Ben Roethlisberger is officially out for the season after suffered a non-contact injury on his right throwing elbow. This means that Mason Rudolph will step in at QB for the Pittsburgh Steelers and that Big Ben's fantasy football owners will need to head to the waiver wire in order to find a replacement for Roethlisberger.
With that in mind, here are three quarterbacks likely on the waiver wire that can help your team in Week 3 and beyond.
1. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Despite the team's proclamation that they were going to run more in 2019, the Lions have been slinging it again this season. Stafford attempted 30 passes in Week 2, but finished with 245 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It was a decent showing in a tough matchup against the Chargers, and things could get a lot better in Week 3 at the Philadelphia Eagles, a team that gave up 380 yards and three scores to Case Keenum in Week 1 and another 320 yards and three TDs to Matt Ryan on "Sunday Night Football." Stafford, who is available in 34 percent of Yahoo! leagues, should find himself in a point-chasing game script on the road, making him a borderline QB1 in Week 3. He is also a low-end QB1 for the remainder of the season as well.
2. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills are 2-0 and second-year QB Josh Allen is a big reason for their impressive start. After totaling 254 passing yards and two combined touchdowns in Week 1, he posted a similar line in Week 2 against the Giants – 253 passing yards and two more scores. This time around, however, Allen didn't throw an interception after throwing a pair in Week 1 versus the Jets. If he can limit the turnovers and improve on his rushing total (17 carries for 59 yards through two games), Allen is in a prime spot in Week 3, taking on a Bengals defense that just got thrashed by the next player on this list. Allen, who is available in 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues, was also the top-scoring QB from Week 12 on last season, so there's definitely season-long upside here as well.
3. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
One of the top performers in Week 2 was Jimmy Garoppolo, who followed a Week 1 dud at Tampa Bay with a 297-yard, three-touchdown effort at the Bengals. Garoppolo, who is available in 52 percent of Yahoo! leagues, looked more like the quarterback the 49ers likely thought they were getting from New England, hitting multiple receivers for big plays while completing 68 percent of his passes. The 49ers do draw an early bye in Week 4, but for those who need him for just one week, San Fran has a solid matchup at home against the Steelers in Week 3. Pittsburgh has given up QB1 games to Tom Brady and Russell Wilson in back-to-back weeks, making Jimmy G a high-end waiver option for those fantasy owners who lost Big Ben or Drew Brees. Garoppolo is more of a one-week stopgap, but he's likely a QB1 in Week 3.
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