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.
Tua Tagovailoa (13.20 fantasy points in Yahoo! leagues) didn’t quite hit the heights we wanted in terms of fantasy despite an impressive performance in Miami’s win over the Panthers, completing 87% of his passes and throwing for 230 yards an a touchdown. The Dolphins are hot and even hotter is the connection between Tua and rookie Jaylen Waddle. They linked up for the score and mustered 137 yards on nine catches.
Cam Newton‘s back! And don’t we know it. His miserable stat line was only compounded by his subdued press conference after the game, in which he highlighted his dire performance and how the NFL is unforgiving if you don’t have the quality on game day. Newton was benched in the fourth quarter after throwing for two interceptions and competing just 5-of-21 passes, which is the lowest completion rate by any quarterback in the league since 2006. Grim.
It was a case of what could have been, should have been for Taylor Heinicke (12.12 fantasy points) as the Washington Football Team overcame late drama to beat the Seattle Seahawks and enter the wild card places in the NFC. Heinicke connected with returning tight end Logan Thomas in the end zone in the closing moments of the game but remarkably the touchdown was overturned as the officials somehow deemed the ball to have hit the ground claiming Thomas had lost control in the process of completing the catch. It was a terrible call and cost Heinicke a 20+ fantasy points outing.
We said that if you were ever going to jump on the Trevor Lawrence (18.02 fantasy points) bandwagon for fantasy in 2021, this was the week to do it. He didn’t disappoint, throwing for a score and adding 39 yards on five carries to put up his most respectable score since the opening month of the season. He still turned the ball over once and looked less than composed in the Jaguars dreadful one-score loss to the terrible Atlanta Falcons.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Fantasy Points|
|Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins||MIA vs. CAR||44%||13.20|
|Cam Newton, Panthers||CAR at MIA||52%||8.18|
|Taylor Heinicke, WFT||WFT vs. SEA||15%||12.12|
|Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars||JAX vs. ATL||32%||18.02|
Now, let’s look at the lay of the land for Week 13. 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: Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Projected Fantasy Points|
|Taylor Heinicke, WFT||WAS at LV||36%||20.12|
|Carson Wentz, Colts||IND at HOU||58%||19.84|
|Derek Carr, Raiders||LV vs. WAS||68%||19.00|
“Cash In Vegas”
Taylor Heinicke, WFT at Raiders
After being robbed of another stellar fantasy streaming score against the Seahawks after a bad call on a touchdown pass to Logan Thomas, Taylor Heinicke continues to show his accuracy and ability to move this offense forward. Thomas, Curtis Samuel and Terry McLaurin will give Heinicke his most potent offense of the season next week against the Raiders. He is the premiere streaming option in a tough week with four teams on bye.
The Raiders have given up 32 points or more in the last three games and this is slated to turn into another shootout that will only give Heinicke the game script for another 20+ fantasy day.
On 4th and 4… CLUTCH from Heinicke.
— NFL (@NFL) November 30, 2021
“Carson Corrals Texans”
Carson Wentz, Colts at Texans
Carson Wentz is moving through the gears of Frank Reich‘s offense week-by-week, throwing for another 306 yards and three touchdowns against the Buccaneers in a narrow loss at the weekend. Wentz threw a poor interception and also recorded another on a final Hail Mary-play at the end of the game, which made his fantasy score less impressive than his actual showing. The Colts quarterback now has eight games with multiple scores this season.
The hapless Texans are up next for Wentz, who should have no problem picking apart a defense that is in the top 10 for fantasy points allowed to the position. Set and forget.
DULIN GOES DEEP. 🚀
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) November 28, 2021
“Shootout in Vegas”
Derek Carr, Raiders vs. WFT
Derek Carr is coming off the back of his first 20+ fantasy performance since Week 7 and the return of a deep threat option in DeSean Jackson could not come at a more important time. His chemistry with Hunter Renfrow is also blossoming, and peppering the slot receiver over the middle to move the chains is a key part of Carr’s passing yards total. He shredded the Cowboys defense for 373 yards and a passing touchdown with ease.
Washington’s defense has shown steady improvement recently, however it is still the worst defense when it comes to fantasy quarterbacks. The prospect of a shootout means Carr should easily blow 20 fantasy points out of the gate.
Derek Carr's dime to DeSean Jackson was PERFECT. pic.twitter.com/iU8E47nmJu
— RJ Clifford (@RJcliffordMMA) November 29, 2021
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