Dreaming of Streaming Update: Week 6
October 10, 2014 | C.D. Carter
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I hoped against hope that I wouldn’t have to write this sentence in 2014: Consider the Washington defense a real streaming option.
Arizona’s quarterback woes, having reached epic proportions, now land rookie Logan Thomas behind center for the Cardinals’ Week 6 tilt against a Washington defense that has given up 2.3 passing scores per game through the season’s first five weeks. Even with top cornerback DeAngelo Hall, that secondary was bound to be one of the worst in the NFL.
Thomas, a raw 23-year-old rookie with a cannon arm, wasn’t an epic disaster during his quarter and a half against the Broncos in Week 5, but it was plain to see that he could be a turnover machine if given a full game’s workload. He was 1-for-8 against Denver, with that one completion being an 81-yard touchdown pass to Andre Ellington.
Let’s just say that the pass was risky, at best.
Perhaps the Cardinals can manage to play this one close to the vest, establish some sort of run game against Washington, and protect Thomas from having to chuck it all around the yard on Sunday. If he’s forced to throw, I don’t see any way Washington’s defense won’t benefit. Sometimes, in streaming, a defense’s talent can be overlooked in favor of mouthwatering matchups. This is one of those times.
Here are a few more last-minute observations that might help you optimize your Week 6 streaming selection…
* I mentioned in this week’s column that the Vikings are a solid deep-league option, and one that could pay off in some daily fantasy formats in Week 6 against a Megatron-less Detroit offense. Much of the Twitter reaction to this charge is that the Lions offense will still click because they have Golden Tate, who may or may not be good. Whatever you think of Tate – that unapologetic glasshole — you can’t possibly think he can carry an offense, even if he catches half a dozen bubble screens against the Vikings this week. Oh, and there’s this: Minnesota is allowing a measly 13.5 schedule-adjusted points to opposing quarterbacks — third best after five weeks. Only eight teams allow less fantasy production to opposing receivers. I like the Vikings a lot at home in what is expected to be one of Week 6’s lowest scoring contests.
* The vaunted Seahawks’ defense, after five weeks of play, is 30th in fantasy points. Only the Saints and Raiders have scored fewer points. The most frightening part — for those who still see Seattle as an unquestioned every-week fantasy start — is that the Seahawks are not generating turnovers or sacks. Turnovers are fluky — I get that — but sacks aren’t, and Seattle simply isn’t getting to the quarterback. They’re also committing plenty of penalties this year, extending drives and creating scoring opportunities for opponents. Dallas, after a disastrous opening week against the 49ers, is giving up 2.75 fantasy points per game to opposing defenses. There are nine defenses I’d start ahead of Seattle this week.
* A lot of readers seem to want to stream the Bills’ defense against the Patriots this week. There are worse options, of course, but New England beat writers largely expect the Pats to stick with the two-tight end sets that brought them so much success in Week 5 against the Bengals. That could be a serious problem for Buffalo’s linebackers and safeties. The team’s linebackers grade out fairly low in Pro Football Focus’ coverage grades, and one of Buffalo’s safeties — Duke Williams — is among the worst coverage safeties in PFF’s database. Aaron Williams, meanwhile, is graded as a top-13 coverage safety. If you’re rolling with the Bills, you’re hoping the Patriots continue to struggle on the road, where they’ve allowed 10 fantasy points per game to opposing defenses.