Miami Dolphin quarterbacks did not have a good day on Sunday. In Sunday's victory over the Tennessee Titans, Chad Henne as well Chad Pennington "more than likely" were stricken with season-ending injuries. These developments affect not only the Dolphins, but they also affect many Henne and Pennington fantasy football owners.
This is where I come in.
There are many sleeper quarterbacks on the waiver wire that could be a much needed boon to your quarterback depth.
Now I will not say that Tony Romo is a sleeper because almost everyone knows what Romo can perform like when healthy. In order to make sure that the following QB's will most likely not be acquired before you make the move, all of the quarterbacks listed will have a 79.9 owned percentage or lower according to ESPN Fantasy Football.
So without further ado, here are a few sleeper quarterbacks to acquire off the waiver wire listed in no particular order.
1. Josh Freeman - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (57.1 percent own)
Josh Freeman is continuously flying under the radar on a weekly basis. Unbeknownst to many people, as evidenced by Freeman's paltry owned percentage, he has performed at an extremely high level consistently for the entire NFL season.
Freeman has averaged 14.3 Fantasy PPG this season, which puts the second-year QB up there with the likes of Tom Brady as well as Eli Manning, two premier fantasy football quarterbacks.
Freeman also has a relatively easy schedule coming up with his final six games being the following: San Francisco, Baltimore, Atlanta, Washington, Detroit, Seattle and New Orleans.
The San Francisco, Atlanta, Detroit and Seattle matchups have the potential to become 20-point performances as these defenses are some of the most inconsistent in the NFL.
All of these elements add up to Freeman being one of the best quarterbacks on waivers and if he is a free agent in your league and you need quarterback depth or perhaps need a decent starter, look to acquire Freeman as soon as possible.
2. Troy Smith - San Francisco 49ers (3.1 percent own)
Troy Smith is definitely one of those interesting names in fantasy football. He has the college football credentials to his name (2006 Heisman Trophy winner) but as far as the NFL goes Smith has had minimal success but has the ability to possibly succeed long term.
Now it seems that Troy Smith is finally coming into his own in the NFL.
When starter Alex Smith fell victim to a shoulder injury, the 49ers handed the starting duties over to Troy Smith and so far he has not disappointed. Not only has he led the 49ers to a 2-0 record during his tenure, Smith also possesses a 116.6 QB rating throughout this brief stint in addition to fantasy performances of 17 and 19 points respectively.
But this is where the risks come into the equation.
Smith is indeed raw, only having a handful of starts throughout his NFL career but just his abilities alone are enough to warrant you adding Troy Smith to your roster. Not only has he displayed that he can now throw accurate passes, but he also has the legs to succeed in fantasy football, making him a dual threat QB.
Smith has a few red flags attached to his name, but consider adding him to your roster as a second or third quarterback off his potential as well as his excellent performances this season.
3. Sam Bradford - St. Louis Rams (28.6 percent own)
Sam Bradford is another young quarterback with potential to succeed in fantasy football that has slid under the radar. Bradford has silenced his fantasy football doubters as he has shown much consistency this season punctuated by an average of 11.1 fantasy PPG, which is phenomenal for a rookie, let alone one that has to perform with such a weak receiving corps.
In addition, Bradford has close to the best possible stretch for fantasy success, with games against the Broncos, Cardinals, 49ers, and Seahawks being notables.
All of this should make Bradford a decent second or third quarterback on your roster that could possibly get some starting time in two-quarterback leagues.