Fantasy Football Quarterback Streaming Week 5, Presented By fuboTV: In DeShone Kizer We Trust
Quarterback streaming isn't for everyone, but if you're in a standard league -- like a 10- or 12-team league that features just one starting signal caller -- grabbing productive quarterbacks who have good matchups off the waiver wire is often doable.
Sure, you won't have the luxury of setting it and forgetting it with Aaron Rodgers as your quarterback, but when the top-end signal-callers draw a tough matchup, their upside can be matched by a waiver-wire option in a more favorable situation.
We kept rolling last week as Deshaun Watson delivered a monster game as our top streaming pick, scoring five total touchdowns and finishing as Week 4's QB1 with 33.72 points. For the season, if you had played our top streaming pick each week, you'd have 102.9 points from your quarterback spot, which, amazingly enough, would give you the overall QB1, besting Tom Brady by 5.24 points. We've delivered a QB1 (top-12) performance each week, ending up with a top-four outing on three occasions.
Admittedly, it's not always going to work out as well as it has through the first quarter of the season. But the process is the important thing, and we can continue to adhere to that as we move on.
If you're looking for some quarterback options from the waiver wire -- regardless of league size -- then we have you covered. Here are three quarterbacks owned in less than 30% of Yahoo! leagues who are in a good spot this week.
DeShone Kizer, Cleveland Browns
Yahoo Ownership: 8%
Through four weeks, DeShone Kizer is more or less doing what was expected of him in Year 1. As a rookie quarterback on a bad team with subpar receivers (subpar is being very nice, especially with Corey Coleman on the shelf), Kizer has struggled through the air, tossing 3 touchdowns to 8 picks with a shoddy 51.4% completion percentage.
But being a good real-life quarterback isn't necessarily a prerequisite for being a useable fantasy quarterback, and Kizer is a perfect example. His on-field struggles are unquestioned, yet he's scored at least 18 fantasy points in half his games. One of those big weeks was a performance you could see coming, with Kizer racking up 22.08 fantasy points against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3, finishing as the QB12 that week.
As we've touched on multiple times, the fantasy value of a running quarterback can't be overstated, and Kizer has 22 carries for 97 yards and 2 scores this season. In the right matchups, that gives him enticing upside, and Kizer has a fantastic matchup this week as the Cleveland Browns host the New York Jets.
Per our schedule-adjusted metrics, the Jets rank 27th against the pass, just two spots in front of the Colts' D Kizer had a big day on two weeks ago. Cleveland's 20.25-point implied total isn't pretty, but our projections have the Browns' rookie as Week 5's seventh-ranked quarterback.
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
Yahoo Ownership: 24%
So, Jared Goff is good now, guys. You could argue that he's feasted on a soft early-season schedule, and you wouldn't be totally incorrect, but the dude has been balling out. Per our Net Expected Points (NEP) metric, Goff is the NFL's top passer so far, leading the league in Passing NEP per drop back.
His quality real-life play has yielded some dope fantasy results. For the season, he's the overall QB10, and Goff has put up at least 16 fantasy points in three of his four starts.
This week, the Seattle Seahawks present by far the toughest challenge of the season so far for Goff and the revamped Los Angeles Rams' offense. But this isn't the same old Legion of Boom. Through four weeks, Seattle sits 19th in pass defense, per our schedule-adjusted metrics, and half of their games have come against either Jacoby Brissett or Brian Hoyer.
The Rams are installed as 2.5-point favorites with a 27.45-point implied total, the seventh-highest of the week. Our models have Goff as the 12th-ranked quarterback for Week 5. If you've been slow to buy into Goff after his horrid rookie season, I can't blame you, but everything we've seen this year tells us we can trust him in this spot.
Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts
Yahoo Ownership: 3%
Much like Kizer, Jacoby Brissett can do some damage with his legs, and he too has delivered a huge game already this year in a pristine matchup. Brissett's big day came against the Browns in Week 3 as he amassed 27.76 points to finish as the week's QB4. In that one, Brissett ran for 2 scores and completed 17 of 24 passes for 259 yards and another touchdown.
The San Francisco 49ers' defense is better than Cleveland's -- with San Fran currently ranking 17th in schedule-adjusted per-play defense, according to our metrics -- but it's still an intriguing spot for Brissett. The Niners have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. They permitted Carson Palmer to throw for 351 yards last week, which came after they surrendered 292 yards and 3 scores to Goff in Week 3, and the 49ers will be traveling a long way east for an early start.
Brissett has scored more than 11 fantasy points just once (the aforementioned Browns game), so he's not the safest play, but if your waiver wire is thin or you need help in a two-quarterback league, he's not a bad option this week. The Colts have a 22.75-point implied total, the 12th-best clip in Week 5, and our models have Brissett as the 25th-ranked passer.