Quarterback By Waiver Wire (QBBWW): Week 9

Quarterback By Waiver Wire (QBBWW): Week 9

By C.D. Carter (4for4 Contributor), last update Nov 1, 2013

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C.D. is a journalist and writer specializing in quarterback streaming. Carter's work has been featured in the New York Times Fifth Down blog, and he was nominated for the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's 2012 newcomer of the year award. He's the author of "How To Think Like a Fantasy Football Winner."

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The memory is like an unrelenting waking nightmare, a night terror bleeding into the daytime, a momentary lapse of reason transformed into a hideous insect, burrowing into the brain every Sunday afternoon.

The nightmare comes in many forms. Fantasy owners relive that moment on draft day, when, in the latter half of the third round, they selected Tom Brady. In the first few picks of the fourth round, they selected Matt Ryan. In the fifth round, Colin Kaepernick.

Welcome to the Halloween edition of Quarterback By Waiver Wire (QBBWW), where we revel in the folly of investing a high pick on a signal caller when there are a creepy cavalcade of streaming quarterback options in 10 and 12-team leagues with average-sized benches.

Each of the elite signal callers listed above have proven their worth during portions of the 2013 season, but waiver wire options continue to outscore all but the top-flight quarterbacks on a weekly basis.

Philip Rivers has three fewer fantasy points than Cam Newton. Alex Smith is averaging two fewer points per game than Andrew Luck, the ninth quarterback off of draft boards two short months ago. Geno Smith, who went un-drafted in all but Jets-only leagues, has outscored Brady by 19 points.

It truly has been a horror movie come to life for many who burned a high pick on quarterbacks. Peyton Manning owners, meanwhile, laugh the maniacal laugh of masters of the Dark Arts. Fear them, for they know your soul.


Here’s a rundown of how waiver wire quarterbacks fared against the elites in Week 8:



Fantasy points

Week 8 ranking

Drew Brees



Andy Dalton



Peyton Manning



Jason Campbell



Terrelle Pryor



Russell Wilson



Carson Palmer



Matt Ryan



Tom Brady




Our Week 8 QBBWW candidates, Carson Palmer, Eli Manning, and Terrelle Pryor, delivered uneven performances.

Pryor, without that 93-yard rushing score, would have been a fantasy disaster. Still, after eight week, our QBBWW selections are averaging 16.8 fantasy points per game, or QB13 numbers. Optimal QBBWW plays have scored 19.5 points per game, or QB4 numbers.

Let’s see who we should pluck from the depths of our local waiver wires this week.

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