Welcome to Week 16 Streaming Options! If you’re reading this piece at this point in the season, it almost certainly means you’re playing for something—either a championship or some cash in one of the consolation matchups. Congratulations for that, but it’s not the time to rest on one’s laurels. It’s the most important time to pick out a fantasy-friendly quarterback or D/ST streaming option that could push you over the finish line in your Week 16 matchup.
Before we move on to the Week 16 streaming options, I’ll review the complete results at the quarterback position from last week’s article:
Blake Bortles– 326 Passing Yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, 0 Rushing Yards= 25.04 FP
Jimmy Garoppolo– 381 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 0 Rushing Yards= 19.64 FP
Joe Flacco– 288 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 3 Rushing Yards, 1 TD= 21.82 FP
Blaine Gabbert– 189 Passing Yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 28 Rushing Yards= 7.36 FP
Case Keenum– 236 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, 20 Rushing Yards= 19.44 FP
Nick Foles– 237 Passing Yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, 0 Rushing Yards= 25.48 FP
DeShone Kizer– 146 Passing Yards, 0 TD, 2 INTs, 35 Rushing Yards= 5.34 FP
Nick Foles | Philadelphia Eagles
Foles was impressive against the Giants in Week 15 as he finished with 237 passing yards and four touchdowns. It would be nice to see him do it again before trusting him in one-quarterback leagues. He is, however, a very strong play in two-quarterback formats this weekend.
The Eagles will take on an Oakland defense that has really struggled against the pass this season, allowing the 14th-most FPPG to the position and ranking dead last in the league in DVOA. Foles should have plenty of success this week.
Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens
Flacco showed us this season that he’s a high-floor, low ceiling fantasy quarterback. He is in the midst of his best stretch of the season, passing for at least 269 yards in three straight games and six touchdowns in that span. He performed well in a plus matchup against the Browns in Week 15, passing for 288 yards and two total touchdowns.
Flacco faces off against the Colts in Week 16, which makes him a strong fantasy option especially in two-quarterback leagues. Indianapolis struggled against the pass for a few seasons now, an issue which dogged them again in 2017. On the season, the Colts pass defense ranks 30th in DVOA. Despite the pass game struggles, Indianapolis’ run defense has been much improved in 2017, ranking 10th. If they are able to shut down Baltimore’s run game, then Flacco should have to air it out this week.
Blake Bortles | Jacksonville Jaguars
Bortles shredded the Texans in Week 15, passing for 326 yards and three touchdowns. The veteran quarterback has been on quite a run of late having combined for nine touchdowns (seven passing, two rushing) and just one interception over his last four games. Look for Bortles to stay hot in Week 16 as the Jaguars travel to San Francisco to face the 49ers. San Francisco struggled to limit enemy quarterbacks this season, allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to the position. Bortles should be near the top of your list if you’re needing to stream in the championship round.
Eli Manning | New York Giants
Manning posted one of the most surprising fantasy performances of Week 15 as he roasted the Eagles defense for 431 yards passing, three touchdowns, and one interception. It was especially surprising since Philadelphia’s pass defense was ranked 5th in the league in DVOA. Manning’s opponent in Week 16, the Cardinals, ranked eighth in pass defense DVOA but they are also allowing the eighth-most fantasy PPG to opposing quarterbacks. Eli is a full-tier below Bortles as a streaming option but he’s an option if you’re desperate.
Mitchell Trubisky | Chicago Bears
Trubisky is a deep streaming option in two-quarterback leagues due to Chicago playing an extremely conservative brand of football. Cleveland has been an extremely generous team to opposing passers, allowing the fifth-most FPPG to the position. Furthermore, the Browns play stout run defense which should force the Bears to pass the ball to beat them in Week 15. He should be fine as a QB2 this weekend.
Andy Dalton | Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton predictably struggled in Week 15 against the Vikings, finishing with 113 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions. Minnesota, of course, has one of the toughest secondaries in the league and Dalton has been extremely matchup-sensitive this season. Look for him to bounce back against the Lions in Week 16.
Detroit’s pass defense has been slipping as the season winds down. On the year, Detroit is allowing the 17th-most FPPG to quarterbacks. The season-long stats don’t tell the entire story, however. Over the last four contests, Detroit’s pass defense allowed multiple touchdowns to each quarterback they’ve faced.
Despite their overall record, the Bears defense played at a respectable level for most of the 2017 season. Chicago’s defensive rankings such as points allowed per game, turnovers forced, and sacks are in the top half of the league. That’s a good foundation for any streaming choice. Pair their solid foundation with a dream matchup, and you have a group with a high floor and high ceiling.
The Browns rank dead last in scoring offense (14.8) and still lead the league in turnovers (36). Despite the presence of Josh Gordon, DeShone Kizer is still turning the ball over. The Browns rank tied for the sixth-most sacks allowed (43). Cleveland has been a favorite streaming target all year for opposing defenses, and that doesn’t change in championship week.
The Redskins managed to get five sacks and two turnovers last week against the Cardinals. They’re an under-the-radar defense when it comes to forcing turnovers (T-14th) and sacking the quarterback (T-10th). Their opponent for Week 16, the Denver Broncos, on the other hand, have a rather mediocre offense. Denver has allowed the fifth-most sacks (44), committed the second-most turnovers (28), and are 24th in scoring offense (18.1).
The Lions get another cushy matchup this week after holding the Bears to only 10 points Saturday. Because they played on Saturday, the Lions received an extra day of rest and preparation for this week. The Bengals struggled on offense this year ranking ninth in turnovers (21), and allowing the 13th most sacks (36). Cincinnati is limping to the finish line with back-to-back games in which they’ve scored exactly seven points. For the year, they rank 29th in scoring offense with 16.6 points per game per Pro-Football-Reference.
The Cardinals have underwhelmed this season, but the Giants still represent a weak offense despite their offensive outburst last week. New York has given up the 13th most fantasy points to DST’s this season, so there’s some upside for Arizona. Look for the Cards to hold the Giants to 17 or fewer points.
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