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Week 15 QB and DST Streaming Options

Welcome to Week 15 edition of QB and DST Streaming Options from The Fantasy Authority!!

It’s also Week 2 of the fantasy playoffs—congratulations to those who have advanced!! Hopefully, some of my selections from last week helped you to victory. But of course, the march towards the championship continues in the semi-final rounds.

The difference between winning and losing may come on which QB/DST streaming option you choose this week.

Let’s check out my QB/DST Streaming Options for Week 15!

 

Week 14 Recap

Josh Allen continued to run the ball to the tune of 101 yards and a touchdown. Mayfield was efficient in a victory against the Panthers. Case Keenum threw for under 200 yards for the third straight game in a loss at San Francisco. Lamar Jackson has his best day as a passer throwing two touchdowns. Dak Prescott exploded for 455 passing yards and three touchdowns in a big division victory over the Eagles.

Here are the complete numbers from my Week 14 quarterback selections:

Josh Allen– 206 Passing Yards, 0 TD, 2 INTs, 101 Rushing Yards, 1 TD= 18.3 FP

Baker Mayfield– 238 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 2 Rushing Yards= 13.7 FP

Case Keenum– 186 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 24 Rushing Yards= 13.8 FP

Lamar Jackson– 147 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, 71 Rushing Yards=19 FP

Dak Prescott– 455 Passing Yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs, 2 Rushing Yards= 24.4 FP

 

Quarterbacks

Josh Allen | Buffalo Bills

Current ESPN Ownership: 53.3%

Allen wasn’t able to amass the numbers managers were looking for in a perceived positive matchup. His 101 rushing yards and rushing touchdown saved a rather otherwise nondescript day. Over the last three weeks, Allen has 335 rushing yards, which would place him among the top-10 running backs. In standard scoring, he’s averaging 25.79 points, which would be the second-highest average points per game among all quarterbacks—behind Patrick Mahomes.

The Bills meet the Lions in Week 15 and Detroit is allowing the 14th-most points per game to opposing quarterbacks. With a rushing and deep-ball throwing quarterback like Allen, matchups matter less than it does for a traditional quarterback.

Josh Allen’s high floor makes him a solid streaming option in 2QB leagues and deeper leagues.

Derek Carr | Oakland Raiders

Current ESPN Ownership: 10.7%

Carr threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers a week after a three TD, 285 passing yardage effort versus the Chiefs. It would appear that he’s finally meshing with Jon Gruden’s concepts on offense. We’ll see if this continues into Week 15.

The Raiders and Carr travel to face the Bengals who are 32nd in opponent rank versus quarterbacks. Cincinnati enters this game ranked 27th in pass efficiency and 28th in defensive efficiency. On paper, this looks like an excellent opportunity for Carr and the Raiders passing game.

The matchup alone is worth taking a chance on Carr as a streaming option in all formats.

Lamar Jackson | Baltimore Ravens

Current ESPN Ownership: 49.9%

As a starter, Jackson has faced four of the bottom-eight defenses against quarterbacks and he’ll face a fifth in Week 15 against Tampa Bay. Jackson hasn’t been the dual-threat star that fantasy managers hoped for when he took over as the starter in Baltimore. Managers were hoping for a 20-25 point average, but 18.66 points per game as a starter is just fine. His pass volume, on the other hand, is a little scary as Jackson has neither thrown for more than 178 yards or had 25 pass attempts. Jackson makes up for that deficiency by using his electric running ability to gain yardage and the occasional rushing touchdown.

The Buccaneers secondary has been awful this season, allowing the second-most passing touchdowns and fifth-most yards. Having the 30th ranked defense in efficiency and 29th ranked pass defense makes this a juicy matchup for Jackson.

Dak Prescott | Dallas Cowboys

Current ESPN Ownership: 53.3%

Since the Amari Cooper trade, Prescott is averaging 285.67 passing yards, 3.0 touchdowns, 1.0 interceptions. That’s QB1 production in any fantasy football format—grab him off waivers if he’s still available for some reason.

Dallas will take their 5-game winning streak to Indianapolis for a battle with the Colts.

Now, if you’re a smart person that does smart people things and checks defensive performance against individual positions you might think, “But the Colts are good against quarterbacks.” That is technically correct. They have allowed the 18th-most passing yards in the NFL and the 18th-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, making them above average.

The Colts have had the good fortune in facing the weakest set of starting quarterbacks between Week 5 and Week 13: Sam Darnold, Derek Anderson, Derek Carr, Blaine Gabbert, Blake Bortles, & Cody Kessler. Before that period, Indianapolis was allowing 282.6 passing yards per game, which would be the second-highest mark in the league.

Dak Prescott is a top quarterback streaming option for Week 15.

 

Defense/Special Teams

 

Cleveland Browns

Current ESPN Ownership: 10.1%

In Week 15, the Browns face a Broncos offense that hasn’t scored 24 points since Week 7. With the loss of Emmanuel Sanders, Denver offensive starters across the board consist of main rookies. The new look conservative Case Keenum hasn’t thrown an interception in the last 5 games.

Cleveland is 2nd in takeaways (28) and 3rd in interceptions (15). Throw in 30 sacks and the Browns have a chance to create havoc against Keenum and the Broncos.

I would consider Cleveland as a low-end streaming option.

Atlanta Falcons

Current ESPN Ownership: 5.6%

This selection is purely based upon the matchup. The Cardinals come into Week 15 with the 32nd overall offense and 32nd passing offense. Arizona is also 5th in interceptions thrown (16).

Let’s just be honest—the Cardinals offense has been punchless all season long.

If the waiver wire is bereft of choices, the Falcons are useful as a DST streaming option.

Detroit Lions

Current ESPN Ownership: 24.3%

Since returning in Week 9 from injury, Ezekiel Ansah has been a pressure monster, producing a 19.1 pressure rate and three sacks. Da’Shawn Hand is also capable of getting to the QB from the defensive tackle position, generating a near 10 percent pressure rate.

Detroit will travel to upstate New York to face Josh Allen and the feisty Bills in Week 15. Despite the success Allen has had running the football, he’s still turnover prone—4 interceptions thrown in the last 2 games. Buffalo is 2nd in the league with 20 interceptions thrown as an offense and 8th in sacks allowed (39).

 

Good Luck to all managers in their semi-finals contests in the fantasy playoffs! And remember: #FortuneFavorsTheBold

Thank you for taking the time to read my QB and DST Streaming Options article and hopefully my selections will lead you to fantasy prosperity! Also be sure to check out Matt Lo’s waiver wire rankings article as he ranks which players you should be targeting along with my streaming options. As always, feel free to check out all of the fantastic and outstanding content at www.thefantasyauthority.com.

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