Last Week’s Result: Josh Allen came through on the ground once again this week rushing for 101 yards and a TD. Overall his fantasy week was decent because of this, but was hurt because of his lack of production passing. The turnovers hurt him as he threw 2 interceptions and 0 TDs. If he had been able to produce anything in the passing game he would have been a top 10 play, instead he finished with 18.34 fantasy points for a respectable week. Let us jump into the streaming options this week as we get deeper into the fantasy playoffs.
Main Streaming Option: Lamar Jackson
To be honest I am surprised he is still owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues. Last week he has another good fantasy outing rushing for over 60 yards for the 4th straight game. He even threw 2 TDs, even though it was only on 147 yards it was nice to see him produce for fantasy in the passing game. This week the Ravens are a 7.5 point favorite at home against Tampa Bay. Tampa continues to be a positive match up for fantasy QBs and Jackson should be able to exploit this. The biggest risk with Jackson is his play style knocking him out of the game; he has to come out last week against the Chiefs. Flacco is healthy but the Ravens appear to be moving on to their QB of the future and will continue to start Jackson. He is 3-1 with his only loss coming against the Chiefs in overtime so it is the right call. I would not be surprised to see him on championship teams this year.
Alternate 1: Derek Carr
I keep finding myself look at Carr as a potential streamer each week. He has had a run of positive matchups and has been able to exploit them for solid fantasy results. This week he has another positive match up against the Cincinnati Bengals. He has thrown multiple touchdowns the last 2 weeks against teams giving up points to QBs and the Bengals have been worse against QB in fantasy than every team but Atlanta. Carr has only thrown the ball less than 30 times twice the whole season, there is no reason to expect that to change this week. The opportunity is there with the volume for Carr and the matchup is the best one he has faced all season. The Raiders might be a mess of a team right now and are trying to figure out where they will play their home games next season, but Carr is just good enough to succeed for fantasy in a situation like this.
Alternate 2: Josh Johnson
This is a game I have no interest in watching. I do not even think Johnson is a good QB. This is going to be ugly and Johnson is really a Hail Mary play in a 2 QB league where you lost Carson Wentz. There are not a lot of QBs under the 50% threshold at this point. His entire value is based on his ability to run the ball, he showed it last week taking over for Sanchez and finishing as the QB6 on the week in about half a game. He ran 11 times and scored a TD and he seems like he will rely on his legs. This is going to be the ugliest QB match up of the season as he faces off against Cody Kessler. Johnson is another example that running QBs have more value in fantasy, even if they aren’t any good. Josh Allen is available an actually a safe option at this point, but I wanted to highlight Johnson for extreme cases. I am in a 18 team dynasty league so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him swing a matchup in a league like that.
These are the names I am looking at for the fantasy playoffs. The first 2 are pretty safe options given their great match ups and the last is a giant risk that could pay off for anyone having the courage, or more likely the desperation, to play him. Good look in the semi-finals this week (I am assuming if you are reading this you are not playing your championship week 17 because gross.).