Streaming Quarterbacks: Week 9 Targets
Ryan Fitzpatrick tore ligaments in the thumb of his non-throwing hand Sunday, after just four passes, and that destroyed what otherwise looked to be a great week for streaming QBs. Our other two, Alex Smith and Brian Hoyer, scored 27.6 and 17.3 points. That started the day off on a high note, but then Fitzpatrick went out and crushed my hopes.
Everything lined up well for Fitzpatrick's potential last week, but an injury crushed his week – and with it, my fantasy week. And that is how fantasy football can be, fickle.
Through eight weeks, our optimal streamer is averaging 17 points if you remove Fitzpatrick’s week, but 15.01 if we include his 3.04 points from this week. I am torn on how to calculate things, but honesty necessitates that I include the true number. I started Fitzpatrick myself in Week 8, as did many others, and we suffered through those 3.04 points, as should our streaming numbers here.
Our streaming QBs are averaging 15.93 points overall. That would rank them QB21 on the season.
Now, on to Week 9. As always, our primary focus will be on each quarterback’s fantasy points per attempt, because of how well that correlates with fantasy production, and on aFPA for the defenses they face.
Week 9 QB Streaming Targets
Early reports this week are that Tyrod Taylor is 100% healthy and has no limitations. On the season, Taylor is the best QB in the league in terms of fantasy points per attempt, with 0.76. This week he faces the Dolphins at home, and despite brief signs of life, they still look to be a favorable matchup for quarterbacks. The Dolphins rank 15th in aFPA to QBs, but they’re allowing the fourth-most passing TDs per game and sixth-most TDs per pass attempt. That makes Tyrod Taylor a favorable play with a fair chance at one or more touchdowns this week.
Taylor is available in 61% of Yahoo public leagues, and he is my optimal streamer of the week.