We are getting to the heart of the schedule where most fantasy owners will have to navigate through bye weeks, injuries and players that have not lived up to their draft billing. The quarterback market is always thin, but there are some interesting waiver options that could prove to be good pickups over the next month.
Fantasy football waiver wire: QB pickups for Week 8
C.J. Stroud, Houston Texans
Stroud might not have blowout stats from week to week, but in the right matchups, he can put up good numbers comparable with a top 10 fantasy quarterbacks. The first-year quarterback has already had two games where he threw for 300+ yards and two touchdowns and he is protecting the football. Stroud should have some favorable matchups over the next six weeks with the Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos all appearing on the schedule during that time.
Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Steelers
Is Kenny Pickett going to be an elite quarterback? Not anytime soon, especially with Matt Canada bogging down the offense with his interesting play calling. But Pickett has found a little bit of groove. He had 15.2 points this past week against the Los Angeles Rams and a season-high 18.5 points a couple of weeks ago against the Raiders. The upcoming matchups are going to interesting with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers all coming to Pittsburgh. Can Pickett keep up with this consistency and continue to find George Pickens in the passing game for big plays?
Zach Wilson, New York Jets
Yeah I know...it’s Zach Wilson. But Wilson has played considerably better over the three weeks leading to the Jets bye week and now he faces the New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders over the next three weeks. If Jets offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and Wilson figured out some better plays in the red zone, the third-year quarterback should be able to get some touchdown passes and put up some solid bye-week/injury replacement numbers.
Gardner Minshew, Indianapolis Colts
With Minshew you know it’s going to likely be a feast or famine situation and Sunday against the Browns there was the good (four total touchdowns) and the bad (four turnovers). Minshew is looking at this opportunity with the Colts as 11-game tryout for a contract next year. He is a bit of a gunslinger by nature and that’s always the risk, but the turnovers should slow down a bit as the Colts running game gets rolling behind Jonathan Taylor. We’ve already seen that the threat of Taylor in the running game opens up the opportunity for Minshew to take some deep shots with the passing game, who had touchdown passes of 59 and 75 yards.