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4 Dynasty Players to Buy Now

Earlier this off-season I went over the guys I would look to sell high on for value. Now I want to get into players I am interested in buying in dynasty. To be clear, this is not saying to go out and pay a premium for these guys. However, I do believe some of them could be a value in your league. Some of these guys are players who others might be too low on for various reasons. Others were limited by injury and that might lead to them being available at a discount. Here is part 1 of the players I like as dynasty buys:

Dak Prescott

In fantasy, people never seem that high on Dak, but all 3 seasons of his NFL career he has finished the year as a QB1. In each season he has also rushed for 6 TDs. It’s a part of his game that will add value every season for fantasy. Dak has been consistent for fantasy and real life football purposes over his career. He has a career 66.1% completion percentage, 1.7% interception percentage, and a record of 32-16. He seems to be perpetually undervalued and that is why I see him as a great buy. In 2019 redraft leagues, he will be undervalued and a player I will target. In Dynasty, I am looking to add him everywhere I can.

2018 did not start off well for Dak but once Dallas traded for Amari Cooper he was a different player. He played 7 games without Cooper and 9 with him. The table below illustrates how Dak’s numbers look with and without Amari:

Passing YPGCompletion %TD%Fantasy PPG
Without Cooper202.4362.14%3.88%16.04
With Cooper27%.2271.25&4.38%19.29

At the pace he was playing with Cooper, he would have finished as the QB8 over a full 16-game season. Things are trending up for the Cowboys’ offense heading into 2019. Zeke became more involved in the passing game, Cooper changed the offense for the better with his arrival and Jason Witten announced his return from retirement. Witten will not put up numbers that will stand out, but he will help keep drives alive on 3rd downs. This will lead to more opportunities for Dak and the Cowboys to score both real and fantasy points. If Travis Frederick can return from his health issues, then this Cowboys offense can take off in 2019.

Dante Pettis

Last year, I was all in on Kenny Golladay as a breakout WR and this year I feel the same about Dante Pettis. While they are different types of players physically, I am expecting Pettis to take a big step forward in 2019. Both showed flashes in their rookie seasons, but missed time with injuries. Pettis comes into this season with an easier path to volume than Golladay in 2018. Other than George Kittle, the passing hierarchy in San Francisco is not clear. If they were to cut Pierre Garcon, even though he will shave a large dead cap hit, then it sends a message that the 49ers are ready to get their younger wide receivers into the game. Marquise Goodwin is still on the team, but he is best served as a deep threat. He has never caught more than 56 passes in a season and has a career catch rate of 49.4%. Goodwin also has a history with injuries that needs to be taken into account.

Even though it was a small sample, when Pettis was fully healthy for a 4 week stretch he averaged 18.8 points a game in PPR and was the WR 8 in that time frame. He scored 5 TDs on the season and averaged over 17 yards per reception. He did most of this without Garoppolo under center in those games; if both are healthy in 2019 it could be the start of a great connection between 2 talented young players.

Pettis is my favorite target this offseason with a weak free agent class at WR and other needs to address at the top of the draft, it doesn’t seem likely a high profile addition is coming to San Francisco in 2019. Unless the 49ers make a big splash by trading for Antonio Brown, the path to targets is clear for Dante Pettis. There are other young wide receivers on the roster he will need to compete with, but in my opinion Pettis is the most talented of them and that talent will win out going into 2019.

Marlon Mack

I was high on Mack going into 2018 and even though he missed 4 games, he did not disappoint. In 12 games, he finished as the 21st RB in PPR leagues. However, the number that really stands out is he was 14th in fantasy points per game. Over the last 10 games of the season once fully healthy, Mack averaged just over 16 carries per game for 4.8 yards per carry and scored 10 total TDs. The Colts won 9 of those 10 games, the only loss coming in an ugly game at Jacksonville, which was also the worst game Mack had all season. People still do not seem to believe in Mack as an NFL back or for fantasy, which I think is a mistake. It also presents an opportunity to buy him as a value before he gets a lot more expensive.

With the improvement along the offensive line for the Colts and the return to form for Andrew Luck, getting volume in this offense is going to be very valuable for fantasy. The Colts do have a ton of cap space available, but because of what I see in Mack I do not expect them to go spend big money on a free agent like Le’Veon Bell. Throwing a ton of money at a position where production is so replaceable is not what smart teams do. The Colts are going to compete to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl and Mack is going to be a large part of it. The Colts already spent 2 picks on RBs last year so the depth chart is all young RBs, using a higher pick in the draft on one does not make sense. If Mack is healthy, he is secure in his job as the starter and I expect him to be on a lot of playoff teams in 2019.

Hunter Henry

Going into 2018 I was very high on Hunter Henry, so when he tore his ACL it was rough for me. Now after seeing players like Kittle and Howard break out in 2018, Henry is probably going to end up ranked lower than he should be. In 2018, we were expecting to see Henry without Gates syphoning off targets, but the breakout I expected was derailed by the injury. Henry has already shown he is a dangerous Red Zone weapon. In his first two seasons, he was targeted 28 times and scored 10 TDs.

The Tight End situation for the Chargers was not pretty in 2018. Henry was replaced with a combination of old Antonio Gates and Virgil Green. They combined for 72 targets and 3 TDs. This is not normal for Philip Rivers and the Chargers’ offense historically. In 2017, Henry and Gates combined for 114 targets and 7 TDs. In 2016, they combined for 146 targets and 12 TDs. With Henry back on the field the Chargers will go back to involving the TE more. It will not go back to 2016 levels because that was the year Keenan Allen went down for the season in week 1. I do believe the target volume will come in closer to 2017, which means Henry will have a lot of value.

Henry represents a huge upgrade athletically for the Chargers at TE. Gates is well past his prime and Green is better served as a blocker than a pass catcher. I am very happy to have Henry on IR on 2 of my dynasty teams and if I can add him in any other leagues before his value gets back to where it should be, then I will pay the discounted price with a smile.

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Dynasty Players to Consider Selling High Part 2

With the fantasy season over now is the time of NFL draft research and dynasty trades. After looking back at 2018 and putting in research on the numbers I came up with a list of players I recommend exploring selling this off season. I am focusing on impactful fantasy players who I believe are at a high point in value after the 2018 season.

This includes some big fantasy names, I am not saying they will be bad next season, I believe the potential return is worth exploring. I am not looking to get rid of any of these players, but believe the right move could be very beneficial.

Damien Williams

Williams probably helped plenty of people win their leagues this year. He took advantage of the Kareem Hunt situation and Spencer Ware being injured. The biggest concern for me is looking at the rest of his career Williams doesn’t appear to be that talented.

He has never averaged over 4 yards a carry in any previous season and before this season his career yards per carry was 3.6. This season there was only 1 target he didn’t catch out of 24, for his career he has been a solid pass catcher, but more in the 75% catch range. He is not going to bring in over 90% of his targets over a full season. He has been in the league for 5 years now, I don’t think he suddenly becomes a more talented player this year.

The truth is the value is the role and not the player. There is no guarantee that Williams will hold onto this role for long. The Chiefs did give him a contract extension, but I don’t think that gives him a stranglehold on the job. Even if he keeps the job for 2019 he is most likely not a long term starter in Kansas City. I would be looking to slip him for something that has more potential long term value.

Derrick Henry

This is the most obviously sell high to me, which may mean finding the right trade partner will be difficult. However, you only need to find 1 owner that believes the stretch at the end of the season is the real Derrick Henry.

In 2 games Henry had 38.5% of his yardage for the season, in the other 14 games he averaged 46.5 yards a game and had 6 TDs. He is not a reliable option and it is not just a matter of volume. He had double-digit carries in 9 of those 14 games. It is not like he is in a great situation on a dynamic offense either.

Basically, if you buy into Henry as a high-value fantasy player you are choosing to believe 2 great games over 45 games of mediocre play. His history shows he is not much more than a flex play where you are hoping for a TD when you start him. If anyone is willing to pay RB2 value for Henry I will be happy to move him.

Do not be fooled by the highlights from 2 games, he was on waivers in multiple leagues I am in when he had the explosion in week 14 and for good reason.

Keenan Allen

A lot of Allen’s value is derived from the volume he receives as the top option for Philip Rivers. My concern comes from the expectation that his volume will come down moving forward. His target share in 2018 was 26.9% and in 2017 it was 27.9%. Those are great numbers, but is it reasonable to expect them to continue? In 2018 Mike Williams emerged has as a weapon and he will likely demand more targets in 2019. Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler combined for over 9 targets a game in 2018, they should continue to be used effectively in the passing game moving forward.

The other big change from 2018 to 2019 is the return of Hunter Henry. In 2017 Henry and Antonio Gates combined for 114 targets, close to 20% of the team’s pass attempts. In 2018 Gates and Virgil Green combined for 72 targets and around 14% of the team’s targets. Henry is going to make the tight end position a bigger part of the Charger offense again in 2019. When that is combined with involving Williams more and the RB utilization in the passing game, it is hard to see Allen staying at such a larger target share.

Allen also does not have the touchdowns to offset a dip in volume. He had 6 TDs in each of the last 2 seasons. With Henry and Williams will both serve as bigger targets in the redzone. Gordon will continue to score TDs, it is hard to imagine a big uptick in Allen’s TDs.

Another threat to his target volume is the decrease in passing volume overall from the Chargers in 2018. They had their best season since 2009 and Rivers has his lowest passing attempts since 2009 as well with 508. From 2010 to 2017 Rivers averaged around 572 pass attempts a season and in that time frame the Chargers never won more than 9 games.

The Chargers have some good players on defense and a great running back in Melvin Gordon, which means they would be smart to keep Rivers closer to 500 attempts if possible. Less attempts combined with my expectation that his target share decreases and Allen is more of a WR2 moving forward for me, but I believe it will be possible to move him for WR1 value this offseason.

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Selling Studs High: Dynasty Values to Capitalize on Now

With the fantasy season over, now is the time of NFL draft research and dynasty trades. After looking back at 2018 and putting in research on the numbers, I came up with a list of players I recommend exploring selling this off season.

I am focusing on impactful fantasy players who I believe are at a high point in value after the 2018 season. This includes some big fantasy names, and I am not saying they will be bad next season- but I believe the potential return is worth exploring.

Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs

Mahomes is coming off an amazing season and it is hard to imagine his value ever being higher in dynasty than it is right now. People are probably hesitant to trade him, but I would at least see what offers I could get, especially in superflex leagues where he will demand a huge haul.

History tells us the numbers for Mahomes will come down after this season; in fact it is possible that this past season was his best ever. He threw for 50 TDs putting him in a tie with Tom Brady for the 2nd most ever in a season. Mahomes had a TD rate of 8.6% this year, in the season where Manning threw for 55 TDs he had a TD rate of 8.3%, the following season he dropped to 6.5%. Manning’s career TD rate is 5.7%.

Last year Deshaun Watson had a TD rate of 9.3% in 7 games, this year it dropped to 5.1%. Going back ever further Dan Marino threw for 48 TDs in 1984 with a TD rate of 8.5%, in 1986 he dropped to 30 TDs with a TD rate of 5.3%.

It is very possible Mahomes finishes as the QB1 again next year, but no player has repeated as the top QB since Dante Culpepper in 2004. Even if he manages to break that trend-his TD rate is unsustainable, which means even if he does it again the gap between Mahomes and the rest of the top fantasy QBs will not be nearly as large.

Aaron Rodgers has the highest career TD rate of anyone who has played after 1975 and that is 6.2%. Mahomes had 580 pass attempts this season, if his TD rate drops to 6.2% he would have thrown for 36 TDs, which is 56 less fantasy points for him on the year. If he drops to 5.5% his TD total would be 32, a difference of 72 points on the season. If you are going to move Mahomes this offseason is the time.

Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings

This one hurts a little bit since I am such a big Thielen fan, but the way he was used over the 2nd half of the season is concerning. The Vikings and Mike Zimmer seem to want to run the ball and play defense more, which makes me worried that 2nd half usage will continue. He will still be a valuable player for fantasy, but once people have some distance from the season a lot of people will only look at his full season numbers and it is possible you can get someone to overpay for Thielen.

When breaking the season into 2 halves Thielen looks like a completely different player. Over the 1st 8 games he was over 100 yards every game, he caught 6 TDs and was far and away the WR1 in PPR with 202 points. Over the next 8 games he had 105.3 PPR points and was the WR25. He had fewer points per game than Zay Jones, Robbie Anderson and Robert Foster. Not exactly fantasy stars.

Some of the difference could be attributed to regression, his 1st half numbers put him on pace for one of the best seasons in NFL history. However a lot of the decline in production was usage related. Over the 1st half of the season he averaged 12 targets per game, over the 2nd half of the season he averaged just over 7 targets per game. The shift in volume is scary to see for a WR who derives a lot of his value from volume in PPR. The truth is as a player he is most likely somewhere between the 2 extremes of last season, but if he can be sold as a top end WR this off season it would be hard to resist.

Eric Ebron, TE, Lions

Ebron is coming of a career season in pretty much every way. He reached career highs in targets, receptions, yards and touchdowns. His touchdown numbers are what stand out the most; he caught 13 in 2018 in 16 games. Over the rest of his career he had 11 in in 37 games. Moving to Andrew Luck was an upgrade at QB, but expecting him to continue his pace from 2018 is unrealistic. The tight end position is one of the weakest in fantasy, which means someone is likely to over pay for what they see as a top 5 tight end.

The other thing that concerns me is a healthy Jack Doyle. Doyle was not healthy most of 2018, but 5 of the 6 games Doyle was on the field his snap count percentage never dropped below 73%, with 2 games over 90%. In those 5 games Ebron’s highest snap count was 45.1% and 2 games were below 30%. The Colts still like Jack Doyle and if he is healthy they will use him. He is a more reliable option in the passing game, his lowest career catch rate is 71.4% in his rookie year, Ebron’s career best season was 71.8%. Ebron has also had issues in the past with drops. The combination of touchdown regression and less time on the field with a healthy Doyle means Ebron’s fantasy numbers will come back to earth.

Phillip Lindsay, RB, Broncos

Lindsay was one of the biggest surprises of the fantasy season. Some early dynasty rankings I have looked at show Lindsay as a top 12 RB. This is higher than I value him, which means I expect to be able to trade him for a solid return. The first issue is the situation in Denver is not ideal, Case Keenum is temporary and the team will likely continue to search for their QB of the future. That uncertainty is not ideal for a long term asset.

Another big factor is Royce Freeman. Coming into the season he was the more hyped player after being drafted in the 3rd round. Both backs were used in the offense and it would be a surprise to see the Broncos give up on a talented player like Freeman already. The size of the two players is also a concern; Freeman is 4 inches taller and almost 40 lbs heavier. He is much better suited to get goal line work, which means more chances to get into the end zone.

Lindsay’s out of nowhere performance is also tough to view as reliable. I would be slightly wary of him being a 1 year success story. In this case I prefer to make a move while his value his high to mitigate the potential risk of a downturn in production. Considering Lindsay was likely a waiver wire add, turning him into something of value in a trade is a big win.

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Week 16 QB Streaming Options

Last Week’s Results: Lamar Jackson doesn’t seem like he had a great game when you look at this total fantasy points of 18.74, but week 15 was a weird week with a lot of disappointments and he actually finished as the 10th QB on the week. He ended up being a good play even though he didn’t break 20 fantasy points on the week.

Championship week is here. It is crazy to think the fantasy season is coming to end. The season has flown by, but here we are. If you were lucky enough to survive the crazy fantasy week that was week 15, it is time to go for the title. These streamers don’t only apply to people playing for the championship, if you have consolation bracket prize or a prize for 3rd place these can help you as well.

Main Streaming Option: Josh Allen

Josh Allen did not produce on the ground at the same level has he had in previous weeks, but he still ran for a TD against Detroit. I am not concerned about the low rushing total because the Lions actually give up the least rushing yards to QBs this year. The Patriots give up the 10th most yards to QBs so Allen should produce on the ground again this week. The productions on the ground for Allen is real, he is 2nd amongst all QBs in rushing yards and leads all QBs with 6 rushing TDs. Allen still has not shown he is good at throwing the ball, but for fantasy that isn’t important. Rushing yards are still more valuable than passing yards. The Patriots have one of the best CBs in the league this year, but it is not like there is a WR on Buffalo he needs to shut down. If it forces Allen to run more that is good, since he is better at running than passing.

Alternate 1: Sam Darnold

Darnold looked good against Houston, he was getting the ball to Robbie Anderson more which is nice to see. He kept the Jets competitive against Houston who is playing for a bye and this week he faces Green Bay that literally has nothing to play for. The Jets are playing at home in a game with a decent over/under of 47. The Packers are favored, but I honestly like the Jets in this game. They pushed Houston and I think they are going to win this week. If they win that means Darnold is going to have to produce. Since coming back from his injury he has completed just fewer than 65% of his passes and has 3 TDs to 1 INT. It is small sample size, but Darnold is again showing the potential that got him drafted at 3 overall. Darnold will be looking to finish the season on a high note and it is the best time for the Jets to open it up and see what he can do at this point.

Alternate 2: Lamar Jackson

I did not intend to make this an all-rookie edition, but the value Jackson has rushing the ball is too hard to ignore. There aren’t a lot of options available in over 50% of leagues I will feel comfortable starting. I mentioned Josh Allen’s rushing earlier; Jackson is the QB that has more rushing yards than him. He leads all QBs in rushing yards, over the last 5 games his lowest rushing total was 67 yards. We saw Jackson be successful in a game against the Chiefs a few weeks ago, so I expect him to be able to produce as the Ravens go to play the Chargers. It is a game they are expected to win against a powerful offense and they need Jackson to perform to stay in the game.

Those are the available QBs I like for championship week. Some people may not like to stream such an important game, but you might not have a choice. Maybe you had Cam Newton or you are scared to put Jared Goff back out there. Good luck to everyone going for a title this week. Hopefully my streaming advice helped you get there this season.

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Week 15 QB Streaming Options


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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.).


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Week 14 QB Streaming Options


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Last Week’s Result: Lamar Jackson was able to rush for a TD in a game the Ravens won, but he was also knocked out of the game for a period of time which limited his potential upside. He did return to the game and finished with 16.5 fantasy points, so overall it was an alright performance. He didn’t hurt your team like Drew Brees or Andrew Luck did, but was right in the middle of the road. That brings the season average for my streaming option to 23.1 fantasy points per week.

In most leagues this is the start of the fantasy playoffs, so all decisions matter even more now. There are not as many options available in at least 50% of leagues, likely because people are more likely to hold a QB with a positive playoff match up, but there is always value available so let’s dive into the guys I like this week.

Main Streaming Option: Josh Allen

Since returning from injury Josh Allen has been doing a lot more on the ground. He ran for 99 yards and a TD 2 weeks ago and 135 yards last week, so he is giving a very nice baseline for fantasy players. This week he is facing the Jets defense at home that gave up over 200 yards and 2 TDs to Matt Barkley last time these teams played. The idea of playing Josh Allen in the fantasy playoffs is pretty scary; he is a very high variance play. He is the type of player I would suggest if you are a team that snuck into the playoff and are a big underdog in your match up. If you need to plug in someone safe look at the other 2 options, Josh Allen could be the number 1 QB this week and he could give you negative points. I am not even certain he is any good at real football, but I do believe the Bills could find themselves in a lot of positive game scripts because of their defense and the fact that they are facing the Jets. It looks like Darnold will be back and he leads the NFL in interceptions even though he has only plays in 9 games.. His overall numbers are not pretty, but if there is a week to put Allen in this is it.

Alternate 1: Lamar Jackson

If you want safer production Jackson is the way to go, his floor is much higher than fellow rookie Josh Allen. One major difference is Allen has shown he is at least capable of throwing for 200 yards. It will be interesting to see how this game plays out with big clash of styles versus the Chiefs. Baltimore will try to slow them and this game down, but if they are forced to play from behind how much will they open things up with Jackson? He has more upside with this potentially high scoring match up. This is the game with the 2nd highest over/under of the week at 53, so the expectation is the game script will go more towards the Chiefs. This is a big moment for Jackson as the Ravens might get a glimpse of their future. This is the biggest challenge of Jackson’s young career and if he comes through like he did so often in college he could be in for a big day. Baltimore is trying to hold on to the 6th seed in the playoffs, so they need to pull out all the stops against the Chiefs.

Alternate 2: Derek Carr

Carr was in this same spot for me last week and he came through in a big way against the Chiefs. The game was high scoring as expected; the surprise was that the Raiders were still competing in the 4th quarter. Carr has had some boom or bust in him this season, with 3 games over 30 fantasy points and 4 games under 10. Similar to last week the Raiders are unlikely to stop the Steelers’ offense which means they need to score to compete. The Raiders are 22nd in rushing yards this season so it is unlikely they are able to rely on their ground attack, I mean they just signed CJ Anderson so that tells you what you need to know about their rushing game. Carr has attempted the 10th most pass attempts this season, he might not be efficient but the volume is there for him to have another useful fantasy day.

Good luck in the playoffs, I will be back next week with recommendations for week 15 for those of you who are still going for the championship.


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QB Streaming Options for Week 13


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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.


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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 […]

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Streaming Quarterbacks: Week 12 Edition

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Last Week’s Results: My choice of Dak Prescott was overall a disappointment,scoring 14.82 fantasy points. He did rush for a TD which is one of the things that gives him fantasy upside, but overall the Cowboy defense was able to keep Atlanta from turning it into a high scoring game and Zeke dominated the game on the other end. Those factors combined to limit the need for Dak to do as much and capped his potential fantasy production. This week brings the weekly average for my main streaming options to 23.4 fantasy points per game, which is a higher point per game total than Kirk Cousins, Deshaun Watson and Tom Brady.

This week there are only 2 bye weeks, but both are big names for fantasy QBs with Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff not available they are currently the number 1 and 2 QBs in fantasy. Mitchell Trubisky is also expected to miss action this week so that is 3 relevant QBs unavailable this week, so here are some streaming options I like to fill in for them.

Main Streaming Option: Jameis Winston

Tampa Bay continues to play musical chairs with the QB position and this week it is Winston’s turn again. He has the chance to blow up and get benched, but the situation is a great one. The game has the 2nd highest over/under of the week at 54.5 and Tampa Bay is favored by 3.5 points, which means it is expected that they will score in this game.

They are playing at home against a team that has to come across the country as well. The Buccaneers have enough options in the passing game for Winston to put up a big fantasy day. He is likely to turn the ball over, because that is the player he is at this point, but I expect the good to out weight the bad against a favorable match up.

Tampa Bay will being doing everything they can to win this game as their coach tries to keep his job and their defense is known to give up a lot of points so they should come out attacking in on Sunday.

Alternate 1: Lamar Jackson

There is not much evidence yet that Jackson can throw the ball at the NFL level. He is someone I like as a high floor option due to his rushing. He carried the ball 27 times in his first start, with a combination of some designed runs as well as him looking to take off. He only threw 19 passes in his start and at times when he dropped back it didn’t look like he ever intended to throw the ball. I expect him to run often again this week, if he gets into the end zone on the ground he will have a very good fantasy day.

Baltimore is a heavy favorite in this game and they will likely play it safe on offense, keeping the ball on the ground a lot. Jackson also has the potential to be valuable down the stretch if he keeps the job, his rushing could potentially make a big difference in deciding fantasy leagues this year.

Alternate 2: Nick Mullens

After his initial breakout Mullens came back to earth in his 2nd game. Last week they were on a bye and it is time to see what Mullens can do after having very different games in his 2 starts. He is playing against my main streaming option in a game where there is expected to be a lot of points.

Tampa Bay is the worst in the league at giving up fantasy points to the QB and what I really like is that Tampa Bay is 2nd worst at giving up fantasy points to the TE. George Kittle has been great this season and I expect the 49ers to exploit that match up and heavily feature him in the game plan. We do not know if Mullens is any good at this point, other than safely being able to say he is better than Nathan Peterman it is hard to judge exactly what he is. I

f he is unable to exploit this match up then he is likely unplayable the rest of the season, but I am with Vegas expecting this to be a higher scoring game and there will be a lot of fantasy points scored.

This is the last of the bye weeks, but there are always options out there for streaming. Check back next week for more streaming options.

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Last Week’s Results: My choice of Dak Prescott was overall a disappointment,scoring 14.82 fantasy points. He did rush for a TD which is one of the things that gives him […]

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QB Streaming Options for Week 11

Last Week’s Result: Baker Mayfield had a great fantasy week throwing for 3 TDs and totaling 28.6 fantasy points. The yardage numbers were not big, but he was efficient only throwing 3 incomplete passes. He finished as the number 5 fantasy QB on the week, so anyone who plugged him in is very happy as long as their opponent didn’t have Big Ben. This performance brings my main streaming option at an average of 24.2 fantasy points per week, numbers like that give players a chance to win each week.

The only real notable fantasy QBs on bye this week are Tom Brady and Baker Mayfield, so there are teams that will being looking to the waiver wire this week. Here are the guys I like in Week 11.

Main Streaming Option: Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott is going against the same positive match up that Baker was successful against last week. Atlanta has had trouble stopping teams from scoring and has been giving up fantasy points to both QBs and RBs. Atlanta will try to stop Zeke and force Dak to beat them, but over his last 4 games Prescott is averaging 21.8 fantasy points a game and that includes a tough match up against the Titans. One of the biggest reason I like Dak this week is how bad Atlanta has been giving up fantasy points to RBs through the air. They have given up 5 receiving TDs to RBs as well as a league worst in yards per game at just over 80 yards. Dallas has involved Zeke much more in the passing game; he already has reached career highs in receptions and targets. The offense should be able to exploit this weakness in the Atlanta defense to benefit both Dak and Zeke. It was also good to see the Cowboys’ offense mix things up a little more and get more aggressive against the Eagles last week, this is promising for Dak’s fantasy value. Atlanta has the offense to keep Dallas from being able to grind out the clock on the ground so Dak will have the opportunity to put up points for fantasy.

Alternate 1: Blake Bortles

Blake Bortles has been the usual roller coaster ride for both fantasy and real life football so far in 2018. The last 2 weeks Bortles has been solid and other than last week he has rushed for over 20 yards in every contest. Bortles has just been a better QB at home this season, his completion percentage is about 6 percentage points higher and he has thrown 7 TDs versus 2 INTs at home compared to 5 TDs and 6 INTs in road games. The Jaguar defense has not been the same this season so I would expect the Steelers to score points and the Jaguars need to keep up or their season may already be over. The return of Leonard Fournette is good for Bortles as well, since the defense needs to respect the run with him in the game. The Steelers have been giving up points to QBs all season, Bortles needs to show he is good enough to take advantage of this match up.

Alternate 2: Marcus Mariota

It is possible some of the early season troubles can be attributed to his elbow injury, but Mariota has looked much better in recent weeks. He is coming off an impressive performance where the Titans easily beat the Patriots and the last 2 weeks he is over 25 fantasy points. This week the Titans are playing the Colts in a game where the winner will be in 2nd place in the division and both teams need this win to challenge the Texans for a shot at the playoffs. A win would also keep them in a good position for the wild card. The Colts’ offense has been looking good and the Titans will need to attack this defense that is middle of the road against fantasy QBs to compete in this game. It has been nice to see Corey Davis heavily involved in the offense seeing 10 targets in each of the last 2 weeks in which Mariota has been successful. As long they continue to utilize Davis this there is a lot of fantasy upside for Mariota.

These are the names I like for Week 11, looking for another good week from my main streaming option after Baker came through last week. This week all my choices are in match ups that are important for their season and playoff hopes. Jacksonville has a long way to go, but a loss this week pretty much seals their fate for 2018. Check back next week for more streaming options.

Last Week’s Result: Baker Mayfield had a great fantasy week throwing for 3 TDs and totaling 28.6 fantasy points. The yardage numbers were not big, but he was efficient only […]

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Streaming Quarterbacks: Week 10 Edition

Last Week’s Results: The first half for Dak Prescott was encouraging as he threw for 2 TDs and looked like he was on his way to a big fantasy performance, but the Cowboy offense completely stalled after halftime so there wasn’t much fantasy production after that. Dak finished with a solid 18.82 fantasy points, which was a solid performance as long as you didn’t play against too many players in the Rams/Saints game her gave you a chance to win your match up. Dak ran less than expected only carrying the ball twice in the game which really limited his upside.

This week there are only really 2 fantasy relevant players on bye in Kirk Cousins and Deshaun Watson, but some of the guys who are consistently started have tough matchups this week. It might be a week where you are going up against a strong team or have some other players on bye where it might be best to shoot for more upside with a streaming play. Here are the guys I like for week 10 available in at least 50% of Yahoo leagues.

Main Streaming Option: Baker Mayfield

Baker has been a solid option for fantasy and this week he has a great match up. It has a lot of the things I like in a streaming QB option. He is playing at home with a positive match up, against an opponent who will put up points. The game has an over/under of 50.5 points. The Browns went through big changes with the firing of their offensive coordinator and head coach. Last week was the first game after the change and the biggest positive to see was how involved Duke Johnson was in the passing game. He had his highest target count of the season with 9 and I think his involvement helps Baker a lot for fantasy. Having that safe option to turn to will only help Baker. It was also nice to see Njoku involved in the passing game again after receiving 0 targets the previous week against the Steelers, who have been giving up fantasy points to TEs all season. Baker is a better fantasy QB than an NFL QB at this point. The game scrip will likely call for him to throw plenty against the Falcons, it might not always look good and he will likely throw a INT or 2, but in the end the fantasy points will be there.

Alternate 1: Nick Mullens

This is the go for it move. Playing Mullens is a huge risk, but watching him carve up the Oakland defense in his NFL debut was a lot of fun. It took a game I had no interest going into on Thursday and made me care. Part of this can be chalked up to the lost first season of the Jon Gruden experiment (that contract looks worse and worse as the weeks go on), but it is not like the Giants have much to play for at this point. Mullens could come out and be a complete disappointment, but the idea of him coming in and playing well in his 2nd consecutive national television game is the only thing that makes the Monday Night Football this week seem even remotely interesting. My next alternate is a much safer move, but this is the move that has a high ceiling along with a very low floor.

Alternate 2: Alex Smith

Overall Smith has been a disappointment for fantasy this year, but the Redskins play against Tampa Bay who is giving up the most points to fantasy QBs this season. This is entirely about the match up; if you need a guy you can plug in and get safe production from Smith is the guy. He is not likely to give that boom performance, he is solid play. I would prefer to plug him in as my 2nd QB in a 2 QB or Superflex league. It is not fun to play Alex Smith because he isn’t likely to go for a 30 point week, but he is not likely to sink your week either. This game is tied for the 2nd highest over/under of the week, so as long as Peterson doesn’t pull out another throwback game Smith will put up some fantasy points in this one.

Overall streaming might not be as necessary for fantasy this week, but there are still some viable options if you are looking for a QB to plug in. These are the names I am looking at for fantasy this week, I own Kirk Cousins as my only QB in one of my leagues so I will likely be turning to one of these guys myself.

Last Week’s Results: The first half for Dak Prescott was encouraging as he threw for 2 TDs and looked like he was on his way to a big fantasy performance, […]

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Week 9 QB Streaming Options

Last Week’s Results: Baker Mayfield did not look great in this game, but he ultimately salvaged his fantasy day with a garbage time TD. He ended up scoring a serviceable 18.1 fantasy points on the week. He hurt my weekly average fantasy points for my main option bringing it down to 18.1, but ultimately his effort was serviceable.

He is currently at 61% owned, but if he is available in your league and you need someone then play Ryan Fitzpatrick. He is going to come in and sling the ball around, we know he isn’t timid and he will attack the defense. He can be a high variance play, but he has the potential to finish any week as the top overall QB. There are 6 bye weeks in the NFL this week, so there are going to be some surprising names that put up fantasy relevant weeks, but here are the names I like available in at least 50% of Yahoo leagues.

Main Streaming Option: Dak Prescott

Normally I prefer to find a streamer in a game expected to be higher scoring, but I like Dak this week coming off the bye even though this is not an easy match up and could potentially be one of the uglier games of the week. Before the bye Dak had looked better and his numbers for fantasy purposes were actually pretty good. The biggest reason I like Dak this game is because he’s playing at home and this season his splits show he has been much better in home games. Cowboys have won all 3 of their home games and in those games Dak has thrown for 5 TDs and 0 INTs. He averages over a full yard more per passing attempt and rushes for an average of 43 yards per game. This is also the first game the Cowboys will play with the newly acquired Amari Cooper. Even though they may have over paid, Cooper is easily the most talented WR on the Cowboys’ roster and even though he might be limited as he learns a new offense there will be plays designed to get him the ball this week. Having a legitimate threat on the outside can only help Dak.

Alternate 1: Alex Smith

Since coming to Washington, Alex Smith has reverted back to the player he has been for years after a career season in 2017. Atlanta is coming off a bye and cannot afford to lose any more games, their offense has been firing and Washington will likely need to score to win this game. Smith isn’t likely to come out and be the top QB, but he should be a safe source of points. The Falcons have been giving up fantasy points to opposing QBs and it feels weird to say it in 2018, but the Falcon defense will likely be focused on stopping Adrian Peterson. They should be trying to force Alex Smith to put the ball in the air this week, which will lead to production. Smith isn’t exciting but he is competent and a safe option.

Alternate 2: Brock Osweiler

We are going from competent and safe to scary and unreliable. There are not many streaming options this week, but in a deeper league including Superflex and 2 QB, Osweiler is someone to look at. He has started 3 games and only 1 of those was unplayable. Against Houston last week he was bad, but that was the best defense he has faced so far. Osweiler has been able to capitalize on the easier match ups and the Jets have been middle of the road against QBs. The Dolphins’ game plan will be designed to put Osweiler in situations to succeed and set him up with some safer throws. The Jets are missing a lot of their weapons on offense so Osweiler shouldn’t be forced into a negative game script where he will be forced into obvious passing situations. It won’t feel good to put Osweiler in, but even if it is ugly any fantasy points still count.

There are not a lot of options available in 50% of leagues when there are 6 teams on bye, but this is when streaming is most important. Keep working the match ups with me and I will help stream you to a QB1 on the season for free.

Last Week’s Results: Baker Mayfield did not look great in this game, but he ultimately salvaged his fantasy day with a garbage time TD. He ended up scoring a serviceable […]

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QB Streaming Options for Week 8

Last Week’s Results: Mitchell Trubisky had a great fantasy week against the Patriots, throwing for 2 TDs and rushing for another. He finished the week as the QB number 2 with 35.4 fantasy points. For the season that brings the weekly average for my main streaming option up to 25.2 fantasy points per week. For reference that is better than the average points per week put up by Kirk Cousins, Tom Brady and Jared Goff. Instead of using a valuable pick on those guys, it is possible to beat their production for free if you’re paying attention.

This week there are 4 teams that have a bye week. Unless you are in a 2 QB league, you likely won’t need a streaming option to replace Dak Prescott or Marcus Mariota, but Matt Ryan and Philip Rivers are both top 5 QBs for fantasy so far this season. With them not playing, here are my streaming picks for this week:

Main Streaming Option: Baker Mayfield

It might not be pretty but I expect the Steelers to score in this game and the Browns will need to throw to keep up. That means Baker will have the ball in his hand and have the opportunity to come through for fantasy. This game has an over/under of 49 and the Steelers are pretty heavy favorites. It is expected that the Browns will be playing from behind in this game. The game script will likely force Baker to throw the ball frequently, the yardage should be there and the opportunity for TDs comes with it. While it is also probable that Baker will throw a few interceptions, I expect the volume to be enough to overcome any turnovers. In the 4 games Baker has started he has thrown an average of 41 passes a game, finishing with less than 40 attempts only once. Last week he also showed that he can provide additional value as a runner. It does seem like the Browns are trying to go to overtime and play for a chance at a tie every week, at this rate you may even get an extra quarter worth of production from Mayfield, not that it is something you can count on.

Alternate 1: Joe Flacco

This game does not have the high over/under I would like to see for a fantasy QB steamer, but Flacco has been very reliable for fantasy this year and it might be time to accept he needs to be considered as a possibility every week. He has thrown for 11 TDs on the season and is averaging 295 yards passing a game. He offers no value as a runner, but he is averaging 43 pass attempts per game. He has 3 solid options at WR, including John Brown who can break a big play at any time. Javorius Allen has provided a safe outlet catching passes out of the backfield and then there are all the TEs the team seems to use. The Ravens’ rushing attack hasn’t been anything special, Alex Collins is averaging only 3.6 yards per rush, and Allen is at a very bad 2.6. They need Flacco to play well for the offense to move.

Alternate 2: Case Keenum

Keenum is not having a great season, but in a deeper league or a 2QB league he should be looked at as a fill in if needed. They are playing at Kansas City and are the second biggest underdog of the week; this game has the 2nd highest over under of the week at 53.5. The Broncos will be down in this game and Keenum will need to throw to give them any chance. Royce Freeman has an ankle injury and it is possible he is not active for this game and when you combine that with the high flying offense of the Chiefs then it’s a recipe for a lot of pass attempts. He has shown a good connection with Emmanuel Sanders so far this season and I expect that to continue. This recommendation is entirely based on the match up and the way I am expecting this game to go. Denver was able to keep the 1st matchup between these two team close, but that is not what I am expecting as they head to Kansas City.

Next week is one of the bigger bye weeks with 6 teams getting the week off. It will be an interesting week where there will likely be some unexpected names putting up QB1 weeks. I will be back to provide some names to look at for those who need to plug someone in. Until then keep streaming.

Last Week’s Results: Mitchell Trubisky had a great fantasy week against the Patriots, throwing for 2 TDs and rushing for another. He finished the week as the QB number 2 […]

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Week 7 Quarterback Streamers

Last Week’s Results: My recommendation of Jameis Winston paid off in a big way. He was the highest scoring QB on the week in 6 point per TD leagues at 38.90, which brings the weekly average for me top streaming option each week to 23.5. Winston’s performance was not all smooth with 2 interceptions, but he was able to exploit a great match up in a shootout. Anyone who played him would be very happy with the result.

This week there are multiple important fantasy QBs on bye, Aaron Rodgers, Big Ben and Russell Wilson are all unavailable to owners this week. There will be a lot of players looking for a fill in this week, so here are my streaming picks for the week:

Main Streaming Option: Mitchell Trubisky

Trubisky has been one of the hottest fantasy QBs in the league over his last 2 games. He has thrown over 300 yards both games and 9 total TDs. The most encouraging thing though is he is also adding value as a runner in those performances he has ran for 53 and 47 yards. The combination of the weapons available in the Chicago offense and his rushing is great for fantasy. Having a weapon like Tarik Cohen as an outlet who can turn short passes into big plays is great for a QB. In each of the last 2 games Cohen has 7 receptions so he has been heavily involved in their passing attack. This week the Bears are playing the Patriots in a game that has an over under of 49.5, the expectation is there will be points scored in this game. The Bears are unlikely to be able to shut down the Patriots’ offense and they will need to score to stay competitive. I also like the fact that the Bears are playing at home. I am picking Trubisky as my main streaming option and I am expecting him to continue his hot play.

Alternate 1: Baker Mayfield

Tampa Bay is the best match up for a fantasy QB. They have been giving up fantasy points to QBs all season and have been mostly involved in shootouts. If Mayfield is going to be a fantasy asset this season this is the match up for it. This game also has an over under of 49.5 points, which means there are going to be fantasy points. The Browns have gotten David Njoku more involved in the passing game the last few weeks and Tampa Bay is also the worst team against the TE position in fantasy this year so he should be a big part of the game plan to exploit the weakness in the defense.

Alternate 2: Eli Manning

Eli has not been fun to watch this year. The Giants’ passing offense has consisted of mostly safe and short passes that don’t produce the points you want to see for fantasy. Playing the Atlanta defense might be the thing that Eli needs. The only team worse against QBs in fantasy this season is Tampa Bay. This is the game with the highest over under for the week at 54.5 points. Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense have been rolling this year and I do not expect the Giants to be the team to stop them. Odell Beckham has been unhappy with how he has been used and I expect the Giants to try to feed him the ball in this positive match up. Have Saquon Barkley to dump those short passes off to for Eli gives anyone of them the chance to be a big play. It is now or never for Eli as a streamable fantasy option in 2018.

The next few weeks are the prime weeks for streaming options. From now through week 11 there will be at least 4 teams on bye, playing the right streaming options can be the difference between making the playoffs and watching from the sidelines. I am here to provide the best of the options available in most leagues so check back next week.

Last Week’s Results: My recommendation of Jameis Winston paid off in a big way. He was the highest scoring QB on the week in 6 point per TD leagues at […]

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Week 6 Quarterback Streamers

Last Week’s Results: It wasn’t pretty but Blake Bortles ultimately paid off last week as he finished with 22.6 fantasy points. He was mostly helped by a rushing touchdown in the 4th quarter when the Jaguars were well out of the game. Fortunately for fantasy garbage time points count just as much as any other points. Bortles was not a good NFL QB throwing 4 interceptions, but he worked for fantasy and helped me win in the leagues I used him as a streamer. His effort brings the average for my main choice up to 20.46 fantasy points per game.

This week there are 2 important fantasy QBs on bye in Matthew Stafford and Drew Brees, which means there will definitely be teams looking to stream a fill in. Here are my picks of people available in at least half of Yahoo leagues for week 6.

Main Streaming Option: Jameis Winston

This will be the first start for Winston this season. He came in for Fitzpatrick in week 4 and I know it wasn’t pretty. However the situation in week 6 is a very different one, Tampa had a bye in week 5 so Winston has had 2 weeks to prepare for his first start of the year. More importantly he is not coming against the Bears’ defense, this week the Buccaneers play the Falcons. Over the last 3 weeks the Falcons have given up at least 37 points in every game. Their offense has been able to put up points, but their defense has not been able to stop anybody. The Buccaneers have not had much success running the ball which means scoring will fall on the passing game. Winston will be able to lean on his favorite targets in Mike Evans and Cameron Brate in a game that has the 2nd highest over/under of the week at 57.5. Based on both teams this profiles to be a high scoring game, and Winston has all the qualities I look for in a weekly QB streamer. Similar to Bortles it might not be pretty, but Winston will be able to put up points and will have to for Tampa Bay to have any chance in this game

Alternate 1: Baker Mayfield

So far in to start his career Mayfield has been a serviceable fantasy option. He has thrown for 3 TDs and 637 passing yards over his first 2 starts. He is against the Chargers which have been giving up fantasy points to QBs so far this season. Playing at home also is a factor that makes me a little more comfortable recommending a rookie QB as a streamer. Mayfield put up a solid fantasy performance at home last week against a Baltimore defense that has been much tougher on fantasy QBs so far this season. The Browns have solid passing options and a favorable schedule coming up over the next few weeks when looking at fantasy points given up to QBs. Now is the time to add Mayfield as a potential streamer that could be usable for the next few weeks. His next 6 opponents have defenses in the top 10 at giving up fantasy points to QBs. Grab Mayfield now and use him while you can, after a few weeks of solid productions he could potentially trade bait especially in 2QB or Superflex leagues.

Alternate 2: Sam Darnold

Before the season I did not expect to be recommending 2 rookie QBs in the same week, but in deeper leagues if you need to take a shot on a QB I like Darnold this week. He is coming off his best game as a pro and is at home against a good match up. The Colts have also been giving it up to opposing QBs this season and seeing Darnold finally connect with Robby Anderson downfield in week 5 was a welcome sight. I am taking that as a sign that the Jets are opening up what they will allow Darnold to do on the field moving forward. This is definitely a riskier play, but there is a lot of potential upside to it, so if you need a guy this week take a shot on Darnold. I am playing him in a Superflex money league, which shows I do believe in him against the Colts.

Those are my QB streaming recommendations for week 6. After this week the bye weeks will be picking up with 4 teams on bye in week 7. As we enter the heart of the fantasy season reviewing the matchups and finding the right QBs to plug in each week becomes even more important. I will continue to do research and provide recommendations as the season goes on so check back next week for more suggestions.

Last Week’s Results: It wasn’t pretty but Blake Bortles ultimately paid off last week as he finished with 22.6 fantasy points. He was mostly helped by a rushing touchdown in […]

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Week 5 Quarterback Streamers

Last Week’s Results: If you streamed Andy Dalton last week he came through for you in a big way scoring 30.78 fantasy points and finishing 9th at the position. That brings the average points for my main streaming options up to 19.94 with a good recovery from the down week 3. This season has been wild so far for fantasy scoring; a lot of guys are putting up big numbers each week. It has been exciting to see. Often coming from guys you would not expect it from.

Week 5 has bye weeks for Tampa Bay and Chicago, so if you were riding the hot hand of Ryan Fitzpatrick you may need one of the guys below. Russell Wilson owners might also be considering streaming; he is coming of a bad game and has a tough match up against the Rams this week. The Seattle offensive line is likely in trouble this week. Here are some guys still available in at least 50% of Yahoo leagues I like this week.

Main Streaming Option: Blake Bortles

Blake Bortles was my choice 2 weeks ago and even though he disappointed me I am going with him again for week 5. Bortles goes against the Chiefs and their defense that can’t seem to stop anyone so far this season. The Jaguars have a good defense that should slow down the Chiefs’ offense a little, but Jacksonville is going to need to score some points to win this game. The Jaguars have multiple weapons at WR and Bortles will spread the ball around to whoever gets open. Additionally without Leonard Fournette it means TJ Yeldon will be on the field a lot and he is a good option for catching passes out of the backfield, which will only help Bortles this week. When Fournette is out Bortles needs to do more for the offense, which is a good thing for his fantasy value. There are a few high over/under numbers this week, but 51.5 says the expectation is that there will be a good amount of points scored in this game.

Alternate 1: Marcus Mariota

It has been a weird season for Mariota. He got hurt and then was active but not completely healthy so he backed up Blaine Gabbert, but ended up coming in once Gabbert was hurt. Last week was his best of the season against the Eagles. The most promising thing was see Mariota carrying the ball 10 times and adding a rushing TD. The value he adds with his legs along with connection he showed with Corey Davis should pay off against the Buffalo Bills. The biggest concern with playing Mariota in this game is that the Titans’s defense shuts down the Bills offense and he doesn’t need to throw very much in the game. The Titans’ RBs have not done a lot on the ground, so even if the Titans don’t need to score a lot they will need Mariota to win this game.

Alternate 2: Joe Flacco

It feels weird to recommend Joe Flacco, but the truth is he has been consistent for fantasy this year. It seems his team drafting a QB has lit a bit of a fire under Flacco. The Ravens greatly improved their receiving core since last year. John Brown has given them a legitimate big play weapon and Crabtree is better than anyone who was catching passes for them last year. It seems like involve 4 TEs every week catching passes, while none of them are particularly relevant for fantasy they collectively help Flacco’s numbers. Flacco has thrown for multiple TDs in 3 of 4 games this year and is averaging over 300 yards a game. The Browns’ defense gave up for 400 yards to Derek Carr last week, so they can be beat through the air. It might not feel great to hit submit with Flacco in your line up, but don’t be afraid it will work out better than you expect.

Those are my streaming picks for week 5. Check back next week when both the Saints and Lions are on bye, which means 2 very good fantasy QBs will not be available. After getting back on track in week 4, it is time to get on a roll with my streaming picks.

Last Week’s Results: If you streamed Andy Dalton last week he came through for you in a big way scoring 30.78 fantasy points and finishing 9th at the position. That […]

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11 Wacky, but Necessary, Quarter Season Fantasy Awards

Now that most teams have played 4 games this season I thought I would give out some awards based on what has happened so far. These are most categories I made up as I decided to have some fun it, but they do highlight trends so far this season. Let’s get into the awards.

Out of No Where Award: Phillip Lindsay

Going into the season it was all about Booker and Freeman in Denver, Lindsay was not even on the radar for fantasy. Lindsay is basically splitting duties with the fellow rookie Freeman to this point in the season, excluding the game he was ejected from. He has looked good so far and went over 100 total yards in his first 2 games. Freeman seems to be the choice around the goal line, but Lindsay has made this a split backfield and puts a damper on the Freeman breakout many were expecting.

Trent Richardson Early Round RB Award: Dalvin Cook

This award was between Cook or David Johnson, but Johnson showed more in week 4 to avoid the honor of winning. So far this season Cook has been a fantasy disappointment. His rushing numbers have not been pretty averaging only 2.7 yards a carry. He has been getting work when on the field so it is not about usage. His receiving has kept him from being a complete bust, but for where he went in drafts this is not what people expected.  Here are a couple of RBs who have outscored him in PPR to this point in the season: Chris Ivory, Wendell Smallwood, Tavon Austin, Mike Davis and Jalen Richard.

Breakout Player Award: Patrick Mahomes

This is the most obvious choice. Some people had high hopes for Mahomes coming into the season, but he has been unbelievable. He is not going to continue his TD pace for the entire season, but this offense is explosive and the defense is not very good. He is going to continue to put up points in this situation and he does have the ability to add value as a runner as well. He is the player who has probably seen his value rise those most, especially in dynasty leagues, since the season started.

I Tried To Tell You Award: Kenny Golladay

This offseason I tried to tell anyone who would listen to hop on the Kenny Golladay bandwagon. Golladay is going to be a better fantasy option than Marvin Jones this season as Jones becomes mostly a deep threat. He has been very involved in the Lions’ passing attack trailing only Golden Tate in target and has a 71.9% catch rate so far this season. He is on the field in 2 WR sets and has been on the field for over 90% of snaps in 3 of 4 games. The other was the New England game where it was 87.7% of snaps and Detriot ran the ball well. His worst game was against Dallas where he still had 74 yards and caught all of his targets.

Proved Me Wrong Award: JuJu Smith-Schuster

I did not buy into the JuJu hype this offseason. I knew he was talented, but I had trouble seeing how he could get the target volume to justify the draft price he was going at. It is safe to say I was very wrong, his lowest target total so far is 8. The Steelers defense has trouble stopping people and has led to some shootout which has helped. There is nothing to indicate that will change any time soon. The other factor that has probably helped is the absence of Le’Veon Bell, but even if Bell returns later this year it is hard to imagine the Steelers going away from him with how good he has been. I was wrong about JuJu.

Fun While it Lasted Award: Ryan Fitzpatrick

The start of the season with Fitzpatrick was a lot of fun. He helped people winning fantasy games, especially in superflex league, and had the best post-game press conference so far this season. It was unlikely to last all season and the Tampa offense crashed hard against the Bears. Winston is back and even though it wasn’t like he came in and played well either, it looks like he will be the starter moving forward. Tampa needs to see him out there and figure out what their plan is for the future at QB.

Alligator Blood Award: Javorius Allen

He just keeps hanging around, hanging around. The award name is reference to the movie Rounders if you are wondering. Allen somehow continues to matter. The Ravens have tried to make Kenneth Dixon a thing, they brought in Woodhead last year, but Allen keeps ending up the guy out there. He is frustrating Alex Collins owners this season as he keeps getting the ball, averaging 10 touches a game so far this season and scoring 4 TDs already. It seems like he will continue to be involved this season, so get used to it.

I Am Clearly Better Than That Other Guy Award: Kerryon Johnson

It seems Matt Patricia is following the Marvin Lewis strategy of not turning over the offense to the clearly more talented rookie RB. Johnson has been significantly better than Blount so far this season, but Blount still get used. Kerryon has 3 more carries than Blount so far and 131 less yards. He has more than doubled Blounts yards per carry and is the first Detroit RB to have a 100 yard game in years. Following that game Johnson only got 9 carries in a close game, Blount had 7 carries. In that game Johnson had 55 yards and a TD, Blount had 12 yards. Detroit needs to commit to the young RB.

So That’s How a Real QB Throws Award: Emmanuel Sanders

The QB situation in Denver in 2017 basically made Sanders unplayable. The combination of awful guys the Broncos kept throwing under center seemed like a bad joke. This year with Keenum under center the offense actually looks competent. Sanders already matched his TD total from last year and his yard per reception is almost 2.5 yards better so far this season. It is not like Keenum is a super star QB, the situation last year was so bad that he is a huge upgrade. Sanders isn’t likely to be a WR1 on the season, but he is relevant again.

Who Said I Don’t Catch Enough Passes Award: Ezekiel Elliott

Before the season people were hesitant to put Elliott in front of Bell or Johnson because he didn’t catch enough passes. He is on pace for 60 catches this season on top of averaging over 100 yards a game on the ground. Elliott is the Cowboys offense and since the pass catches are so weak he will continue to be utilized to catch passes out of the backfield. He is not going to be a 75 plus catch guy, but he will be a part of the passing offense. Zeke is a fantasy stud and the Dallas offense will continue to live and die with him.

Best Fantasy WR in Minnesota: Adam Thielen

Before the season people kept trying to say Diggs over Thielen, but the discounting of Thielen as the top option has been a mistake so far. This is not to say Diggs has been bad, but Theilen has been the top option. Thielen has been targeted more so far this season 56 to 44, has a better catch percentage 71.4% to 61.4%, and more yards per game 118.3 to 77.8. Thielen is the top option for the Vikings no matter how much people want to try to deny it. He will continue to be the guy Cousins relies on. He has out produced Diggs and we haven’t even had the annual Diggs getting banged up and missing time injury happen yet.

Now that most teams have played 4 games this season I thought I would give out some awards based on what has happened so far. These are most categories I […]