By The Stream Master General, Ryan Weisse
I have often joked that as the season progresses, the hardest thing about writing fantasy football articles is coming up with intros. We use all of our good material early in the year and, unless something crazy happens, the well starts to dry up around now. It’s so bad that I have you reading an intro about how hard it is to write intros. Now that I have my word count up: Week 6 was AWESOME for streaming and I am concerned that Week 7 will be a huge letdown. The matchups are sketchy this week and next week’s intro may be far more somber. As a reminder, all of the players suggested below are available in 50% (or more) of fantasy leagues on Yahoo, ESPN, and sometimes both, after waivers have run.
Let’s just put this bluntly: Week 6 was my best week of the season. Each of my Streams of the Week finished in the top-12 of their position, even though they were available in 50% or more fantasy leagues, and 10 of my 15 picks finished in the top-15. It was the kind of week we hope for when picking streamers. On the season, TE and DEF are looking good but QB is still lagging behind. Best of the Bunch scores look good at all positions. It’s a good time to be the Stream-Master General!
Streams of the Week Recap
|Last Week Wins||2 of 5||1 of 5||3 of 5|
|Season Wins||32 of 78||28 of 80||51 of 80|
|SotW - Last Week Rank/Score||QB17 / 20 fantasy pts||TE8 / 14 fantasy pts||DEF2 / 12 fantasy pts|
|SotW - Season Rank/Score||QB17 / 287 fantasy pts||TE10 / 146 fantasy pts||DEF1 / 157 fantasy pts|
|Best of the Bunch - Season Rank/Score||QB1 / 474 fantasy pts||TE3 / 241 fantasy pts||DEF1 / 214 fantasy pts|
**Best of the Bunch is my best pick each week, regardless if they were SOTW or not**
** Updated thru Week 16**
SOTW – Teddy Bridgewater @ NO
I almost wanted to put Minshew in as the Stream of the Week but, as you’ll soon read, I didn’t want to start my QB against my DEF. Bridgewater is a more than capable replacement. Bridgewater is the QB16 on the year but is coming off a down game against Chicago, one of the best teams against fantasy QBs. He now faces New Orleans, who gives up the 4th most points to QBs. I want to paint a revenge game narrative, though I’m sure there is no animosity between the two sides, to give Teddy Two-Gloves that extra motivation. He should know this defense well and I think we’ll see both of his WRs have big days…maybe even the TE, but don’t count on it. Bridgewater is available in 55% of Yahoo leagues and 67% of ESPN.
2. Gardner Minshew @ LAC
3, Kyle Allen vs DAL
4. Andy Dalton @ WAS
5. Drew Lock vs KC
SOTW – Logan Thomas vs DAL
I’d feel better about this if he didn’t pop up with the Questionable tag on Wednesday, but if he plays, Thomas should have a solid week. He scored his first TD of the season last week while reeling in three balls for 42 yards. Dallas gives up four receptions and 47 yards to TEs on average. If he finds the end zone again, Thomas has every chance to repeat last week’s TE9 performance. He just needs to play. He is available in over 80% of leagues on both Yahoo and ESPN.
2. Tyler Eifert @ LAC – Declared Out – DO NOT PIVOT TO James O’Shaughnessy
3. Jimmy Graham @ LAR
4. Dalton Schultz @ WAS
5. Drew Sample vs CLE
SOTW – Los Angeles Chargers vs JAX
Jacksonville’s offense is probably going to put some points up in this game but I expect it will be in 4th quarter garbage time. The Chargers had two sacks and one INT in their Week 5 game against New Orleans and had an extra week to prep for this game with their Week 6 bye. The Jags give up the 11th most points to fantasy DEF and allow three sacks and one turnover on average this year. The Chargers should harass Minshew enough in the first three quarters to make up for whatever he puts on them in the 4th. The Los Angeles DEF/ST is available in 53% of Yahoo leagues and 75% on ESPN.
2. Cincinnati Bengals vs CLE
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ LV
4. Cleveland Browns @ CIN
5. Dallas Cowboys @ WAS