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2-QB Fantasy Football: Pryor, Roethlisberger, and Fitzpatrick Make Strong Week 17 Streaming Options

The top 2-QB fantasy football league quarterback streaming options for Week 17.

Terrelle Pryor fantasy football
Terrelle Pryor fantasy football

Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) runs with the ball while being chased by New York Jets safety Antonio Allen (39) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a fun journey talking QB2 streaming options in 2-QB leagues, and hopefully a majority of you fellow 2-QBers who went the QB2 streaming route this year in your 2-QB fantasy football league were able to utilize the strategy all the way to a 2-QB fantasy football championship.

If you’re still in the hunt in a 2-QB league operating during Week 17, I’ll go over a few QB2 streaming options for the week.

Before we do that though, I want to apologize if my Week 16 QB2 streaming recommendations resulted in the end of your season, in a negative way.

Three of the names mentioned, Jason Campbell, Alex Smith, and Mike Glennon, each finished outside of the QB3 tier of fantasy scoring quarterbacks last week. Their combined standard fantasy points scored total was less than each of the top nine fantasy quarterbacks for the week.

There were a couple of hits, Nick Foles (QB6), and Andy Dalton (QB2), but for the most part, it was a mediocre week. Hopefully we can get past that, and hit on some of our Week 17 QB2 streaming recommendations, which you can find below.

Week 17 QB2 Streaming Circle of Trust

Nick Foles
As always, a gentle reminder Nick Foles is a bonafide QB1, and continued to show why, after a Week 16 stat line, where he was 21-of-25, for 230 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. He also added 17 rushing yards, in route to QB6 Week 17 numbers. If you own him, you’re starting him.

Terrelle Pryor
What Dennis Allen taketh away, he giveth back, as Terrelle Pryor was named the Oakland Raiders’ starting quarterback for their final regular season game of the year.

Pryor hasn’t seen an extended amount of playing time since his last start, which was in Week 10.

The fantasy football community was intrigued by Pryor, from a fantasy perspective, because of his rushing ability, and in standard scoring leagues, he became known as the #KonamiCode.

On the year, Pryor is second in rushing yards by a quarterback, trailing Russell Wilson by only 13 yards. Prior to his injury, Pryor had rushed for an average of 63 rushing yards per game.

If we subtract his Week 10 rushing totals, in a game he was playing hobbled, that average would jump up to 69.3 rushing yards per game.

When a fantasy quarterback can provide you with almost seven fantasy points from rushing alone, it sets the bar for a good floor.

The Raiders take on the Broncos this week, in a Week 3 re-match, where Pryor threw for 281 yards, and a touchdown, while adding 36 yards on the ground.

The Broncos defense has allowed at least 29 yards of rushing production from the quarterback position in five games this year, and have given up multiple passing scores in four of their past seven games.

With Peyton Manning looking to break the record for most passing yards in a single season, the Raiders may be forced to play catch-up, and Pryor could find himself as the focal point of the offense this week, if Dennis Allen is setting him up to the fail.

There are a lot worse QB2 options you can roll with this week, and the rotoViz GLSP projections app, has him with a median projection of 14.9 points in standard scoring leagues this week.

Ben Roethlisberger
It was another QB1 type of week for Ben Roethlisberger in Week 16, and after a bumpy start to his season, Roethlisberger has caught on fire during his past eight games.

Since starting the season having thrown for more than one touchdown in a game only once in his first seven games, Roethlisberger flipped the script, and has thrown for a total of 19 touchdowns in his past eight games, with only two single passing touchdown games.

This week the Steelers host the Cleveland Browns, who recently let Geno Smith have his best game as a professional starting quarterback, as he threw for two touchdowns, and 214 yards, while also rushing for 48 yards, and a third score on the ground. Roethlisberger had his own rushing success Week 16, as he had a 13-yard touchdown run.

Including Smith’s multi passing touchdown day, the Browns have allowed ten straight quarterbacks to throw for at least two touchdowns against them.

In fact, the total combined passing touchdowns allowed by the Browns during that span is a staggering 25, giving Roethlisberger a shot at throwing for multiple touchdowns for the eighth time this season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
The man known as FitzMagic takes on a Texans team who was recently humiliated by Peyton Manning to the tune of 400 yards passing, and four touchdowns.

Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t in Peyton’s league, but the Texans have no life to them, and are running out the string, and that has come across in all aspects of their game.

When it comes to their passing defense, the Texans have given up multiple passing touchdowns in four straight games, and seven of their past eight games.

After scoring at least 15 standard fantasy points in four straight games, Fitzpatrick has reached that milestone only once in his past three games, but the Texans pass defense shouldn’t pose much of a problem for him this week. The rotoViz GLSP projections app has him at a comfy, and reassuring low of 13.4 standard fantasy points.

*Stats used in this article from FantasyData.com, rotoViz, and Yahoo! Fantasy Sports

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