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Teddy Bridgewater (QB, NO) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

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OWNED IN: 9% of Leagues

ANALYSIS: I must admit I am surprised by Teddy Bridgewater. I thought Bridgewater would play the role of the average backup and rely on his tailback and just throw short, safe passes. Indeed, that was the case in Weeks 2 and 3. Alvin Kamara was Bridgewater's weapon of choice on most dropbacks, and he just tossed him the ball, allowing him to work the game and save the day. But then, things took a 180-degree turn starting in Week 4.

Bridgewater can be considered a bonafide starter now. Although the game against the Cowboys was a rarity (no passing touchdowns from either quarterback), it marked the first time Bridgewater showed a proper QB profile this season. He only threw three passes behind the LOS, all of them completions, and finished with 193 yards on 23 completions. Low volume, great efficiency. Flip the page to Week 5 and you'll find a must-add through waivers.

Against the Buccanneers, Bridgewater put on a show by throwing 34 passes and completing 26 of them for 314 yards and four touchdowns with just one interception. Even that was not his fault, as Kamara dropped a ball that ricocheted off him. He peppered the whole field with completions, both left to right and at every depth level, and his four scores tied his career-best. While Drew Brees will eventually return, I wouldn't mind having Bridgewater on my team until New Orleans' Week 9 bye. Jacksonville and Arizona are two of the three games Bridgewater will start in that span, and neither of those teams has an above-average passing defense anymore. Chicago, the other opponent left, will be a harder proposition but they just surrendered 24 points to a middling Raiders team. Consider Bridgewater one of the best streaming options until Brees come back and a steady option for most leagues.

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