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Fantasy Football QB Report: Deshaun Watson, Dak Prescott, More Week 16 Starts

Dec 18, 2018 5:34 PM EST
  • The Action Network ranked all 32 starting quarterbacks based on their Week 16 fantasy football value.
  • Here's a deeper dive on why you should start Patrick Mahomes, Dak Prescott and Deshaun Watson.
  • Josh Allen stands out as the best streaming option while Tom Brady draws an unfavorable matchup.

Which quarterbacks have the most favorable matchups for fantasy playoffs? Who is the best streaming option? And who has a poor matchup?

Here’s a breakdown of five notable quarterbacks featured in Sean Koerner, Chris Raybon and Matthew Freedman’s Week 16 fantasy football rankings.

The No. 1 QB

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Mahomes retains the No. 1 spot again, sporting an average rank of 1.3 among our rankers. His 26.5 fantasy points per game this season leads all quarterbacks by more than 4.0 points per game.

Playing in Seattle isn’t ideal, but that shouldn’t matter for Mahomes in this high-powered Chiefs offense. The Seahawks also lack a pass rush, ranking 18th in pressure rate and 17th in Football Outsiders’ adjusted sack rate.

The Most Favorable Matchups

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Since the Cowboys acquired Amari Cooper in Week 9, Dak’s 17.6 fantasy points per game ranks sixth among quarterbacks over that span. Prescott draws a favorable matchup against a Buccaneers defense that’s allowing 6.2 yards per play (second-highest).

Dak has also been tremendous at home this season:

Prescott is ranked eighth overall among our rankers.

Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans

Watson has a solid matchup against an Eagles defense that ranks 20th in Football Outsiders’ defensive DVOA. The Eagles are also allowing 6.0 yards per play and a 40.4% scoring rate to opposing offenses. Both marks rank in bottom-seven in the league.

Watsons ranks inside the top eight among all our rankers.

Matchup Downgrade

Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Brady has a tough matchup against a Bills team that’s allowing a league-low 16.8 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season. The Bills have also allowed just 4.9 yards per play, trailing only the Ravens (4.7) and Bears (4.8) — the only three defenses in the league allowing fewer than 5.0 yards per play.

Overall, it’s difficult to be excited about a quarterback who has been mediocre in efficiency this season, averaging just 0.49 fantasy points per dropback (15th).

The Best Streamer

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills

Since Allen returned from injury in Week 12, he leads all quarterbacks in fantasy points and trails only Mahomes in fantasy points per game among quarterbacks.

With  teams done with bye weeks, you likely don’t need Allen, but he’s still an intriguing option against a Patriots defense that’s allowing the eighth-most yards per play (5.9) and ranks 30th in adjusted sack rate.

Want another edge? Be sure to keep up with the week’s news on FantasyLabs.

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