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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Examining quarterbacks that owners need to pick up

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Mitchell Trubisky, Quarterback, Chicago Bears

While Patrick Mahomes has taken the fantasy spectrum by storm, Trubisky has been just as productive since Week 4, averaging over 30 fantasy points per game and ranking in second in terms of touchdown passes with 11.

In the last three games, the Chicago quarterback has tallied at least 47 yards on the ground, highlighted by a 33-point performance against the New England Patriots in Week 7 (81 yards and a touchdown on just six rushes).

The former North Carolina star is facing a New York Jet defense that is giving up close to 300 yards through the air on the road. Trubisky is available in an average of 48 percent of leagues across ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, and NFL.com. Over their last four games, the Jets are giving up 315.75 passing yards per game, giving the Bears an opportunity to put points through the air.

Here’s a little nugget as well: Trubisky has more rushing yards than LeSean McCoy. Owners need to add Trubisky to their lineups and start him with QB1 potential moving forward.

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Alex Smith, Quarterback, Washington Redskins

Smith is coming off a performance (13 points in standard league scoring) that doesn’t make him a very exciting waiver wire, but hear out why he could be a viable QB2 option as the weeks progress.

The New York Giants are allowing just 237 yards per game through the air, which is surprising given the fact that they sit at 1-6 through seven games. But the Giants just traded away Eli Apple and Damon “Snacks” Harrison Sr. this week to the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions. With Adrian Peterson dealing with some nagging injuries, the Redskins may elect to dink and dunk the Giants.

Moving forward, Smith and the Redskins will face an Atlanta Falcon defense that has been abysmal since losing star players in Keanu Neal and Deion Jones. Over the course of the year, the Falcons are giving up 8.7 yards per attempt, which has resulted in 17 touchdowns.

Smith is available in an average of 55 percent of fantasy leagues.