Fantasy Fix: Picking the right fantasy quarterback


When you are debating what quarterback to start and you go against your instincts and common sense, nothing good can happen.

This was the case for me in week one of virtual pigskin. I had the choice to start Jay Cutler versus the Green Bay Packers or Joe Flacco against the Kansas City Chiefs.

My first thought was to start Flacco against a weak Kansas City defense. Then I came to the assumption that the Ravens would run a lot more than they would pass, and that would make Jay Cutler a better start than Joe Flacco.

I was totally wrong, and I paid. I paid in points.

Jay Cutler somehow managed to get me almost 27 points while throwing four interceptions and only one touchdown. Flacco, on the other hand, threw for three touchdowns, 307 yards and ended up with 52 fantasy points sitting on my bench.

Next time, I'm trusting my instinct, no matter how absurd it seems.

I did notice that there are some receivers available on the waiver wire that had productive weeks. By productive, I mean, they got at least six targets and still managed to put up good numbers.

There is a window of about three weeks in the beginning of every year where you can find players who will be productive all year.

Here are five players that are still available on waiver wires who I think could provide great value all year long.

• Earl Bennett, wide receiver, Chicago Bears - Cutler targeted Bennett 13 times against Green Bay. That's more targets than supposed No. 1 receiver Devin Hester.

• Justin Gage, wide receiver, Tennessee Titans - In terms of targets, Gage is in the top tier after week one with 11. He will likely get a good share of the targets and receptions from Kerry Collins this year.

• Cadillac Williams, running back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - He's probably the only Tampa Bay running back available on waivers, but he still could have value in the time share with Derrick Ward and Earnest Graham. In week one, he only had 13 rushes but managed a touchdown and 97 yards.

• Byron Leftwich, quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Leftwich posted some quality stats against the Cowboys in week one: 25 of 41 passes completed, 276 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions.

• Leon Washington, running back, New York Jets - Not only did he get 15 rushes for 60 yards, he also was targeted six times in the passing game for 24 yards. He should be a steady producer all year.

Enjoy the second week of football this weekend, and I'll be back next week with more fantasy football advice.


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