Fantasy Football: Week 8 Streaming Quarterbacks


Another week in fantasy football, and another long list of quarterbacks owned in less than 50 percent of leagues that produced enough points to finish top 12 among QBs for Week 7:

Kirk Cousins (QB2) - 29.2 points

Matthew Stafford (QB3) - 28.6 points

Jacoby Brissett (QB4) - 27.6 points

Josh Allen (QB7) - 21.3 points

Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB10) - 20.6 points

Mitch Trubisky (QB12) - 20.0 points

Through seven weeks, there have been 29 cases of a quarterback rostered in less than 50 percent of leagues posting top-12 quarterback numbers for that week. So, 35 percent of top-12 QB performances this season have been by an after-thought at the position.

Most of those were by players who exploited a poor passing defense or were playing from behind, leading to a spike in passing attempts.

Through seven weeks, my streaming quarterback nominees are averaging about 16 points per week. My top option each week is averaging 23.2 fantasy points per game, which would be QB4 on the season.

Each week, I will recommend three streaming QB options you can pick up and start in both your normal, redraft fantasy leagues as well as daily fantasy lineups, among those QBs rostered in less than 45 percent of leagues and track the results throughout the season.


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Kirk Cousins has had three impressive games in a row.
Kirk Cousins has had three impressive games in a row. Photo credit (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Kirk Cousins (MIN) - vs. Washington (Thurs.), 39% rostered

If we were playing NBA Jam rules, Cousins would be ‘on fire’ right now. Three consecutive games of 20+ points, including 27+ in his last two games. Cousins has ten touchdowns and just one interception over that stretch. He’ll face Washington this week, a defense allowing almost 18 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.

Teddy Bridgewater (NO) - vs. Arizona, 22% rostered 

Bridgewater posted 19.9 points on the road in Chicago last week, a very impressive showing, and now gets to face an Arizona defense that has been generous to fantasy quarterbacks on the fast Superdome turf track. The Cardinals are allowing more than 22 fantasy points per game to fantasy quarterbacks this season, fourth most in the NFL.

Ryan Tannehill (TEN) - vs. Tampa Bay, 2% rostered

Ryan Tannehill threw for 312 yards in his first start with the Titans, something Marcus Mariota has not done in his last 17 starts. Tannehill’s 19.2 fantasy points against the Chargers are promising for those desperate for a Week 8 quarterback, considering he now gets to face the Bucs leaky secondary. Tampa Bay is allowing 20.6 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, seventh-most in the league.