2021 Fantasy Football: Week 7 Quarterback Streamers
For Week 6, I recommended Taylor Heinicke against the Chiefs, Trevor Lawrence against the Dolphins, and Davis Mills against the Colts. Unfortunately, Terry McLaurin suffered a hamstring injury late last week, and that in part contributed to Washington imploding against Kansas City in the second half. Lawrence was serviceable in his second game of 300-plus passing yards, which was good enough for a top-15 fantasy finish. I cautioned Davis Mills as a home run swing against an injury-riddled Indianapolis secondary but with a dangerously low floor, and sadly the rookie couldn’t get it done. Mills is completely off the fantasy radar now, and Tyrod Taylor could reclaim the starting job in Houston once healthy.
Overall, Week 6 was disappointing for fantasy GMs who eschewed drafting quarterbacks early and have been streaming the position. If you drafted Patrick Mahomes or Kyler Murray early or managed to snag Tom Brady or Jalen Hurts later on in your drafts, this article probably isn’t for you. But if you’re desperately trying to find a starting quarterback with six quarterbacks on bye, here are some serviceable Week 7 quarterback streamers with good matchups who can help your fantasy team win this week.
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Week 7 Quarterback Streamers
Note: The below quarterback streamers are the “best of the rest”, meaning that they’re generally rostered in less than about 60-65 percent of major fantasy football platforms at the time of this writing even after waivers have run on Wednesday.
Tua Tagovailoa (37% on ESPN, 42% on Yahoo)
In his first game back from the rib injury last week, despite losing to Jacksonville, Tua Tagovailoa looked sharp in his first 300-yard game of the season. There’s a chance that DeVante Parker could return this week as well after being sidelined for the last two games with a hamstring injury, which would add to an already dangerous duo of pass-catchers in Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki.
Poor pass protection has been a major obstacle for the Dolphins’ offense this season, as Miami currently ranks dead last in pass block win rate. Luckily for them, Atlanta hasn’t been able to generate much pressure on opposing quarterbacks, as the Falcons rank just 26th in pass rush win rate, and their pass defense ranks 30th in DVOA through six weeks. Tagovailoa has a second straight week with an advantageous passing matchup, which makes him one of the top quarterback streamers for Week 7.
Matt Ryan (55% on ESPN, 67% on Yahoo)
On the other side of this game, Miami’s secondary is likewise struggling, as they currently rank 26th in pass defense DVOA. In fact, the Dolphins have already allowed 13 passing touchdowns through six games, and they’ve given up the fourth-most passing yards per game this season. Both of Miami’s starting cornerbacks, Xavien Howard and Byron Jones, missed last week’s loss to Jacksonville in London, and both remain questionable for this week.
Fresh off their bye, the Falcons have a chance to right the ship and get to 3-3 with a win over Miami. Matt Ryan had a horrendous start to the season against the Eagles, but since then, he’s thrown for multiple touchdowns in every single game. Calvin Ridley is also expected back after missing their last game with a personal issue, and rookie Kyle Pitts is starting to find a rhythm after his first 100-yard performance against the Jets two weeks ago. With the dearth of options at quarterback with six teams on bye, both quarterbacks in this game are viable quarterback streamers.
Sam Darnold (44% on ESPN, 56% on Yahoo)
After a hot start to the season, Sam Darnold has struggled over the last couple of games with Christian McCaffrey out. Over that span, he’s averaged less than 200 passing yards per game and has just two total touchdowns. Still, Darnold is offering some production on the ground to make up for his lack of production through the air, as he’s rushed for 58 yards over the last two weeks, giving him some semblance of a fantasy floor among a bevy of iffy quarterback streamers this week.
It helps, too, that the Giants’ secondary ranks 30th against the pass, and they’ve allowed multiple passing touchdowns in every single game this year except against the Saints. Even in that game, Taysom Hill ran for two touchdowns, so New York’s defense is in theory an advantageous matchup for Darnold this week. After a couple of down weeks, it’s hard to trust Darnold, but the fantasy ceiling is still there for him in this matchup even on the road.
In deeper leagues, if none of the above-recommended quarterback streamers are available, Derek Carr could be a serviceable option at home against Philadelphia. He’s now passed for multiple touchdowns in five of six games this season, and the Raiders played well against the Broncos last week despite losing their head coach. And if you’re desperate, Jameis Winston is a risk/reward option who could throw four touchdowns or four interceptions, or both, in any given week, but he’ll get a Seattle defense this week that’s allowed the fifth-most passing yards through six games.
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