Week 8 is almost upon us and with six teams on a bye, it’s getting tougher to find those quality streaming options at the quarterback and DST positions. Despite the barren fantasy landscape, I’ll endeavour to find some quality Week 8 streaming options to help your fantasy teams to victory.
Before we look ahead to the top QB and DST streamers for Week 8, here are the complete results at the quarterback position from last week’s article:
Josh McCown– 209 Passing Yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 1 Rushing Yard, 1 TD= 25.46 FP
Tyrod Taylor– 268 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 53 Rushing Yards= 20.02 FP
Jared Goff– 235 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 13 Rushing Yards, 1 TD= 19.70 FP
Blake Bortles– 330 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 11 Rushing Yards= 16.30 FP
Brett Hundley– 87 Passing Yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 44 Rushing Yards, 1 TD= 12.88 FP
Quarterback – Week 8 Streaming Options
Tyrod Taylor | Buffalo Bills
Taylor showed why he is normally a solid streaming option — especially at home — in Week 7. Without favorite target Charles Clay and with Jordan Matthews coming back from a broken thumb, Taylor still managed to post a 22-point fantasy day against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He passed for only one touchdown but was able to bolster his production with 53 rushing yards. It’s just a reminder of how rushing quarterbacks can provide a weekly floor for fantasy points. He has a good chance to stay hot in Week 8 as the Bills welcome the Oakland Raiders to town. For one, Taylor has been a much better fantasy quarterback at home this season. He’s topped 21 fantasy points in all three home starts compared to just 12.3 points per game average on the road. Plus, the Raiders are fresh off allowing Alex Smith to torch them for three passing touchdowns and have not been a very good passing defense overall this season. Tyrod is an excellent streamer in one-quarterback leagues.
Andy Dalton | Cincinnati Bengals
In Week 7, Dalton played better than expected against a Steelers defense that has given him fits over his career, passing for two touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s in line for a big bounce back against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 8 as the Bengals return home. Dalton has been very matchup-sensitive during the 2017 season, playing poorly against the good defenses and shredding the below-average ones.
The Colts have employed one of the worst pass defenses in the league over the past few years and that has remained the case this season. Indianapolis is allowing the sixth-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Specifically, they’ve allowed either 300 yards passing or multiple passing touchdowns in all seven of their games played. There’s no one on the Colts who can cover A.J. Green, who should be playing pitch and catch with Dalton all afternoon long. Dalton is a fantastic streaming option in all formats for Week 8.
Case Keenum | Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have relied heavily on their running game since losing starting quarterback Sam Bradford to injury. For that reason, Keenum hasn’t come close to producing QB1 numbers. That may change this week, when the Vikings face the hapless and helpless Cleveland Browns in London. Keenum won’t put up huge numbers since the likely scenario is that the Vikings get ahead and run the ball. Still, I would expect more than 15 fantasy points, something that he’s only accomplished once this season. The possible return of Stefon Diggs would also give the Minnesota quarterback a significant boost heading into Week 8. The Cleveland defense ranks 25th in fantasy points against to opposing quarterbacks and have allowed 14 touchdowns through the air. Keenum is worth a look in two-quarterback leagues or even in one-quarterback formats if you’re desperate.
C.J. Beathard | San Francisco 49ers
Beathard struggled against a fierce Dallas pass rush in Week 7 but his rushing prowess managed to salvage his day from a fantasy perspective. The rookie signal-caller rushed three times for 30 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys while adding 235 yards passing. At the moment, San Francisco is a mess, which does limit his upside, but he’s a desperation play as a second quarterback in two-QB formats. Beathard will take on an Eagles secondary that has really regressed after getting off to a hot start. Since Week 3, the Eagles have allowed at least 291 passing yards in three of their past four games while also allowing seven touchdown passes over that span.
Josh McCown | New York Jets
With back-to-back games of 20+ fantasy points, its time to take notice and plug McCown into your starting lineup. The Jets aren’t as bad as most people thought they would be prior to the season and the offense has actually shown positive signs of life through the first seven games. McCown has in particular exceeded expectations in both reality and fantasy. The much-traveled quarterback has now scored 13 or more points in five of seven matchups so far this season. He faces a middle of the road Atlanta Falcons defense in Week 8 and there is definitely shootout potential if the Falcons can finally live up to their potential offensively. For that factor alone, McCown is a solid option in all formats for Week 8.
Defense/Special Teams – Week 8 Streaming Options
The Bengals D/ST ran into the buzzsaw that is the Steelers offense in Week 7 and its tough to hold their lackluster performance against them. Prior to that game, they had been averaging 9.4 fantasy points per game. They now get a home game against the Colts, who were just shut out by the Jacksonville Jaguars, allowing a whopping 10 sacks through a porous offensive line. That does bode well for the Cincinnati front seven since they rank ninth in the NFL with 18 sacks. Perhaps they can force Jacoby Brissett into some mistakes, which can only help a Cincinnati defense that ranks 29th in forced turnovers. The floor is very high for the Bengals this week, which makes them a rock-solid streaming option.
New Orleans Saints
It’s an unusual feeling touting the Saints defense. And yet, they’re a repeat visitor to my streaming options article due to their above-average performances the last three weeks. Most importantly, they have a favorable draw for this week in the offensively challenged Chicago Bears. The Bears decided to go old-school and took a run-heavy approach in their victory over Carolina in Week 7. Rookie Mitchell Trubisky only attempted seven passes but managed to complete four of them for 107 yards. His pass attempts have decreased from 25 in his first start to 16 in his second and now seven last week. With less than 50 pass attempts through three games under his belt and the Saints defense ranking 10th in sacks (17) and tied for ninth in forced turnovers (10), there’s somewhat limited potential for turnovers unless the Bears are forced to play catchup.
Fournately, the Saints have a high-powered offense, which includes a newfound explosive running game. Chances are Trubisky will have to air it out to keep up. Give me an above-average defense playing at home against a rookie who’s been asked to do little more than game manage as a big underdog. The Saints D/ST are an excellent streamer for Week 8.
The aggressive Jim Schwartz-coached Eagles defense has been superb in forcing turnovers in the 2017 season (tied for seventh with 11), and have been decent in getting to the quarterback (tied for 19th with 14). They face the 49ers this week, who are tied for 10th most turnovers in the NFL (10). They’re not ripping off big chunks of yardage on offense (tied for 24th with a meager 4.8 yards per play), plus they are making the dreaded cross-country trip for a 1 PM EST game. West Coast teams often struggle under those circumstances. To make matters worse, they’re now led by rookie C.J. Beathard who has completed just 55.4% of his 74 passes in three appearances (one start). Although the Eagles will be without standout linebacker Jordan Hicks, I still believe that the Philadelphia defense is a worthy streaming option this week.
As mentioned above, the Jets offense is actually a bit more prolific than everyone expected. While most analysts were screaming for the team to tank, the Jets are quietly 17th in overall offense and are scoring 19.6 points per game. Nothing spectacular, but far from the abysmal offense many predicted. The ceiling for the Falcons D/ST might be limited this week, but there is some always appeal with Josh McCown at QB. McCown has thrown at least one interception in five of seven games this year. The Falcons are a low-end streaming option in my opinion.
The 27 points the Bills allowed to the Buccaneers in Week 7 were the most they’ve given up this season, which speaks volumes given some of the tough matchups they’ve had to begin the year. This unit is red-hot in fantasy circles (last Sunday notwithstanding), with 11 turnovers in their last four games played. Their opponents, the Oakland Raiders, will be making the cross-country trip to play in the 1 PM EST slot, but they’ll have some extra time to prepare due to playing on Thursday night. Another subplot to this game is how the Raiders running game will look without Marshawn Lynch, who will serve a suspension. Regardless of who is in the backfield for the Raiders, they’ll face a Bills unit that is ranked seventh in rush efficiency defense, 11th in pass efficiency defense, and eighth in total overall defensive efficiency (per FootballOutsiders). I see the Bills defense as a solid streamer for Week 8.
Yes, the Dolphins are underdogs according to the latest lines from Vegas. That said, they’re playing in the Thursday Night Football game, which means a short week of preparation for a pair of awful offenses. The defenses should rule in an ugly game to open Week 8. Jay Cutler is out this week, but thanks to backup Matt Moore, the Dolphins rallied to score 17 fourth-quarter points in the victory against the Jets last week so the offense is undeterred by the insertion of Moore into the starting lineup. But to be honest, Miami is 4-2 this season thanks largely due to the play of the defense. Despite being in an offensive slugfest with the Jets in Week 7, Miami has been doing a really good job keeping teams out of the end zone (tied for seventh with 18.7 points allowed per game) and getting to the quarterback (tied for 13th with 15 sacks).
The reason they may be going overlooked in with fantasy owners is the rather low turnovers forced total (6), but the Ravens could help increase that total. Baltimore is tied for the sixth most turnovers this season (12) and Joe Flacco’s eight interceptions are tied for third most. He’s thrown 35 interceptions in 33 games since the start of the 2015 season, so the possibility for the Dolphins to get some much-needed turnovers is there. I’m liking them as a decent streaming option.
I would be remiss if I didn’t put the Ravens defense in this list. They are playing at home Thursday night and are facing a career backup quarterback who happens to be starting due to injury. Of course, if they are somehow available, run and grab them. The Ravens are still second in the NFL in forcing turnovers and 12th in passing defense, despite being very beatable on the ground. The Fins’ best bet will be to lean on Jay Ajayi and the offensive line and reduce the need for Matt Moore to sling the ball around the yard. Due to the Raven’s difficulty with the run, tempering expectations would be a prudent choice, but Baltimore should be able to keep the point total low and have a great shot of getting multiple turnovers Thursday night.