It’s quite a week for fantasy football quarterback streaming. There are a lot of not great, over the hill quarterbacks with positive matchups to take advantage of this week, and three are below! These guys are out there in over 50% of leagues, because they stink, and one guy is out there in over 90% of leagues because he really stinks. This week, however, they get positive matchups that they can exploit to help out your fantasy football teams. C.J. Beathard is also out there (available in 96% of Yahoo! leagues) in a positive matchup, but he doesn’t fit the Old Men Doing Stuff aesthetic I was going for here. Just like these guys, that doesn’t make him good, just a good deep league play.
Josh McCown at Tampa Bay (49% owned)
Surprisingly, Josh McCown has been good at producing fantasy points this year. His 16.77 fantasy points per game sits just about one point behind Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford, just to put his performance in perspective. There’s a lot of smoke-and-mirrors (three rushing touchdowns from someone drawing social security, for example), but the production is there. The Bucs allow the seventh-most fantasy points to QBs, though they did shut down Josh McCown’s fellow GOAT candidate Tom Brady earlier this year. They don’t really pick guys off which will give McCown a higher floor than the other two guys.
Eli Manning at San Francisco (47% owned)
Hello Darkness, My Old Friend. He’s a good play this week but he’s old and the team around him is not great. Remember the Tyree catch? That was cool. That was also a decade ago. The Niners stink and have an entire nickel package on IR, which explains why they allow the fourth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. It’s going to be a shootout with water pistols, but a shootout nonetheless. Manning can go for 300/3/1 in a dead cat bounce to his fantasy football value.
Ryan Fitzpatrick versus New York Jets (7% owned)
The Fitzmagic Cycle continues, and he’ll have to do it without his best target in Mike Evans this week. Luckily, O.J. Howard, DeSean Jackson and Cameron Brate still exist. We already saw Fitzy once this year, where he went for 290, three touchdowns and two picks against the Cardinals. He takes on the Jets this week, who have allowed two passing touchdowns in six straight games.