Streaming Quarterbacks – Week 7
What is happening, everybody? I’m back after a one-week hiatus and excited to get back to the grind. A big thanks to my colleague Nate Watt for covering for me while I was on vacation. Week 6 saw some monster quarterback performances with six QBs putting up over 27 fantasy points. Lamar Jackson managed to finish as QB2 without throwing a touchdown, thanks to piling up 152 yards on the ground.
In Arizona, we had a good old fashioned slobber-knocker as Matt Ryan and Kyler Murray played a game of “Can you top this?” Ryan finished as the QB1 by completing 30 of 36 pass attempts for 356 yards and four touchdowns. Murray threw for 340 yards himself and added three touchdown passes to finished as QB5. Let’s take a look at the rest of the Week 6 leader board:
|Quarterback||Week 6 Opponent||Fantasy Points||Percentage Owned|
|Matt Ryan||at Cardinals||30.9||99%|
|Lamar Jackson||vs. Bengals||30.6||99%|
|Deshaun Watson||at Chiefs||29.4||100%|
|Russell Wilson||at Browns||28.9||99%|
|Kyler Murray||vs. Falcons||28.8||94%|
|Kirk Cousins||vs. Eagles||27.3||46%|
|Tom Brady||vs. Giants||22||98%|
|Carson Wentz||at Vikings||20.5||97%|
|Sam Darnold||vs. Cowboys||19.6||16%|
|Baker Mayfield||vs. Seahawks||19.5||75%|
|Patrick Mahomes||vs. Texans||18.8||100%|
|Aaron Rodgers||vs. Lions||18.3||99%|
It’s as if Nate had a crystal ball, as he was spot on with his writeup of Kirk Cousins. The Vikings pass game managed to pick apart the Eagles secondary at will, with Cousins going 22/29 for 333 yards and four touchdowns. The squeaky wheel certainly got the grease, as Stefon Diggs led all Vikings receivers with seven catches for 167 yards and three scores. The Eagles should remain a solid stream against option all year.
The Panthers took advantage of seven Buccaneers turnovers, which meant “Stream of the Week”, Kyle Allen, wasn’t asked to enter gunslinger mode. In leading the Panthers to their four consecutive victories, Allen was a solid game manager, throwing for 227 yards and two scores. Most importantly, Allen did the opposite of Jameis Winston and didn’t turn the ball over. For the week, Allen put up 17.4 fantasy points to finish as QB13 this week.
I love where Nate’s head was at in recommending Colt McCoy, but ultimately, the Redskins pivoted back to Case Keenum. Interim head coach, Bill Callahan made good on his promise of, “I envision us as a running team. I’d like to get our running game going.” Keenum ended up handing the ball off more than he dropped back, leading to Adrian Peterson having his best game of the year. Despite the unsexy line of 13/25 for 166 and two touchdowns against the Dolphins, Keenum currently sits as the QB14 this week.
Josh Allen (50% Owned)
If you’re in a league where Josh Allen got the bye week chop, now’s the time to scoop him up. The Bills’ schedule is incredible for the next five weeks – Dolphins, Eagles, Redskins, Browns, and Dolphins. In terms of fantasy points allowed to the quarterback, those teams rank 1st, 12th, 8th, 11th, and 1st. Outside of a Week 4 matchup with the Patriots, Josh Allen has managed to put up 16 fantasy points in every matchup.
The Dolphins have allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw for 270 yards per game, 26th worst in the league. Even the lowly Case Keenum put up high-end QB2 numbers against the Dolphins in Week 6, thanks to hooking up with Terry McLauren on two long touchdown passes. I expect Allen to look to his favorite target, John Brown, early and often and with the bye giving Allen an extra week to prepare for this matchup, he should be a lock for QB1 production in Week 7.
Daniel Jones (29% Owned; Pick of the Week)
Life has not been all sunshine and rainbows for Daniel Jones following his Week 3 breakout against the Buccaneers. Jones managed an incredible 34.2 fantasy points against the Bucs, but has put up just 28 points in Weeks 4-6 combined and is coming off two really difficult matchups with the Vikings and Patriots. He should be in line for better days starting this week against the Cardinals, who are allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks.
The Cardinals secondary should get a boost as they get Patrick Peterson back from a six-game suspension, but it’s going to take more than one shingle to fix this leaky roof. The Giants offense also appears to be in line to get back some key players, as Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, and most importantly, Saquon Barkley all returned to the practice field on Monday. If he’s available in your leagues, Daniel Jones makes for a great streamer in a pace up matchup against the Cardinals.
Joe Flacco (8% Owned)
If you need someone a little bit deeper, I love the matchup for Joe Flacco this week against the Chiefs. The Chiefs have allowed QB1 production in two of the last three weeks and have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks on the year.
The play doesn’t come without a word of warning though. In their Week 5 matchup against the Chiefs, the Colts made a conscious decision to control the clock and they did just that by rushing the ball 45 times and winning the time of possession battle. The Broncos have run the ball at the 10th-highest rate this year and I could see them taking a similar strategy to keep Patrick Mahomes off the field. That being said, I still see Flacco as a solid streamer and love his favorite target, Courtland Sutton, this week. Flacco should have a solid floor and if this game goes into shootout mode, he has the upside to be a top 10 QB this week. Good luck this week!
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