The best fantasy QB options to stream for Week 4

Have Aaron Rodgers on a bye? Worried about the injury to Russell Wilson? Mike Castiglione has some suggestions for Week 4 QB streamers.

| 9 months ago
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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The best fantasy QB options to stream for Week 4

Recapping the quarterback streaming options featured in Week 3, Ryan Tannehill and Matt Ryan proved start-worthy, while Joe Flacco did not.

Week 3 Fantasy Points Fantasy Rank PFF Passing Grade
Joe Flacco 14 19th 9th
Ryan Tannehill 23 6th 13th
Matt Ryan 20 10th 17th

Notes: Joe Flacco’s adjusted completion percentage (77.5) was sixth-best in the league on Sunday as he graded in our top 10 among quarterbacks. Still, a rushing touchdown and a comeback victory were not enough to salvage the day for Flacco’s fantasy owners as he finished with zero passing TDs and two interceptions… Ryan Tannehill completed 25-of-34 aimed throws en route to 319 yards with three touchdowns and a pair of picks. He did have a few turnovers, which is reflected in his PFF passing grade, but the Adam Gase effect is starting to take shape as Tannehill has thrown for 700-plus yards with five TDs over the last two weeks… Matt Ryan produced a fine fantasy line in engineering five touchdown drives against the Saints’ beleaguered defense Monday, although with Tevin Coleman vulturing three of those TDs on the ground, some meat was left on the bone.

Below are the most attractive options for QB streaming in Week 4, listed by ownership and start percentages from ESPN leagues as well as Week 4 FanDuel salary.

Week 4

Kirk Cousins (WAS vs. CLE) – 71.8 percent owned/18.8 percent started/$7,600

Cousins appears to be now hitting his stride after a slow start to the season, as he has improved his QB rating and yards per attempt each week. In Week 3, Cousins led a comeback win over the Giants behind a couple of long touchdowns to DeSean Jackson and Jamison Crowder, finally cracking the top-10 fantasy QBs for the week.

In fact, Cousins was 3-of-5 on passes that traveled more than 20 yards in the air, as his 60.0 completion percentage on deep throws trailed only Russell Wilson for the week. Somewhat lost in Cousins’ lackluster number of touchdowns is the fact that through Sunday, his 989 passing yards were tops among all QBs.

On tap for Washington in Week 4 is a Cleveland defense that has given up the seventh-most yards through the air along with multiple passing TDs in each game.

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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.

  • Phil

    Not so sure about playing Prescott against the 49ers. SF may have given up 300+ yards and 3 TDs in back to back losses through the air but that defense is way too talented to do that a third time at home. Now I know that the 49ers offense isn’t very good, they leave the defense in some less than stellar situations but I’m not convinced the Cowboys will walk into SF and put up huge numbers against them.

    ID – Dial (23rd) Buckner (27th) Armstead (12th)
    LB – Bowman (12th) Hodges (27th) Armstrong(25th)
    S – Reid (6th) Bethea (10th)
    CB – Ward (9th)

    That is a very solid defense. Better than any defense they’ve played so far. Not the best Offensive team they’ve played so far but we will see how it plays out in SF with home field advantage.

    (PFF Position Ranking as of 9/27)

  • Bob

    A lot of leagues don’t have any of these as streaming options. Any way you guys could go deeper? Seems like a lot of the suggestions are pretty obvious and owned… 70+% isn’t really streaming option.

    • Mike Castiglione

      the honorable mentions are geared for deeper leagues. I covered Tannehill last week and he’s probably worth another honorable mention at 20% ownership. the general threshold is some combination of <75% owned, 50% started and outside the highest 10-12 salaries in DFS, with a realistic shot at returning QB1 value.

      In cases where guys may be more highly owned the aim is to find streaming options who may be sitting on your bench for bye weeks or injury replacements – of the guys here only Stafford is in more than 30% of lineups at the moment. Beyond that, you're looking at guys like maybe Bradford or Siemian in deeper leagues who are serviceable in a pinch, but I wouldn't expect a QB1 performance

  • geo2209

    Stash Wentz over Fitzpatrick or Cousins?

    • Mike Castiglione

      that’s a yes for me, but I won’t argue if you prefer Cousins