Matchups are always an important aspect of fantasy football. Look at this week. Many people were asking, and possibly pulling the trigger, on starting Brian Hoyer over Tom Brady.
In a lot of leagues where owners are streaming quarterbacks, Hoyer was an obvious play so there was competition on the waiver wire to get him for this week. At this point in the season when FAAB money is tight and “playing defense” on the waiver wire becomes a real strategy, it is a good idea to get a week ahead.
Below is a possible week by week strategy for those of you streaming quarterbacks or someone who just lost Tony Romo.
All of these quarterbacks that I am focusing in depth on are owned in 50% or less of ESPN leagues.
Tyrod Taylor vs. Texans (45% owned): He didn’t look hurt this week. Taylor is a mobile quarterback which always help add to an average quarterback for fantasy purposes. The matchup with the Texans is a little tougher than you might want for a streaming option.
Marcus Mariota vs. Jaguars (41% owned): Mariota is a perfect example of a streaming level quarterback. When the matchups are good he has a great game; when the matchup is tough he struggles. Well this week he gets the Jaguars who have a bad defense, and an offense that sets up for any game to be high scoring.
Ryan Tannehill vs. Ravens (60% owned): It wasn’t pretty and I typically expect it to be that way with Tannehill. The matchup with the bad Baltimore secondary is a nice one to exploit. My worry with Tannehill is this looks like it could be a game that the Dolphins could win and not be forced to throw 40 times playing from behind.
Jay Cutler vs. 49ers (30% owned): The 49ers played well against a good Arizona passing attack this week, but that falls in line with how surprisingly well the defense has played at home compared to on the road. Cutler has had two straight down weeks, but I would still start him if needed against the 49ers.
Jameis Winston vs. Saints (38% owned): The Hoyer against the Saints matchup didn’t go as well as expected, but I think that more played into gameflow than the Saints defense doing well. The game was over early and Hoyer looked destined for a big game if he had to keep throwing. Winston looks like he could really be turning a corner when it comes to being an NFL level quarterback. He didn’t light up the Colts, but I would expect him to in a prime matchup with the Saints.
Tyrod Taylor at Eagles (45% owned): The Eagles are reaching the Saints level of horrific defense. I would call Winston my 1-A and Taylor my 1-B for Week 14. Taylor might be the better grab because of his ability to be streamed in Week 13-16 and I think he has the best fantasy production in a vacuum.
Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Titans (26% owned): Fitzpatrick has scored at least 13 points in every game this season that he has played the whole game. That might not sound like much, but when you are getting to this point and streaming quarterbacks, that is a nice floor to fall back on. The Titans are league average in terms of giving fantasy points to quarterbacks, but I think they are actually far worse from the eye test.
Matt Hasselbeck at Jaguars (15% owned): I can’t believe Hasselbeck is on this list either. He has performed well in all the games he has played this season, and like I said before, the Jaguars are a great team to stream quarterbacks against. Hasselbeck has the weapons to have a great day, so as long as he can put up 25 plus attempts he should be a solid streamer.
Week 15 and 16
It is hard to plan that far ahead and use up to three roster spots on quarterbacks. My favorite of the 50 percent or less owned quarterbacks for the stretch run is Tyrod Taylor. He has a great stretch run of matchups and what he can do in the running game is a nice bonus.
If Taylor is not available I would recommend grabbing Mariota and Winston for the next two weeks, or worst case scenario Jay Cutler who has decent matchups over the next two weeks.
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