We’re almost a quarter of the way through the season already and there has been a massive amount of injuries to QBs. But after the first two weeks where we saw top 10 guys go down week 3 was rather painless. Fortunately, we saw a lot of options for streaming quarterbacks that did really well last week. Rookie Daniel Jones put on a shot and won offensive player of the week. Kyle Allen did so well there are a lot of questions about whether or not the team should move on from Cam Newton. After a brief review, we’re looking at options for streaming quarterbacks in week 4.
Unfortunately, none of the three options we discussed last week had stellar weeks. Some of which wasn’t even there fault. Derek Carr had a pretty decent game throwing for two touchdowns on 242 yards passing. He also completed all but seven passes in the game. Where his downfall came was the interception and four sacks. The team was playing from behind nearly the entire game, but couldn’t sustain drives with a 27% 3rd-down conversion rate.
Matthew Stafford, on the other hand, had almost no control over his destiny. On the first play of the game the Lions special teams unit took it back 100-yards for an opening kickoff score. The Eagles would fumble on their side of the field twice giving Stafford and company short fields to work with. Although he threw for 201 yards and a score there wasn’t enough opportunity to rack of points.
Trubisky, however, was golden. Throwing for three touchdowns and 231 yards. The Bears went out to a quick lead and never turned back. Trubisky completed 25 of 31 passing attempts but his average depth of target (aDOT) was only 5.5. He finished as the 14th best fantasy quarterback according to pff.com but had the 3rd worst aDOT on the week.
Despite our good fortune and no major injuries last week, we’re officially at the bye weeks. And if you took the streaming quarterbacks approach this is where things will get interesting. Only two quarterbacks are missing this week as both the Jets and 49ers are on the bye. One of those QBs has had an up-and-down season so far, while the other one has had Mono and has missed the last two weeks. You probably weren’t playing him anyway.
So with that said, let’s take a look at some of the top streaming quarterback options this week.
Jacoby Brissett; Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck who? Jacoby Brissett has quietly been one of the best QBs this season. Despite only throwing 92 attempts so far this season, Brissett currently sits at 14th in fantasy points. He has thrown seven touchdowns to just one interception and has over 645 yards through the air.
Brissett is just one of three players in the top 15 with less than 95 passing attempts. Obviously that’s not necessarily what you look for in a fantasy QB, but the Colts are taking on the 23rd ranked Raiders pass defense. Their numbers may be a little inflated due to facing Mahomes and giving up 443 yards and 4 passing touchdowns. However, the Colts are home in this one and that should give Brissett and company a boost.
Kyle Allen; Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton who? Maybe this is an ongoing theme? Cam Newton has been on a slide for over a year now. After getting injured during a preseason game that lingered into the season, Allen got his name called. Allen was superb in his 2019 debut, completing 19 passes on 26 attempts for 261 yards and four touchdowns. Allen finished as the 6th best fantasy QB last week according to pff.com and ended things with an 84% adjusted completion percentage.
According to ESPN.com standard scoring, the Texans have given up the 8th most points to opposing QBs so far this season. The Panthers get to take on the Texans in this one and although it is on the road the turf and dome should play well. Kyle Allen is owned in 10% of ESPN league right now, which should give you plenty of availability if you are streaming quarterbacks this week.
Joe Flacco; Denver Broncos
If you look at the numbers, Joe Flacco hasn’t played poorly. He has completed nearly 70% of his passes and has over 770 yards thrown over the first three weeks. Flacco’s biggest issue is that he just isn’t getting into the endzone. With only two touchdowns thrown so far this year, Flacco is one of the worst QBs getting into the promised land. In fact, of Flacco’s 110 passing attempts only 5% of them have been thrown to the end zone and only 1.8% of them have scored.
Flacco gets the Jags this week who have given up at least 300-yards passing twice so far. They haven’t given up a passing touchdown since week 1 but with Jalen Ramsey out of the game, they have gotten even worse. Flacco is currently owned in less than 4% of ESPN.com leagues.
Daniel Jones; New York Giants
I am admittedly a bit torn on this selection. Jones is coming off a tremendous career debut against the Bucs. According to pff.com, the Buccaneers rank 23rd in coverage. Jones threw for 353 yards and two touchdowns against their defense. Daniel Jones scored twice on the ground as well proving his ability to find the endzone. Despite a preseason bold prediction, where I said Jones would rank inside the top 15 at his position, the jury is still out a bit.
There was plenty to like last week but there was a lot going for him as well. The Bucs neutralized Jones in the first half of the contest. Other than a touchdown late in the 1st quarter, Jones wasn’t very good. In the second half that all changed. With the Giants down 28-10 and Saquon Barkley, there wasn’t much else to do but throw.
With that being said, Jones gets the 29th worst defense against opposing QBs this week when they take on the Skins. Jones plays at home for this first time in his career which should give him a little more juice. If you are streaming quarterbacks it might be a little hard to find Jones available. Jones is rostered in 69% of ESPN leagues but if he’s on waivers, grab him and plug him in.