Streaming Spotlight – Week 10 QB & TE
November 9, 2016 | Chris Manni
Welcome to the Week 10 version of the QB/TE Streaming Spotlight! As we all digest last night’s election results, just remember that fantasy football can always serve as a welcome distraction if need be. No matter how frustrating your fantasy football team can make you, you do it because you like it. To help you be less frustrated and more successful with your distraction, here are some deeper Week 10 QB and TE streaming options with players who are less than 50% owned on NFL.com.
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Joe Flacco (NFL.com Ownership: 16.3%) vs CLE
Some matchups between struggling defenses and struggling players can help a player get on track. Sometimes these matchups end up being fantasy football fool’s gold. A perfect example is 2016 Joe Flacco. On more than one occasion this year, he has underwhelmed in favorable situations. Yet, make no mistake about it, the Browns’ passing defense matchup is a fail-safe opportunity. They are the 3rd most generous passing defense this season, allowing an average of 21 points per game. Additionally, in Week 2, Flacco himself racked up 300 yards and two touchdowns. I expect more of the same in Week 10 with Steve Smith Sr. getting healthy and Mike Wallace making big plays.
Bottom Line: I rank Flacco as the eighth quarterback in Week 10 and consider him my favorite streaming option of the week against this struggling pass defense, especially given that some elite starting caliber quarterbacks are on bye. Quarterbacks I’m starting Flacco over include Dak Prescott at PIT, Russell Wilson at NE, and Kirk Cousins vs MIN. If Flacco doesn’t produce at least 15 points this week, I will consider him unusable the rest of the year.
Carson Wentz (23.8%) vs ATL
Even though Wentz has recently looked like a rookie out of an FCS school, he is in a good situation for success in Week 10. This week, the Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons who are the most generous passing defense in the league. They have allowed a staggering 2,739 yards and 23 passing touchdowns through nine games. That’s 304 yards and 2.55 passing touchdowns per week. In other terms, the Falcons’ pass defense turns every quarterback they face into Drew Brees. This is mainly due to the fact every week the Falcons engage in “Madden like” warfare, racking up points for both sides. For fantasy football purposes, we seek shootouts and Vegas has this game with the highest over/under line for the week.
Bottom Line: Consider Wentz a top 15 play this week. I would be more bullish if Wentz had been playing better, but this spot is too favorable at home to ignore.
Bye Week: Andrew Luck, Derek Carr, Matt Stafford, Tyrod Taylor
Zach Miller (39.0%) at TB
As we maneuvered through these monster bye weeks in Weeks 8 and 9, people were forced to drop good players. This happened with Zach Miller in many leagues, and you should take advantage. This week, the Bears go to Tampa Bay to face a defense that is the 5th most generous to tight ends, including three touchdowns during the last four weeks. Before the bye week, Cutler leaned on Zach Miller with ten targets for seven catches and 88 yards against the Vikings. I expect Cutler to continue to lean on his tight end, especially this week, as he continues to recover from his thumb injury.
Bottom Line: I rank Miller as the ninth tight end in Week 10. I would start Miller over other low end TE1 options such as Kyle Rudolph at WAS and Martellus Bennett vs SEA. I also like Miller for the rest of the season and in the playoffs as his playoff schedule is quite appealing.
Jason Witten (46.1%) at PIT
Apparently, only a limited amount of people used last week’s advice on Witten. He dropped a huge line in Week 9 with 8 catches, 134 yards, and a touchdown. The future hall of famer gets another good opportunity this week in Pittsburgh. The Steelers defense is 9th most generous to tight ends during the last four weeks, currently have a mediocre DVOA ranking, and the Dak to Witten connection is heating up. It would be foolish to expect and chase another 100 yard game, but 5 catches, 50 yards, and a touchdown is a good possibility.
Bottom Line: Consider Witten a top twelve play this week even though the tight ends on bye are extremely light.
Bye Week: Eric Ebron, Jack Doyle, Dwayne Allen, Charles Clay, Clive Walford
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