Streaming Quarterbacks: Week 15 Fantasy Football Targets
Week 14 was a solid week to stream QBs, if you had the courage to do so in the fantasy playoffs. Look at these results of readily available options:
Brett Hundley - QB4
Jay Cutler - QB5
Mitch Trubisky - QB7
Blake Bortles - QB10
DeShone Kizer - QB12
Last week, we highlighted Hundley (25.7 points) and Jimmy Garappolo (a respectable 15.1 points). This strategy can work if we mine for the right clues. It has worked very, very well to this point in the season. Hopefully, you were able to avoid the Josh McCown injury disaster last week.
Let’s try and get you to a fantasy championship match next week.
We continue to increase our top pick average in 2017. For the season, our top streaming picks are now averaging 24.3 fantasy points per game. That’s ahead of what DeShaun Watson averaged as QB1 in fantasy points per game and more overall points than Russell Wilson has as the top healthy fantasy quarterback! The average of all of our streaming picks multiplied by 14 weeks is more than what Kirk Cousins has scored as QB6 in total points.
Our standard for this exercise will always be to select only quarterbacks owned in 40 percent or fewer of Yahoo! leagues. We will use that standard as not to be accused of stretching the definition of “streamer” (plus, we like a challenge). It will also allow for similar potential on other sites.
We’ll focus on factors such as QB points per game, the opponent’s schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks (aFPA), and the Vegas implied team totals.
Here are those options for Week 15:
Blake Bortles (JAX) vs. HOU
Well, here we are. Back to maybe riding Blake Bortles to another fantasy championship. Life comes at you fast. The butt of so many fantasy football jokes over the past two years is averaging 21.4 fantasy points per game over the past three weeks (somebody alert @BortlesFacts) and now gets to face a defense that is allowing the fourth-most points to the position on the season. The Texans are also just 30th in our aFPA to QBs, and Jacksonville has the fourth-highest implied team total in Vegas this week at 25.25 points. What a strange season. It wasn't so long ago though when Blake Bortles was the QB4 for the fantasy playoffs (Week 14-16) in 2015.
Bortles is owned in 36% of Yahoo! leagues.
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