Welcome back to QB and DST Streaming Options! We’re past the halfway point in our fantasy seasons and streaming the quarterback and defensive positions have become a rather important and valuable plan of action. The increase in scoring has been a boon to quarterback streaming this season with at least 19 total quarterback performances over 30 fantasy points. Therefore, streaming options have been rather plentiful for fantasy managers in 2018.
Alleviating some pressure as the bye weeks descend upon us, quarterback streamers can be the determining factor whether you get the win or loss. And of course, you can use this same strategy when it comes to defenses as well—but don’t expect to get a 30 point effort.
Let’s check out my QB and DST streaming options for Week 8!!
Teams on bye for Week 8: Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Chargers
Week 7 Recap
As for last week’s results, both Mayfield and Flacco had very solid efforts with multiple touchdowns. Bortles was a complete and utter disaster–benched in the 3rd quarter after 2 fumbles and 61 yards passing. Darnold struggled with the swirling winds and the Vikings defense at MetLife Stadium throwing 3 interceptions. But the best effort goes to Trubisky with 3 total touchdowns (2 passing, 1 rushing) in a very strong performance in defeat against the Patriots.
Here are the complete numbers from my Week 7 quarterback selections:
Joe Flacco– 279 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 4 Rushing Yards= 19.6 FP
Baker Mayfield– 215 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 43 Rushing Yards= 20.9 FP
Sam Darnold– 206 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs, 18 Rushing Yards, 1 TD= 12 FP
Mitchell Trubisky– 333 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, 81 Rushing Yards, 1 TD= 31.4 FP
Blake Bortles– 61 Passing Yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 30 Rushing Yards= 1.4 FP
C.J. Beathard | San Francisco 49ers
Current ESPN Ownership: 6.5%
Notwithstanding his effort against the Rams last week, Beathard posted three straight 17-plus fantasy point games and has been a godsend if you’ve been looking for an adequate streamer for 2QB/Superflex leagues.
Next up for Beathard is a trip to the desert to face the Arizona Cardinals who were thoroughly beaten by the Broncos Thursday night. Arizona has been tough on quarterbacks and ranks 8th best in opponent rank versus the position. However, Beathard’s rushing ability is an asset to go along with his passing skills. Consider C.J. as a low-end quarterback streamer in Week 8.
Mitchell Trubisky | Chicago Bears
Current ESPN Ownership: 51.1%
Over his last three games, Trubisky is averaging 334 yards passing, 3.6 touchdowns, and 1.0 interceptions. Throw in 60.3 rushing yards and you’ve got the profile of a QB1 in fantasy.
Trubisky’s Week 8 opponent, the New York Jets, is a rather inconsistent defense—ranking 3rd in takeaways (15) and 4th interceptions (10) but 21st in total pass defense and 25th in overall defense. Of course, not having three of their starters in the secondary is also hampering the Jets defense.
I’m willing to continue to ride the Trubisky hot streak for another week as an excellent quarterback streamer.
Alex Smith | Washington Redskins
Current ESPN Ownership: 51.7%
There’s nothing really spectacular or eye-popping about Smith’s fantasy production this season, but it is what it is. A relatively safe floor but a low ceiling due to an inability to stretch the field on a consistent basis. If he somehow manages to get you between 13-20 fantasy points, consider it a good week for your quarterback position.
In Week 8, Smith and the Redskins travel to the Meadowlands to face the Giants.
Brock Osweiler | Miami Dolphins
Current ESPN Ownership: 3.7%
It’s hard to believe, but over the last two weeks, Brock has been a useful streaming option. He threw for 619 total passing yards and 5 touchdowns in that time span. Due to said performance, #Brocktober has been trending on social media and he’s turned into a viable quarterback streamer. Yes, I know its a very small sample size, but we’re scraping the bottom of the QB streamers barrel with this selection.
On tap next for Osweiler is a road matchup against the red-hot Houston Texans Thursday night. Despite having the 17th ranked pass defense, Houston has been on the upswing lately when it comes to takeaways and sacks (5 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, and 8 sacks). Be that as it may, Osweiler’s ceiling does take a hit and I can only advise using him in the deepest of 2QB/Superflex leagues for Week 8.
Baker Mayfield | Cleveland Browns
Current ESPN Ownership: 40.6%
Four straight starts for Mayfield to start his career, four straight 12-plus point fantasy efforts. Averaging 272.50 passing yards, 1.5 touchdowns, and 0.5 interceptions over that period, Baker has been a very effective streamer for fantasy managers.
Now comes a divisional road trip to Hines Field to meet the Steelers in Week 8. This will be Mayfield’s first time facing Pittsburgh because Tyrod Taylor was the QB when they met in Week 1. Hopefully, Pittsburgh will have fixed their passing defense during the bye because they’re ranked 29th in opponent rank versus quarterbacks and 30th in opponent rank versus wide receivers.
That said, QB streamers are hoping they haven’t fixed a thing and Baker will take advantage. Giving up 15 touchdowns passes (28th in the league) is another check mark in Mayfield’s favor. One thing he does have to worry about is the Steelers pass rush which is 3rd in the league is 22 sacks.
Current ESPN Ownership: 48.2%
The Colts are coming off a complete and utter beatdown of the Derek Anderson led Bills. Three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and two sacks later, Indianapolis jumps to 4th in takeaways(15), 4th in sacks (21), and 6th in interceptions (9).
The Colts will try to take that momentum to the west coast to face the Raiders who are coming off their bye week. Oakland meanwhile will be without Amari Cooper (who was traded on Monday to Dallas) and Marshawn Lynch(placed on injured reserve). It would appear that the Raiders are in total rebuild mode for 2018.
This is a prime matchup for the Colts defense to use as a streaming option for Week 8.
Current ESPN Ownership: 14.1%
The leaders of the NFC East have been rather stingy when it comes to defense this season. Ranking 2nd in rush defense, 7th in pass defense, and 3rd in total defense, Washington has been solid, if not spectacular.
The New York Giants have been giving up big amounts of fantasy points to opposing defenses. They’re ranked 28th in opponent rank versus team defenses for the year. For fantasy purposes, Washington is ranked 19th overall, but they did score 15 points in a divisional win against Dallas.
New England Patriots
Current ESPN Ownership: 47.6%
It may come to a surprise that the Patriots are ranked 6th in takeaways (14) and 5th in interceptions (10). This should bode well for New England when they travel to face the Buffalo Bills Monday night. Early reports say that Derek Anderson once again will be the starter for Buffalo. Ranking 32nd in both pass offense and total offense, Buffalo has problems generating any production regardless of who’s at quarterback.
New England is a good streaming option due to this exquisite matchup.
Kansas City Chiefs
Current ESPN Ownership: 6.3%
The Chiefs defense has had two great outings (Week 5 vs. JAC, Week 7 vs. CIN) sandwiching a terrible outing (Week 6 at NE) in recent weeks. They’re better significantly at home than away as shown by their two best performances.
They’ll welcome Case Keenum and the Denver Broncos to town for a Week 8 divisional contest. Kansas City should be able to harass Keenum enough to force at least one turnover and the offense will certainly provide them with excellent field position all game long. The Chiefs should act as an excellent deep-league streamer this week.
Current ESPN Ownership: 41.0%
The Cardinals were embarrassed by the Broncos offense Thursday night and I don’t believe that was a true reflection of the defensive unit. In the four games prior, they averaged 9.25 fantasy points per game on the strength of nine takeaways and 13 sacks, so there’s certainly talent and upside enough on this team.
A home matchup against C.J. Beathard and the Niners is ideal since San Francisco is 27th in opponent rank versus DST’s. In addition, Beathard has been personally responsible for 9 turnovers (7 interceptions, 2 fumbles) since becoming the starter.
Arizona is a quality DST streaming option for Week 8.
Good Luck to everyone in Week 8! And remember: #FortuneFavorsTheBold
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