Showtime: The Electric Baker Mayfield Will be a Hot Week 4 Waiver Wire Option After his Thursday Night Heroics

It's Baker time.

Tyrod Taylor looked horrendous through a quarter and a half against the Jets, completing just 4-of-14 of his throws. Hue Jackson decided to be a man for once (although Taylor technically went out with a concussion) and put in the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick, Baker Mayfield. Baker led the Browns to their first victory in 635 days when he erased a 14 point deficit. 

Mayfield looked as electric as he did at Oklahoma by eluding the pass rush on numerous occasions and throwing darts all over the field. Mayfield completed 17-of-23 passes (three drops) for 201 yards, and even caught a two-point conversion on the Browns’ version of the ‘Philly Special.’ Although he only put up 9.84 fantasy points, his potential was evident right away.

With Mayfield under center, the offense looked revitalized and energized. Once Hue gets his head out of his ass and officially names him the starter, you can expect a ‘Stock Up’ for the fantasy-relevant players in this offense. Carlos Hyde finally found some running lanes, Jarvis Landry (15 targets) and Antonio Callaway (10 targets) were peppered on the perimeter and tight end David Njoku built a nice rapport with Mayfield during the preseason.

Baker is currently owned in only 11% of leagues and will be one of the hottest waiver pickups this week. Assuming you have a decent QB1, he’s a solid QB2 right now to stash with legit QB1 upside once Haley fully trusts the QB in all situations — not just when they’re down by 14 and he’s put into a two-minute offense, which is basically what he ran in college.

Get your popcorn ready. It’s Baker time.


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