Four weeks of NFL play are officially in the books, which means bye weeks are in full swing. Gone are the days where you could just coast by on a strong draft. Now more than ever, you’ll need to search the waiver wire for all the best available quarterbacks. Heading into Week 5, you should set your eyes on Jacoby Brissett, Chase Daniel, and Teddy Bridgewater.
Note that in order to make this list, the player had to be available in over 50% of fantasy leagues. If you’re in smaller leagues, there may be better players available. Make sure to check your waivers to see if there are any diamonds in the rough before submitting your claims.
Jacoby Brissett, Chase Daniel Highlight Fantasy Football Quarterback Week 5 Waiver Wire Streams
As a general rule, you should always start the quarterback playing against the Kansas City Chiefs. Even though he didn’t throw a touchdown in Week 4, Patrick Mahomes still operates the most dangerous and efficient offense in the NFL. Jacoby Brissett is going to throw early and often to keep up with Kansas City’s offense, and Kansas City’s defense isn’t particularly great at stopping opposing passing attacks.
Brissett proved in Week 4 that he’s capable of putting up solid fantasy numbers even when he doesn’t have T.Y. Hilton by his side. During Sunday’s action, Brissett threw for 265 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while adding 19 yards on the ground. He’s not going to be a top-five option by any means, but he’s a great streaming candidate.
I guarantee you that Chase Daniel is available in your fantasy league. Mitchell Trubisky suffered a shoulder injury in Week 5 and reportedly could be sidelined for the next few weeks. Chase Daniel came on in relief and put together a solid performance against an impressive Minnesota Vikings squad. During his abbreviated game action, Daniel threw for 195 yards and one touchdown without turning the ball over.
Matt Nagy has created a perfect system in which just about any quarterback is capable of putting up strong fantasy numbers. Mitchell Trubisky is not a good quarterback, but he’s remained relevant in fantasy thanks to Nagy’s scheme and a talented supporting cast. Daniel should be able to put up starting-caliber numbers against an underwhelming Oakland Raiders defense in Week 5.
Teddy Bridgewater is only a starting-caliber stream in deep superflex leagues. However, he’s only 3.3% owned and could put up a respectable performance against an overmatched Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense. Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara are both ridiculously talented players capable of carrying an offense all on their own. Kamara, in particular, has the ability to turn any dumpoff into a massive gain.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense cannot stop anything through the air, while Jameis Winston is riding a hot streak. This could turn into a high-scoring affair, which means Bridgewater might have to use his arm to keep pace. If that happens, he has what it takes to be a middling QB2. It’s not ideal, but it’s something.