Last Week’s Result: My main streaming option of Jameis Winston came through for anyone who played him. He finished with 312 yards and 2 TDs for 26.88 fantasy points. This choice brings the weekly average points for my main option up to 23.66 fantasy points per week. That is all production that could have been achieved without spending any significant draft capital on a QB. If you build the rest of your team depth correctly you can stream your way to the playoffs and a potentially a fantasy championship.
The bye weeks are over so there might be less people looking to stream QBs, but you could have a tough match up or be disappointed with the fantasy output of a guy like Tom Brady who plays the Vikings this week. You could need a replacement as Trubisky will be missing another week. In any of those situations here are the guys available it at least 50% of Yahoo leagues that I like for this week.
Main Streaming Option: Lamar Jackson
Over the last few weeks we have likely seen the end of Joe Flacco’s time as the starting QB in Baltimore. Jackson has come in and gotten wins in both of his starts, putting Baltimore in a good position to challenge for a playoff spot. His passing numbers are not necessarily pretty, but his legs provide him with an extremely high floor. Over his 2 starts he has rushed 37 times for 190 yards and a TD. He has put up over 10 fantasy points a game on his rushing alone. This week he is playing at Atlanta who has been terrible on defense, the over/under is not as high as I like for a streamer at 48, but Jackson’s rushing is enough to compensate for that. Atlanta’s struggles against running backs in the passing game should play into the safer passes Baltimore will be calling, it could mean more use of Ty Montgomery for Baltimore. I am looking at leagues with 6 points per passing TD for the purpose of this article, so that hurts Jackson a little, but if you are in a league with 4 points for a passing TD Jackson is an ever stronger streaming candidate.
Alternate 1: Case Keenum
Keenum is widely available, owned in only 19% of leagues as of right now. He has been mostly disappointing for fantasy purposes so far this year, but he is stepping into a great match up. The Bengals on average are allowing over 300 yards and just over 2 passing TDs to opposing QBs. The Bengals lost their QB, do not seem to have as much to play for and it is the type of match up Keenum needs to be able to take advantage of. Denver is coming off of 2 big wins and will need to continue that here to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Bengals started the season looking like a potential wild card team and it has gone downhill since week 6. The team does not have much left to play for and it feels like the Dalton injury might be enough to completely break their spirit.
Alternate 2: Derek Carr
Derek Carr was bad against the Ravens’ defense last week. The Raiders do not have a lot of weapons in the passing game at this point, but they are in a game where the game scrip will likely force them to abandon the run. They are a huge underdog against the Chiefs at home in the game with the highest over/under of the week at 55.5. Derek Carr is a volume play for fantasy this week. Teams have attempted the most passes per game against the Chiefs with 42.5 per game. They have allowed 320 yards passing to opposing offenses. The Raiders have been one of the worst teams in football and they do not stand much of a chance of slowing the Chiefs down, by the 2nd half they will be forced to abandon the run and throw on most downs. It might be ugly but the volume will lead to stats and fantasy points for Carr. Carr is owned in only 18% of Yahoo leagues so you can plug him if you need him.
We are heading towards the fantasy playoffs, the most important time of the year. You need to make the right choices or you could miss out. I will be here with recommendations through championship week.