Three Quarterbacks to Stream Week 14
Welcome back to our Three Quarterbacks to Stream article series for Week 14 of the 2021 season! For those who are unaware, “stream” or “streaming” refers to starting a player in lieu of a regular starter on your fantasy football squad. Usually this is needed by having no other option, whereas one of your players are hurt or on bye. However, sometimes you may choose to stream a quarterback as a general season-long strategy or if the matchup/situation is better than your regular starter.
Especially in 1QB leagues, quarterbacks are streamed relatively frequently because each manager in a fantasy league only needs to start one QB, and generally half of said teams only roster a backup. This generally leaves a number of good quarterbacks available on waiver wires for managers to pick up in a pinch or when a matchup is almost “too good to be true!”
Each week I will be bringing you the top three quarterbacks to stream in your leagues. The goal of these articles is to identify a positive matchup in the current week to help you get that all important “W.”
1. Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers
Starting things off for us this week is Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers. This past week against Seattle, “Jimmy G” completed 20 of 30 passes for 299 yards and two TDs. He did throw a pair of picks, but all-in-all he played well and nearly got his team back in the win column for the fourth consecutive week.
This week, Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers head to Cincinnati to face a very explosive Bengals team. The Niners desperately need back their star WR Deebo Samuel, but even without him this past week in Seattle, the 49ers were still able to throw the ball around the yard very proficiently. Garoppolo offers a safe floor with a little bit of upside, which makes him a very good QB stream for teams in need of one with four teams on bye and plenty of injuries going around.
2. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
Next up on our list for QB streams is Ben Roethlisberger, who I believe has only been featured once in our QB stream articles this season. Big Ben has had a poor year overall, however as of late he has been playing significantly better. Just this past week, Roethlisberger against the Ravens completed 21/31 passes for 236 yards and 2 TDs with zero INTs.
In Week 14, Big Ben and the Steelers head to Minnesota to take on the Vikings. In what should be a competitive game, I believe Ben Roethlisberger has a great opportunity to break 300 yards passing for the first time since Week 3 of this season. Roethlisberger does have a relatively low floor, but I expect him to be up near his ceiling this week in a very favorable matchup in Minnesota away from the elements in U.S. Bank Stadium.
3. Taylor Heinicke – Washington Football Team
Taylor Heinicke is back YET AGAIN on our recommended QB streams this week. Heinicke has had a pretty good year overall, but every once in a while he seems to put up a dud. He is very electric and has a high ceiling, but he also is very volatile and could end up killing your chances of a victory all at the same time. For this reason, I am not saving him “best for last,” but instead I am listing the guy with the most upside last as a “Hail Mary” if you need some crazy upside. This past week against the Raiders, Heinicke played decent, as he completed 22/30 passes for 196 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT.
This week, Taylor Heinicke and his Football Team face off against the Dallas Cowboys in what could be a very high-scoring game. Washington may very well be playing catchup against the high-flying Cowboys, and I expect Heinicke to possibly be needed to throw the ball quite a bit in order to keep his team in the game. The only concern is that he could implode and play poorly against a really good Cowboys defense, but if you need the upside, he is my best bet to possibly put up a top-five QB performance in Week 14.
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