Joshua Dobbs Fantasy Waiver Wire: Should I Pick Up the Vikings QB This Week?

Joshua Dobbs is a fantastic story this year, and he's been fantastic so far with the Vikings. Will he continue his strong season, or is he fantasy fool's gold?

Joshua Dobbs has been on a whirlwind since last year. For those who forget, he started a few games for the Tennesee Titans, nearly off the street, after Ryan Tannehill hurt his ankle. After signing with the Cleveland Browns this offseason, he was dealt on cut-down day to Arizona.

With the Cardinals, he played decently with a subpar supporting cast. He was dealt to the Minnesota Vikings as Kyler Murray neared his return at the trade deadline to replace an injured Kirk Cousins.

He’s since led the Vikings to two wins with minimal preparation. For fantasy football, Dobbs has averaged 23.5 points in those two weeks, but can he keep it up?

Should Joshua Dobbs Be a Fantasy Waiver Wire Add in Week 11?

Dobbs’ story has to be one of the best of the 2023 season. That doesn’t make him worth rostering for fantasy, though. What might, however, is the consistency of his performances on the season as well as the situation he’s now in for the rest of 2023.

For anyone struggling at QB, you likely could do a lot worse than Dobbs. He had a horrific Week 1 after getting to the desert right before the season. Besides that week, he’s hit 15 fantasy points in all but two weeks. He’s also eclipsed 20 points in five contests, including each of his last three games.

What if I told you Dobbs is currently second in the NFL in rushing yards amongst quarterbacks?

That’s right, Dobbs sits between Lamar Jackson and Jalen Hurts in rushing yards on the year with 368. He’s also one of just four QBs (Hurts, Jackson, and Josh Allen) with five or more rushing touchdowns.

That “Konami Code” aspect raises his weekly floor. Dobbs now has hit 40+ rushing yards in seven of his 10 games. One of those was that first game of the year. He’s now also scored a rushing TD in four straight games.

Going from Arizona to Minnesota likely helps Dobbs keep up his productivity. This week feels like a great week for WR1 Justin Jefferson to rejoin the team on Sundays. With him back, plus T.J. Hockenson and Jordan Addison, Dobbs has several weapons at his disposal.

The Vikings also happen to have some of the worst running stats of any team out there. Starting RB Alexander Mattison has yet to score a rushing TD this year. Cam Akers and Ty Chandler have both found the end zone, but most of their touchdowns flow through the QB position.

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Dobbs’ passing volume in Minnesota is around 32 pass attempts per game, and even that is trending up. With him barely knowing his teammates, Dobbs took off running more in Week 9 on called passes. Now with Mattison in concussion protocol and Jefferson seeming likely to return, expect that to push up towards the upper 30s to 40.

Jefferson, Addison, and Hockenson are such great weapons that Dobbs’ weekly floor is high. He’s got to keep throwing it because of a poor running game, plus he adds points on the ground.

Dobbs is a fantastic bye week fill-in or even starting option going forward if you’re disappointed with your current option. He’s a must-add for QB-needy teams.

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