The 2015 fantasy football season has been over for weeks. Seems like yesterday we were making a case for RG3 as a bounce back candidate. Or debating between Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers as the first overall pick in 2QB leagues. We were young. We were free.
Aaron Rodgers finished as the fantasy QB7, Andrew Luck played in only seven games, and RG3 was a healthy scratch every game this year.
2015 was quite the whacky fantasy season, but we should be used to it by now. No matter how much time we put into offseason draft research or how ‘S-M-R-T’ we think we are with our hawt and cold taeks, fantasy football will always remind us we really don’t know anything.
And that was clearly evident in my QB2 streaming recommendations from 2015.
When it comes to streaming the QB2 position in 2QB leagues the options aren’t as plentiful as they are in 1QB leagues where you could have legitimately streamed the likes of Carson Palmer or Andy Dalton (until he was injured) all season long.
Streaming in 2QB leagues is mainly geared towards fantasy players that went with a ‘Studs & Streaming‘ approach and needed help choosing between their QB2, or for those stuck during bye weeks or in need of help because of injury or ineffective play.
To be considered a successful QB2 streamer, I set the baseline at 15 fantasy points.
If you had a well rounded team or were strong everywhere but QB2 and were able to get at least 15 fantasy points from your QB2 streamer you most likely were in a good position to win your week.
Below I’m going to recap my 2015 QB2 streaming recommendations and provide a few follow-up notes…
|Week||Quarterback||Opponent||Fantasy Points||Weekly Fantasy Rank|
|Week 1||Carson Palmer||vs. NO||25.68||QB2|
|Jameis Winston||vs. TEN||14.2||QB16|
|Sam Bradford||at ATL||13.44||QB19|
|Week 2||Carson Palmer||at CHI||21.2||QB13|
|Jameis Winston||at NO||18.58||QB17|
|Nick Foles||at WAS||10.1||QB27|
|Week 3||Nick Foles||vs. PIT||6.88||QB28|
|Ryan Fitzpatrick||vs. PHI||14.62||QB20|
|Blake Bortles||at NE||16.38||QB16|
|Week 4||Derek Carr||at CHI||11.84||QB26|
|Tyrod Taylor||vs. NYG||14.46||QB19|
|Ryan Mallett||at ATL||4||QB31|
|Week 5||Jay Cutler||at KC||17.58||QB13|
|Marcus Mariota||vs. BUF||10.18||QB21|
|Brandon Weeden||vs. NE||7.32||QB25|
|Week 6||Blake Bortles||vs. HOU||22.94||QB6|
|Colin Kaepernick||vs. BAL||22.6||QB7|
|Joe Flacco||at SF||17.72||QB16|
|Week 7||Ryan Fitzpatrick||at NE||20.7||QB8|
|Jameis Winston||at WAS||20.38||QB9|
|Landry Jones||at KC||6.16||QB27|
|Week 8||Alex Smith||vs. DET||27.6||QB6|
|Joe Flacco||vs. SD||22.96||QB8|
|Ryan Fitzpatrick||at OAK||3.04||QB28|
|Week 9||Jameis Winston||vs. NYG||18.36||QB12|
|Kirk Cousins||at NE||10.68||QB25|
|Blaine Gabbert||vs. ATL||14.6||QB20|
|Week 10||Blake Bortles||at BAL||16.02||QB14|
|Kirk Cousins||vs. NO||28.96||QB1|
|Teddy Bridgewater||at OAK||11.9||QB21|
|Week 11||Case Keenum||at BAL||5.44||QB28|
|Alex Smith||at SD||13.42||QB17|
|Jameis Winston||at PHI||29.84||QB2|
|Week 12||Marcus Mariota||at OAK||19.42||QB15|
|Brian Hoyer||vs. NO||13.9||QB23|
|Blake Bortles||vs. SD||22.45||QB8|
|Week 13||Matt Hasselbeck||at PIT||4.86||QB30|
|Alex Smith||at OAK||24.78||QB11|
|Ryan Fitzpatrick||at NYG||25.8||QB8|
|Week 14||Blake Bortles||vs. IND||25.7||QB3|
|Jameis Winston||vs. NO||13.68||QB19|
|Tyrod Taylor||at PHI||18.02||QB13|
|Week 15||Blake Bortles||vs. ATL||24.28||QB8|
|Alex Smith||at BAL||12.54||QB24|
|TJ Yates||at IND||1.42||QB33|
|Week 16||Baltimore QB||vs. PIT||14.96||QB16|
|Kellen Moore||at BUF||5.34||QB31|
*Every Week, minus Week 16, I recommended three QB2 streamers. Three recommendations were injured in-game (Ryan Mallett in Week 4, Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 8, and T.J. Yates in Week 15). The total number of recommended QB2 streamers was 47.
*The average fantasy points scored was 16.8.
*Fifteen times a recommended QB2 streamer finished in the QB1 tier (top-12 or better) that week.
*Twenty QB2 streaming recommendations finished as a QB2 (QB13-QB24 range)
*Twelve QB2 streaming recommendations finished outside of the QB2 tier (QB25 or worse)
*22 out of 44 (not counting injured players) recommended QB2 streamers scored 15 or more fantasy points
*9-of-44 (not counting injured players) recommended QB2 streamers failed to score ten fantasy points
*It was evident early on someone like Carson Palmer was going to be a viable weekly QB1 option so I stopped recommended him early in the season. During the season I dug deeper with my recommendations, and at times avoided likely safer options such as Kirk Cousins in fantastic matchups. This hurt the overall results, but you didn’t need me to tell you Cousins versus Philadelphia in Week 15 was a viable play. You just knew it. Instead, I wanted to focus on more outside-the-box thinking, like TJ Yates. (Again, so S-M-R-T).
*It took some time, but eventually trends revealed themselves, and we are able to take advantage. Such as starting your quarterback against Philadelphia or New Orleans. Baltimore and Oakland also became weekly streaming targets.
*With 53 different quarterbacks making at least one start this year the pool to which we are able to choose QB2 streamers was wide, and something to keep in mind when considering a path down streaming next season. The myth revolving around 2QB leagues is that there’s not enough quarterbacks. It’s clearly not true, and if you’re an active enough owner you could use the depth of the position and in-season turnover to your advantage.
*While we exceeded the 15 fantasy points threshold with an average score of 16.9 fantasy points I wouldn’t call 2015 a roaring streaming success. There’s more work that needs to be done when selecting QB2 streamers, and relying on just matchups and past performance isn’t enough.
*Stats used in this article courtesy of FantasyData