Week 3 QB Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds: Minshew Mania

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Week three! It’s still early. Are you looking for either a streaming option or possibly a season-long pickup? Look no further, here are a few solid options for the week three waiver wire:

Ben RoethlisbergerSteelersTexans5%57.4
Gardner MinshewJaguarsDolphins3%33
Ryan TannehillTitansVikings2%40.8
Mitch TrubiskyBearsFalcons1%20.3
Justin HerbertChargersPanthers1%0.6

Ben Roethlisberger

Go see if Ben Roethlisberger is available in your league, just in case. Currently, he’s owned in roughly 60 percent of leagues. From 2014 to 2018, Roethlisberger finished as a top-five fantasy quarterback twice and had a third season inside the top-10. Despite missing nearly the entire 2019 season and being 38 years old, not only is Roethlisberger healthy, he looks more or less like Big Ben. While the defense might hurt his game script here and there, Roethlisberger still passed the ball 32 times and 41 times in weeks one and two respectively against the Giants and the Broncos. Furthermore, his surrounding squad of skill players appears to be healthy (JuJu, Conner, Johnson, Washington, Snell, Ebron, McDonald, Claypool). Roethlisberger’s next four opponents (Houston, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Cleveland) have given up an average of just over 20 points to the quarterback position through two games. For a quarterback that continues to pass 30-plus times per game, expect those averages to hold up.

Gardner Minshew


Here are a few quarterbacks that Gardner Minshew has outscored through two weeks: Ben Roethlisberger, Deshaun Watson, Matt Stafford, and Carson Wentz. Once again, Minshew continues to get the job done ahead of household names that are rostered at a much higher percentage. Sunday is a prime example of why Gardner Minshew can be viewed as a legitimate option at quarterback for fantasy. Playing from behind nearly the entire game, Minshew threw the ball 45 times for 339 yards and another three touchdowns (with two interceptions). Another promising aspect of his start so far in 2020 is his ability to spread the ball around. Eight different players had at least three receptions for Jacksonville and three different players caught a touchdown. On Thursday Minshew faces Miami, who has given up the second-most fantasy points to the quarterback position through two games and might be without star cornerback Byron Jones in the short week.

Ryan Tannehill


Tannehill is off to a hot start in 2020 and gets to play Minnesota in week three. Going back to week six of 2019, when he took over as the starter in Tennessee, Tannehill has finished as a top-10 quarterback in nine out of 13 weeks. Two of those weeks outside of the top-10 were his first two starts. Since then, however, he has been really good for a team that is labeled as “run first” with Derrick Henry. Minnesota’s defense has been gashed so far through two weeks, and looks like a team who’s fantasy opponents are must-starts. Meanwhile, Tennessee’s defense has not been as good as advertised. If they allow the Vikings’ offense to keep up, Tannehill might be in for another pass-heavy game.

Mitch Trubisky


I can’t believe I’m recommending you stream Mitch Trubisky, but he is playing Atlanta. Before you laugh, consider what quarterbacks have done to Atlanta through two weeks: Russell Wilson completed 31 of his 35 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns, in addition to 29 yards on the ground. In week two, Dak Prescott completed 34 of 47 passes for 450 yards and one touchdown, in addition to 18 yards and three rushing touchdowns. They have been unbelievably bad, and any competent opponent quarterback is a must-start at this point. I’m not ready to trust Trubisky beyond playing Atlanta quite yet, especially considering weeks four and five are against Indianapolis and Tampa Bay, but week three against Atlanta is a wonderful matchup.

Justin Herbert

Keep an eye out for further information regarding Tyrod Taylor’s injury, as head coach Anthony Lynn said Taylor is still the starting quarterback if he’s healthy. If he either goes back on his word, or Taylor is still held out for injury purposes, consider streaming Herbert against Carolina. If you happen to look at Carolina’s fantasy points against the quarterback position, you might pause for concern. However, don’t be alarmed! Carolina gave up north of 30 points in both weeks one and two and surrendered a proportionally high amount of rushing touchdowns relative to passing touchdowns (six rushing touchdowns and two passing). Justin Herbert missed a few throws on Sunday, but still went toe-to-toe with the reigning Super Bowl champions and posted a solid fantasy day. In deeper leagues, if you’re in a pinch, you should feel confident plugging in anybody playing against Carolina.

Zach Boeder is a high school math teacher that has a passion for sports and data journalism. Zach received a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Arizona. He currently teaches in Saint Paul and Lives in Minneapolis with his partner Sarah, their dog Dozier, and cat Remy. Zach plans to argue for a very long time that "2020 would have been the Twins' year if baseball hadn't been shut down."

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