Streaming QBs: Week 2

QB List provides you with the best fantasy options at the quarterback position to stream in Week 2 of 2023.

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 quarterbacks’ supporting cast, the matchup, and smart statistical insights to offer you the clearest picture of which QB to pick up from your waiver wire.

Remember, we will only consider QBs who are less than 70% rostered in Yahoo! leagues so as to give you an honest chance at picking one up for your team’s matchup.

Week 1 was a ride! And also one of the most statistically disappointing weeks for quarterbacks in recent fantasy history. Stalwarts like Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, Jalen Hurts, Dak Prescott and Lamar Jackson didn’t even make the top 15 in scoring in Yahoo! leagues. Wow! So, there was extreme volatility at the position and many rostered quarterbacks underwhelmed. Only two quarterbacks produced elite scores above 25 fantasy points and one of those was Mac Jones, only 9% rostered prior to the opening week.

Our top recommendation, Kenny Pickett (11.68 fantasy points) crashed and burned early on as the Steelers withered against a dominate 49ers team that beat them all over the field. The Steelers offensive line was porous but more disappointingly, his accuracy was so far from what we saw in preseason it was scary. We are still high on Pickett but this performance has to temper expectations. Pickett completed 31-of-46 attempts for 232 yards, a touchdown and two bad interceptions. Still, the attempts are encouraging and Pickett showed improvement throughout the game. Another who grew as the game went along was our next recommendation, Sam Howell (16.18 fantasy points). Howell got sacked six times overall, coughing up a fumble that resulted in an Cardinals touchdown. But, he stuck in the pocket and moved the chains well, connecting with Brian Robinson for a passing touchdown and running in the game-winning score on third down in the fourth quarter. He also threw a pick but put up a decent streaming score, good enough for a QB11 finish for the week.

The star of the show was our final recommendation, Jordan Love (23.00 fantasy points). The new Packers quarterback was electric in shedding the Bears for 245 yards and three passing touchdowns with no turnovers. Love was phenomenal on third down, nailing key including his opening touchdown pass to young sensation Romeo Doubs. He only completed 15 passes but he maximized his production and benefitted from excellent play-calling from Matt LaFleur. Love heads our recommendations for Week 2.


Week 1 Performance


Going into Week 2 there is one significant quarterback change already. Aaron Rodgers has been ruled out for the season so Zach Wilson will be the starter for the Jets going forward. We are certainly not considering Wilson as a streaming option from the off.

Let’s look at our recommendations for Week 2.


QB Streamers


“Crazy, Stupid, Love”


Jordan Love, Packers at Falcons


Jordan Love stepped out of the shadow of his predecessor in stylish, clinical fashion as the Packers deflated the hype balloon in Soldier Field with aplomb. Love threw two touchdown passes to Romeo Doubs and also connected with Aaron Jones for another score through the air to show he can make all the throws at every level. He showed playbook execution, promising mobility and made a few plays out of nothing. Love did all this without star receiver Christian Watson, who will still be struggling to return this week. He did make some poor errors of judgment early in series’ however, something to keep an eye on.

The Falcons defense are no joke, however. A.J. Terrell will likely look after Doubs and their linebackers are excellent in coverage, something the Bears struggled with last week as Love threw into the space over the top of them. Still, we believe.


“Mac Bringing The Cheese”


Mac Jones, Patriots vs. Dolphins


Who would have thought it? Bill O’Brien‘s return to play calling duties worked wonders for Mac Jones, who attempted a whopping 54 passes as the Patriots tried to come from behind against an Eagles offense that started well but faded poorly. It wasn’t explosive by any means as Jones averaged a measly 5.8 yards per attempt but he did eclipse 3o0 passing yards and threw three touchdown passes in wet conditions. Two of those were to old reliable Kendrick Bourne – the second was a perfectly thrown ball splitting coverage. This is the kind of developement Jones has been lacking. A most adventurous playbook can only mean good things for him as a streaming options.

The shootout happy Miami Dolphins are next up, and the thought of Jones having to keep pace with Tua Tagovailoa is mouthwatering from a fantasy perspective.


“Howling Heights”


Sam Howell, Commanders at Broncos


As discussed above, Sam Howell was everything ok in his first start, throwing for and rushing for a touchdown. We like that in a quarterback. He needs to polish up some intermediate throws and look to use his feet a little more but all the signs were there. Eric Bienemy shackled him a little so that is something we would like to see improve, as well as his connection with Terry McLaurin. The wideout caught just two of four targets for 32 yards and looked less than 100% in his recovery from turf toe.

Howell comes up against the Broncos in Week 2 in Denver so it is a tough matchup against a excellent secondary. He made need to use his feet more and rely on short passes to unleash his backs catching passes.


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


Feature image by Michael Packard (@CollectingPack on Twitter) / Photography by Larry Radloff / Icon Sportswire

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