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STREAMING QUARTERBACKS – EARLY ANALYSIS

Now that NFL Draft is in the books and the NFL schedule has been released it only means one thing – redraft season is just around the corner. Today is all about streaming Quarterbacks.

I am taking a look at the quarterbacks ranked outside the ADP top 20 on Sleeper and therefore should be available towards the late rounds of redraft leagues. These players should be drafted as backup options who you can fire up on any given week.

Matt Ryan – Indianapolis Colts

Sleeper QB ADP #20

Sleeper overall ADP #135

Opening month schedule (2021 defense rank vs QBs) – Texans 10th, Jaguars 8th, Chiefs 3rd and Titans 9th.

Welcome, my favourite redraft streaming Quarterbacks option for 2022 – Matt Ryan, as he joined the Colts in the off-season and let’s be real, they are an offense that are considerably better than what Ryan had with the Falcons.

The pocket passing QB has Michael Pittmann and rookie receiver Alec Pierce at his disposal who are both more than capable of getting open downfield. In redraft leagues it’s likely that Matt Ryan with an ADP of #20 should be available in the latter rounds of drafts and will prove to be an excellent streaming QB option.

Matt Ryan is a QB with a schedule that will offer some superb upside weeks to plug and play as his 19th place strength of season suggests. Draft the veteran QB and fire him on those upside weeks.

Jameis Winston – New Orleans Saints

Sleeper QB ADP #22

Sleeper overall ADP #152

Opening month schedule (2021 defense rank vs QBs) – Falcons 2nd, Buccaneers 15th, Panthers 23rd and Vikings 6th.

I really like Jameis Winston as a streaming option this year. This is a player who has a point to prove after an injury cut short his 2021 campaign and therefore I’d expect him to come flying out of the gates this year. He’s saying all the right things in the off-season which suggests he’s hungrier than ever to come back with a vengeance.

The Saints have added some nice pass catching options for Winston to target as they could have Michael Thomas back from injury, the recently acquired Jarvis Landry and the impressive draft prospect Chris Olave. Furthermore, when you add in the elite running back Alvin Kamara into the mix there should be no shortage of options for Winston to thrive.

Winston, who is currently the average 22nd QB off the board on Sleeper, seems like an absolute steal especially when you factor in his support cast. Make the most of his 2021 injury and cash in on Winston who also has the 13th easiest strength of schedule this year.

 

Zach Wilson – New York Jets

Sleeper QB ADP #24

Sleeper overall ADP #171

Opening month schedule (2021 defense rank vs QBs) – Ravens 5th, Browns 24th, Bengals 19th and Steelers 20th.

Whilst I question the long-term ability of Zach Wilson for the Jets in redraft formats he makes a great case to be a streaming Quarterbacks option in 2022. For a change, the Jets have drafted very well and provided Wilson with two further weapons with Garrett Wilson and Breece Hall alongside breakout talents Elijah Moore and Michael Carter.

On paper the Jets’ opening month looks tricky as they face all of the AFC North division, however, when you look at the defenses of the Bengals and the Ravens they are somewhat different to last season. Without judging too soon, these are games that you typically expect to see the Jets behind in and therefore Zach Wilson will have to throw the ball a lot more and with two more than capable targets with Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore this makes for a viable streaming option.

As I touched on with the opening month of the season, it’s well worth remembering that Zach Wilson has the hardest strength of schedule for a Quarterback (ranked 32nd).

-Luke Renton @MCRsBlue

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