Stream Team: Quarterback streamers

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.

Week 13

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.

Week 14

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.

As always, any questions you may have can be asked below in the comment section or on Twitter @TheSportsguy40.


Fantasy Rundown BannerNeed more Streamer options, injury news, waiver wire pick-ups, etc.., head on over to Fantasy Rundown.

Andy Germani

Written by 

I am a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan and a graduate from Penn State. Baseball was my first love and I still play to this day in an adult baseball league. I always love helping people with their questions on Twitter so feel free to follow me and ask questions.

10 thoughts on “Stream Team: Quarterback streamers”

    1. An embarrassment of riches there.

      I think Rawls and Gurley need to be locks. Lacy has been good lately and McCoy has been great all season. I think even in a tough matchup I would start McCoy over Lacy.

  1. Hi Andy/All,

    I’d like veteran FF advice for my team going down the stretch. Without trades.. I’m feeling like a lot of it is ‘just let the cards fall where they may’…but another part of me keeps thinking that adding/dropping players can still be a solid week to week move.

    The Rams DST has been horrible for me the past 4 weeks (scoring a total of 12 points). ESPN projects the Bears to have a good match up vs SF this week. I also looked at the Streaming DST article and who is available in my league and saw that the Dolphins and Redskins are also available as well as the Vikings, Steelers, Falcons and Ravens. Would someone like Hurns, Ware, Ajayi or Jackson be worth dropping for one of them?

    12 Team STD Non-Keeper (7-5 record) (waivers reset every week)

    QB: Luck, Carr, Bortles
    WR: Antonio Brown, T.Y. Hilton, Martavis Bryant, Allen Hurns, Vincent Jackson
    RB: Freeman, T.J. Yeldon, Tevin Coleman, Spencer Ware, Jay Ajayi
    TE: Greg Olsen
    DST: Rams
    K: Stephen Gostkowski

    I also am a bit puzzled about my QB situation. Without Hurns… is Bortles still my top guy? Should i be dropping Carr or Bortles and stream a QB? Fitz, Tannehill, Bridgewater, and Osweiler are all available.

    With my falling in the standing in my league I have a better waiver position this week… but am not sure who to pickup. Do you think Ware and Hurns are worth holding? David Johnson and Inman are available. Thank you.

    1. For the stretch run you want to load your bench with “league winner” types. Like that high upside RB who could come in and be great for you if the starter gets hurt.

      When it comes to the defenses I don’t really trust the Bears D. I just don’t think they are that good and I like other matchups more. I feel the same way about the Redskins but that matchup against Dallas is really nice and the Dolphins have been struggling but they get Mr. Pick Six.

      I wouldnt want to but if you’re going to drop any I think its Hurns or V Jax. Hurns is hurt so he seems to be an easy option but I think I would rather have him when he’s healthy than V Jax.

      I think Bortles and Carr are still better to rotate than the options on the waiver wire for this week. Or at least close enough that I wouldn’t want to drop one for one of those guys with the future potential that Bortles and Carr have.

      David Johnson is the number 1 add this week I would drop Hurns or V Jax for him.

      1. Thanks Andy. I picked up D. Johnson for V Jax. 🙂 I have a lot of decisions to make about who to start this week. I am looking forward to the weekend start /sit.

        As long as we’re talking QBs in this article though…. Do you like Carr vs KC or Bortles @ Ten this week?

  2. Bortles struggled last time against the Chiefs but I kind of chalk that up to the short week. It is really really close but I would go with Bortles against Tennessee

  3. Rough past 5 weeks…lost 4 of them. This past week…I sat Bortles and Yeldon and my opponent had Russel Wilson and Allen Robinson…ouch. I am still in the playoffs, but I need to win this week to stay in (theoretically easier matchup this week tho). Also I just realized most ppl have playoffs starting this week (mine don’t start until next week).

    12 Team STD Non-Keeper (7-6 record) (waivers reset every week) (playoffs weeks 15-17)

    QB: Luck, Carr, Bortles
    WR: Antonio Brown, T.Y. Hilton, Martavis Bryant, Allen Hurns
    RB: Freeman, T.J. Yeldon, David Johnson, Tevin Coleman, Spencer Ware, Jay Ajayi
    TE: Greg Olsen
    DST: Rams
    K: Stephen Gostkowski

    Any top waiver targets this week? I doubt anyone is worth dropping for DeVante Parker, DGB, ASJ, Fitzpatrick, or James White. If anyone.. I’m thinking of dropping Coleman.. as ATL has not looked dominant and Coleman didn’t thrive in his starting role. I could also pick-up Lions, Vikings, 49rs, or Redskins DST.

    1. Tough to lose ground like that down the stretch. At least youre still alive though.

      Ya on the Bortles call I guess I should have stuck with my first thought when I said Bortles over Carr,

      At this point I am dumping the Rams defense. I dont think the defense is as bad as the points they are giving up. I think the offense is a big part of that. I would dump them for the Lions if they arent available I would go for the Jets.

      I would still want Coleman. You arent going to be finding anyone on the waiver wire that you would start over what you have now. Coleman if he gets the starting job is still better than what is on your wire.

      If I was going to grab anyone it would be Parker or DGB. I wouldnt start either of them yet though. I think you can drop Ware. His upside with West healthy is minimal. And even if West gets hurt again I cant see you starting him over Freeman or Johnson.

      1. Is it crazy to pickup the Lions DST for Ware? I like your point about not starting Ware. This would give me depth at the one position I am struggling with and I can stash Rams DST for Championship week (week 17 for me).

Comments are closed.