As the injuries continue to pile up, streaming players in fantasy football are becoming a more popular and successful strategy to follow. And with the beginning of bye weeks in Week 5, streaming is an even more useful tool for owners to manage the peaks and valleys of the season. Hopefully, some of my streaming QB and DST options played a significant role in helping you get the win last week. Enjoy Streaming options week 5 edition.
Before we move forward with the top streamers for Week 6, here are the complete results at the quarterback position from last week’s article:
Deshaun Watson– 283 Pass Yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, 24 Rush Yards, 1 Rush TD= 33.7 FP
Jay Cutler– 164 Pass Yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 5 Rush Yards= 5.1 FP
Blake Bortles– 140 Pass Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 38 Rush Yards= 11.4 FP
Andy Dalton– 285 Pass Yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, 29 Rush Yards= 28.3 FP
DeShone Kizer– 118 Pass Yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 10 Rush Yards= 3.7 FP
Jared Goff– 255 Pass Yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT= 18.1 FP
Streaming Options Week 5
Quarterback Streaming Options
Josh McCown | QB
Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Kirk Cousins are all out of action this week due to byes and you might be scrambling for a waiver wire/streaming option at quarterback. The best bet to be both on the wire and come through for you as a viable streamer is 38-year-old McCown whose Jets squad is sitting at a surprising 2-2 record and exceeding the early expectations of many. But from a fantasy perspective, McCown has been less than impressive, averaging just 11 points per game so far this season. However, he has also faced two of the top pass defenses in the NFL so far in Buffalo and Jacksonville. In his other two outings, McCown was able to manage an average of 15 fantasy points per game. This week the veteran quarterback has his easiest test to date in the Browns with their 30th ranked Pass Efficiency Defense that also has been giving up nearly 22 fantasy points per game to the QB position. I’m not jumping up and down with excitement starting him, but McCown is worth consideration as a reasonable streaming option.
Jared Goff | QB
The Rams offense has looked sharp under the guidance of their young head coach and offensive guru, Sean McVay. Meanwhile, Jared Goff has silenced his critics from last season with his strong play through the first four games of the season. The 2nd year quarterback has thrown for over 200 yards and at least 1 TD in every matchup and has totaled 15+ fantasy points in three of his four outings so far. This week, Goff faces a stellar Seattle defense that has allowed a fewer than 12 points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Even though the matchup with the Seahawks pass defense is very tough, Goff is still a decent streamer because of his recent newfound success under McVay’s influence.
Deshaun Watson | QB
Watson continues to play like a veteran early in his rookie year. He benefited from the return of WIll Fuller to the lineup, throwing him two touchdowns, and generally took apart the Titans defense in a 57-14 rout. Watson’s rushing ability makes him a very intriguing fantasy option and gives him a surprisingly high floor as a rookie and a top-notch ceiling like we saw this past weekend. Since taking over as the starter in Houston, he has scored 17 or more fantasy points in every game and has topped 20 points twice in three matchups. An additional note is that he’s a top-7 fantasy producer at the quarterback position despite playing one less game than most of his peers. Now, don’t expect another 30+ point performance this week against a tough Kansas City defense (9th in Pass Defense Efficiency, 11th in Total Defensive Efficiency) but at the moment, you would have to roll with Watson as a very strong streamer/low-end QB1 in part due to his running ability.
Jacoby Brissett | QB
With Andrew Luck FINALLY getting on the practice field this week, it seems like Brissett’s time as a starter is numbered, but there’s still time to use him a streaming option for fantasy purposes. He’s usually a desperation play due to his limited experience and the limited Colts offense, but he’s facing a 49ers defense (26th in Pass Defense Efficiency, 23rd in Total Defensive Efficiency) which Jared Goff literally torched in Week 3. Brissett gets them at home where he managed to get TY Hilton going two weeks ago so it’s possible that he’ll continue to feed the Colts #1 wide receiver once again. He is also liable to run for a score or two and get some short fields if Brian Hoyer can’t protect the ball. This makes Brissett a nice streaming option if looking for double-digit fantasy points from a bye-week fill-in.
Jay Cutler | QB
No more, you might say, and your probably right in saying so, since his performance and that of the Dolphins offense in London against the Saints was abysmal, to say the least. I completely understand if you want nothing to do with Cutler ever again this year, but the matchup against the Titans is too good to pass up (at least on paper it is…).
The Titans have been very generous against the pass this year (29th in Pass Defense Efficiency), allowing eight passing touchdowns in the last two weeks. Adam Gase got it figured out after a rough start last year and it seems like he’ll have to do it once again if the Dolphins want to get back to the playoffs in 2017. Cutler as a one-week streaming option COULD completely blow up in my face and if it does, there’s no one to blame but myself although the opportunity to get right is there for Miami; all Cutler needs to do it to make it happen.
Total Defense Streaming Options
Buffalo Bills | DST
The Bills passed their stiffest test so far this year with an impressive road win in Atlanta and holding the Falcons to a mere 17 points-albeit with Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu out for a significant portion of the game. They also managed to score a defensive touchdown on a scoop-and-score fumble recovery and added two interceptions to boot. Although the Bengals smacked around their in-state division rival last week in the Browns, they still gave up three sacks of Andy Dalton which bring their season total to 14 allowed on the year (tied for fourth most allowed), and the game’s current over/under total of 39 with a small spread of only three points makes this an inviting contest for using the Bills defense as an excellent streamer.
New York Jets | DST
Making their debut appearance as a streamer defense are the surprising Jets who have won two games in a row and have played hard all year long. They still remain light on talent, and they’re underdogs on the road, but the Browns are the new team to pick on when it comes to streaming defenses. The Browns have allowed 13 sacks and committed 10 turnovers(most of them due to DeShone Kizer being a double agent) which are tied for sixth most allowed and tied for the most, respectively. The over/under total in this contest is identical to the one featured in the Bills/Bengals game, and it too is inviting for using defenses. It might make you sick to your stomach thinking about using them in your lineups, but given their ownership rate, and bye weeks, they’re likely available in your league if some of the other DST’s listed in this article have been rostered.
Baltimore Ravens | DST
Derek Carr has a transverse process fracture in his back and the injury will sideline him multiple weeks. In Carr’s stead, E.J. Manuel will lead Oakland’s offense. The former Bill took a sack and threw an interception in relief of Carr against the Broncos last week and although his resume as a starter is less than stellar, he’ll be surrounded by more talent than he ever had while in Buffalo. But this doesn’t hide the fact he’s a turnover prone quarterback who also holds onto the ball too long and takes unnecessary sacks. The Ravens have struggled on offense and might not be able to stake them to a big enough lead to rack up on the sack total, but they’re tied for the NFL lead in turnovers forced and their ability to score points by forcing miscues is plenty reason enough to make them a viable streamer against a bad, backup quarterback thrust into a starting role.
Philadelphia Eagles | DST
The Arizona Cardinals offense has been mediocre without their do-everything All-Pro running back David Johnson. The Cards are tied for the most sacks allowed (17), committed six turnovers, and are averaging a meager 18.7 points per game. Meanwhile, the Eagles defense is an elite turnover-forcing unit (tied for 4th with 7) that does a slightly above average job of sacking the quarterback (tied for 13th with 10). Now from a fantasy perspective, it’s a powerful combination that plays rather well if you’re looking to stream defenses each week. This correlation play could be in full effect this week with a bad offense traveling from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time for a 1 PM contest. They’ve scored 39 points in two 1:00 PM EST games this year at Detroit and at Indianapolis and have struggled in road contests that involved playing in that time slot. It’s not an uncommon occurrence and Arizona haven’t proven immune to struggling while making the time zone jump traveling eastward.
Detroit Lions | DST
It doesn’t make sense that the DST which is first or second in every scoring system can still be available going into Week 5, but the Lions are there in some leagues. But I’m not going to question their results anymore; they’re a must add/streaming option for the foreseeable future due to their success to start the year. They pulled in three fumble recoveries to fuel the first week without a defensive or special teams touchdown last week. Into town comes Cam Newton and the Panthers off a very impressive win in Foxboro against the Patriots. Despite the win, Cam is nowhere near his 2015 MVP form, so it’s possible that he could fall back into his early-season malaise facing a Detroit defense that is 14th in Rushing Defensive Efficiency, 5th in Passing Defensive Efficiency, and 5th in Total Overall Defensive Efficiency.