The fantasy football season enters a crucial period with the dreaded bye weeks starting up in Week 4. This might be the most important time of the year to be smart with the waiver wire -- playing it smart and making the right claims can make the difference between a playoff run and missing out entirely.
Week 4 starts the byes off light, with only two teams (Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles) getting the weekend off. So unless you're an Aaron Rodgers owner or happened to start Carson Wentz Sunday, you'll likely not be looking for a QB off the wire this week. However, some owners still have an unsettled situation and Russell Wilson's latest injury will be a talking point all week. With that in mind, here are the top five waiver options at quarterback, all owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo! standard leagues.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (44 percent)
Prescott took advantage of a dream matchup with the Chicago Bears, throwing for 248 yards and a touchdown (his first of the season) on 19-of-24 passing. More importantly, he once again avoided turnovers and has yet to throw an interception. There's been little to complain about with his performances thus far and Prescott should be a high-floor QB2 against the San Francisco 49ers this week.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (29 percent)
Flacco had a harder time than expected against a reeling Jacksonville Jaguars squad, throwing two interceptions and finishing with no touchdown passes. However, he did show off some solid efficiency early in the game, setting a franchise record with 21 straight completions. The Ravens' offense still doesn't look sharp and Flacco remains a volatile QB2 play, but he'll have another good matchup with the Oakland Raiders this week.
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (20 percent)
Fantasy owners won't get to use Wentz this week with the Eagles on bye, but if you can afford a backup QB spot on your bench, it's time to jump on him now before his league ownership skyrockets. Wentz carved up the Pittsburgh Steelers in another impressive effort, racking up 301 yards and two touchdowns in the blowout win. He might just be the real deal after all. After the bye, Wentz has another favorable matchup with the Detroit Lions, whose defense is hampered by injuries at the moment.
Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings (11 percent)
It was nowhere near his Week 2 surprise and he had some stretches of bad play, but Bradford recovered from a slow start and did enough to help the Vikings get to 3-0. Although he won't be a serious option in 12-team leagues most weeks, Bradford is on the radar in two-quarterback leagues and gets a prime-time matchup with the New York Giants Monday night. With the Giants' defense looking better, Bradford is no more than a mid-level QB2.
Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos (6 percent)
I guess we have to start taking the pride of Northwestern seriously. Siemian wasn't asked to do too much in the first two games with the defense and C.J. Anderson doing all the work, but he exploded against the Cincinnati Bengals, tossing four touchdowns and putting up 312 yards on 23-of-35 passing. It's the kind of performance that makes you sit up and take notice, and Siemian should be on the radar in most fantasy leagues at this point. He'll have another chance to fill up the stat sheet when the Broncos face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' poor defense this week.