QB rankings and streaming advice for Week 16 of the 2018 fantasy football season.
It’s over pretty much as soon as it started and now here we are. The end of the fantasy football season; and what a season it was.
We witnessed young, raw talent make history.
Patrick Mahomes became the first player since 1933 with six touchdowns and five turnovers in a game and passed the Chiefs franchise record for most passing touchdowns in a single season … by Week 10.
Mahomes — as well as Nick Mullens – are on pace to join only three other players in history who’ve averaged 8.5 yards/attempt on 200-plus pass attempts over a season.
Mitchell Trubisky has led the Bears to the playoffs for the first time since 2010, Baker Mayfield has the Browns on pace for their first winning record since 2007 and Lamar Jackson became the first NFL quarterback in history to have five straight games with over 70 yards rushing.
Meanwhile, a couple veteran champions have struggled to live up to their fantasy potential: It’s Week 16 and Tom Brady’s Patriots have yet to clinch the playoffs, with more losses than any Bill Belichick team since 2009. And Aaron Rodgers — albeit injured, with limited weapons and an interim head coach — has had some of the worst plays in his career.
As for Week 15, no quarterback scored more than 25 fantasy points for the first time this season in leagues where you get six points for passing touchdowns.
In some of my final picks of the season, Lamar Jackson continued to deliver as a reliable QB2 with potential for QB1 production. I was correct in the fact that Nick Foles was who the Eagles needed to get back into the playoff hunt – but it was unfortunately not enough to provide substantial fantasy value. And it seems Derek Carr isn’t capable of bouncing back this season, as shown by the recent signing of Nathan Peterman to the Raiders.
|Pick||QB||ESPN Points||QB Rank|
CUMULATIVE 2018 FANTASY SEASON RESULTS
Though I had my own highs and lows this season, as I evaluate my performance as a whole I can confidently say my picks stayed in-line with most drafted quarterbacks – further validating the streamer strategy. My streamer pick averaged 17.4 points per week, which, coming off the waiver wire shows a fairly high floor. Both my 2QB and streamer pick averaged a QB ranking in the top 15 – though it seems I have too much clouded optimism in bounce back candidates.1
Overall, it was a fun season that delivered in its fair share of surprise performances. And now come our final streaming picks and rankings for the 2018 fantasy football season.2
Week 16 Quarterback Rankings
|Patrick Mahomes||at Seattle||1|
|Deshaun Watson||at Philadelphia||2|
|Russell Wilson||vs Kansas City||3|
|Ben Roethlisberger||at New Orleans||4|
|Andrew Luck||vs NY Giants||5|
|Matt Ryan||at Carolina||6|
|Mitchell Trubisky||at San Francisco||7|
|Drew Brees||vs Pittsburgh||8|
|Baker Mayfield||vs Cincinnati||9|
|Aaron Rodgers||at NY Jets||10|
|Tom Brady||vs Buffalo||11|
|Philip Rivers||vs Baltimore||12|
|Dak Prescott||vs Tampa Bay||13|
|Josh Allen||at New England||14|
|Kirk Cousins||at Detriot||15|
|Marcus Mariota||vs Washington||16|
|Lamar Jackson||at LA Chargers||17|
|Josh Johnson||at Tennessee||18|
|Sam Darnold||vs Green Bay||19|
|Jared Goff||at Arizona||20|
|Derek Carr||vs Denver||21|
|Jameis Winston||at Dallas||22|
|Nick Mullens||vs Chicago||23|
|Nick Foles||vs Houston||24|
|Case Keenum||at Oakland||25|
|Ryan Tannehill||vs Jacksonville||26|
|Eli Manning||at Indianapolis||27|
|Jeff Driskel||at Cleveland||28|
|Matthew Stafford||vs Minnesota||29|
|Cody Kessler||at Miami||30|
|Josh Rosen||vs LA Rams||31|
|Taylor Heinicke||vs Atlanta||32|
Week 16 Streaming Recommendations
At this point of the season, 16 starting quarterbacks fit within the threshold of under 50 percent owned – almost half of your total options. They are:
|Taylor Heinicke (he’s on the Panthers)|
Some for good reason, some because they were the only option left. Last week Sam Darnold and Josh Allen gave you top-five quarterback production. Josh Johnson and Nick Mullens were in the top 15. However, both Johnson’s (at Tennnessee) and Mullens’ (vs. Chicago) matchups for Week 16 do not make them viable options. Meanwhile, Carr, Case Keenum and Eli Manning have proved themselves unstartable this season. If you recently lost Carson Wentz or Cam Newton, there are still a couple worthy hail mary attempts to help secure that championship win.
TwoQB Pick of the Week – Baker Mayfield vs Cincinnati
The last time Mayfield played Cincinnati he had four touchdown passes in his best fantasy game of the season. Not much has improved on the Bengals defense since then — having allowed the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season — and it doesn’t help that their offense can’t stay on the field long enough for the defense to recover. Although Mayfield has been a little sloppy the last few weeks in terms of accuracy and turnovers, he has a reliably high floor with potential for top five production. In his last home game of the season, with the Browns still (technically) in the playoff picture, he’s a safe add in two quarterback and deeper leagues.
Favorite Streamer – Josh Allen at New England
It’s not the best matchup, but at this stage Allen has given us no reason to doubt him. Since he’s returned from injury, Allen has thrown for 200-plus yards each week and has made it within the top-five QB ranking three of the four. He has also managed to put up RB1 numbers in each of those weeks. His completion percentage (52.2) is less than appealing but his running ability matched with his tough o-line, who only allowed one hit against Detroit last Sunday, makes him streamable in this week’s divisional matchup against the Patriots. New England has struggled in the past few weeks and their pass rush is equally as non threatening at Detriot’s. There is some risk, but Allen’s average 23 fantasy points the last four weeks make him an ideal streaming option.