Week 9 is upon us and six teams (Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, New York Giants and San Francisco) are on their bye weeks. Owners that didn’t plan ahead are in need of a quarterback to replace the likes of Peyton Manning, Matt Stafford and Colin Kaepernick.
It may also be time to give up on some of the “elite” fantasy football quarterbacks such as Tom Brady and Michael Vick that are simply not getting it done this year. Luckily, there are a few quarterbacks out there that are widely available that can be a nice bye week fill-in and maybe even a solid play for the rest of the year. Andy Dalton and Jake Locker lead the crop of Week 9 quarterback waiver wire pick-ups.
Andy Dalton (QB – CIN)
Andy Dalton is fresh off his five touchdown performance on Sunday against the Jets. He now has 11 touchdowns and at least 325 passing yards in his last three contests.
It appears that the Bengals are opening up the playbook and Dalton is finally taking advantage of all the weapons at his disposal. Dalton has been great on big plays down the field and has been spot on in the red zone. Dalton is definitely worth a waiver pick-up and may end up being a top 10 fantasy quarterback for the rest of the season.
Jake Locker (QB – TN)
Jake Locker would likely be in the top 12 in fantasy points for quarterbacks if it weren’t for his injury and a bye week that he has already completed. Locker doesn’t throw for many yards or touchdowns, but he does rack up quite a lot of yards on the ground which are easy points for fantasy owners.
In the last three games that Locker has played in, he’s racked up 27, 18 and 21 fantasy points in standard ESPN leagues. Locker has a great match-up this week against the Rams and has a really favorable schedule for the rest of the year.
Owners in need of a bye-week fill in can definitely expect to get 20 points from Locker this week and may actually end up being a better option than some of the big name quarterbacks from here on out.