First of all, let me say: I didn’t see the performance last week by Mitchell Trubisky coming—SIX TOUCHDOWNS?!?!? That was among one of the unexpected efforts by quarterback streamers in fantasy football last week which makes us want to watch and enjoy each week.
I can’t guarantee that those types of numbers won’t be happening each week, but hitting on a QB or DST streamer is always a good feeling.
Let’s dive into my QB and DST Streaming Options for Week 5!!
Week 4 Recap
As for the Week 4 results, both Andy Dalton and Joe Flacco were very solid selections ranking QB9 and QB11 respectively, while Eli Manning underwhelmed once again. Not having Mitchell Trubisky, C.J. Beathard, or Blake Bortles on the list for last week was an error on my part. Time to move forward to Week 5.
Here are the complete results from my Week 4 quarterback results:
Andy Dalton– 337 Passing Yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 13 Rushing Yards= 24.8 FP
Joe Flacco– 363 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, -3 Rushing Yards= 22.2 FP
Eli Manning– 255 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 5 Rushing Yards= 14.7 FP
Case Keenum– 245 Passing Yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 0 Rushing Yards= 7.8 FP
Blake Bortles | Jacksonville Jaguars
Current ESPN Ownership: 18.1%
Another week, another peak effort for the Blake Train in Week 4. The trend continues of Bortles putting up excellent numbers (388 pass yards and 2 touchdowns) with an injured Leonard Fournette involved. Once Fournette becomes 100% healthy, the Jaguars offense might go back to their conservative ways. But we should continue riding this train while it lasts.
In Week 5, Jacksonville travels to face a Kansas City pass defense which is ranked 30th in pass defense due-to their high powered offense causing opponents to play catch up and constantly throw on them. This is a very nice spot for Bortles as a high-end QB streaming option.
C.J. Beathard | San Francisco 49ers
The season-ending injury to Jimmy Garoppolo forced Beathard into the starting lineup and he produced a rather competent fantasy effort against the L.A. Chargers. The good: 298 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 19 rushing yards. The bad: 2 interceptions, and a fumble. He does have a solid floor, but his ceiling is rather limited due to the proliferation of turnovers.
Next up for the Niners is a home tilt with division rival Arizona Cardinals. On the surface, this may seem like a tough contest for Beathard since Arizona has allowed a league-best 3 passing touchdowns through 4 games, but they’ve only generated 4 total takeaways. Beathard can also use his running ability to gain some extra fantasy points if you’re worried that he will be shut down through the air.
Beathard is a viable streamer in 2QB/Superflex leagues.
Derek Carr | Oakland Raiders
ESPN Ownership: 20.4%
Although it took the game going into overtime, we finally got see some high-level fantasy production from the Raiders signal caller. Passing for 422 yards and 4 touchdowns against a top-10 fantasy defense in the Cleveland Browns shows that Carr has the ability to be productive fantasy quarterback if given the right circumstances. It also helps that Oakland played a whopping 90 plays (including overtime) allowing Carr to have more possessions in which to accumulate those valuable fantasy points.
Carr and the Raiders will be taking a trip to face division foe LA Chargers. Meanwhile, LA has yet to live up to preseason expectations as a possible top-5 fantasy defense. Injuries and poor play are contributors to the Chargers being 23rd in opponents rank versus quarterbacks this season. They’re also 6th worst in the league in allowing passing touchdowns (10). You shouldn’t be apprehensive in using Carr as a QB streamer for Week 5.
Ryan Tannehill |Miami Dolphins
Current ESPN Ownership: 32.2%
Despite the poor showing in New England, Tannehill’s production has been hard to argue against through four weeks. His 9.5 percent touchdown rate is 3rd best in the league while having the fourth-fewest attempts. Spreading the ball around to Kenny Stills, Jakeem Grant, and Albert Wilson are buoying his stats through the first quarter of the fantasy season.
The Cincinnati Bengals are ranked 27th in opponents rank versus quarterbacks, 29th in passing yards allowed (1214), and 25th in touchdowns passes allowed (9). Despite being on the road for Week 5, Tannehill is a very viable streaming option.
Alex Smith | Washington Redskins
Current ESPN Ownership: 64.4%
Coming off the bye, Smith and the Redskins offense should be well rested and ready to go Monday night when they visit the New Orleans Saints. In his last game before the bye, Smith was more aggressive with downfield plays connecting three different times and he averaged a season-high 11 yards per attempt. Smith’s can also chip in some extra fantasy points with his running ability. Hopefully, Jay Gruden will continue with the more wide open offensive strategy going forward.
While the Saints defense did play much better in Week 4 (18 points allowed, 3 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries), they’re still 31st in opponents rank versus quarterbacks, 31st in passing defense, and 31st in passing yards allowed. The possibility still exists for a high scoring game.
I can see Alex Smith as a good QB streaming option.
A future streaming option if you’re looking ahead to Week 6 is Jameis Winston (Current ESPN Ownership: 8.4%).
New York Jets
Current ESPN Ownership: 28.7%
The Jets have been a surprise defense to start the season. Here are their current rankings after four weeks:
Total points per game: 13th
Total yards per game: 16th
Rushing yards allowed per game: 18th
Passing yards allowed per game: 15th
In addition, they’ve done an excellent job in creating turnovers—5 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and one defensive touchdown. New York has put up great fantasy numbers against formidable opponents in the first three weeks.
In Week 5, the Jets welcome the Denver Broncos who are coming off a Monday night loss to the Chiefs. While the Broncos have the 4th best rushing attack in yardage (434), Case Keenum has thrown at least one interception in every game so far this season.
Current ESPN Ownership: 29.4%
Coming off a bye, the Panthers should be well rested and ready for the New York Giants in Week 5. Ranking 3rd in total defense, 4th in passing yards allowed (740), and 7th in rushing yards allowed (330). With 5 interceptions and 8 sacks, Carolina has the capability to get plenty of pressure upon Eli Manning. There’s plenty of turnover upside due to the struggling Giants offensive line.
Current ESPN Ownership: 39.2%
It would surprise people that the Titans would have the 8th best overall defense despite ranking middle of the pack in both rushing (25th) and passing (14th). Their rush defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown this season. Having 12 sacks which place them 7th overall in the league is also a benefit.
Another strong point is ranking 13th in opponents rank versus quarterbacks—that should be useful when the Titans travel to Orchard Park to face the Buffalo Bills.
Fortunately, Allen looked like a rookie in Week 4 by being sacked 7 times and throwing 2 interceptions. Without any real offensive threats to focus on, Tennessee is a useful defensive streamer.
Current ESPN Ownership: 12.7%
Despite the loss at New England, Miami still ranks 6th in scoring defense (17.3) and 7th in rush defense (267). Add in 7 interceptions(T-1), and you’ve got the recipe for a strong fantasy defense that’s streamer worthy.
It may come to surprise you, but the Dolphins are 4th toughest in opponents rank versus quarterbacks for the season. Facing Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, Miami has plenty of firepower to halt the surging Bengals offense. I would consider the Dolphins as a deep DST streaming option for Week 5.
Good Luck everyone Week 5! As always remember: #FortuneFavorsTheBold
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