Three Quarterbacks to Stream Week 17
Welcome back to our Three Quarterbacks to Stream article series for Week 17 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. Trey Lance – San Francisco 49ers
Congratulations on making it to Week 17! Starting things off, we are back again recommending the Quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. However, this time we are mixing things up since it appears Jimmy Garoppolo is going to miss this week with a throwing hand thumb injury. We expect the “Rook,” Trey Lance, to get his second start of the season. His first start did not go very well as he only completed 15 of 29 passes for 192 yards and an interception. Although, Lance showed us in his first start Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals why he was taken 3rd overall in the 2021 draft. In that game, Lance rushed a total of 16 times for 89 yards! With a high fantasy floor due to his rushing ability, Lance makes for a borderline QB1 play just as we’ve seen with other QBs who pile on points more so via the ground.
This week, Trey Lance and the 49ers host the Houston Texans in what should be a great opportunity to get right for the Niners offense. Again, Lance has a very safe floor with his rushing ability, which makes him a very good QB stream for teams in need of a QB streamer in the championship week of the fantasy playoffs. Moreover, Lance provides legit upside if he is able to improve as a passer from his last outing. While riskier than some other options this week, Lance is certainly in play (assuming he is announced the starter) if you’re in desperate need of a QB this week.
2. Carson Wentz – Indianapolis Colts
Next up on our list for QB streams is Carson Wentz of the Indianapolis Colts. Like Garoppolo, Wentz was recommended last week and delivered for fantasy managers looking for an option at QB. Wentz completed 18 of 28 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.
In Week 17, Wentz has a favorable matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Colts have been doing an incredible job in recent weeks staying competitive and putting up points. I do not expect this to change heading into Week 17. Wentz is my second favorite QB streamer this week only behind…
3. Taysom Hill – New Orleans Saints
The QB stream of Week 17 belongs to Taysom Hill of the New Orleans Saints! Out Week 16 due to COVID, I expect Hill to be ready to roll in Week 17 and deliver fantasy championships to anyone in need of a QB streamer!
This week, the Saints are in must-win territory in order to try to make the playoffs. Taysom Hill offers incredible upside with his rushing ability. This rushing also duals as a safe floor, which makes Taysom Hill an easy option if you’re choosing between him or another QB this week. I expect Taysom Hill to finish Week 17 as a QB1 and should have a very nice fantasy score at the end of the game. It might be ugly, but points are points, and Hill can deliver. Best of luck in your fantasy playoffs!
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