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.
In a difficult week for quarterbacks across the board, two of our three recommendations did an admirable job and would have made your team competitive with their scores.
Trevor Lawrence (15.86 fantasy points in Yahoo! leagues) finished as the QB16 on the week, after a solid outing in London where he threw for 319 yards and a touchdown, which was a perfectly placed back-shoulder fade into tight coverage to Marvin Jones Jr. He did cough up a strip-sack fumble, however and wasn’t a factor in the run game which hurt his chances of going over 20 fantasy points,.
The best performance of the week from our recommendations was Carson Wentz (17.02 fantasy points), who masterminded a convincing win for the Colts over the hapless Texans. Wentz was the QB14 in terms of fantasy scoring and three multiple touchdown passes for the third straight game. Finally looking healthy and settling into the offense, Wentz is a solid contributor going forward.
The time of the hero is over. Taylor Heinicke (10.28 fantasy points) posted his second straight dud and failed to take advantage of a favorable matchup against the worst performing defense in the league, the Chiefs. He couldn’t connect with his main receiver, Terry McLaurin and had zero rushing attempts despite doing damage on the ground over the first month of the season. With Ryan Fitzpatrick approaching a return, time is up for the determined yet flawed unlikely hero in Washington.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Fantasy Points|
|Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars||JAX vs. MIA||50%||15.86|
|Carson Wentz, Colts||IND vs. HOU||14%||17.02|
|Taylor Heinicke, WFT||WFT vs. KC||16%||10.28|
Now, let’s look at the lay of the land for Week 7. 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: Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Projected Fantasy Points|
|Carson Wentz, Colts||IND at SF||35%||17.83|
|Matt Ryan, Falcons||ATL at MIA||56%||18.16|
|Sam Darnold, Panthers||CAR at NYG||52%||18.28|
|Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins||MIA vs. ATL||17%||19.31|
“Wentz You Gonna Realise?”
Carson Wentz, Colts at 49ers
While it should be noted that the Texans are no great shakes on defense, Carson Wentz handled them with the upmost of ease. Wentz has gone 60-of-87 passes for 853 yards and six touchdowns in his last three games and is starting to show the kind of form that propelled him into the MVP conversations with the Eagles a few years back. With veteran icon T.Y. Hilton returning, second-year wideout Michael Pittman emerging, and Parris Campbell potentially finding his feet at last, Wentz has an impressive receiving corps to go with the dynamic duo of Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines in the run game.
This week, Wentz gets an underperforming San Francisco defensive unit that has really struggled in the secondary – they are currently giving up the 12th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Wentz has a decent opportunity to post a 20+ fantasy day in Week 7.
Carson Wentz just delivered a DIME. 51-yard TD. #ForTheShoe
📺: #HOUvsIND on CBS
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/O6000iuNiW
— NFL (@NFL) October 17, 2021
“Fly Old Bird”
Matt Ryan, Falcons at Dolphins
Fresh off a bye week that followed a win against the Jets in London, veteran Matt Ryan has shrugged off a terrible first game of the season to post at least two passing touchdowns in four straight contests. All the statistics are pointing in the right direction for Ryan, who has attempted at least 35 passes in every game this season. Ryan will also be buoyed by the return of Calvin Ridley, who had 42 targets through four games and will be ready to eat after a two week break.
Miami are giving up the sixth most points to quarterbacks this season and are fresh off their own trip to London, which ended in a miserable defeat to the Jaguars. Both defenses will struggle to contain the opposing signal-callers so a shootout is very possible.
Matt Ryan is having another great year for the Falcons ⬇️
10 TD (4.9% TD)
3 INT (1.5% INT)
97.1 Passer Ratingpic.twitter.com/98Z9u9IggP
— Kevin Keneely (@KevinKeneely1) October 10, 2021
“Darn It! Run The Ball, Sam”
Sam Darnold, Panthers at Giants
Sam Darnold didn’t inspire with his performance in Week 6 against a strong Vikings unit that leads the league in sacks, however he did produce when his team needed him the most, leading an 11-play, 96-yard touchdown drive at the end of the game to take the contest to overtime. He also added 46 yards on the ground and it is only a matter of time until he finds the end zone once again.
The Giants offer a perfect chance to allow Darnold to find the balance in his performances that made him so productive across the first four games of the season. The Giants defense currently gives up the 9th most fantasy points at the position this season.
Sam Darnold to Ian Thomas for 41 yards!
📺: FOX pic.twitter.com/3P3tgrdWs3
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) October 17, 2021
“Tank You Tua”
Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins vs. Falcons
The return of Tua Tagovailoa made the Dolphins worth watching again in Week 6. They had been a disaster without their former first-round pick and the loss to the hapless Jaguars in London has forced this regime into a downward spiral it seems. Tua was impressive though, catapulting his team to within a hair’s breadth of a win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium by finally utilising his best weapons – Mike Gesicki and Jaylen Waddle, who combined for 185 yards and two touchdowns in the defeat. DeVante Parker should also be available to provide Tua with a full arsenal in Week 7.
As we have previously said, Miami’s home turn against the Falcons has the potential to be a high-scoring affair, with the Falcons registering as the fourth worst defense against QBs in terms of fantasy prior to their Week 6 bye.
Big time throw from @Tua to @mikegesicki @NFLUK | @MiamiDolphins | #FinsUp
📺: #MIAvsJAX on CBS
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/viByTq129q
— NFL (@NFL) October 17, 2021
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