Streaming your start QB, TE or D / ST is not the goal of the fantasy football. But if you…
Streaming your start QB, TE or D / ST is not the goal of the fantasy football. But if you are weak in a position where you only have to start a player, it may be an advantageous process to pick up useful fantasy weeks from the pick-up thread. In typical start quarterback, tight-end and D / ST 12 teams, most of your leagues will not – and should not – carry a backup QB or D / ST. Position shortage leaves the noticeable thread with reasonable weekly start-ups based on their matchup and expected game flow.
Simply put, as quarterback and defensive matchups are easier to predict and their output varies less every week, sharp fantasy owners have a edge in their leagues if they can stream their “onesie” positions (usually their defense) better than their opponent.
With six teams at their off-date (Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New York Giants and Philadelphia), we are tracking a bye pocalypse:
Floors and ceilings: Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB , Tampa Bay Buccaneers (87 percent available) against Carolina Panthers
Jameis Winston’s four interceptions, five sack melting in Cincinnati, Bucs “moves forward with
Ryan Fitzpatrick in week 9 against Carolina. Purely
statistically Fitzpatrick has undoubtedly been more effective in the field than Winston this year. Whether it continues and is the last strain in Winston’s future after 2018 remains to be seen. We only care about week 9 now. For imagination, we need to insert Fitzpatrick as a low-end QB1 in the offensive coordinator Todd Monken’s high-flying attack. “Tampa Bay QB” is an average of 26.3 fantasy points per game, only the following
Patrick Mahomes for the top leak (27.1). This comes despite the fact that Winston and Fitzpatrick have combined to throw 15 interceptions, most in NFL.
Outside of a bad game in Chicago (Week 4), which quickly became a boat race, Buc’s quarterback has been fantastic for imagination, no matter who’s up to it:
Floor: Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders (89 percent available) against San Francisco 49ers
No Amari Cooper, no problem. Oakland’s regular season has been … tumultuous, to say the least. Nevertheless, Derek Carr came out of Raiders bye week and ripped Colts for 244 meters and three points in just 28 attempts – ended as the weekly QB3 in fantasy output. Now, Carr faces another layup draw against a Niners side that allows the seventh largest fantasy prize per dropback and the sixth highest passport score (94.4). Fitzpatrick is the preferred option for the two, but Carr has a reasonable floor against San Francisco.
Note: As Zach Ertz, Evan Engram, Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron and CJ Uzomah all out on their off-date this week, the tight end is even more of a disaster than usual in the week 9. There is nothing but dark (and thin fantasy games) here:
Deep: Chris Herndon, TE, New York Jets (98 percent available) vs Miami Dolphins
Though he’s only To 53 percent of team scraps, Herndon has scored three straight games and now leads all Jets recipients to pass grades when directed by Sam Darnold (134.5; per next gene statistics). But Herndon will still have a dangerously low floor until the usage starts to crumble. Per PFF’s chart, Herndon has run a route of only 31 percent of Darnold’s dropbacks in the past three weeks. The still end is a black hole in imagination this year and everyone with a pulse is playable. Dolphins allowed 5/56/2 to Lions TEs in week 7 and fought for 4/29/2 by Texans’ TE Jordan Thomas in week 8.
Deep: Ed Dickson, TE, Seattle Seahawks 99 percent available) vs LA Chargers
We were lucky with Dickson in this space last week and we are forced back to the well again. To make his 2018 debut after a light injury demanded the first seven games in his season, Ed Dickson fell 2/52/1 (on two goals) in Week 8 against Detroit. However, Dickson only played 32 percent of Seattle’s snaps and drove only seven pass routes in their first match of the season. Nick Vannett was still involved and played 50 percent of Hawks snaps and saw three goals. Still, in the dazzling position of the fantasy, Dickson deserves the stream of stream of the week. We want to get a piece of white hot Russell Wilson, who leads all quarterbacks in touch-rate, with a mile (45.8 percent).
Super Deep: Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens (99 percent available) vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Before their 8-week match against Carolina, the main role of John Harbaugh was that it was ” important “to get 2018 first rounder Hayden Hurst,” more involved forward. “Baltimore did just that. Last week Hurst puts seasonings in snaps (44 percent), routes run (17) and goals (3). Hurst’s touchdown came in junk time from Lamar Jackson, but it’s really nice to see beginners use to ramp up after a foot injury slowed the start of his season. Still, co-worker Mark Andrews is still involved while Nick Boyle is primarily a blocker. Both Andrews and Hurst have super-deep streaming appeal in week 9 against a Steelers secondary that has allowed fifth-meter per game (73.1) and ninth-most fancies per goal at tight ends.
Floors and Roofs: Kansas City Chiefs D / ST (88 percent available) against Cleveland Browns
Browns is in full disarray after fired Hue Jackson and Todd Haley, while Gregg Williams was awarded interim chief coach before their week 9 match against Kansas City. Good luck, Baker Mayfield! The managers have ended up as a top eight fantasy defense in back-to-back games and are in the top position to do it three-way in week 9. The last five defenses to Cleveland have ended in the top 12 points D / ST for fantasy while Browns has dropped to 30 in both turns and points per unit.
Floor: Dallas Cowboys D / ST (89 percent available) against Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Enter Week 9 ranked 30th point points per game (15.1), 28th both yards and points points per unit, and they have allowed the eighth highest print speed of Marcus Mariota per Next Gen Stats (31.4 percent). On the flip side, Dallas is second best in points allowed per game (17.6), second best in points per unit, sixth best in bag speed (7.9 percent) and eighth best in meter per unit. Wrap it all up, and we have an excellent streaming candidate at Cowboys D / ST home at week 9.
Thanks: Miami Dolphins D / ST (92 percent available) vs New York Jets
is not at all Sam Darnold’s fault, but we must continue to target Jets inept crimes with our fantasy D / ST. New York wins fourth quarter per drive (24.7) while Darnold has absorbed multiple sacks and / or threw several interruptions in 6-of-8 starting this season. Miami is far from an elite defense – they force only 23.6 percent of time (fifth lowest, Next Gen Stats) – but if Kansas City and Dallas are out of the board, Miami is a good late streamer for week 9.
– Graham Barfield is editor-in-chief of fantasy football content at NFL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ GrahamBarfield .