QB streaming technique for fantasy soccer leagues
One of the most widely used Fantasy soccer ball Design strategies that seem to be gaining widespread acceptance in the industry are QB streaming. What is it, how does it work and why should you stream your QB position as a strategy in 2021?
What does the term QB streaming mean for fantasy?
The general premise of a QB streaming strategy in Fantasy is to play the matchup every week rather than running the entire season with a single player in position. The point is to identify cheap matchups this week and add those waivers for QB. The hope is to take advantage of a slightly undervalued or undervalued quarterback on a big day.
For example, in week 14 of the 2021 NFL season, Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals will host the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers will be prohibitive favorites, and this is a tough matchup for opposing QBs. Last season, the 49ers were eighth against opposing QBs, allowing for 16.7 points per game and 219.6 yards per game. As much as we love garbage time stats, Burrow probably isn’t someone we want to rely on as our starting QB.
That same week, Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans are out and about, playing the Jacksonville Jaguars. This is a smash start situation. Not only is Tannehill one of the better Fantasy QBs (currently QB11 in the leaderboard), but he also has a far better matchup. In 2020, the Jaguars were the 29th ranked defense in terms of QBs (21.6 per game), allowing 270.1 yards per competition.
Assuming both options are available in this scenario, Tannehill would be the QB to be added and streamed for the week to take advantage of his matchup. You would use this strategy throughout the season. Rinse and repeat. This is a strategy that avoids bye weeks and tedious matchups by streaming QBs that have beneficial matchups.
Is streaming QBs a beneficial design strategy?
While I believe it can be beneficial and worth using, things need to be going right. First, you need to decide which QBs are worth streaming in a given week. In 2021, we will likely target heavily at teams that play against the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans. Both teams had the last five defenses last season and are running for No. 1 overall selection in 2022 NFL draft.
Still, there is a significant discrepancy in what we can expect when, for example, Kyler Murray competes against Sam Darnold or Drew Lock. Great matchups are not always equally successful in fantasy, especially when the player in question lacks both advantage and talent.
Consider the opportunity cost when deciding whether streaming QBs is the strategy for you
Where the streaming QB strategy comes into play is the opportunity cost during design. Essentially, if you draft player “X” you are missing out on the opportunity to draft player “Y”. A real life example of this would be going to the movies because you really want to see the new Marvel movie. You could go to the concessions and get that huge bag of delicious popcorn and an icee. Or you can afford the rent for the next two months. It’s your decision.
As far as the imagination goes, opting for “late-round QB” or a streaming strategy in the fourth and fifth round opens up a significant range of value. If we look at the current July 13th ADPs, Patrick Mahomes is the QB1 (17.1 ADP), followed by Josh Allen (38.7), Lamar Jackson (41.8), Kyler Murray (43.5), Russell Wilson (50.5) and Dak Prescott (57.9).
Outside of Mahomes in Round 2 (12-Team League), these QBs will be selected in Rounds 4 and 5 of the 1QB drafts. In the meantime, on these laps you can choose your RB2 or WR2 instead. In addition, here are some of the best value for money.
Is it beneficial to have someone like Allen or Murray on your team? Sure, no question. But is this weekly difference in points enough to switch from a Chris Carson or Terry McLaurin to a Melvin Gordon or? Odell Beckham Jr.?
Should you implement a streaming QB strategy, and if so, what are the best practices?
Whether or not you should get into the strategy of streaming QBs needs to start with an honest self-reflection about you as a fantasy manager. Be honest with yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses? If working with the waiver wire and projecting game scripts isn’t your forte, I wouldn’t recommend doing this.
We all have areas where we are stronger than others. For some, it’s the design. Some are better at trading or at mid-season acquisitions. You might even be a connoisseur of the waiver wire and find the breakout player of the week. TIt’s reassuring to have one of the elite handfuls of QBs that you know are delivering QB1 performances week in and week out and therefore not have to worry. They take the good matches with the bad and rely on their talent to overcome them, which they do more often than not.
Check out the schedule when streaming QBs
If you feel confident about predicting matchups and knowing which games to target, streaming QBs is a viable strategy.
For a week you can take Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is likely featured in 50% or less of the leagues but could be a low-end QB1 for a fraction of the cost. Same goes for Tua Tagovailoa in weeks 6 and 7 when he plays against Jacksonville and Atlanta. With both QBs you could start Fitzpatrick in week 8 against Denver (24th vs. QBs 2020) if Tua plays against Buffalo. Then, in week 9, start Tua again as they face the Texans.
In the end, you probably got a QB1 four weeks in a row without spending the draft capital on one. The key is to peek a few weeks ahead of schedule and catch those players before their juicy matchup is on everyone’s radar. Other managers are likely to try a similar strategy.
If executed correctly, and with a bit of luck, a QB streaming strategy 2021 could be beneficial and give your fantasy team the boost it needs to get you into the playoffs.
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Tommy Garrett is a writer for the Pro Football Network for NFL and Fantasy Football and a member of the FSWA (Fantasy Sports Writers Association). You can read more of his work here and follow him @TommygarrettPFN on twitter.