Process over results always in fantasy football.
If you went results over process in Week 1 a season ago, you would have jumped at Ryan Fitzpatrick’s four touchdowns and moved on from Matt Ryan’s zero touchdown start.
Process over results.
Admittedly, the Week 1 streamer picks were not great. However, the process was sound.
Josh Allen had ten rushing attempts but less than 40 yards. Positive regression should be coming for him, after still scoring 16 fantasy points in a low-scoring game against the Jets.
Nick Foles was injured against the Chiefs, but combined with back-up quarterback Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville quarterbacks combined for 24.6 fantasy points. Injuries happen. Just bad luck.
Jimmy Garoppolo scored less than 11 fantasy points on 27 pass attempts against a poore Tampa Bay secondary. I’m taking the L on this one, and Jimmy G needs to show us he can be consistent again before we put faith in him again as a fantasy streaming quarterback.
If you combine Garoppolo and Allen with ‘Jacksonville QB’ Week 1, the picks still averaged 17 fantasy points to start the year. Respectable.
Week 1 still illustrated how viable streaming is at quarterback.
11 QBs scored 20 fantasy points in Week 1. Eight of the top-12 scoring quarterbacks in Week 1 were drafted in leagues in double-digit rounds or not drafted at all.
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 fewer than 45 percent of ESPN leagues and track the results throughout the season.
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Josh Allen (BUF) - at New York Giants - 20.5% rostered
As mentioned above, Allen had a respectable Week 1 performance with 16 fantasy points against the Jets, and a high ceiling was still there thanks to 10 rushing attempts. Allen also completed 65 percent of his passes. He now gets to face a Giants defense that just allowed 400 yards and four touchdowns to Dak Prescott. Arrow up.
From Week 12 through the end of the season, Josh Allen was the top-scoring QB in fantasy football.
Derek Carr (OAK) - vs. Kansas City Cheifs - 29.6 % rostered
Teams are simply going to have to throw a ton to keep up with the Chiefs offense. Pat Mahomes opened the season with a 40-burger in Jacksonville and doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. Carr showed some promise in Week 1 throwing for more than nine yards per attempt against the Broncos. His attempts should increase in this match-up.
From a fantasy perspective, opposing quarterbacks will continue to be high-volume options against KC, evidence by Jacksonville quarterbacks combining for more than 24 fantasy points on 33 attempts in Week 1.
Gardner Minshew (JAX) - at Houston Texans - 0.1% rostered
Nick Foles’ collar bone injury will keep him out Week 2. Start the ‘stache! The rookie out of Washington State with the fantastic facial hair will be back, and he’ll again have to throw to keep up with the high-powered Texans’ offense.
Minshew looked fantastic Week 1, as well, completing 22-of-25 passes for 275 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against the Chiefs. Houston also allowed the fifth-most passing yards in the NFL in 2018.