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.
Let’s not sugarcoat this one or make excuses, it was a rough week for our recommendations across the board. Our primary nod, Sam Darnold (9.08 fantasy points) finished as the fantasy QB28 after the Panthers were battered by the Eagles’ defense upfront, forcing Darnold out of the pocket and causing him to throw three interceptions. He also failed to make an impact on the ground, rushing just twice for 10 yards. Yuck!
Unfortunately, Daniel Jones (6.80 fantasy points) was forced to leave the game against the Cowboys with a concussion after taking a big helmet-to-helmet hit trying to run the ball in from a couple of yards out early in the second quarter. It was a worrying sight seeing him get up and wobble around before being helped by the referees and Cowboys defense. He will not feature in our recommendations for the coming week.
Jets rookie Zach Wilson (8.98 fantasy points) traveled to London but could not emulate his performance from the previous weekend against the Titans. More so than in previous weeks, it was clear that Wilson has one of the poorest supporting casts in the league, not to mention one of the worst offensive lines. Still, his interception was a poor throw that should have been placed to the outside away from the defensive back.
Taylor Heinicke (11.92 fantasy points) completes the sorry tale after a dismal performance against the Saints at home, throwing two critical interceptions (one in each half) when the game was evenly poised. Washingon also went 6-of-19 on third or fourth down with Heinicke failing to move the chains regularly. His inaccuracy is not something that has been prevalent so far this season but it sure stood out this week.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Fantasy Points|
|Sam Darnold, Panthers||CAR vs. PHI||38%||9.08|
|Daniel Jones, Giants||NYG at DAL||31%||6.80|
|Zach Wilson, Jets||NYJ at ATL||9%||8.98|
|Taylor Heinicke, WFT||WFT vs. NO||10%||11.92|
Now, let’s look at the lay of the land for Week 6. 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: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, and the New York Jets.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Projected Fantasy Points|
|Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars||JAX vs. MIA||50%||18.70|
|Carson Wentz, Colts||IND vs. HOU||14%||19.64|
|Taylor Heinicke, WFT||WFT vs. KC||16%||17.75|
“Love The Law”
Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars vs. Dolphins
There has been a steady progression for Trevor Lawrence over the past month, something that you want to see from a rookie quarterback. The key element to this positive impact is in the run game, with Lawrence scoring on a designed run once again in the loss to the Titans. He also had another rushing score overturned by a silly penalty. He continues to have major issues converting passing attempts in the red zone and the high-risk throws are still knocking around. But, in general, there is a lot to like especially when you take in the situation the Jags are in. Playing from behind is a good thing for fantasy production for a QB like Lawrence. He can learn, improve and be productive all at the same time.
This week, Lawrence faces a miserable Dolphins defense that just shipped 411 passing yards and five passing touchdowns to Tom Brady. No, Lawrence is not Brady, but he is a fantastic talent that is getting better week by week. A 20+ fantasy points outing is a very good chance.
— NFL (@NFL) October 10, 2021
Carson Wentz, Colts vs. Texans
Remember when Carson Wentz was being talked about as a bona fide MVP candidate before that devastating injury the year the Eagles won the Super Bowl? Well, he made a surprise appearance on Monday Night Football in the Colts’ narrow overtime loss to the Ravens. Wentz was outstanding, throwing for 402 yards, two touchdowns with no turnovers. His 42-yard deep shot dime to Michael Pittman to put the Colts ahead 17-3 shortly after the half was the best throw I have seen from him since that year with the Eagles. Wentz is now averaging 17.4 fantasy points in Yahoo! leagues heading into Week 6, and that is with a single-digit dud against the Titans when he was clearly limited by his ankle injuries.
A favorable matchup against a hapless Texans secondary this week could serve as another opportunity to gain some momentum, and the Colts’ offense is finally starting to click.
MICHAEL PITTMAN JR. #ForTheShoe
— NFL (@NFL) October 12, 2021
“The Hero’s Journey”
Taylor Heinicke, WFT vs. Chiefs
Taylor Heinicke really let us down last week in a favorable matchup against the Saints’ defense as he struggled, completing just 20 of 41 passing attempts for 248 yards and two (really bad) interceptions. Missing Logan Thomas really hurt him on third down and the returning Curtis Samuel left early after aggravating his ankle injury. Which left Terry McLaurin, who made some fantastic grabs but saw plenty of double coverage and could only haul in four of 11 targets.
Luckily, the perfect bounceback awaits in Week 6. The Chiefs, who are allowing the fourth-most passing yards per game and a league-high 32.6 points per game, have a pass defense that ranks 31st in DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) according to Football Outsiders. Start with confidence.
Terry. McLaurin. … with a beautiful pass from Heinicke.
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 10, 2021
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