QB streaming advice in 1-QB and 2-QB leagues for Week 12 of the 2017 fantasy football season.
Week 11 QB Streaming Recap
The holiday season doesn’t bring too much cheer to fantasy owners. The playoffs are right around the corner and each fantasy decision could make or break your season. But with the bye weeks behind us, the waiver wire should be littered with talent (or at least some healthy bodies).
Week 11 delivered exciting shoot-out performances on Thursday Night Football and Monday Night Football, but was my least successful week on the season — with three quarterbacks outside the top-20 fantasy quarterbacks. *Excuse alert:* At the time, I didn’t know Sterling Shepard would be out of the “Sterling Shepard-driven offense”. It seems the best streaming picks for the week were Blaine Gabbert (21.6 FanDuel points), Andy Dalton (18.6 pts), and Ryan Fitzpatrick (19.9 pts). Another productive performance came from Mitchell Trubisky (14.5 pts), who I would love to stream this week if he was playing anyone other than the Philadelphia Eagles.
|Status||QB||FanDuel Points||QB Rank|
|1QB Option 1||Blake Bortles||8.6||22|
|1QB Option 2||Case Keenum||17.2||14|
|2QB Option 1||Joe Flacco||10.2||21|
|2QB Option 2||Eli Manning||8.7||24|
Game Level Similarity Projections are taken from Dave Caban’s model. The Player Projection Distributions are taken from the site’s GLSP app. These are great sources to cross-check for the range of likely QB outcomes.
QB STREAMING ADVICE FOR WEEK 12
1QB Option 2: Case Keenum vs. Lions
Game-Level Similarity Projection: 16.2
FanDuel Salary: $7,500
Last week I was nervous to pick Case Keenum given his matchup against a dominant Rams defense. After his 280 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 24-7 win, Keenum is my new favorite weekly streaming option for the foreseeable future. If you’re planning to keep Keenum on a weekly basis, you’ll definitely need to have Teddy Bridgewater waiting on your bench. But as much as the Vikings would like to see Bridgewater out there, it doesn’t make sense to pull Keenum, who hasn’t had a poor performance since Week 4, where he still passed for over 200 yards. The Vikings are an NFC North frontrunner with clear sights on a top-two seed this post season.
Keenum’s division game off a short week against the Detroit Lions is another unfavorable one, but last week proved he has a sufficient floor. He’s averaging over 290 yards per game and a total of seven TDs in his last three weeks. He’s also put up at least 19 fantasy points in those last three starts. Though the Lions have allowed only three TD passes in their last four games, they surrendered over 16 fantasy points to Brett Hundley, DeShone Kizer, and Mitchell Trubisky each during that time. Essentially playing for his starting role, Keenum is worthy of the start this week and for the foreseeable future.
1QB Option 2: Tyrod Taylor vs. Chiefs
Game-Level Similarity Projection: 15.4
FanDuel Salary: $6,900
He’s back, although we’re still not entirely sure why he left. After losing his starting spot to rookie Nathan Peterman – who threw five interceptions in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Chargers, putting up the worst quarterback fantasy performance in the last 15 years – Tyrod Taylor took back his role in the second half to score two TDs and throw for 158 passing yards in two quarters. Yes, Taylor actually produced a better fantasy performance in one half than Case Keenum, Tom Savage and Marcus Mariota did in their games. Buffalo coach Sean McDermott’s decision-making may be poor, but ours won’t be. If you’re in a bind, go back to Taylor.
This week, Taylor is up against a Kansas City defense that has given up the seventh-most points to fantasy quarterbacks this season, averaging 259 passing yards per game. Taylor’s rushing ability always provide for a nice floor, and that should continue this week. The Chiefs have allowed Carson Wentz (55 yards), Kirk Cousins (38 yards) and even Trevor Siemian (20 yards) to have some running room. This week’s matchup has potential for a huge performance for a QB with something to prove.
2QB Option 1: Jacoby Brissett vs. Titans
Game-Level Similarity Projection: 17.8
FanDuel Salary: $6,900
After taking a risk on Jacoby Brissett in Week 3, I’ve been a fan ever since. The Colts’ starting QB for the foreseeable future, Brissett has taken the team by the reins and reinvigorated the offense. Having thrown for over 200 passing yards in every game since Week 4, with at least two TD passes in each of his last three contests, expect a high floor against the Titans. Tennessee has given up the eighth-most fantasy points to QBs this season and is currently ranked 21st in pass defense (241.2 YPG). Most recently, Tennessee gave up 399 yards and four passing TDs to Ben Roethlisberger, and they’ve given up 21 passing TDs on the season, tied for second most in the league.
Though Brissett’s health does need to be monitored this week, having been placed in concussion protocol after Week 10, expect him to be good for Sunday fresh off a bye-week to take on his division rivals. Brissett isn’t an every-week starter but has proven he can be trusted in favorable matchups. And with both offenses capable of putting up points, Brissett is in an ideal spot for streamers in 2QB leagues.
2QB Option 2: Andy Dalton vs. Browns
Game-Level Similarity Projection: 16.6
FanDuel Salary: $7,200
It’s hard to avoid a streaming option playing against this Browns secondary. Especially when Andy Dalton is coming off a three-score game against a good Broncos defense and has thrown at least two TDs in all but one game since Week 7. It’s also worth noting that he hasn’t thrown an interception in his last four outings after throwing eight in his first six. Meanwhile, Cleveland has given up the ninth-most fantasy points to QBs this season and has allowed an average of 23 points per game in the last five weeks. If he’s still available, Dalton is worth the start this week.