This series will evaluate the weekly quarterback streaming options for fantasy football.
Jake Locker marched into Arrowhead and put up a respectable stat line on Sunday, throwing the ball for 266 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball six times (as many times as Bishop Sankey), but only for 14 yards. I think any time you’re facing the Cowboys’ defense, you can just go ahead and hit the “auto-stream” button. The Cowboys gave up 201 yards and two passing scores to Colin Kaepernick on only 23 attempts. Still going off last season’s stats since we have a minimal sample from this year, the Cowboys gave up the ninth-most fantasy points per game to opposing receivers. Locker has capable weapons in Delanie Walker, Kendall Wright, Nate Washington, and RotoViz favorite, Justin Hunter. I’ll also be targeting Locker as a tournament play on most daily sites. You can follow along with my DFS series Joe 2 Pro here. This article gives a primer on how to dive into daily fantasy sports without feeling overwhelmed. Ryan Gilmore provides you with a few other reasons to like Locker next week.
There’s a strong chance that you might find Geno Smith in this column every single week. He’s likely available on most waiver wires1 and while the Packers defense is better than the Raiders, I think Smith can still be effective. Last season the Packers gave up 18.3 FPPG to quarterbacks and on Sunday their defense surrendered 398 total yards to the Seahawks. Green Bay is favored by 8.5 in this game, so I imagine Smith may be playing catch-up the majority of this game. Although I love it, Rich Hribar has something to say about chasing point spreads. Smith had a solid outing on Sunday completing 82 percent of his passes for 221 yards with one TD and one interception. Smith also added another 38 yards on ten attempts with his legs. Pro Football Focus gave the Packers defense the third-worst overall defensive grade among the games that have been played.2 I wouldn’t be surprised to see Smith have another solid outing this week if you’re choosing him as your streamer.
Ryan Tannehill didn’t turn any heads with his performance on Sunday, but the Patriots have a fairly revamped defense this year. Facing a Bills defense that gave up 427 yards to the Bears looks like a strong streaming opportunity.
Tannehill averaged just over 12 FPPG last year against the Bills, which would be serviceable as a streamer. His play against Buffalo is actually better than it appears: one of the games he finished with three fantasy points, after leaving early due to injury. In his Week 6 contest against them he threw for 197 yards, but managed to throw three TDs within that low yardage total. Tannehill could give you a serviceable start.
How I Rank Them
1. Jake Locker
2. Geno Smith
3. Ryan Tannehill
If you’re desperate, you could start Chad Henne against Washington. Henne started off strong against Philly, throwing two early TDs to Allen Hurns, but didn’t find the end zone after that. I imagine one of the three listed above is available in your league. Happy hunting.