Welcome to Week 6 fellow fantasy football participants!! With both Matthew Stafford and Drew Brees on bye this week, it’s very important for those particular owners to choose wisely. What QB streaming option will hold down the fort until starters return next week? Let’s dive into my QB and DST Streaming Options and see!
Week 5 Recap
As for the Week 5 results, C.J. Beathard and Blake Bortles ranked QB10 and QB11 respectively despite having multiple turnovers. Alex Smith, Derek Carr, and Ryan Tannehill, on the other hand, were big disappointments despite having rather good matchups.
Here are the complete numbers from my Week 5 quarterback selections:
Blake Bortles– 430 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 4 INTs, 34 Rushing Yards, 1 TD= 20.6 FP
C.J. Beathard– 349 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, 7 Rushing Yards, 1 TD= 20.7 FP
Derek Carr– 268 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 5 Rushing Yards= 13.2 FP
Ryan Tannehill– 185 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 17 Rushing Yards= 7.1 FP
Alex Smith– 275 Passing Yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 7 Rushing Yards, 1 TD= 13.7 FP
Jameis Winston | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Current ESPN Ownership: 12.5%
Named as the starter during the bye week, Winston takes the reigns of the high powered Bucs offense once again. Ranking 2nd in total yardage per game (432.8) and 6th in points per game (28.0), Jameis has the potential to be a weekly QB1 with 30-point upside.
In Week 6, Tampa Bay travels to face an Atlanta defense that allowed a staggering 24.6 PPG to quarterbacks this season. If you remove Nick Foles’ 2.6 point Week 1 disappointment, that number bumps up to 29.6. An early look at Vegas odds has this game at an astronomical total of 57.5. The Buccaneers are a 3.5 point underdog with an implied total of 27. This has all the makings of an NFC South shootout. Winston is an outstanding QB streamer for Week 6.
Baker Mayfield | Cleveland Browns
Current ESPN Ownership: 38.2%
After passing for 295 yards and two touchdowns in his pro debut, Mayfield followed that up with a solid effort against a stout Baltimore Ravens defense. After watching Baker throw for 342 yards and a touchdown in an overtime win, it certainly seems like the Browns have found their franchise quarterback.
For Week 6, Baker gets a home contest against the Chargers, whose pass defense has allowed an average of 284 pass yards, 2.2 touchdowns, and 19.6 fantasy points so far this season. They’re not the scary pass defense that we all thought they would be to start the year, so I would start Mayfield with confidence as a very good QB streamer.
Andy Dalton | Cincinnati Bengals
Current ESPN Ownership: 56.5%
After back-to-back 300-yard games, Dalton had a rather pedestrian effort (12.9 FP scored) in a victory over the Dolphins in Week 5. Despite that effort, he’s still QB13 overall with an average of 19.0 fantasy points scored for the season.
The Bengals welcome division rival Steelers to the Jungle for an all-important battle. Notwithstanding their stellar effort last week, Pittsburgh is still 31st in opponents rank versus quarterbacks this year, 30th in passing yards allowed (1481), 32nd in touchdowns allowed (13).
Continue to use Dalton as a solid QB streamer for Week 6.
Current ESPN Ownership: 41.8%
The Browns defense came up strong once again (9 pts allowed, 2 sacks, 1 interception,1 fumble recovery) in the victory against the Ravens last week. For the season, Cleveland is 1st in takeaways (15), 4th in interceptions (8), and 9th in sacks (14). I would feel very comfortable starting the Browns as my fantasy defense weekly based upon those numbers.
Coming to town this week are Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers coming off a big divisional win. Rivers is coming into this game averaging 299.00 passing yards, 2.6 touchdowns, 0.4 interceptions per game. But the Browns are 6th in opponents rank versus quarterbacks this season. It would appear as a strength vs. strength matchup.
The Browns DST has a solid floor, but a capped ceiling due to the Chargers passing attack. They are a good defensive streamer nonetheless.
Current ESPN Ownership: 21.6%
Despite the win-loss record, Seattle has been a very opportunistic defense this season ranking 4th in takeaways (11), 2nd in interceptions (9), and 9th in total pass defense.
It’s hard to tell which Raiders offense will show up week-to-week: The one that hung 42 points on the Browns or the one that managed just 10 points in a loss to the Chargers. Even if the Raiders manage to put some points on the board, Derek Carr’s inability to be consistent along with his propensity to throw interceptions (eight in five games) should portend good things for the Seahawks defense.
New York Jets
Current ESPN Ownership: 34.1%
I’m going to the well again with the Jets even though they did give up over 300 yards passing and 2 touchdowns to Case Keenum. But most of those yards and the second TD came in garbage time when the game was well in hand. It hasn’t hurt their scoring defensive ranking as they’re ranked 8th overall (21.0).
Where New York has really stood out is in the takeaway category—3rd overall (11) and 5th in interceptions (7). Throw in 14 sacks (10th overall), the Jets have the 2nd ranked fantasy defense per ESPN scoring. Rather impressive.
Having a home contest with the Indianapolis Colts, New York may not have to face the Colts’ most dangerous offensive weapon in TY Hilton. Another benefit for the Jets defense is the lack of a consistent rushing attack for Indianapolis. The Colts averaged a meager 74.4 yards on the ground so far this season, so the Jets should be able to focus their attack upon Luck. Stream the Jets DST with full confidence in Week 6.
Green Bay Packers
Current ESPN Ownership: 41.3%
Following their Week 4 destruction of the Bills, the Packers defense fell back to earth last week yielding 31 points and forcing zero turnovers. For the season, Green Bay ranks 4th in pass yards allowed (1044) and 5th in sacks (16).
The Pack welcomes C.J. Beathard and the 49ers for a Monday Night showdown. The Niners will probably be without starting running back Matt Breida due to a high ankle sprain. This may cause Beathard, who already is turnover prone, to take even more risks with the football. San Francisco doesn’t have many offensive threats, so fire up the Packers as a widely-available DST streaming option.
Current ESPN Ownership: 11.4%
The final score might not indicative of how well the Dolphins defense played against the Bengals last week. Two of Cincinnati’s touchdowns came from Tannehill turnovers—and still, they were able to put up a double-digit effort. Ranking 5th in takeaways (11) and 1st in interceptions (10), Miami has a ball-hawking defensive unit.
The Dolphins opponent in the Chicago Bears are coming off a bye week refreshed and ready to go. But they’ll be seeing the 2nd best defense in opponents rank versus quarterbacks. A couple of interceptions and a touchdown is not out of the range of possibilities.
I wish everyone Good Luck in Week 6! And remember: #FortuneFavorsTheBold
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