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Week 10 Streaming Options

Week 10 is upon us meaning it’s time to make plans for a playoff push if you’re in prime position! Choosing the right streaming option at QB and DST are just as invaluable as making a trade for the stretch run. These choices can make all the difference when it comes to whether you make the playoffs or are relegated to the consolation round in your league. With so many byes, injuries, and suspensions, many of you could be in desperate need of these week 10 streaming options.  I hope that my selections can lead you to victory this week in your particular contests!!

Before looking forward to the QB and DST streaming options for Week 10, let’s review the complete results at the quarterback position from last week’s article:

Jacoby Brissett– 306 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, 12 Rushing Yards= 19.52 FP

Jared Goff– 311 Passing Yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, 0 Rushing Yards= 28.44 FP

Drew Stanton– 201 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 1 Rushing Yard= 15.24 FP

Tom Savage– 219 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 0 Rushing Yards= 10.76

 

Quarterback

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Andy Dalton | Cincinnati Bengals

Dalton predictably flopped in Week 9 in a brutal matchup against a Jacksonville pass defense that murdered most opposing signal callers. Dalton managed just 136 scoreless yards against a Jaguars secondary that is among the best in the game. He wasn’t done any favors by his star wideout A.J. Green who got himself ejected for getting into a fight with Jalen Ramsey during the second quarter.

Dalton will see things open up a good deal in Week 10 when the Bengals travel to Tennessee to take on an average Titans pass defense. While Tennessee’s season-long stats against quarterbacks make their secondary unit look decent, they haven’t exactly faced many competent fantasy passers. Over the past month, they’ve “done battle” with the likes of Jay Cutler, Cody Kessler, Jacoby Brissett, and Joe Flacco. Last week, Flacco did manage to pass for 261 yards and two touchdowns for his best fantasy day of the season. Use Dalton with confidence as a solid streamer in one quarterback leagues for Week 10.

Eli Manning | New York Giants

The Giants are fresh off a 51-17 beatdown at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams. Despite the game turning into a laugher early on, Manning still managed to post a useful fantasy day, throwing for 220 yards and two scores. The veteran quarterback managed to pass for multiple touchdowns in four of his eight games this season and is in line for another solid game in Week 10. New York draws an extremely favorable matchup traveling to San Francisco.

They face a 49ers pass defense that allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks and ranked 27th in DVOA before Week 9’s action. Of course, the Niners allowed Arizona backup quarterback Drew Stanton to look like a competent quarterback, something he has rarely resembled during his 10-year career. Manning is a rock-solid choice as a streamer in one quarterback leagues this weekend. Our own Jen Smith agrees with me, naming Manning a streaming waiver option this week in her week 10 waiver rankings. 

Josh McCown | New York Jets

McCown managed two touchdowns in Week 9 despite a brutal matchup against an extremely effective Buffalo defense. The veteran signal caller has been flying under the radar this season but he’s been actually the QB7 on the year. McCown worked his magic this season despite lacking any dynamic playmakers to the tune of 1,980 yards, 13 passing touchdowns and adding three more on the ground. He draws one of the top quarterback matchups in the league for Week 10 as he travels to Tampa Bay to take on a reeling Buccaneers defense. Before the Week 9 games, Tampa Bay was allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks and ranked 31st in pass defense DVOA. This is a matchup you’ll want to exploit from a fantasy perspective. An excellent streamer in all formats.

Case Keenum | Minnesota Vikings

Despite activating Teddy Bridgewater from the PUP list to the 53-man roster, the Vikings will still go with Keenum as their starter for Week 10’s battle with the Washington Redskins. Bridgewater will act as the backup but it’s yet to be determined if Teddy will become the starter once again. At the moment, Keenum is the starter and should be on your radar as a solid streaming option in two-quarterback leagues.

The Vikings offense has excellent options in the passing game. Stefon Diggs is fully healthy after suffering a groin strain last month. Adam Thielen is second in the NFL in receiving yards and the ever-present Kyle Rudolph serves as a safety valve and red zone threat. Washington has been average against opposing quarterbacks in 2017, allowing the 14th-most fantasy points per game to them and ranking 16th in DVOA through Week 8.

C.J. Beathard | San Francisco 49ers

Beathard played well enough in Week 9 against the Cardinals to likely hold off Jimmy Garoppolo off at least through the team’s Week 11 bye week. The rookie quarterback took a beating from the Cardinals but managed to move the ball well against them, racking up 294 passing yards while adding 16 rushing yards and a touchdown. He continues to be a threat on the ground which gives him some appeal as a low-end streaming option in two-quarterback leagues.

The Giants were just shredded for four touchdowns by Jared Goff in Week 9 and were allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks before last week’s contest. Beathard’s inexperience and up-and-down play make him a risky option but the matchup definitely gives him some upside.

Defense/Special Teams

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New York Jets

The Jets have outperformed the expectations of most people entering the year and they have a great matchup this week. With Jameis Winston set to miss the next few games resting his injured throwing shoulder, the Jets face their former starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. But wait, there’s more good news! Mike Evans’ blatant cheap shot last week (that incredulously didn’t result in an ejection) resulted in a suspension for week 10.

Tampa Bay vomited all over themselves this year with their top offensive weapon and starting quarterback. They are tied for the 10th most turnovers (13) and 23rd in points per game (19.8). They’re likely more turnover prone and struggle more to score points with Fitzpatrick leading the offense without his top option in the passing game. As for the Jets defense, they’re middle of the pack defensively when it comes to points allowed per game (tied 18th with 23.0), and sacks (tied 18th with 18), but have been doing a great job in forcing turnovers (tied 3rd with 16). A decent streamer with a potentially high ceiling.

New England Patriots

After an abysmal start to the season, the Patriots DST bounced back a bit, posting 6, 6, and 10 fantasy points in their last three games. Getting an extra week to prepare coming off of their bye, the Pats travel to Mile High to face the Broncos Sunday night. Brock Osweiler made his first start of the season for Denver in Week 9 and they were thoroughly defeated 51-23 in Philadelphia. The offense mustered pathetic totals of 226 yards and 3.9 yards per play, gave up a pair of sacks, and had two turnovers.

Osweiler is scheduled to start again and based upon his recent performances in Houston and Cleveland respectively, it seems that Brock isn’t a starting-caliber NFL quarterback. So, there’s some upside for the New England defense as a Week 10 streaming option. This is all about the matchup, as I believe that the Patriots will be gifted a few turnovers and have a chance to gain multiple sacks upon the rather mobility-challenged Osweiler.

Carolina Panthers

The Dolphins offense really didn’t miss a beat in Week 9 even with the departure of Jay Ajayi. Kenyon Drake and Damien Williams filled in admirably and Jay Cutler was able to throw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns (and NOT throw any interceptions) against the Raiders last Sunday night. But let’s not be mistaken, the Panthers are not the Raiders when it comes to defensive strength. They are second only to #Sackonsville with 29 sacks on the year. While Miami does a decent enough job of protecting the quarterback, they should yield three or four to the Panthers front seven. And don’t forget about Smokin’ Jay’s world-famous inconsistency throwing the football. You can feel really good about using the Panthers as a rock-solid week 10 streaming option.

Detroit Lions

Any team going against the Browns is a good fantasy matchup. The Lions draw the matchup in Week 10, so they’re the lucky team with the excellent chance to rack up sweet fantasy points. You’ve got the team with the third-highest takeaway total in the league (16) facing the team with the most giveaways in the league (21). Plus the Browns will have to deal with a Lions rush defense which ranks 5th in rush yards per attempt allowed (3.6) and 6th in rushing yards allowed per game (89.9). There’s not much more to be said except to run to the waiver wire and grab them as a no-brainer choice for this week.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings defense hasn’t allowed more than 17 points to an opponent since Week 2. They are just plain GOOD, both in the front seven and in the secondary. The problem is they don’t have the eye-popping stats to make them an elite fantasy play. They rank just 21st in takeaways (10), but they have just allowed only three rushing touchdowns all season. They do have a high ranking in two important categories: eighth in sacks (24), and third in points allowed per game (16.9). Minnesota might have some success against the Redskins, who allow 2.75 sacks per game on average and are decimated due to injuries along the offensive line. Kirk Cousins has been judicious with the football with only throwing four interceptions on the year though, so the Vikings are a slightly above-average streaming option for Week 10.

Chicago Bears

The Bears are coming off of a bye and will have a great matchup at home against Brett Hundley’s Packers in week 10. Chicago forced four turnovers in the three games prior to their Week 9 and Hundley threw four interceptions so far as the GB starter.  Green Bay’s offense has come to literally full-stop since Aaron Rodgers’ injury. The Bears defense is good enough to take advantage, get sacks, and force multiple turnovers. There is plenty of upside for this unit and they will almost certainly be available to stream.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals DST had a decent game against the Colts in Week 8 (14 fantasy points), but that was sandwiched between two poor showings against the Steelers (-4) and the Jaguars (-1). They face a Titans offense that lies somewhere in the middle of the pack, which is what I expect from the Bengals. Between 6-8 fantasy points is enough to be usable, but limited potential for fireworks.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans draw another favorable matchup against a bad AFC North offense this week. Last week, they held the Ravens to 20 points, 341 total yards, and 4.4 yards per play. They also recorded two sacks while forcing two turnovers. Cincinnati’s offense stumbles into Week 10 after being held to just seven points by the admittedly better Jacksonville Jaguars defense last week. The Bengals have been held to under 20 points in five of nine games. They’re turnover prone (tied for fourth most with 15) and struggle to protect Andy Dalton (they’re tied for the eighth most sacks allowed at 24). Tennessee’s defense is mediocre at best, but they’re a solid matchup-based streaming option once again this week.

Honorable Mentions: New York Giants (@San Francisco 49ers), Buffalo Bills (vs. New Orleans Saints), Green Bay Packers (@Chicago Bears)

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