Streaming QBs: Week 13

Benjamin Haller gives you the best signal-caller to stream in Week 13.

A quick summary of our recommended fantasy QB streamers for Week 12 – the great, the good, the bad, and the downright ugly! Kirk Cousins (26.18 fantasy points) led the way with a thrilling comeback performance that epitomizes his play this season – surprising, transformative, and entertaining. Cousins showed pinpoint accuracy all afternoon and his blossoming chemistry with rookie Justin Jefferson yielded 2 touchdowns on 7 catches for 70 yards on 13 targets. The good was another useful performance from Saints stand-in quarterback Taysom Hill (18.52 fantasy points). Despite only completing 9-of-16 passes for 78 yards, Hill exploded for 44 rushing yards with 2 touchdowns on the ground. Hill is not only the QB but he is also the goalline back, a valuable fantasy asset.

The bad (and unlucky) came in the form of Daniel Jones (10.42 fantasy points), who game-managed the Giants to a lead over the Bengals before pulling up with an injury at the end of the 3rd quarter. He tried to return but his hamstring was too sore and Colt McCoy saw out the game win. Jones looked impressive once again but he could miss time after an MRI confirmed a hamstring strain.

Derek Carr (1.60 fantasy points), you failed us! After throwing for 275 yards and 3 TDs last week, Carr capitulated against a Falcons defense who went into the game as the team giving up the most fantasy points to QBs. Embarrassingly, Carr turned the ball over 4 times, losing 3 fumbles in addition to a horrible interception. Gruden had seen enough and pulled Carr from the game with over 10 minutes to play in the 4th quarter. An unforgivable fantasy performance.

 

Week 12 Performance

 

Who surprised us? Nobody! It was a rough week for signal-callers and only Mitch Trubisky (20.78 fantasy points) put up a fantasy score above expectations. However, the Packers raced to a 41-10 lead in the 3rd quarter and allowed Trubisky to hurl 3 garbage time touchdowns which inflated his fantasy score. As a football QB, however, he was dreadful and showed nothing different from what we have seen in the past.

Now, let’s look at the lay of the land for Week 13. Teddy Bridgewater and Tom Brady are on bye thanks to the COVID-19 issues earlier in the season.

Remember, the caveat is that our recommended players for streaming are less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues.

 

QB Streamers

 

“Don’t Mess With The Vets”

 

Kirk Cousins, Vikings vs. Jaguars

 

If you are heading into your Week 13 fantasy matchup with a possibility to make the playoffs, you need a solid veteran option to feel comfortable about. There is none better at the moment than Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Over his last 4 games, Cousins has the best passer rating in the NFL (124.3), the 2nd best completion percentage (72.4%), and is 3rd in passing touchdowns (12). What was impressive about his fantasy QB3 performance last week? He did it without Adam Thielen, who should return against the Jags who currently give up the 3rd-most fantasy points per game to signal-callers. Oh, and he has Justin Jefferson

 

Derek Carr, Raiders at Jets

 

“An unforgivable fantasy performance” is what you may have read above. Well, you need to forgive and forget quickly as Derek Carr should bounceback against the worst football team I have seen in my lifetime, the New York Jets. Gregg Williams‘ defense goes into this game allowing the 5th-most fantasy points per game to QBs. This selection is risky business, however! Let’s take you back to just 2 weeks ago when Carr lit up the Chiefs secondary by throwing for 3 TDs.

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins vs. Bengals

 

Welcome back, Fitzmagic! Deputizing for the injured Tua Tagovailoa, veteran stalwart Ryan Fitzpatrick was his fantasy-happy best self by throwing for 257 yards and 2 passing TDs against the Jets in Week 12. All signs point to Tua missing at least another game so Fitzpatrick is a very attractive fantasy streaming option against the Bengals.

Fitzpatrick has multiple passing scores in 5 of his 7 starts this year, and we all shed a tear when Brian Flores made the decision to bench him in Week 8. All the Dolphins wideouts get an immediate fantasy boost (Fitzmagic targeted Devante Parker 14 times on Sunday), as does Mike Gesicki, who hit paydirt for the 1st time since Week 3 after a sublime throw from Fitzpatrick.

 

“Run (No Need To Pass) Option”

 

Taysom Hill, Saints at Falcons

 

2 weeks ago, Taysom Hill started at quarterback for the 1st time in his career and he had himself a day against the Falcons defense, rushing for 2 touchdowns and passing for 233 yards. He faces them once again this week and as we alluded to earlier, the ability of Hill to rush near the goalline makes him an easy streamable option. The Falcons defense has looked much tougher in recent weeks but Hill should give you low-QB2 numbers at worst.

 

Don’t hesitate to give me your thoughts and hit me up for questions at @benjaminhaller1.

 

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