Welcome back for Week 7 QB and DST streaming options! For the past several weeks, only two teams have been on bye. This week, there are four teams having bye weeks. That means Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, and Derek Carr aren’t available for fantasy owners. QB streaming will be paramount to accrue enough points at the position. So there’s a chance to win your particular matchup.
Defensively, you’ll continue to stay the course and stream the position looking for the premium sweet spots hoping for a double-digit performance. Let’s check out all of my QB and DST selections!!
Week 6 Recap
As for the Week 6 results, Winston performed above expectations despite throwing two interceptions. Dalton had a solid effort in a hard-fought divisional contest with the Steelers. But Mayfield struggled mightily with multiple turnovers. Lack of production from teammates assisted Mayfield’s rather pedestrian effort.
Here are the complete numbers from my Week 6 quarterback selections:
Jameis Winston– 395 Passing Yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs, 31 Rushing Yards= 30.9 FP
Baker Mayfield– 238 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 8 Rushing Yards= 12.3 FP
Andy Dalton– 229 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, 0 Rushing Yards= 17.2 FP
Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens
Current ESPN Ownership: 18.7%
The last two weeks haven’t been a fantasy bonanza for Flacco (11.2 and 11.9 points scored), but he does have the capability to put up borderline QB1 numbers when the matchup is in his favor. Guess who’s coming to town in Week 7? The swiss cheese Saints pass defense, that’s who! We all know that they’re 30th in opponents ranks versus quarterbacks, 32nd in opponents ranks versus wide receivers, and 31st in pass efficiency.
For this week alone, I’m considering Flacco as an excellent QB streamer in all formats.
Mitchell Trubisky | Chicago Bears
Current ESPN Ownership: 32.8%
A game after he led NFL quarterbacks in fantasy scoring by throwing six touchdowns, he was the fifth highest Week 6 scorer at the position. His 316 passing yards and three touchdowns were supplemented by 47 rushing yards, bringing his season total to 164—good for 5th best among quarterbacks.
Week 7 brings a home battle with the New England Patriots who are coming off a thrilling victory Sunday night. An area where Trubisky can attack is the Pats pass defense which is ranked 23rd in opponents ranks versus quarterbacks, 21st in opponents ranks versus wide receivers. There’s a chance both Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel can find some weak spots in the secondary to help out Trubisky.
Baker Mayfield | Cleveland Browns
Current ESPN Ownership: 42.8%
Like all rookies, Mayfield will have some up-and-down games—last week is a perfect example. While dealing with an ankle injury, Baker struggled to pass for only 238 yards and threw two interceptions. It also hampered his running ability (he gained only 8 rushing yards).
Week 7’s matchup at Tampa Bay is a prime chance for Mayfield to get back on track because the Buccaneers are 32nd in opponents ranks versus quarterbacks, 31st in opponents ranks versus wide receivers, 31st in total pass defense. Tampa has been so bad on defense, the defensive coordinator Mike Smith was fired after the game. I’m really liking Mayfield as a great QB streaming option this week. Start him with confidence.
Sam Darnold | New York Jets
Current ESPN Ownership: 6.4%
The Jets have all of a sudden become an offensive powerhouse! Pushing the ball down the field more has opened up the New York offense to the tune of 76 points the last 2 games. Darnold is the prime beneficiary, who is averaging 18.0 fantasy points during that period.
In Week 7, the Minnesota Vikings come to town which makes for a much tougher proposition. Although they’re not the 2017 Vikings on defense, they pose a better threat than the Broncos or Colts ever could—8th in sacks (18) is a good example of their capabilities.
For that reason, Darnold is more of a steamer for 2QB/Superflex leagues than 1 QB leagues.
Blake Bortles | Jacksonville Jaguars
Current ESPN Ownership: 39.6%
Bortles isn’t a good NFL quarterback and he lost some fantasy steam this past Sunday by scoring only 10.2 points. That marks the third time this season Bortles has failed to reach the 13.2 point mark. Of course, in his other three games, he’s averaged 25.8 points. It’s a true toss of the coin to see which Bortles will show up on Sunday. But the Jaguars will need a bounce-back effort at home against division rival Houston Texans.
The Texans have allowed fewer than 20 points in consecutive weeks, but those opponents have been the offensively challenged Cowboys and Bills respectively. In the other four games, they’ve allowed an average of 33.75 points. Houston has given up the 6th most touchdown passes (13) while only bringing down 5 interceptions (18th overall). But on a positive note, the Texans are 9th in takeaways (10).
Bortles is a true boom-or-bust QB streaming option, but do keep in mind that he has one of the highest ceilings among quarterbacks you’ll find on the wire. His value is more in 2QB/Superflex leagues if you want to have some possible upside.
Current ESPN Ownership: 28.7%
Despite giving up 316 passing yards and three touchdowns to Mitchell Trubisky, Miami was still able to get 3 turnovers. On the season the Dolphins are 4th in takeaways (14) and 1st in interceptions (11). It also has to be noted that Miami is ranked 5th in both pass defense efficiency and total defensive efficiency.
When it comes to the Detroit Lions, the Dolphins won’t have to worry about a running game. The Detroit backfield ranks 30th in the league (97.2 yards per game), so Miami should be able to focus on stopping Matthew Stafford and his trio of wide receivers.
Current ESPN Ownership: 8.8%
Although they have a losing record, the Bills defense kept them in most every game—save for Week 1. This was the case again last week as they sacked Deshaun Watson seven times and forced three turnovers. If it weren’t for #PickSixPeterman, Buffalo would have a much-cherished road win.
As a defense, the Bills are ranked 3rd in sacks (24), 6th in takeaways (12), and 6th in passing yards allowed per game (219.2). In addition to those impressive ranks, placing 7th in both pass defensive efficiency and total defensive efficiency makes the Bills an underrated DST streamer based upon the matchup.
Taking a road trip to Indianapolis means dealing with Andrew Luck and the Colts offense. Indy is leaning heavily on the arm of Luck to the tune of 48 pass attempts per game this season. Being without TY Hilton during this most recent stretch has forced Luck into riskier throws—at least two interceptions in the last two games for him. This gives the Bills DST some upside should Hilton continue to be sidelined.
Current ESPN Ownership: 35.6%
Yes, I know that the Browns gave up over 30 points in two out of their last three games and scored negative fantasy points. But as usual, Cleveland was able to get at least one turnover and one sack during that stretch. It continues their trend as a very opportunistic fantasy defense in 2018. Being 1st in takeaways (16) and 5th in interceptions (9) to go along with having the 2nd best defense in pass efficiency means teams should be careful when attempting to throw on Cleveland’s defense.
While Jameis Winston does have the ability to light up the scoreboard, he also can implode on a grand scale. For that reason, Cleveland’s DST does have a decent floor and is decent streaming option.
Current ESPN Ownership: 8.0%
Notwithstanding their rather putrid effort Monday Night, the Redskins defense has been solid. Having the 6th best rush defense (allowing 90.2 yards per game) and the 5th best pass defense (allowing only 1180 yards on the season), Washington has some sneaky streaming potential if the sacks and takeaways increase.
Next up for Washington is a home divisional tilt with the rival Dallas Cowboys who crushed the Jaguars. Dallas’ 40-point effort on offense is the outlier, not the norm this season. Go ahead and snag Washington DST this week.
Current ESPN Ownership: 21.0%
Seems like the Cardinals defense is finally showing signs of life these past two weeks. After forcing three turnovers, recovering four fumbles, scoring two defensive touchdowns, and having eight sacks, the Cardinals DST on the streaming radar. Although they have the 31st ranked run defense in the NFL (allowing 151.2 yards per game), when it comes to sacks, turnovers, and pass defense, Arizona is near the top of the league.
Placing 6th in sacks (18), 8th in takeaways (11), and 2nd in passing touchdowns allowed (6), the Cardinals defense are a handful for opposing passing offenses.
Spinning this forward to a Thursday Night home matchup with the Denver Broncos, Case Keenum will have his hands full with the Arizona pass defense for 60 minutes. I must add that Keenum has thrown at least one interception in every game this season, so there’s at least a decent enough floor to consider the Cardinals as a streaming option.
I wish everyone Good Luck in Week 7! And remember: #FortuneFavorsTheBold
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