For Week 7, I recommended Tua Tagovailoa against the Falcons, Matt Ryan against the Dolphins, and Sam Darnold against the Giants. Tagovailoa performed splendidly, finishing as the no. 3 fantasy quarterback on the week, and Ryan on the other side of that game came through as well with a serviceable no. 15 fantasy finish. Sadly though, Darnold continued his slump even in a good matchup against New York and is completely off the fantasy radar now after getting benched mid-game for P.J. Walker.
Overall, Week 7 offered some fine options for fantasy GMs who eschewed drafting a quarterback 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’ve been streaming quarterbacks or have Lamar Jackson or Derek Carr on bye, here are some viable Week 8 quarterback streamers with good matchups who can help your fantasy team win this week.
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Week 8 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.
Daniel Jones (37% on ESPN, 32% on Yahoo)
Despite all the doomsayers ready to bury the Chiefs’ offense after a rough outing at Tennessee last Sunday, their 26.9 points per game in 2021 still ranks eighth-best in the league. The primary issue for Kansas City has been turnovers, as they lead the league with eight fumbles. Still, expect Patrick Mahomes and company to score plenty of points on Monday night, and Vegas agrees, having projected 52 total points scored in this game, the second-highest of the Week 8 slate.
Expect Daniel Jones and the Giants to need to keep up with the Chiefs in primetime, and they shouldn’t have much trouble doing so, as Kansas City’s defense has been nothing short of awful this year. The Chiefs’ pass defense ranks 31st in DVOA through seven games, and they haven’t generated much pressure on opposing quarterbacks either, ranking 28th in pass rush win rate. On top of that, Saquon Barkley, Kadarius Toney, Sterling Shepard, and Kenny Golladay were all present at practice on Wednesday. They may not all play on Monday, but there’s a fair chance that Jones will get at least a couple of his dynamic receiving weapons back for this matchup. He’s the clear top option among this week’s quarterback streamers, and a top-five fantasy finish isn’t out of the question.
Carson Wentz (26% on ESPN, 46% on Yahoo)
Indianapolis wasn’t able to get anything going against Tennessee in their Week 3 matchup, but the Colts’ offense seems to have turned a corner since that loss. In their first three games, Indianapolis averaged just 18.7 points per game, but that figure has increased to 28.3 points per game over the last four weeks. Over that span, Wentz has averaged over 250 passing yards and two touchdowns per game. T.Y. Hilton may or may not return from his quad injury, but his presence would make Wentz an even more enticing fantasy play among this week’s quarterback streamers.
As for the Titans, despite having just held the Chiefs’ offense to only three points, they rank just 18th in pass defense. Much of Kansas City’s struggles last week were self-inflicted turnovers, and prior to that game, Tennessee had been allowing 26.8 points per game to their opponents. The biggest concern is that the Colts could give Jonathan Taylor a heavy workload on the ground against the Titan’s 25th ranked run defense, limiting Wentz’s pass attempts and production. Even so, Vegas projects 51 total points scored in this game, the third-most of the Week 8 games, so there should be ample opportunity for both Taylor and Wentz to produce usable fantasy stats.
Teddy Bridgewater (24% on ESPN, 24% on Yahoo)
After a hot start to the season, Teddy Bridgewater has cooled considerably over the last few weeks. However, some of that can be attributed to a foot injury that’s ailed him, and with 10 days of rest since their loss to Cleveland last Thursday, Bridgewater should hopefully be close to 100 percent for this week’s matchup against Washington. Additionally, Denver’s passing offense should be buoyed by the return of a healthy Jerry Jeudy this week to bolster Bridgewater’s bevy of talented pass-catchers.
This week’s home game couldn’t be better for the Broncos to end their four-game losing streak. Washington’s putrid defense has allowed over 300 passing yards per game thus far along with 30.0 points per game, both of which rank dead last in the NFL. Bridgewater is among the top quarterback streamers for Week 8 with a decent fantasy floor in this game against Washington’s 29th ranked passing defense, and he has a chance to throw for multiple touchdowns in this one with the Broncos ranking seventh in red-zone pass rate.
In deeper leagues, if none of the above-recommended quarterback streamers are available, Trevor Lawrence could be a serviceable option with Seattle allowing the sixth-most passing yards per game thus far. He’s also now rushed for two touchdowns in their past three games. 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. This week, he could see a boost with a revenge game narrative against his old team, the Buccaneers, whose injury-riddled secondary has been prone to allowing big plays through the air.
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