Here’s hoping you took heed of last week’s suggestions. Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson lit up the box score, while Eli Manning posted a mildly successful outing. If you’ve got either of the former two, you’ll be sitting pretty for a while as both signal callers have manageable-to-superb matchups for the rest of the year. Baltimore’s Week 13 to Week 16 slate is almost too good to be true: @ ATL, @ KC, TB, and @ LAC.
Without further ado, let’s get to this week’s streaming quarterback options.
Lamar Jackson, BAL QB (at ATL)
42% owned in Yahoo! Leagues, 49.1% owned in ESPN Leagues
Without straying far from the intro, we find our top streaming QB option: Lamar Jackson. Joe Flacco is returning to practice this week, however, Jackson’s playing too well to be benched – and this is the perfect streak of opponents to install a young quarterback. Confidently roll with Lamar Jackson this week as he continues his high-upside QB1 ways against a Swiss cheese Falcons defense, carrying your team to the playoff-promised land.
Jameis Winston, TB QB (vs. CAR)
47% owned in Yahoo! Leagues, 54.9% owned in ESPN Leagues
In Week 9, Ryan Fitzpatrick pasted the Panthers defense for 243 passing yards, 4 TDs, and 2 picks. He added a solid 23 yards on the ground. The following week, Ben Roethlisberger posted a similar outing: 328 passing yards, 5 passing TDs and 27 yards rushing. Although Matthew Stafford (and his depleted receiving corps) put up a dud in Week 11, Russell Wilson crossed the 300 passing yard mark while also notching 2 passing touchdowns. Carolina’s defense is one to target for opposing signal-callers and the Bucs’ high-octane offense is a great one to employ.
Baker Mayfield, CLE QB (at HOU)
55%, 42.9% owned in ESPN Leagues
Houston’s defense has played very well against the NFL’s lower tier of signal-callers. The Texans have held in-check the likes of Dak Prescott (the Week 5 version), Josh Allen/Nathan Peterman, Cody Kessler, Brock Osweiler, Case Keenum, Colt McCoy, and Alex Smith. However, the last good quarterback they faced, Andrew Luck in Week 4, posted a preposterous 464 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Baker’s on fire right now and he won’t be extinguished anytime soon. This offense is humming and Freddie Kitchens should be at the top of everyone’s MVP list.
Case Keenum, DEN QB (at CIN)
16% owned in Yahoo! Leagues, 9.2% owned in ESPN Leagues
Keenum’s 5-yard stumbling/falling-with-style touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders last week really was a thing of beauty. For all of 2 seconds, I was a Case Keenum fan. Fortunately he gets the Hue Jackson-infused Bengals defense this week, which should lead to a productive day at the office for the Broncos QB. It’s unlikely Keenum finishes in the Top 10, but a Top 15 finish is certainly doable.