QB2 By Committee: Joe Flacco, Teddy Bridgewater, and Titans QB Make Solid Week 7 Streaming Options

Joe Flacco

Byes: Philadelphia (Nick Foles), Tampa Bay (Mike Glennon)

It was another so-so week for my QB2 streaming recommendations from the previous week. Let’s recap quickly:

Joe Flacco
No matter how much we thought Joe Flacco would have a good game vs. Tampa Bay in Week 6 you had to be a fortune teller to predict he would throw for 306 passing yards and five touchdowns (four in the first quarter!). Flacco and his 32.24 fantasy points were a welcome sight for those that streamed him last week.

Brian Hoyer
Hoyer’s fantasy value and production was sapped because of the Browns’ ability to run well vs. Pittsburgh. Ben Tate and Isaiah Crowell combined to run for 155 yards and three rushing touchdowns on 36 carries.

Hoyer attempted only 17 passes, completing 8 of them for 217 yards and one long 51-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Cameron. He finished the week scoring 12.68 fantasy points.

Eli Manning
Week 7 was not kind to Eli Manning and the New York Giants. From Week 2 to Week 5, Eli had a 10:3 passing touchdown:interception ratio, and was QB5 in fantasy during that time frame. In Week 7, Eli scored 6.34 fantasy points. It’s probably best we forget about Eli’s Week 6 performance and move on.

Now that the Week 6 QB2 streamers’ performances have been dissected let’s get to the Week 7 QB2 streaming recommendations…

Week 7 QB2 Streaming Circle of Trust

Joe Flacco vs. Atlanta
I’m not recommending Joe Flacco again just because he threw for 306 passing yards and five touchdowns vs. Tampa Bay in Week 6. Or that he scored 32.24 fantasy points. Flacco can’t transfer those points over into Week 7 and get a head start on the field.

The reason why I have Flacco listed as a recommended QB2 streaming option is because he’s playing against the Atlanta Falcons at home.

Take away Week 3 vs. Tampa Bay, and the Falcons defense has allowed an average of 296.6 passing yards to opposing quarterbacks. They have also given up six passing touchdowns and have only one interception on the year. They also allowed a seventh touchdown on the ground to Teddy Bridgewater.

Drew Brees, Bridgewater, and Jay Cutler have each thrown 300+ yards vs. Atlanta, with Cutler going for 381 in Week 6. Flacco has three 300+ passing yards games himself this year.

A home matchup vs. a Falcons defense should give Flacco a shot at another decent fantasy output.

Titans QB at Washington
Carson Palmer had been dealing with a nerve issue in his shoulder since the start of the season, and made his return to the team in Week 6 after not seeing the field since Week 1. He threw for 250 passing yards and two passing touchdowns on 44 attempts vs. Washington.

Repeat, the 34-year-old quarterback with a shoulder nerve issue, who we had no idea when he would come back to play this year, was able to put up 250 yards and two touchdowns against Washington.

Be it Jake Locker, Charlie Whitehurst, or Zach Mettenberger, they get to play against a Washington defense that has allowed 1,475 passing yards and 13 passing touchdowns in six games. They only have two interceptions on the year, and allowed an additional two touchdowns on the ground.

Minus Chad Henne, who only threw 193 yards against them in Week 2, every quarterback to face Washington this year has thrown for at least 200 passing yards. And four out of six opposing quarterbacks have thrown for multiple passing touchdowns vs. Washington.

Teddy Bridgewater @ Buffalo
Some were ready to hail Teddy Bridgewater Minnesota’s savior at quarterback after throwing for 317 passing yards, and rushing for 27 yards and one rushing touchdown in his first NFL start against Atlanta in Week 4. He then missed Week 5 with an ankle injury, and returned to face the Detroit Lions in Week 6, where he threw for only 188 yards and three interceptions.

The type of quarterback Bridgewater will become is too early for us to tell, but Week 7 provides a great opportunity for the rookie to have a bounce back game vs. Buffalo.

Buffalo is giving up 284.3 passing yards/game this season, and have allowed 11 passing touchdowns in six games. That number is bolstered by Tom Brady‘s four passing touchdowns in Week 6. Their defense has been a bit opportunistic this year though, having picked off six passes in six games.

We’ve seen Bridgewater’s rushing ability at play this year, having run for 65 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries this year. Twice this season the Bills have given up double-digit rushing yards to opposing quarterbacks: Ryan Tannehill – 11, and Ryan Fitzpatrick – 14. I’m not fully on board with Bridgewater’s streaming ability in Week 7, but then he could put up respectable numbers.

*Stats used in this article from FantasyData and Yahoo!

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Salvatore Stefanile
Salvatore Stefanile is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and believes that 2-QB fantasy football leagues will be the future of fantasy football. You can read about his 2-QB fantasy football opinions and analysis at XNSports.com.

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