Welcome to the Week 16 edition of QB and DST Streaming Options from The Fantasy Authority!!
This also means its Championship Week for most fantasy football leagues—the title is within sight!! Hopefully, some of my selections from last week have helped you reach the doorstep to a title. All you need is that final push to cross the finish line—I endeavor to assist you in the said venture.
The difference between 1st place and a runner-up may lie within which QB/DST streaming option you choose this week.
Let’s check out my QB/DST Streaming Options for Week 16!
Week 15 Recap
Lamar Jackson posted his fourth-straight game with at least 71 yards rushing yards. Josh Allen had two touchdowns (rushing & passing) in a victory against the Lions. Derek Carr was underwhelming in defeat versus the Bengals. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys were completely dominated on the road by the Colts.
Here are the complete numbers from my Week 15 quarterback selections:
Lamar Jackson– 131 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 95 Rushing Yards= 16.7 FP
Derek Carr– 263 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, -9 Rushing Yards= 12.6 FP
Josh Allen– 204 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 16 Rushing Yards, 1 TD= 19.8 FP
Dak Prescott– 206 Passing Yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 0 Rushing Yards= 6.2 FP
Josh Allen | Buffalo Bills
Current ESPN Ownership: 31.4%
Allen’s passing numbers continue to be less than exceptional, throwing for 204 yards and a touchdown last week. That gives him an average of exactly 200 yards per game with a 4:4 TD/INT rate over his last four games. His saving grace was a short touchdown run despite a season-low 16 yards rushing. Despite this pedestrian effort, Allen is still averaging 24.29 fantasy points per game over the same four-game span.
In Week 16, Allen and Bills face the Patriots, who are riding a surprising two-game losing streak.
New England’s biggest weakness has been their secondary, allowing the 10th most points per game to opposing quarterbacks. They’ve also allowed the 10th-most passing touchdowns and 11th most passing yards.
Without their running back depth compromised due to injuries, Allen might be forced to throw the ball more. And of course, his running ability gives him a chance to score some extra fantasy points.
Baker Mayfield | Cleveland Browns
Current ESPN Ownership: 47.9%
Mayfield has been the most impressive of all the rookie quarterbacks, looking more polished each week—Saturday night against Denver notwithstanding. And when the matchup is in his favor, Mayfield is a strong quarterback streaming option.
Cleveland’s Week 16 opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals appears to fit the matchup profile nicely for Baker. The Bengals are 27th in pass defensive efficiency and 28th total defensive efficiency—looks like the bags are packed for Cincy. In addition, Cincinnati has allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season. The last time Mayfield faced the Bengals he had his best game as a professional tossing four touchdown passes.
This matchup makes Baker Mayfield a solid quarterback streaming option regardless of format.
Lamar Jackson | Baltimore Ravens
Current ESPN Ownership: 54.1%
Jackson has proven to have a solid floor as a starter, having scored at least 16.5 points in every game. His running ability helps provide that floor as Jackson has rushed for at least 67 yards in every game started. On the flipside, Jackson has yet to eclipse the 178 passing yardage barrier which limits his overall upside.
He’ll face his toughest challenge as a starter when the Ravens face the Chargers Saturday afternoon. Los Angeles has given up the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season. Ranking 9th in both pass defensive efficiency and total defensive efficiency makes the Chargers a stout opponent for Jackson.
Lamar Jackson is a solid, low-ceiling streaming option for fantasy managers for Week 16.
Sam Darnold | New York Jets
Current ESPN Ownership: 2.4%
In a home matchup against a top-10 defense in the Texans, Darnold passed for 253 yards and two touchdowns. His 21.5 fantasy points scored was a high water mark in his rookie season. It would appear that the time off has improved his performance.
Green Bay has been surprisingly good against the pass this season—allowing the 18th-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. They’ve also allowed the seventh-fewest passing yards in the league—even with placing two more defensive backs on injured reserve.
As long as Darnold throws away from Jaire Alexander, he has a chance to put up decent fantasy points.
Consider Darnold a serviceable streaming option in 2QB/Superflex leagues or deeper leagues.
Current ESPN Ownership: 10.2%
The Browns come into Week 16 ranked 2nd in takeaways (30) and 3rd in interceptions (17). During their last five games, Cleveland has allowed an average of 15.8 points per game.
The Cincinnati Bengals come into the contest without their top two receivers and a backup quarterback. Cincinnati’s offense is ranked in the low-20’s in terms of passing and rushing—seems like a great matchup for Cleveland.
A top streaming option for fantasy managers looking for some upside in their championship contests.
Current ESPN Ownership: 57.1%
Fresh off a shutout of the Giants where they held Saquon Barkley to 56 total yards, the Titans meet Washington. Tennessee will have a home contest with a team that’s on their fourth-string quarterback. While turnovers can’t be assumed, as Johnson has done a good job in protecting the football, the point total should be rather low. In leagues where the final score matters more, the Titans may be a better option than some others.
Current ESPN Ownership: 17.7%
What an effort by the Colts last week in a shutout performance against the Cowboys—two turnovers forced and three sacks against Dak Prescott.
Indianapolis is ranked 8th in takeaways (23), 12th in sacks (38), and 14th in interceptions (12). Since Week 7, the Colts have the best scoring defense, allowing 15.0 points per game.
In comes the Giants for a Week 16 contest that the Colts need to win to keep pace in the playoffs. New York has given up the 5th most sacks in the league (46) and maybe without Odell Beckham.
The floor is high in this matchup for the Indianapolis Colts making an excellent DST streaming option.
Current ESPN Ownership: 13.4%
This is a pure matchup selection due to the offense Miami will face in Week 16.
The Jaguars have struggled offensively averaging just 9.3 points since Cody Kessler was named the starter in Week 13. Jacksonville is a bottom-of-the-league offense for the year and reaching 20 points scored would be a miracle.
The Dolphins, on the other hand, are 4th in takeaways (26) and 2nd in interceptions (20). Of course, the bad Dolphins may show up again, but the upside is there if wanting to take some risk.
Good Luck to all managers in their championship contests in the fantasy playoffs! And remember: #FortuneFavorsTheBold
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