This week presents far better streaming options at quarterback than last week with some great matchups looming against some weak defensive secondaries. These streaming options can be used for seasonal leagues, but the work can also carry over to daily fantasy sports.
Carson Palmer/Derek Carr
Palmer may only be throwing at 80% but that should be plenty against a Raiders secondary that’s been unable to stop anybody all season. The 34-year-old was able to take advantage of the Redskins secondary last week by leaning on his tall wide receivers, and that should be another recipe for success against a Raiders team that has allowed over 30 points three times this season. Palmer has thrown for two touchdowns and over 250 yards in the two games that he’s played in this season, which should continue in Bruce Arian’s vertical style offensive system.
Palmer is projected to be a high-end QB 1 this week against the Raiders according to the RotoViz GSLP App. Palmer may be a QB 1 at this point in the season if he hadn’t been injured with a nerve issue in his shoulder, making the Raiders a prime opportunity for him to play his best game.
Carr may have finally found a number one receiver to rely on after throwing two touchdowns to Andre Holmes on Sunday. The rookie was able to take advantage of his wide receiver’s height by airing it out down the field, which he should be able to do against a Cardinals secondary that hasn’t been able to stop many quarterbacks lately. Kirk Cousins was able to throw for over 350 yards against them last week and QBs have scored over 20 points against them four times this season.
The RotoViz GLSP App has Carr listed as one of the safer streaming options this week. Carr hasn’t been consistent this season but should be airing out the football in a possible shootout in Oakland. After the bye week Carr threw the ball 34 times against the Chargers, where he averaged 8.29 yards gained per attempt.
The aforementioned Cousins is the extreme case of a player holding far more fantasy value than he does in the real NFL world. That is of no worry to fantasy owners who should feel confident trotting out the mercurial quarterback against a defense that has forced QBs to attempt over 35 attempts against them this season. That is right up the alley of the Redskins who have had Cousins attempt over 33 passes in every game that he’s played in this season. Cousins has outscored Matthew Stafford, Nick Foles, Ben Roethlisberger, and Tom Brady over the past four weeks in fantasy.
Cousins has the lowest floor of the QB streamers listed, according to the RotoViz GLSP App. But he seems to be trending toward the higher end with the Redskins chucking the ball at such a high rate against a team ranked 13th against fantasy QB’s this season.
Hoyer’s outrageous second half comeback against the Tennessee Titans in Week 5 boosted his fantasy value but he failed to put up major fantasy points last week with the Browns relying more on the run. Attempting only 17 passes and throwing for one touchdown will limit your fantasy upside, but I think that changes a bit this week. The Jaguars have played decently against the run this season, and have surrendered the 6th most points to QBs in fantasy putting him in line for a great stat line.
The RotoViz GLSP App projects Hoyer with a very high ceiling this week. The Steelers porous defense against the run allowed the Browns to focus on the ground game, pounding the rock 36 times. That should change a bit if they fail to get the running game going early, giving Hoyer a chance to air it out.
How I Rank Them:
- Carson Palmer
- Kirk Cousins
- Brian Hoyer
- Derek Carr