Quarterback is arguably the deepest position in fantasy football.
And that depth is about to be seriously tested.
Monday brought a double dose of rough news on the QB injury front: The New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees reportedly is out at least six weeks, while Pittsburgh Steelers signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger is done for the season.
If you're reading this, we're guessing you're among the unlucky bunch that owns either Brees or Roethlisberger in one of your leagues. But we have good news: There's plenty of help on the waiver wire, where three players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues finished in the top 10 in fantasy scoring for Week 2.
Here are the top five quarterbacks to target on the waiver wire this week:
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (owned in 48 percent of Yahoo! leagues): The 49ers offense finally clicked Sunday in Cincinnati, where Garoppolo threw for 297 yards with three touchdown passes and an interception. Next up? A home date with a Steelers defense that's allowed 300-plus passing yards and three touchdowns to both QBs it has faced this season. We like Jimmy G's chances of a repeat performance.
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (40 percent owned): How long until fantasy owners start taking Allen seriously? The second-year scrambler added another rushing touchdown Sunday while ranking as the seventh-best fantasy QB of the week. He's a safe bet to land in the top 10 in Week 3 against the aforementioned Bengals defense, which looks as bad as advertised.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (35 percent owned): Yes, the Philadelphia Eagles defense intercepted Matt Ryan on Sunday. It's also allowed 700 passing yards and six touchdowns in two games. Stafford is still chucking the ball (75 attempts through two games), making him a high-floor play next Sunday.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (19 percent owned): Few names inspire less confidence than Andy Dalton. But guess who's second in the NFL in passing yards behind Patrick Mahomes? Throw your judgment out the window and take a chance on the Red Rifle, who has a tough matchup in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills but gets the Steelers in Week 4.
Teddy Bridgewater, Saints (1 percent owned): This is more of a long-term play, as Bridgewater has a low ceiling in a Week 3 road matchup with the Seahawks. But that's followed by an inticing three-game stretch against the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars, none of whom boast elite defenses. With the weapons at Bridgewater's disposal, he should at least by a high-end QB2 going forward.
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