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 fantasy streamer at quarterback, Taylor Heinicke (15.84 fantasy points) put in another admirable performance as the Washington Football Team overcame the Las Vegas Raiders in a tight 17-15 matchup. Washington seems to be committing to the run more but Heinicke still managed to throw scores to Logan Thomas and Antonio Gibson. He stood in the pocket courageously under a barrage of pressure from the Raiders’ defensive front. He continues to be a solid streaming option.
Carson Wentz (11.12 fantasy points) scored over 80% of his final fantasy score in the first half and effectively became irrelevant after the first drive of the second half as Jonathan Taylor gave the Colts a 21-0 lead against a miserable Texans team. This was always a worry in this matchup but at least Wentz managed to reach double digits and salvage an acceptable total.
On the other end of the Washington and Las Vegas showdown was Derek Carr (12.36 fantasy points), whose fall from fantasy grace quickly became apparent as he once again failed to make an impact through the air for this offense. Carr failed to throw a passing touchdown for the first time since Week 5 and threw for just 249 yards. Carr failed to connect with Zay Jones and Hunter Renfrow in the red zone as scoring drives were limited to field goals. A disappointing outing.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Fantasy Points|
|Taylor Heinicke, WFT||WAS at LV||36%||15.84|
|Carson Wentz, Colts||IND at HOU||58%||11.12|
|Derek Carr, Raiders||LV vs. WAS||68%||12.36|
Now, let’s look at the lay of the land for Week 14. 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: Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Projected Fantasy Points|
|Taysom Hill, Saints||NO at NYJ||34%||23.12|
|Taylor Heinicke, WFT||WAS vs. DAL||39%||19.86|
|Zach Wilson, Jets||NYJ vs. NO||6%||15.99|
|Teddy Bridgewater, Broncos||DEN vs. DET||23%||20.33|
“King of the Hill”
Taysom Hill, Saints at Jets
Earning his first start at quarterback last week, Taysom Hill had a mixed day at the office that included four interceptions. However, his 101 yards rushing on the ground propelled him to 20+ fantasy points finish, earning him the fourth-best finish at the position in Week 13. Hill has limitations, including a below-average receiving corps, however, the expected return of Alvin Kamara and his own prowess in the run game makes him a no-brainer for this week.
Tag on that Hill faces the derisory Jets defense this coming weekend seals the deal. He has a few ailments so check on his health closer to game day.
TAYSOM HILL 😱
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 3, 2021
Taylor Heinicke, WFT vs. Cowboys
The little engine that could continues to chug down the tracks with guts and determination. Although Taylor Heinicke isn’t a clear-cut choice due to the lack of a true passing offense in Washington, he has appeal when it comes to using his legs too. The bad news is that Logan Thomas is done for the year, so once again Terry McLaurin will be front and center for targets.
The Cowboys have their own problems on defense, one week removed from giving up 36 points for to the Raiders. Don’t expect fireworks, but do expect a reliable fantasy output.
On 3rd-and-6 in the redzone, Heinicke scrambles for the 1st down run, capped off with a trademark slide.
Heinicke: gamer. #WashingtonFootball pic.twitter.com/rxZODOvgEY
— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoTWW) December 5, 2021
Zach Wilson, Jets vs. Saints
How bold are you feeling? It is an important week to trust in the rookie who registered his first 20+ fantasy point game last week against the Eagles. Signs of life and quality from Zach Wilson finally reared its head last week, and it could easily continue against a beaten-up Saints defense that is there for the taking. It’s safe to say Wilson is auditioning for his job at this point and encouraging signs of chemistry with Elijah Moore could prove to be crucial in the run into the end of the season.
The Saints have holes all over their defense and they struggled mightily to apply pressure last week. If Wilson gets the extra bit of time, he can hurt them.
The kids are alright.@ZachWilson | @e_moore03#PHIvsNYJ on CBS pic.twitter.com/pSlIAcg7Q4
— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 5, 2021
“Time for Two Gloves”
Teddy Bridgewater, Broncos vs. Lions
Despite a rough outing against the Chiefs, Teddy Bridgewater threw for over 250 yards and a passing touchdown to Javonte Williams to put up a respectable fantasy score. He was the victim of some poor receiving play as his pass was tipped for a pick-six late in the contest. With a bit better luck, he could have come away with a 20+ fantasy outing.
The matchup is the real reason for this recommendation as Teddy goes up against the Detroit Lions, who got their first win last week with Jared Goff given more license to throw through the air. If the Lions go “gung ho”, this could force Teddy into a big fantasy day.
Huge night for Javonte Williams as the lead back.
160 total yards
1 receiving TD
📺: #DENvsKC on NBC
📱: https://t.co/uJbgLU8JP7 pic.twitter.com/DBUMoGkE5D
— NFL (@NFL) December 6, 2021
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photo by Wesley Hitt: Getty Images/ adapted by Shawn Palmer (@palmerguyboston on twitter)