Niagara Gazette


October 9, 2013

FANTASY GRIND: Julio Jones hurt, Zachariason on streams


Niagara Gazette — During the 2012 season, Zachariason says, 38 different quarterbacks performed well enough in a single game to be ranked within the top 12 among quarterbacks in fantasy scoring for that week. He says 25 quarterbacks did it at least four times.

Peyton Manning may be having a historic year, but if you didn't bet on him and you're disappointed with Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick or others, you can still play matchups and be OK.

"You can still form this quarterback Frankenstein in a way and still get QB1 numbers, and top QB1 numbers," Zachariason said.

Streaming the "onesies" lets player put more focus on running backs and wide receivers, positions where top players were perform well more consistently than quarterbacks, he said. One key, he said, is that quarterback and defensive matchups for single weeks are more predictable than other positions.

"Quarterbacks are always free ... they kind of create their own destiny," Zachariason said.



In the league where I traded for Jones, I'm 1-4 after losing to a buddy (fantasy nemesis, really) who started Peyton Manning and Tony Romo at quarterback — yes, those starting quarterbacks in a game that saw 99 total points scored.

Went 2-3 overall for the week, separating from the pack in the leagues where I'm doing well and sinking further in the leagues where I'm not, though I'm not fully out of contention yet.

That's what I tell myself, at least.

Oskar Garcia is a news editor in Honolulu. He can be reached at or on Twitter at

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