The best fantasy QB options to stream for Week 7

The 2015 draft class shows up strongly in Mike Castiglione's look at the top streaming QB options for Week 7.

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The best fantasy QB options to stream for Week 7

Recapping the quarterback streaming options featured in Week 6, we got a jackpot performance from Marcus Mariota, yet another serviceable outing from rookie Dak Prescott, and at long last, a fantasy letdown from Brian Hoyer.

Week 6 Fantasy Points *Fantasy Rank *PFF Passing Grade
Dak Prescott 21 13th 12th
Marcus Mariota 28 4th 17th
Brian Hoyer 12 20th 21st

*Through Sunday

Notes: Dak Prescott was owned in only 54 percent of ESPN leagues this time last week, and he was started in only 25 percent of lineups. Prescott’s average of 0.72 fantasy points per dropback was fourth-best on Sunday (he ranks second on the season in that metric), and he should have Dez Bryant back from a three-game absence when the Cowboys return from their bye to face the Eagles in Week 8. As cautioned last week, Prescott’s days of being a widely available streaming option are about over… Brian Hoyer went over the 300-yard passing mark for the fourth time in as many games since taking the reins in Chicago, although his fantasy output was sapped by the fact that he did not record any touchdowns. However, he also did not turn the ball over, and he looked early and often to Alshon Jeffery, Cameron Meredith, and Zach Miller… We’ll get into Marcus Mariota in more detail below. He remained unowned in roughly two-thirds of ESPN leagues entering Week 6, and like Prescott and Carson Wentz before him, that’s about to change moving forward.

Tyrod Taylor (55-percent ownership) was the lone honorable mention in Week 6, and his 22 fantasy points were 10th-best among quarterbacks on Sunday. (Hint: more on him below).

Looking ahead to Week 7, Carolina and Dallas will have a bye, taking Prescott and Cam Newton out of play. The big injury news of the week was a torn meniscus for Ben Roethlisberger, although he reportedly dodged a bullet and could return as soon as Week 9 when the Steelers come off their bye. Still, his fantasy owners will have to make do for at least the next two weeks.

Below are the most attractive options for QB streaming in Week 7, listed by ownership and start percentages from ESPN leagues as well as FanDuel salary. Deeper league options are listed in the honorable mention section.

Week 7

Marcus Mariota (IND @ TEN) – 41 percent owned/17.4 percent started/$7,900 FanDuel salary

Mariota followed up his sensational Week 5 performance with another elite showing in Week 6, as he tagged the Browns for a season-best 284 yards and three touchdowns on 17-of-24 passing to go with a season-high 64 rushing yards on seven carries. In this space last week, I discussed how Mariota’s full potential would be unleashed when his rushing ability became a regular part of weekly game plans, and it appears the Titans coaching staff is ready to make that happen. Over the last two weeks, Mariota has rushed for a league-high 124 yards and a TD on 14 carries, which also happens to coincide with the first time in his career that he eclipsed 25 fantasy points in consecutive weeks.

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Mike is a member of the FSWA and a staff writer for PFF Fantasy who focuses on both redraft and dynasty content, having spent several years covering FBS for a number of publications.

  • k9ts

    Andy Dalton plays cleveland and he’s available in my league. Would you consider him a better option than those listed above?

    • Mike Castiglione

      Any QB facing Cleveland is never a bad option. For me it’s pretty close to a tossup between those two, though I’d probably favor Mariota based on the schedule beyond just this week

  • Stephen Doherty

    I am new to PFF. Under the section on Mariota, you created a chart showing FPts by position and PFF pass coverage rank. Is that information available to subscribers? If yes, where can I find it?