Last week was probably my best week of the year thus far, as all five quarterbacks that were recommended finished inside the top 12 at the position. And other than Drew Brees and Cam Newton, my top-ranked quarterbacks from last week all fared somewhat well.
From a season-long perspective, what does one do with Matt Ryan? He has only one game with 300 yards and has more games with no touchdowns (one) than with three or more touchdowns (zero). From what I've watched of him, he doesn't look right. I suppose I'm holding and trying to sell after the coming matchups against Tampa Bay and San Francisco, as I'm not sure I trust him for the playoffs, especially when he faces Carolina in Weeks 14 and 16.
Here's how last week's streamers performed.
Ryan Tannehill vs. Houston Texans
Week 7 Finish: 3
Ryan Tannehill was über-efficient last week, needing only 19 pass attempts for a top-3 finish. He completed his first 18 attempts and threw touchdowns to Jarvis Landry (X2), Rishard Matthews, and Lamar Miller.
Derek Carr vs. San Diego Chargers
Week 7 Finish: 6
Derek Carr came off the bye strong, throwing for 289 yards and three touchdowns. I'm already penciling him in for Week 9 against Pittsburgh.
Brian Hoyer vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 7 Finish: 7
Don't let the yardage fool you, Hoyer was not great in Houston's blowout loss to Miami. But thanks to garbage time, he was able to shake off a horrific start to finish with respectable fantasy numbers.
Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. New England Patriots
Week 7 Finish: 8
I didn't watch this game, but from what I heard Fitzpatrick was not great in this one. Still, 295 passing yards and two touchdowns did the trick.
Matthew Stafford vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 7 Finish: 11
It's not 405 yards and four touchdowns, but Matthew Stafford had another decent fantasy performance. His ownership is now too high to call him a streamer but I'm excited to see what he can do with offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi ousted.
Now onto this week's quarterbacks.
Week 8 Streamers
Joe Flacco vs. San Diego Chargers
While the likes of Week 1 Matthew Stafford, Teddy Bridgewater, and Michael Vick failed fantasy owners against San Diego, Joe Flacco is better than that group (#elite). He's at home facing a west coast team traveling to the east coast, and I expect 250 yards and two touchdowns with the potential for more.
Teddy Bridgewater vs. Chicago Bears
One can make the case that Teddy Bridgewater's play has improved recently with Stefon Diggs earning a larger share of the offense, and the second-year passer's play this weekend will be a sizable factor in my determining if he can be trusted as a streamer for the rest of the season. Chicago allowed a monster game to Matthew Stafford two weeks ago, and would have seen Aaron Rodgers and Carson Palmer do the same if not for blowouts. With a blowout unlikely, Bridgwater will be able to keep throwing on this weak Chicago pass defense.
Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Oakland Raiders
Every quarterback not named Peyton Manning has had fantasy success this year against Oakland, and Ryan Fitpatrick shouldn't have much trouble this week. He's coming off his two biggest stat lines of the year vs. Washington and New England, although I am curious to see if the Jets run the ball 30-40 times and prevent Fitzpatrick from seeing volume.
Marcus Mariota vs. Houston Texans
What happened to the Houston defense? It seems like it is literally just JJ Watt out there, and the best defensive player in the league cannot play all 11 spots. Marcus Mariota would be ranked higher if he was healthy, but pending his practicing and feeling well, he should be good-to-go as a streamer. Jameis Winston and Matt Ryan are the only quarterbacks that failed to throw for two or more touchdowns against Houston.
Brian Hoyer vs. Tennessee Titans
Tennessee has not allowed many big passing days to opponents this year, mostly because others realized they can run all over the Titans defense. But with Arian Foster out for the season and the potential for Houston to get blown out, Hoyer could surpass the 38 attempts (a season-high) that Matt Ryan threw against Tennessee last week.
|1||Tom Brady||New England Patriots||Miami Dolphins|
|2||Aaron Rodgers||Green Bay Packers||Denver Broncos|
|3||Russell Wilson||Seattle Seahawks||Dallas Cowboys|
|4||Andy Dalton||Cincinnati Bengals||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|5||Matt Ryan||Atlanta Falcons||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|6||Matthew Stafford||Detroit Lions||Kansas City Chiefs|
|7||Cam Newton||Carolina Panthers||Indianapolis Colts|
|8||Carson Palmer||Arizona Cardinals||Cleveland Browns|
|9||Drew Brees||New Orleans Saints||New York Giants|
|10||Ben Roethlisberger||Pittsburgh Steelers||Cincinnati Bengals|
|11||Joe Flacco||Baltimore Ravens||San Diego Chargers|
|12||Eli Manning||New York Giants||New Orleans Saints|
|13||Philip Rivers||San Diego Chargers||Baltimore Ravens|
|14||Andrew Luck||Indianapolis Colts||Carolina Panthers|
|15||Ryan Tannehill||Miami Dolphins||New England Patriots|
|16||Teddy Bridgewater||Minnesota Vikings||Chicago Bears|
|17||Ryan Fitzpatrick||New York Jets||Oakland Raiders|
|18||Marcus Mariota||Tennessee Titans||Houston Texans|
|19||Brian Hoyer||Houston Texans||Tennessee Titans|
|20||Peyton Manning||Denver Broncos||Green Bay Packers|
|21||Jay Cutler||Chicago Bears||Minnesota Vikings|
|22||Jameis Winston||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Atlanta Falcons|
|23||Alex Smith||Kansas City Chiefs||Detroit Lions|
|24||Derek Carr||Oakland Raiders||New York Jets|
|25||Colin Kaepernick||San Francisco 49ers||St. Louis Rams|
|26||Josh McCown||Cleveland Browns||Arizona Cardinals|
|27||Nick Foles||St. Louis Rams||San Francisco 49ers|
|28||Matt Cassel||Dallas Cowboys||Seattle Seahawks|