Welcome to our quarterback streaming articles for 2021! Every week we will bring you our advice on which signal-callers have the potential to help your fantasy teams win. We will look at the previous weeks’ performances, the supporting cast, the matchup, and statistical insights to offer you the clearest picture of which QB to pick up from your waiver wire.
Our recommended streamer hit the high note with Tua Tagovailoa (18.52 fantasy points in Yahoo! leagues) returning as the starting quarterback of the Miami Dolphins in their 24-17 win over the New York Jets. The highlight of his two touchdown performance was a beautiful throw to Mack Hollins for a 65-yard touchdown in the second half. Tua is hampered by reserved play calling and offensive line issues, but he has shown he can make plays and move this offense.
Justin Fields (3.46 fantasy points) was knocked out of the narrow defeat to the Ravens after suffering badly bruised ribs in the third quarter. Up to that point, Fields struggled mightily, completing only 4-of-11 passes for 79 yards against a Ravens defense that has given up the most passing yards to quarterbacks this season. He threw one dime on the run to Darnell Mooney but otherwise it was a tough watch. Fields has talent but his situation is dreadful.
Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett set up Daniel Jones (9.68 fantasy points) to fail against the Buccaneers with a terrible offensive game plan that was summed up by a horrendous failed screen pass that landed in the hands of 35-year old Tampa Bay defensive tackle Steven McLendon for his first career interception. A disappointing outcome.
It wasn’t the breakout showing we were hoping for as Mac Jones (11.38 fantasy points) impressed in the first half but fell off a cliff after the break in the Patriots’ 25-0 rout of the hapless Atlanta Falcons. Jones was excellent from the start as he completed 14-of-15 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown, However, he went just 8-of-11 for 71 yards after the break including a bad overthrow that resulted in an interception.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Fantasy Points|
|Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins||MIA at NYJ||23%||18.52|
|Justin Fields, Bears||CHI vs. BAL||25%||3.46|
|Daniel Jones, Giants||NYG at TB||30%||9.68|
|Mac Jones, Patriots||NE at ATL||23%||11.38|
Now, let’s look at the lay of the land for Week 12. Remember, the caveat is that our recommended players for streaming are less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues.
The following teams are on bye this week: Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Projected Fantasy Points|
|Cam Newton, Panthers||CAR at MIA||52%||18.46|
|Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins||MIA vs. CAR||44%||17.45|
|Taylor Heinicke, WFT||WFT vs. SEA||15%||18.89|
|Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars||JAX vs. ATL||32%||16.77|
Cam Newton, Panthers at Dolphins
Rolling back the years, Cam Newton returned as the Panthers starting quarterback last weekend and immediately put up a top 5 fantasy finish at the position in Week 11. Most encouraging was his 24-yard touchdown run and the fact that he matched Christian McCaffrey for rushing attempts with ten. Newton’s return may feel nostalgic and doomed to fail but the results so far cannot be ignored.
Cam faces a Miami defense that goes into the game giving up the eight most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. With McCaffrey back in the lineup and D.J. Moore nabbing his first receiving score since Week 4, the weapons are there for Cam to put up big numbers again.
CAM NEWTON QB1
— PFF (@PFF) November 21, 2021
Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins vs. Panthers
Tua Tagovailoa did what we needed him to do in his return to the starting quarterback gig for the Dolphins, spearheading Miami to a much-needed win and earning some respect and love from the coaching staff who seemed to be straying away from the former Alabama National Champion earlier in the season. Tua added to his bomb to Hollins with a nice pass to running back Myles Gaskin for his second score of the day to seal the Dolphins win in the fourth quarter. It was his second match-winning performance in as many weeks.
Next up Tua faces off against Cam and the Panthers at home. The Panthers have one of the better defenses in the league but just gave up three passing touchdowns and 27 points to Taylor Heinicke and the Washington Football Team. He has 20+ fantasy points upside.
.@Tua ➡️ @mackhollins for 6⃣5⃣! TOUCHDOWN!
📺: Watch #MIAvsNYJ on @NFLonCBS pic.twitter.com/1OrfVTMrc5
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) November 21, 2021
“Heinicke Bring The Cheese”
Taylor Heinicke, WFT vs. Seahawks
There is an argument to make that Taylor Heinicke has played some of the best football of any quarterback over the past two weeks – the Washington quarterback has tallied 462 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover and his connection with Terry McLaurin continues to be one of the most dynamic in the league. He is getting the most out of his supporting cast too, with DeAndre Carter hauling in touchdown passes from Heinicke in each of the last three games.
Heinicke faces a Seahawks team spiralling after another dismal outing against the Cardinals and backup quarterback Colt McCoy, who threw for 328 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 7.5 yards per attempt. He has a solid chance to ball out in Week 12.
Don't look now, but Taylor Heinicke has led @WashingtonNFL to back-to-back wins. #WashingtonFootball
On Sunday at Carolina:
29 rushing yards pic.twitter.com/UIoJ1H5ia3
— NFL (@NFL) November 22, 2021
Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars vs. Falcons
At some point you have got to go out on a limb with these recommendations, and Week 12 is the time to do it. Trevor Lawrence faces a terrible Falcons defense in a cellar-dweller matchup that may decide the fate of Head Coach Urban Meyer, who looked a beleaguered, embattled figure on the sidelines in the loss to the 49ers last week. Lawrence was let down significantly by his supporting cast at the weekend but the bounce back matchup offers a redemption too good to pass up on. He makes a number of high end throws every week and if he can get back to using his legs in the red zone, he has huge upside against the Falcons.
Perfect way to answer a score.
This game was the antithesis of SF's loss to the Colt McCoy led Cardinals. Crazy to see it just flip like this. pic.twitter.com/8NZs3WmnfZ
— Chris Sanzo (@Doombot12_FF) November 22, 2021
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