The last time we referenced a Denzel Washington movie in the title, things turned out pretty well… so I’m going to put my hands together and pray for a similar outcome. Hallelujah! Praise the Fantasy Overlord! Although he can’t harness Biblical powers, Eli Manning is your best overall streaming option for week 5. (Side note: Philip Rivers is the only QB that CAN harness Biblical powers, i.e. 2014). Before you stop reading, hear me out. Well, maybe I don’t blame you for leaving… I’d leave too… but if you’re willing to stay, there’s more to our streamers than just an Eli Manning recommendation. Last week in the Streamer Department, we nailed the 2nd overall defense (Miami), and a top-10 quarterback and kicker to boot (pun intended). That’s two solid weeks in a row! We’re looking to improve on that this week with the seven options below:
Eli Manning (47%) v ATL: I didn’t think we’d be here yet, but we made it. We finally reached that point in the year where Eli Manning can be streamed… which definitely means he’ll let us down. Haven’t I learned? Streaming the highest scoring QB from the previous week is like a bad omen, especially if that QB is Eli Manning! But let’s pretend that football is remotely predictable… and let’s pretend that Manning’s abilities and face aren’t the two most frustrating things on this glorious planet… and let’s say he has a good matchup against the Falcons defense… and let’s say Teddy Bridgewater just threw for over 300 yards against that Falcons defense… and let’s say Eli just tore up an inferior defense on Thursday night and has more time to prepare for an equally inferior defense… and let’s combine all of those things into one cute little puppy and embrace the crap out of it because the detour signs on Streamer Street are all pointing to Eli Manning’s miserable mug.
Austin Davis (2%) @ PHI: Sam Bradford who? I’m not going to sit here and say Davis is a franchise QB, but after digging into the stats, he sure is playing like one in 2014. He’s number one in the league in completion percentage (72.3%), and top five in yards per pass attempt (8.02 ypa). He has also been the most accurate deep passer for QB’s with more than 10 attempts. The Rams have had two weeks to prepare, which creates an additional edge for Davis. What remains to be seen is what Eagles team shows up. After a brutal loss in a winnable game on the road, I think Philly comes back and puts up some points at home, which could translate into a lot of 2nd half passing for Davis.
Owen Daniels (43%) @ IND: The Colts are having a hard time against tight ends. Over the first four weeks of the season, Indy has allowed TE’s to rack up a weekly average of 70.5 yards and a touchdown. While Daniels isn’t a volume receiver, Flacco looks for him when he needs a play, and he’s good for 5-6 targets per game. Those targets can easily turn into 50 yards and a TD against this porous Colts defense. Consider Daniels a safe stream this week.
Clay Harbor (0%) v PIT: That’s right folks… 0% owned! Blake Bortles seems to like Clay Harbor, but it’s not because his family used to spend two weeks there every summer. Harbor caught all eight of the balls Bortles tossed his way on Sunday. Based on this ginormous sample size, I’d say Bortles likes Harbor as a safety net. There is more to be seen, but this week, the Jaguars get a Steelers team that has let quite a few TE’s rack up the stats (insert stats here).
New York Giants (8%) v ATL: This won’t be a repeat of the Kirk Cousins debacle, but the Giants have the ability to make the Falcons one-dimensional. If you haven’t noticed by now, I like defenses that can make the opposing offense commit to the pass. Steven Jackson still appears to be lost, perhaps in his memories of yesteryear, so without much effort, the Giants should be successful in limiting his yards. They still also have an above average defensive line that can apply pressure, and Prince Amukamara and DRC are playing some solid football right now.
Josh Brown (4%) v ATL: Now that the Giants’ offense can score a few points, Josh Brown can provide a little stream value. Brown had zero field goal attempts over the first two games. Since then, he’s made 4/4 FG’s with 9 PAT’s for a total of 21 fantasy points. As I mentioned in the Eli blurb, the Giants should be able to score against Atlanta’s defense, so Brown should be a benefactor.
Greg Zuerlein (5%) @ PHI: Philly has been really good at limiting opponents to field goals when they’re within 30 yards of the endzone. I go back to this stat repeatedly, but I stand by it. The thing is, while a team like Baltimore can prevent scoring within that range altogether, the Eagles have been successful in allowing the opposing team to get close enough to kick (12 FG opportunities). St. Louis will be challenged, and Zuerlein still has a great leg, so he’s a solid stream option with upside.
Week 3 Recap:
RCL/Yahoo Standard 0.5 PPR Scoring
Kirk Cousins: 257 yds, 1 TD, 4 INT, 1 rush, 12 yds, 1 FL = 9.48 pts (24th QB).
Teddy Bridgewater: 317 yds, 1 2pt, 5 rush, 27 yds, 1 TD = 23.38 pts (8th QB).
Niles Paul: 4 tgt, 3 rec, 60 yds = 7.50 pts (17th TE) – Left before half with a concussion.
Ladarius Green: N/A – Was questionable with hammy and suited up but didn’t play.
WAS: 45 PA, 1 sack, 1 INT = -1.00 pts (T-26th DST).
MIA: 14 PA, 2 sack, 3 INT, 1 FR, 1 TD = 17.00 pts (2th DST).
Caleb Sturgis: 1 40-49, 5 PATs = 9.00 pts (T-10th K).