QB2 By Committee: Josh McCown, Zach Mettenberger, and Brian Hoyer Make Solid Week 12 Streamers

Josh McCown

As it has become routine to do, before heading into this week’s QB2 streaming options we recap Week 11 to see how we did.

Last week’s three QB2 streamers were Robert Griffin III, Mark Sanchez, and Josh McCown. What we wound up with were two QB2s: Sanchez (QB18 – 13.84 fantasy points) and Robert Griffin (QB20 – 12.38 fantasy points), and one QB1 in McCown (QB5 – 20.32 fantasy points). Hopefully Week 12 is more McCown than NFC East QBs.

Week 12 QB2 Circle of Trust

Josh McCown @ CHI

What better way to kick off this week’s QB2 streaming recommendations than by driving down #NarrativeStreet and doubling down on last week’s most viable streamer in Josh McCown.

Not sure if you’ve heard or not, but current Bucs head coach Lovie Smith once used to coach the Chicago Bears and McCown started a few games at quarterback last season for the Bears. Both are now in Tampa and will face off versus their former employers this week.

McCown faces the Bears at a good time, as they are 1-3 in their last four games, having given up a 146 combined points in those four contests.

Other than keeping Teddy Bridgewater in check last week, the Bears have been giving up a lot of fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year. In fact, they give up the most fantasy points/game to quarterbacks this season. During their previous three-game losing streak prior to winning in Week 11, the Bears had allowed a total of 946 passing yards, 13 touchdowns, and forced zero interceptions.

Since returning to the starting lineup, McCown has thrown for 589 yards and four touchdowns (two interceptions) in two games. Look for the former Bear and Red Dawn wannabe movie extra to continue piling up the fantasy stats.

Zach Mettenberger @ PHI

The Philadelphia Eagles have only really shut down one quarterback this year and that was Eli Manning in Week 6. The ten other quarterbacks to face the Eagles this year have scored at least 15 fantasy points, with six of them scoring 20 or more, and a seventh reaching the 19 points marker.

Also, every quarterback other than Eli has scored at least two passing touchdowns vs. Philly this year. The Eagles defense also sports a passing touchdown to interception ratio of 22:7, with three of those turnovers coming in one game from Cam Newton.

It might be hard to trust Moustache Mett to produce, and it could turn into Eli Manning Version 2.0. I remember many fantasy owners feeling the same way in Week 5, when Austin Davis faced the Eagles, and he finished the week as the third-highest scoring fantasy quarterback. Hopefully Mettenberger can following in Davis’ footsteps, rather than Eli’s.

Brian Hoyer @ ATL

I’ve made this joke plenty of times already, but the return of Josh Gordon to the Browns (and fantasy lineups) is as exciting as the scene in The Jerk when Navin R. Johnson is over the moon that the new phonebooks have been delivered.

Brian Hoyer has been doing a serviceable job quarterbacking the 6-4 Browns and providing QB2 numbers for his 2-QB fantasy owners. On the season, Hoyer is the fantasy QB20, having scored 133.84 fantasy points after Week 11.

Three times this season Hoyer has scored 15 or more fantasy points in a game, and this week versus Atlanta he could make it four. The Falcons give up the 11th-most fantasy points/game to quarterbacks and are only 0.47 fantasy points/game away from being the seventh-worst.

Only one quarterback has failed to score at least 14 fantasy points against Atlanta this season, and that was Mike Glennon in Week 3.

The Falcons are currently in a streak of allowing at least 250 passing yards and two passing touchdowns in each of their last four games, with the past three signal callers putting up 20 or more fantasy points when facing the Falcons.

Hoyer has a safe floor in this game to put up points, and the return of Josh Gordon should help him achieve a respectable fantasy day.

*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.