Streaming Quarterbacks: Week 10 Targets

Streaming Quarterbacks: Week 10 Targets

By C.D. Carter (4for4 Contributor), last update Nov 7, 2014

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C.D. is a journalist and writer specializing in quarterback streaming. Carter's work has been featured in the New York Times Fifth Down blog, and he was nominated for the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's 2012 newcomer of the year award. He's the author of "How To Think Like a Fantasy Football Winner."

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The fantasy football deities in Week 10 offered us streaming souls manna from the heavens. Seven of the week's top-12 quarterbacks options were available on more than 40 percent of waiver wires.

Now let's pray.

Ryan Tannehill continued his white-hot stretch, rushing for another 48 yards on four attempts -- numbers that have become pleasantly normal for the not-so-sneaky fast Tanny. I think we also saw just how vulnerable San Diego's defense can be -- and perhaps will be -- for the remainder of 2014. It's worth noting as we move forward.

Carson Palmer showed once again why he was highlighted in August as the dream child of the streaming quarterback strategy for 2014. Palmer's fantasy floor is as high as anyone not named Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Drew Brees, or Aaron Rodgers.

Our Week 9 streamers averaged 22.8 fantasy points, bringing our 2014 seasonal average to a cool 19.1 points per game, or QB7 numbers. Optimal quarterback streaming plays are scoring 25 points per contest, almost in line with Andrew Luck's per-game production.

Let's dig into Week 10 streaming options with metrics like 4for4's schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed and fantasy points per attempt (FPAT). We saw this in Week 9 and we'll see it again and again over the next seven weeks: the more data we have, the more reliable streaming becomes.

For quarterbacks to be considered streaming options, they must be available in at least 40 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues. This ensures that weekly picks are available to most owners.


Carson Palmer (ARI) vs. St. Louis Rams

There's still no reason to move away from Palmer as the centerpiece of our streaming strategy. He's notching 20 fantasy points per game in five 2014 contests, and this week he gets a shot at a St. Louis defense giving up an eye-popping 0.59 FPAT.

Don't be frightened by the Rams' inexplicable domination of the 49ers' offense last week. St. Louis is giving up 19.6 schedule-adjusted points to quarterbacks, sporting an FPAT that shows how efficient signal callers have been against their secondary. Palmer once again comes complete with a high floor and a somewhat capped ceiling. We'll take it.

Palmer is still, unbelievably, available in 40 percent of leagues.


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