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Why Justin Herbert is a viable streamer at QB in fantasy football

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In need of a fantasy starter at quarterback this week?

You might want to look at streaming Los Angeles quarterback Justin Herbert this week as he faces against the Cincinnati Bengals in his second career start.

Here's why. 

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He's got a great arm with dynamic offensive weapons

For many highly drafted rookie quarterbacks, they can struggle due to inheriting a poor offensive situation. Herbert does not fall into this category.

In his first career start after taking limited reps as the starter in practice, Herbert threw for 311 yards and a touchdown along with one interception while averaging 9.4 yards per attempt. That kind of vertical 

Los Angeles is loaded with offensive talent for Herbert to use at his disposal whether its dynamic running back Austin Ekeler, who excels in pass catching, wide receivers Mike Williams and Keenan Allen or tight end Hunter Henry. 

Sidenote: if you have Hunter Henry if Herbert plays the rest of the season that increases Henry's fantasy value tremendously. Herbert loved to target the tight end in college when Jacob Breeland was healthy and then in his first career start Henry saw eight targets, hauling in six receptions for 83 yards. 

With all that talent at his disposal and Herbert's impressive accuracy, he can pick apart arguably the NFL's worst defensive unit en route to another 300-yard passing day. 


Carolina's defense is putrid 

The Panthers may have the worst defense in the NFL having given up 34 and 31 points respectively in their first two games of the season. Derek Carr threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 while Tom Brady threw for 217 yards and one touchdown along with one interception.

Those aren't numbers to write home about but both of those games had short rushing touchdowns scored by both offenses: 6 and 7-yard rushes by Josh Jacobs, a 7-yard rush by Ronald Jones, and a 1-yard rush by Leonard Fournette all got the ball into the endzone.

While the Chargers do have Joshua Kelly and Austin Ekeler to run the ball into the endzone, Herbert can do that himself as well.

Rushing ability

In the first drive of Justin Herbert's career, he marched Los Angeles down the field against the defending Super Bowl champions and finished the drive with a rushing touchdown of his own. 

That wasn't his only rushing attempt either. Herbert ran four times for 18 yards and touchdown but hey, that's 7.8 fantasy points created from his legs anyways. Now with a week of practice as the starter, perhaps the Chargers will design more runs for him next week because Herbert is an underrated athlete. 

He's not Lamar Jackson but he can easily scramble similar to Josh Allen who also has been a great fantasy quarterback thanks to his legs. In Herbert's final game of his collegiate career he became the first quarterback to rush for three touchdowns since Vince Young in 2006.

If the Chargers are on the one-yard line, expect Herbert to run a zone read where he can get an easy six fantasy points or the Chargers use his 6-foot-6 body to sneak the ball into the endzone, too. 

If Herbert can take advantage of a poor Carolina defense and run the ball into the endzone once, I can easily see a 300 yard passing day with a touchdown through the air and the ground which can catapult him into a top-12 QB performance this week. 

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