Want more evidence that starting a different quarterback each week in fantasy football based on matchup can be a successful strategy? Look at the leaders in fantasy points per game among quarterbacks when the best streaming matchups are included in the rankings:
1. Lamar Jackson - 27 PPG
(QB facing Arizona) - 24.9 PPG
2. Russell Wilson - 22.8 PPG
(QB facing Tampa Bay) - 22.3 PPG
3. Dak Prescott - 21.7 PPG
That’s right. The quarterbacks facing the Cardinals and Buccaneers this season are averaging top-three fantasy QB numbers in 2019. This is the power of streaming quarterbacks.
Through 12 weeks, our streaming quarterback nominees are averaging more than 16 fantasy points per week. Our top option each week is averaging 23.4 fantasy points per game, which you can see above would be QB2 on the season.
Each week, I will recommend three streaming QB options you can pick up and start in both your normal, redraft fantasy leagues as well as daily fantasy lineups, among those QBs rostered in less than 45 percent of leagues and track the results throughout the season.
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Sam Darnold (NYJ) - 19% rostered, at Cincinnati
Darnold now has three consecutive weeks of 21+ fantasy points, capped by 28.2 against the Raiders in Week 12. The opponents haven’t exactly been a murderer’s row during this stretch for the Jets (Giants and Redskins before the Raiders), but the matchup gets even easier. The Bengals are top-three in fantasy points allowed this season to QBs (21+ per game), and the matchup is even more juicy when you realize the Bengals are playing even worse over the past four weeks, allowing 25.3 per game.
Nick Foles (JAX) - 23% rostered, vs. Tampa Bay
Foles hasn’t impressed since his return from injury, failing to reach 18 fantasy points in both of his games since getting healthy, but the Bucs are generous to QBs. 22.3 fantasy points allowed to the position per week trails only Arizona for worst in the NFL. Foles hasn’t sunk teams either in the past two weeks, providing a solid floor of 14.9 and 17.8 points in Week 11 and Week 12, respectively, and maybe with this matchup, we see him reach close to his ceiling.
Mitch Trubisky (CHI) - 19% rostered, at Detroit (Thanksgiving)
You’re probably thinking I’m crazy for thinking about starting Trubisky. He’s had a terrible season. Admittedly, this is a desperation move if you are scraping bottom for a QB in Week 13. However, there are signs of life here. Trubisky is starting to run again, which was the key to his 2018 fantasy success. Last week, he had seven rush attempts and a rushing score, for 18.9 fantasy points. That was the second time in three weeks he reached 18 points. The matchup is great too, as Trubisky has scored 19.7 and 34 fantasy points in his last two starts against the Lions. Detroit’s defense is regressing fast too. The Lions have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to QBs this season (20.3 per game), but over the past four weeks, Detroit has given up the fourth-most points to quarterbacks (24.8 per game). Dare I say you could do worse that Mitch Trubisky in Week 13.