Three Quarterbacks to Stream Week 16
Welcome back to our Three Quarterbacks to Stream article series for Week 16 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
Whether you had a bye or got a clutch win last week… congratulations on making it to Week 16! QB streams are not quite as plentiful as last week, but we still have some great options for you to choose from, nonetheless. Starting things off, we are back again recommending Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers. “Jimmy G” was recommended the past two weeks in a row and he has been very good overall. Last week against the Falcons, he did leave a lot on the field to be desired, but he still was very efficient completing 18/23 passes for 235 yards and a score with no interceptions.
This week, Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers head to Tennessee to face the Titans. I expect the Niners to be in a very competitive game and will need to rely on Garoppolo to make some big-time throws in order to get the win. Garoppolo has again a very safe floor, which makes him a very good QB stream for teams in need of a QB streamer in the second week of the fantasy playoffs. He probably will not single-handedly win your game, but he won’t single-handedly lose your matchup either.
2. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
Next up on our list for QB streams is Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons. Ryan has been up and down all season, however last week he showed he can still put up a good amount of fantasy points. Against San Francisco in Week 15, Ryan completed 19/32 passes for 236 yards and 1 TD. He also ran 5 times for 20 yards to help pad his stat line.
In Week 16, Ryan has an extremely favorable matchup against the Detroit Lions. I would not be surprised if “Matty Ice” finishes the week as a QB1 with help from his playmakers Cordarelle Patterson and Kyle Pitts against the lowly Lions. If you’re looking for upside, Matt Ryan is your guy in Week 16!
3. Carson Wentz – Indianapolis Colts
The QB stream of Week 16 belongs to Carson Wentz of the Indianapolis Colts! On the season, Carson Wentz has completed over 62% of his passes, throwing for over 3,000 yards, 23 TDs, and only 6 INTs!
This week, the Colts head to Arizona to take on Kyler Murray and the Cardinals. In what should be a very competitive and high-scoring game, I expect Wentz to need to air the ball out more often than they have had to of late. After losing to the Lions, I expect the Cardinals to come on strong as they make their push to win their division. Wentz has a decent floor, but also a lot of upside this week in a game that I expect to be one of the highest scoring games of Week 16. Start Wentz with confidence if you’re in need a QB from the wire this week. Best of luck in your fantasy playoffs!
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