Good fantasy managers are always looking for ways to improve their teams. Below are quarterbacks who played well in Week Eight, despite being owned in 15% or fewer of Yahoo fantasy leagues when the week began.
1. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson was available in 85% of leagues and has posted decent fantasy numbers recently. In his first four games, his highest passing yards total was 160. However, he has now topped 200 yards in three of his last four contests, throwing for 236 yards with two scores in Week Eight. In many leagues he finished in the top 10 quarterbacks ahead of the Monday game. Wilson is becoming more familiar with the NFL, and he is worth a roster spot in keeper formats and deeper leagues.
2. Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville Jaguars
Gabbert was owned in only 4% of leagues, but he was a top 10 fantasy quarterback in many leagues for Week Eight. With 303 passing yards and a touchdown, Gabbert played well, despite the absence of running back Maurice Jones-Drew. The passing yards were a career high for Gabbert, whose previous mark was 260. He now has 13 touchdowns in his last 12 games, but is not consistent enough to be a good add right now. If Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts can continue to help the offense improve, Gabbert could be a decent fantasy play by next season. He could be worth stashing in dynasty leagues if you have a spot available.
3. Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee Titans
Hasselbeck's days as Tennessee's quarterback could be numbered, as starter Jake Locker should be back soon. However, Hasselbeck was available in 88% of leagues and once again had a solid fantasy outing in Week Eight. He is very consistent and may never finish a week as the top fantasy quarterback, but he can be a great replacement during a bye week or if your starter is injured. In 14 of his 20 games with significant playing time in Tennessee, Hasselbeck has thrown for 200 yards and a touchdown. There is not much upside, but if you are strong at other positions, Hasselbeck is a solid fill-in if he continues to be the starter for the Titans.
Mike Patton is a co-host on the Deep Sleeper Fantasy Football Podcast. He has been a fantasy enthusiast since 1997 and has won championships in baseball, football, basketball, hockey and pick 'em leagues.