3 Fantasy Football Quarterback Streaming Options for Week 5
Quarterback streaming isn't for everyone, but if you're in a standard league -- like a 10- or 12-team league that features just one starting signal caller -- grabbing potentially productive quarterbacks in good matchups off the waiver wire is often doable.
Sure, you won't have the luxury of setting it and forgetting it with Patrick Mahomes as your quarterback, but when the top-end signal-callers draw a tough matchup, their upside can oftentimes be matched by a waiver-wire option in a more favorable situation.
If you're looking for some quarterback options from the waiver wire -- regardless of league size -- we have you covered. Here are three quarterbacks rostered in fewer than roughly 30% of Yahoo leagues who are in good spots this week.
Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers
Yahoo Roster Percentage: 20%
The Carolina Panthers have shown the ability this year to put up points in good matchups. They scored 30 points on the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 1 and totaled 31 against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4.
The Falcons have given up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season (32.5 per game), and they've allowed at least 30 points to every team they've played. This matchup has a 54.0-point total, and Bridgewater is our QB11 as we project him for 18.77 fantasy points. He's a great streaming play.
Justin Herbert, Chargers
Yahoo Roster Percentage: 17%
Through three starts, Justin Herbert has looked pretty darn good, and he checks a few boxes for fantasy.
Herbert has been aggressive, ranking sixth in yards per attempt, and he can run a little, notching at least three carries and 14 yards in each game and getting one rushing score. He's amassed 22.24, 14.70 and 23.00 fantasy points in his three starts, and the two big outings came in difficult matchups versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs.
Herbert might be legit, and now is the time to get him if you need quarterback help. After taking on the New Orleans Saints this week in a game with a 52.0-point total, he gets friendly matchups with the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and Raiders prior to his Week 10 bye.
It would be pretty shocking to see the Bolts turn back to Tyrod Taylor, given how good Herbert has looked, and the rookie has a shot to be a real difference-making QB1 (top-12) over the next few weeks. We project him for 17.53 points this week, making him our QB15, and he could be more than a one-week fill-in.
Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers
Yahoo Roster Percentage: 31%
Jimmy Garoppolo didn't practice last week, so it's far from guaranteed he returns in Week 5. But if he gets back, he's in a smash spot at home versus Miami. And if Jimmy G isn't back, you could use Nick Mullens or C.J. Beathard in two-quarterback leagues.
Miami has surrendered the fourth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, and the Niners' offense is getting healthy. George Kittle was unreal in his return from injury in Week 4, and Deebo Samuel debuted, as well. With Jerick McKinnon looking sharp and Brandon Aiyuk making plays, this offense could explode once Garoppolo gets back to form.
San Fran is an 8.5-point favorite over the Dolphins, and if you can't get Herbert or Teddy, Jimmy G is a really nice fall-back option this week.