It’s time to stream quarterbacks. Do you have Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck or Tom Brady this week in your 2QB league? You’re still starting your studs, but you may want to make sure you have solid streaming options this week as Rodgers plays Seattle, Luck takes on the Jets and Brady draws the Bills.
Also, don’t take this article as guys you need to replace your QB1 with. They always deserve a start – it’s why you drafted them in the first place to be your top QB this season. However, if you’re struggling with options to play as a QB2 this week, then you’ve come to the right place, especially if you’re in a situation like Joshua Lake is this year in your 2QB league.
Again, I’ll be evaluating some of the quarterback plays with help from Pat Thorman over at Pro Football Focus. But now that Week 1 has passed and ownership of other quarterbacks has changed from recent waiver wire runs, I’ll be looking at quarterbacks that are under-owned (less than 40%) on both ESPN and Yahoo.
Guys that I recommend, but don’t make the ownership cut this week are Carson Palmer and Marcus Mariota. Palmer was decently owned across many leagues and his ownership is currently on a steep rise after giving it to the Saints last week. Owners who took a stab on Mariota were rewarded as well with four touchdowns in one half. Both have big ownership numbers this week, so you may not find them in 2QB leagues – but if you do, Palmer gets another feast with Chicago and Mariota goes up against Cleveland.
Check out my picks for this week below and hit me up on twitter if you have any questions!
Streamer of the Week: Nick Foles
Nick Foles was the QB10 in standard leagues for Week 1 despite two fumbles and facing the Seattle Seahawks. He completed 67% of his passes (18 for 27) for 297 yards and a touchdown while tacking on a rushing touchdown as well. Did I mention he had to play the Seahawks?
This week Foles gets the Washington Redskins – true, they only gave up 226 yards and one touchdown to Ryan Tannehill, but 250 yards and two touchdowns from Foles this week, minus any turnovers, could net Foles another top-12 week in fantasy football and become one of the better QB2 options out there.
Andy Dalton makes this section two weeks in a row. He was QB9 last week in standard leagues against the Oakland Raiders as he put up 269 yards and 2 touchdowns. This week is another AFC West opponent in the San Diego Chargers. They surrendered 246 yards and 2 touchdowns to Matthew Stafford – who could have put up even more points if not for two interceptions. Dalton should be close to that QB1 range yet again this week.
Alex Smith was on my “Avoid” list last week but went on to put up 243 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Houston Texans. My bad, guys. He gets the Broncos on Thursday Night Football. The Broncos could be a tough matchup, but on a short week and with Travis Kelce and Jamaal Charles catching a lot of Smith’s passes, you could do much worse than Alex Smith this week.
Digging Deeper: Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston almost jumped into the “Safe Bets” section this week, but I thought that might be too quick for a rookie quarterback that has as many interceptions as he has touchdowns on the year already. Winston also finished just as the QB20 in Week 1 (which was still ahead of Ryan Tannehill and Cam Newton), but many (including me) thought Tennessee would be an easier matchup. He draws New Orleans this week, a defense that Carson Palmer torched in Week 1. If Winston puts up similar yardage and touchdowns from Week 1 and doesn’t turn the ball over, he could be worth a start in your deep 2QB or SuperFlex league this week.
I’m avoiding whomever is starting for the Raiders as well as the Texans. Whether it’s Derek Carr or Matt McGloin going for Oakland, they’re facing the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2. I’d rather have Ryan Fitzpatrick – or even Johnny Manziel.
The Texans won’t be that much more attractive either – they take on the Panthers, who made Blake Bortles look silly last week. Brian Hoyer was replaced based on performance but Ryan Mallett didn’t do much better as a fill-in. Even with DeAndre Hopkins, I’m not looking to start a quarterback from Houston
Speaking of Bortles, he gets Miami this week. If Kirk Cousins can’t put up 200 passing yards against them, no way Blake Bortles is doing it in Week 2. Bortles doesn’t seem to have the tools just yet – maybe Julius Thomas can make a difference when he comes back.
As we continue down the “avoid” list, Cousins gets the Rams this week. They held Russell Wilson to 282 total yards, one touchdown and intercepted him once as well. I’m not taking any gambles on Cousins this week. And that’s this week’s look at how to stream quarterbacks in 2QB leagues.
What are your thoughts on these recommendations? Have any questions about your roster in a 2QB league? Make sure to reach out on twitter if you have any questions!