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QB Streaming for the Championship Game

Giana Pacinelli provides QB streaming options, 2-QB plays, and overall QB rankings for Week 16 of the 2019 fantasy football season.

Before reading this article, just know that around here, we don’t recognize week 17 fantasy football championships. You can debate the merits of those leagues elsewhere, but for my article, the season ends this week. So with that, our fantasy season has almost come to an end. But before we strategize taking on the ship, let’s take a look back at how we got here:

Two years ago, it was Deshaun Watson (before his awful injury) and last year, it was Patrick Mahomes. This season, the shiny new signal caller is Lamar Jackson. Those who waited on a quarterback and landed Jackson are more than likely in the championship game this week … or playing against him.

Jackson has put up seven 30-plus point fantasy games this season and has thrown five touchdowns in three — including his 200 yards, five touchdowns and 86 rushing yards on Thursday night. The performance not only gave fantasy owners a significant head start, but his 86 rushing yards broke Michael Vick’s single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback. 

While Jackson was consistently productive, few fantasy owners were afforded that kind of stability this season. Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger barely saw action before their seasons abruptly ended in injury. Matthew Stafford was providing immense fantasy value until his NFL-leading starting streak was snapped, eventually ending his season as well. Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Andy Dalton, Nick Foles, and even Sam Darnold missed games this season, for one reason or another. With all the turnaround, this season saw many new faces, like Gardner Minshew, thrust into fantasy relevancy. Across 12 games, Minshew has thrown for 2,795 yards, 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He’s currently ranked sixth in rushing yards among quarterbacks with 301 yards. The Jaguars will have a big question to answer about who is their quarterback for the future, with Foles now back from injury and carrying an $88 million dollar contract. 

Other looming off-season questions at the quarterback position include:

  • Denver – who is currently on their third starting quarterback of the season in Drew Lock
  • Tennessee – Marcus Mariota seems to be the forgotten man with Ryan Tannehill leading not only the Titans but fantasy owners to the playoffs.
  • Miami – who has spent most of the season with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center after giving Josh Rosen just three starts. Both could be available for other teams next season with the Dolphins likely investing in a quarterback with a high draft pick. 
  • Tampa Bay – who can attribute their mediocrity to Jameis Winston’s 24 interceptions on the season. Modestly, however, Winston is having a career fantasy year (currently QB5 on the season) with more than 4,500 passing yards and 30 touchdowns, scoring four this week to carry many owners onto the next round

Washington – who only just saw No. 15 overall draft pick Dwayne Haskins Jr. show signs of potential this week with 261 yards and two touchdowns. Haskins has had fewer than one touchdown in four of six starts this season.

Cumulative 2019 Fantasy Season Results

This season was volatile to say the least. For proof, here are the starting quarterbacks still rostered in less than 60% of ESPN leagues. 

  • Kyle Allen
  • David Blough
  • Derek Carr
  • Andy Dalton
  • Jared Goff
  • Drew Lock
  • Gardner Minshew
  • Sam Darnold
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick
  • Dwayne Haskins
  • Eli Manning
  • Philip Rivers
  • Mitchell Trubisky

Almost half the starting quarterbacks in the league are unowned – whether it be due to inconsistency, injury, or just plain incompetence. 

Unlike for Antonio Brown, for me, business was boomin’. With all these injuries, or benchings, I had ample choices of decent streaming quarterbacks to write about. I will admit, I advised my readers to pick up a few clunkers, like Nick Foles in Week 13, but I think I was also pretty quick to jump on the Ryan Tannehill train, who could wind up being a league-winner. Thus, we’ll call it a win. 

My streamer pick averaged 15.4 points per week, which isn’t terrible considering you were dropping your backup defense or seventh running back for a quarterback off the waiver wire. I’m most proud of my bounceback candidates, who always found a way to deliver after a rocky start. The NFL is unpredictable, and we’ve learned you can’t lean on what happened last week with the expectation of a repeat the following. My 2QB picks were my weak point. The average is not where I would like it, but if you’re getting 14 points out of your second quarterback in 2QB leagues, it shouldn’t be detrimental to your chances of winning that week. 

2QB 13.6
Favorite Streamer 15.4
Bounceback 17.4

Week 16 Quarterback Rankings

Ranking Quarterback Matchup
1 Lamar Jackson at CLE
2 Jameis Winston vs HOU
3 Dak Prescott at PHI
4 Ryan Tannehill vs NO
5 Patrick Mahomes at CHI
6 Deshaun Watson at TB
7 Russell Wilson vs ARI
8 Josh Allen at NE
9 Kyler Murray at SEA
10 Jimmy Garoppolo vs LAR
11 Aaron Rodgers at MIN
12 Ryan Fitzpatrick vs CIN
13 Drew Brees at TEN
14 Matt Ryan vs JAC
15 Sam Darnold vs PIT
16 Carson Wentz vs DAL
17 Kirk Cousins vs GB
18 Mitchell Trubisky vs KC
19 Jacoby Brissett vs CAR
20 Gardner Minshew at ATL
21 Philip Rivers vs OAK
22 Eli Manning at WAS
23 Tom Brady vs BUF
24 Andy Dalton at MIA
25 Baker Mayfield vs BAL
26 David Blough at DEN
27 Will Grier at IND
28 Jared Goff at SF
29 Drew Lock vs DET
30 Derek Carr at LAC
31 Devlin Hodges at NYJ
32 Dwayne Haskins vs NYG

If you’ve come this far, I appreciate you. So much so that it’s difficult for me to give you an option you can still pick up that I can confidently say “you should play in your championship game.” Especially since you are likely one of two teams – the one starting Lamar Jackson, or the team playing Lamar Jackson. So the questions are, who can compliment Jackson as a 2QB or Superflex, and who can (maybe) match up against him?

2 QBs to Face Jackson 

Jameis Winston vs HOU

Ownership (Yahoo): 92%
Ownership (ESPN): 84%
GLSP: 24.6

Though he is largely owned in fantasy leagues, Winston’s inconsistency and ability to turn over the ball often have made him a risky weekly start. He’s lost Mike Evans for the remainder of the season and Chris Godwin, one of the top fantasy wide receivers, should be out this week as well. However, Houston has been atrocious defending the pass this season and Winston has been on a recent hot streak, with 450-plus passing yards in the last two weeks and the top spot in passing yards, passing attempts and points per game. His impressive fantasy numbers provide a high floor for those needing a miracle.

Ryan Tannehill vs NO

Ownership (Yahoo): 68%
Ownership (ESPN): 63.3%
GLSP: 20.2

I’ve tried to write about him so much this season, to the point I would omit him from my articles because I felt like I was cheating by picking him. This season, Ryan Tannehill has been stellar. And while he one day may come back to earth, this game vs New Orleans will not be it. Fighting for their playoff lives — potentially without their top running back — in what’s sure to be a shootout, I imagine Tannehill will gut this performance out. 

2 QBs to Compliment Jackson 

Andy Dalton at MIA

Ownership (Yahoo): 8%
Ownership (ESPN): 4.6%
GLSP: 14.7

Miami’s defense has given up the fifth-most fantasy points to the quarterback position this season. Dalton is good enough to turn the ball over three times and still pull out a 16 point fantasy day like Eli Manning did last week. Giving up an average 289 passing yards in the last five games, Miami will provide the playground for Dalton to support 2QB numbers.

Ryan Fitzpatrick vs CIN

Ownership (Yahoo): 25%
Ownership (ESPN): 15.7%
GLSP: 16.8

Same game, different story. Fitzpatrick is averaging over 260 passing yards per game and 1.5 touchdowns over the last nine games, with three of his last four being QB1 performances. He’s also the Dolphins’ leading rusher. Why not leave it to magic?

Strength of Schedule Streaming App – Week 16

Check out the Strength of Schedule Streaming tool for more options and the opportunity to look for multi-week plays. This is Week 16.

Note: Ownership and projected points come from ESPN Fantasy. Rankings are based on GSLP, FPPG and matchup. View the complete Week 10 GLSP set of projections (PPR, Half PPR and Standard) in the GSLP app.

Image Credit: Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Jameis Winston.

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