Week 5 featured some hits (Watson, Brissett, & McCown) and some misses (Cutler, Goff) but that’s #fantasylife, so it’s time to move onward and upward toward Week 6 and a new chance to find those streaming options that may lead you to fantasy victory. After his recent performances, Deshaun Watson is no longer a streaming option as he should be owned in all leagues whether it be 1 QB or 2 QB. So, without any further delay, I’ll reveal my top quarterback and total defense streaming options for the upcoming week. Please enjoy, Streaming Options Week 6!
Before we move forward with the top QB and DST streamers for Week 6, here are the complete results at the quarterback position from last week’s article:
Jared Goff– 288 Yards Passing, 0 TDs, 2 INTs, 22 Yards Rushing= 9.72 FP
Josh McCown– 194 Yards Passing, 2 TDs, 1 INT, -3 Yards Rushing= 14.46 FP
Deshaun Watson– 261 Yards Passing, 5 TDs, 0 INT, 31 Yards Rushing= 35.54 FP
Jacoby Brissett– 314 Yards Passing, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 14 Yards Rushing, 1 TD= 18.96 FP
Jay Cutler– 92 Yards Passing, 1 TD, 1 INT, 8 Yards Rushing= 7.48 FP
Quarterback Streaming Options
Josh McCown | New York Jets
No team has given up the most fantasy points to the quarterback position more than the New England Patriots and it’s not even really close. The Pats have allowed a league-high 12 touchdowns and a league-high 1,675 passing yards through the first five weeks of the season. Furthermore, we can probably bank on New England having a lead throughout the game, opening up the potential for some vintage garbage time fantasy points for McCown and his offensive weapons. The journeyman quarterback is far from flashy, but he has managed to score at least 13+ fantasy points in three out of 5 contests so far in 2017. This is McCown’s most favorable matchup to date, by far and I’m expecting low-end QB1 numbers.
Trevor Siemian | Denver Broncos
After starting the season with back-to-back 20+ fantasy point games (Chiefs & Cowboys), Siemian cooled off while failing to just hit 12 points in the following two matchups (Bills & Raiders). He’ll be well rested along with the rest of his offensive teammates playing at home and coming off of a bye in Week 5. Siemian is up against a Giants defense that is ranked 23rd in the NFL, allowing over 18 fantasy points per game to the quarterback position and 22nd in Pass Efficiency Defense. New York’s defense has not only struggled at slowing down the passing game, but they have also only mustered one interception all season. Therefore, I can safely say that Siemian is a fantastic streaming option for Week 6 and start him with confidence.
Kevin Hogan | Cleveland Browns
Hogan outplayed DeShone Kizer yet again, and almost brought the Browns back to win against the Jets. His running ability increases his weekly ceiling and he has been a reasonably effective passer in short stints. Now that head coach Hue Jackson has named him the starter for this week’s contest against the Texans, Hogan has some value as a bye-week option or streamer in 2 QB leagues. The Texans defense comes into this game without their two best defenders in J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus who suffered season-ending injuries last Sunday night, but they are still highly ranked when it comes to Defensive Pass Efficiency (11th overall), and Total Defensive Efficiency (9th overall) so the matchup is still a rather tough one for the newly-minted starter. The only weak point in the Texans pass defense is that they are 30th in the NFL when it comes to Explosive Pass Defense, meaning they do give big pass plays, so there’s a spot where Hogan might be able to take advantage of. I wouldn’t be expecting 20+ fantasy points, but something between 12-18 is a reasonable range if you’re looking for a nice streaming option.
Case Keenum | Minnesota Vikings
With Sam Bradford unlikely active for Sunday’s game against the Packers, Keenum gets the starting nod once again and he’ll face a Packers defense that gave up three passing scores and a rushing touchdown to Dak Prescott in Week 5. Of course, no one is mistaking Keenum for Prescott when it comes to passing or running ability, but he is a scrappy competitor and he’ll sling it around the yard if given a chance to if Green Bay gets a substantial lead and forces the Vikings to pass exclusively. The Packers come into this game 19th in Pass Efficiency Defense and 20th in Total Defensive Efficiency so there is some passing game upside for Keenum and the Vikings offensive weapons; although they might have go without Stefon Diggs who is questionable with a groin injury. So, is it possible that Keenum could post low-end QB1 numbers? Yes it is, but it does come with some risk, so tread with caution.
Jacoby Brissett | Indianapolis Colts
The more Brissett plays, the more it becomes apparent how to deploy him in fantasy leagues. While he has struggled against tougher opponents, Brissett has come up big facing weaker defenses this season. He shredded the Cleveland Browns in Week 3 and passed for 314 yards while adding a rushing score against the San Francisco 49ers last week. The young QB draws one of the best matchups in the league for quarterbacks in Week 6 as he travels to Tennessee to take on the Titans Monday night. Tennessee has been one of the most generous defenses in the league to opposing passing games ranking 25th in Pass Efficiency Defense and 26th in Total Defensive Efficiency. Add in the high floor that Brissett has been providing with his rushing ability and you have a very solid streaming option at quarterback for either 1 QB or 2 QB leagues.
Total Defense Streaming Options
Baltimore Ravens | DST
If there’s a chance that the Ravens defense is available on the waiver wire, IMMEDIATELY go and pick them up because this is such a juicy matchup in the Ravens favor this Sunday. Returning home from a win in Oakland, Baltimore now faces rookie Mitchell Trubisky making his first career start on the road, off of a short week, and having a lack of offensive weaponry behind him. That’s a very bad combination to deal with when facing a defense that’s second in the league in forcing turnovers (14), tied for twelfth in sacks (12), tied for tenth in points allowed (19.4) so the Baltimore DST is an excellent streaming choice for your fantasy team.
Washington Redskins | DST
The team is well-rested coming off of a bye and they have been a strong defense at home so far this year with a defensive touchdown, multiple sacks, and takeaways in both games. Their opponents, the San Francisco 49ers, unfortunately, have the dreaded position of traveling from the west coast for a 1:00 PM EST starting time in Washington. Since the Niners offense lacks any high-end talent, unsurprisingly, the production to this point has been average, to say the least. They are tied for the sixth fewest yards per play (4.9) and tied 25th in points per game (17.8). The one bright spot is that San Francisco hasn’t been turnover prone with only six on five games, but they’re tied for the ninth most sacks allowed (15) this season. We all know Brian Hoyer’s penchant for throwing interceptions (30 in 54 games including 36 starts), so there’s turnover upside that’s not reflective in the Niners season total. A rock-solid DST streamer.
Atlanta Falcons | DST
Like the Redskins, the Falcons are coming off of a bye week and have had extra time to prepare for the NFL’s worst offense. Those factors alone are a reason to love the Falcons this week, but their explosive offense has the potential to stake them to a big lead at home and then unleash the pass rush. And speaking of pass rush, Vic Beasley practiced on Monday so that’s an indicator he’ll likely be active on Sunday. It’ll be a huge boost for the Falcons defense that their leader in sacks in 2016 with 15.5 (which also lead the league) will be back in the lineup. Spinning back to Miami’s offensive struggles, they literally can’t move the ball. Through four games, they have 925 yards of total offense; that’s 231 yards of offense per game. Putting that in perspective, Kareem Hunt is averaging 173 yards of offense per game BY HIMSELF!! The Dolphins are the only team averaging under four yards per play at 3.9 (the next lowest total is 4.4 yards per play) and they rank dead last in points per game at 10.3 by a margin of more than five points below the next lowest scoring offense. Although Miami has only committed 5 turnovers in four games, Jay Cutler has a current 3 game interception streak, so there’s a strong possibility that with another putrid offensive performance, Adam Gase may have to turn to Matt Moore for relief purposes and that’s great sign for Atlanta and your fantasy team looking for a reputable streamer.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers | DST
The Buccaneers held the NFL’s leading offense entering Week 5 in the New England Patriots to 19 points while sacking Tom Brady three times and forcing a pair of turnovers in the Thursday Night Game. As a result of playing early last week, they managed to get some extra time to prepare for their road matchup against the Cardinals. Despite the name value of Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, and the newly acquired Adrian Peterson, Arizona’s offense doesn’t offer the same challenge the Patriots did. The Cardinals are tied for the second most sacks allowed (19), tied for the 11th most turnovers (seven), tied for the sixth fewest yards per play (4.9), and they’re 29th in scoring per game (16.2). The Cardinals offense lacks any semblance of a running game without David Johnson ranking dead last in rushing yards per game (51.8) and I don’t think what’s left of AP will be able to pump life into this anemic running game. Arizona’s ineptitude with the ground game plays into the hands of the Buccaneers getting after Carson Palmer and forcing turnovers. A solid streaming option if you’re looking for a possible double-digit performance.
Detroit Lions | DST
After an unreal start to the season, the Lions DST has come back to earth in Week 5 against Cam Newton and the Panthers, yielding 27 points and forcing zero turnovers for the first time this season. They’ve got another tough matchup heading into New Orleans, but given all their success with takeaways, I’m still considering them as a streaming DST option. This will be a litmus test for the Lions defense; prove that that Panthers game was an outlier and not the beginning of a downslide.
Tennessee Titans | DST
Of all of the streaming DST options I’ve listed for Week 6, this choice is my least favorite so a test of faith is needed here if you’re deciding to use them Monday night. A healthy Marcus Mariota would open the door to a big lead for the Titans—something that’s near impossible to accomplish with either Matt Cassel or Brandon Weeden leading Tennessee’s offense—and puts the Colts in predictable passing situations. With Andrew Luck already ruled out for Monday night, Indianapolis will be bringing out a below-average offense that’s 22nd in points per game (19.4), is averaging the fifth fewest yards per play (4.8), tied for seventh most turnovers (eight), and tied for the fourth most sacks allowed (18). Looking at the metrics, it would seem that its a favorable matchup for the Titans defense and its the only reason that I’m considering them as a streaming option despite being one of the most less productive DST’s through five games.