as well, including four in his last two games. Darnold is a top 100 player, and should be rostered in most leagues.

Trey Lance (QB-SF) Now that Jimmy Garoppolo has been ruled out, it looks like it might be the start of the Trey Lance era in San Francisco. Lance had 157 yards through the air and a pair of score against Seattle in week 4, while adding 41 yards on the ground as well. His rushing game gives him a safe floor most weeks. If Lance is available, he could be a top-10 QB for the rest of the season if he gets the opportunity to start the rest of the way.

Justin Fields (QB-CHI) - Fields is an upside flier here. We keep waiting for Matt Nagy to shape his offense around his franchise QB, because he has looked brutal running the offense they built for Andy Dalton. Fields has been limited to 17 carries for 55 yards and, to make matters worse, has completed 48% of his passes for 347 yards and no scores. Fields has upside with his rushing ability, and we saw his penchant for chucking the ball deep last week against Detroit has he connected with Darnell Mooney several times. Fields could be a week or two from breaking out .

Taylor Heinicke (QB-WAS) - Heinicke has been solid since coming in for an injured Ryan Fitzpatrick in week one, and has produced more than 20 points per week in each of his starts. Washington has a struggling run game with Antonio Gibson being less effective than was hoped at the quarter pole. This has forced Heinicke to take to the air regularly, and he has delivered on the stat sheet. The Washington QB has 838 passing yards and 7 passing TDs in his three starts this season, and has showcased a little running ability in the last two games as well. In deeper leagues, Heinicke could be a flier to get your team through the next few weeks.

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