It’s rookie quarterback week in the Streamer Department… apparently. Things are getting thin out there on the waiver wire, folks. Bye-weeks, injuries, underperformances… All of these factors are resulting in the once-streamable players now being widely owned. Have a look at Ryan Tannehill (62%), Miami’s DST (76%), and Dwayne Allen (78%). …And the list goes on! But no need to fret, our job here in the Streamer Department is to look deeper. Last week, we hit 5 of 6 Top-12 streamers. In Week 9, we hit 4 of 8 Top-12’s, with 3 more streamers falling at either 13 or 14 on the list. Let’s keep the trend going!
Teddy Bridgewater (8%) @ CHI: Bridgewater has proved to be a serviceable streamer throughout the first half of the season. At this point, I consider him a high-floor option more than high-upside, which is all you can really ask for from a bye-week fill-in. This week, he goes up against a Bears defense that is far from the one we used to know. Typically, I’d hate to pick a QB facing a team that just got destroyed twice (for fear of a bounce back game), but I have no faith in this Chicago team anymore. There are issues throughout the offense, defense and apparently, locker room. Bridgewater is a smart player, and he can get things done against this weaker secondary. Yes, Kyle Fuller is back, but he hasn’t looked like the Fuller from weeks 3 and 4. I’m banking on Bridgewater to use his arm and his legs to lead the Vikings to a win.
Derek Carr (11%) @ SD: In 3 of his last 4 games, Derek Carr has had to face the defenses of Denver, Seattle, and Arizona. That’s no small task, and he has actually escaped somewhat respectably considering he’s a rookie quarterback on a team with a struggling offense. This week, he’s going up against the Chargers, who’s defense has had some troubles over the last few games. Although the Raiders lost last time they faced San Diego, Carr put up some solid numbers. He threw for 282 yard with 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. Now, it might be a little much to ask for a similar outing, but he’s only getting better, so it’s not impossible. Consider Carr an upside stream this week.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (4%) @ WAS: ASJ had more targets and receptions last week than he had in a single week all year. He also tied his highest routes-run total for the season. It’s not as surprising to see Jenkins hit these marks against a struggling defense like Atlanta’s, however, he’s going up against another struggling secondary in Washington this week. Additionally, these bumps in production come with McCown back under center and could represent a trend moving forward. Considering the wasteland of tight ends under 50% owned, ASJ might be your highest upside/best matchup option for the week.
Coby Fleener (32%) v NE: Fleener is back in the column because he offers a higher floor than most available tight ends. Dwayne Allen definitely seems like the guy in Indy, but Fleener is actually running a relatively equal number of routes as Allen, and he’s been targeted more over his last two games. Vegas expects this game to be high scoring, so I can see Luck spreading the ball around. Look to Fleener as a solid low-risk stream option.
Defense & Special Teams
Cleveland (46%) v HOU: This week, the Browns go up against a Houston team that is dealing with a QB change and a starting running back who isn’t 100%. With the way the Cleveland secondary has been playing, I really like the matchup here. Look for the Browns to get a little pressure against a weaker pass-blocking offensive line, and neutralize the Houston receivers. Consider the Browns a safe stream for Week 10.
Kai Forbath (4%) v TB: I stream kickers against TB fairly often because they’re currently allowing an alarming number of field goals in the red zone. So, with that said, as TB ranks 3rd in FG’s allowed in the red zone, feel free to stream Forbath.
Graham Gano (33%) v ATL: I like Carolina going against Atlanta’s weak defense here. They’re going to have plenty of chances to score, which means plenty of opportunities for Gano. Consider him a safe stream with upside.
Week 10 Recap:
RCL/Yahoo Standard 0.5 PPR Scoring
Mark Sanchez: 322 yds, 2 TD, 2 rush, -1 yds = 21.18 pts (6th QB)
Joe Flacco: 169 yds, 1 TD, 3 rush, -2 yds = 10.56 pts (21st QB)
Josh McCown: 301 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT, 5 rush, 39 yds = 21.94 pts (3rd QB)
Mychal Rivera: 8 tgt, 6 rec, 64 yds, 1 TD = 15.40 (T-3rd TE)
MIA: 20 PA, 3 sack, 1 INT, 1 Blk kick = 15.70 (T-11th DEF)
Matt Bryant: 2 30-39, 2 40-49, 1 PAT = 15.00 pts (T-1st K)
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