Streaming Spotlight – Week 4 QB & TE
September 29, 2016 | Chris Manni
Week 4 marks the beginning of bye weeks. For fantasy football players, bye weeks create the opportunity to prove to your league mates who truly is the best strategic player. Your roster management, depth, and streaming savvy will either lead you astray or straight to the victory circle. Fortunately, we are here to provide you winning streaming options to help you in the most formats. Here are deeper QB and TE streaming options with players who are less than 50% owned on NFL.com.
Joe Flacco (NFL.com Ownership: 11.3%) vs OAK
Joe “Wacko” Flacco blessed this list last week and underwhelmed in Jacksonville. If he didn’t rush for a TD, his day would have been a debacle. Yet, I’m heading back to the tables this week to double down as Flacco and the Ravens host the Raiders. Through three weeks, the Raiders defense has allowed a league high 1,033 passing yards and rank in the bottom five in the league according to Football Outsiders DVOA. I expect improvement from the Raiders defense as the year moves along, but they need to prove it first. Until they do, I will continue to stream passing options against them.
Bottom Line: I’m playing Flacco over Matt Ryan vs CAR, Eli Manning at MIN, and Tyrod Taylor at NE
Brian Hoyer/Jay Cutler (0.1%/2.6% Owned) vs DET
To put it simply, Detroit’s defense has not stopped anyone through three games. They have allowed a league high 10 passing touchdowns and rank dead last in the aforementioned DVOA statistic. They came into the year with limited talent, and their arguably two best defenders, Ziggy Ansah and DeAndre Levy, are injured. While we don’t know who will be playing quarterback for the Bears, I want that player.
Bottom Line: I’m considering the Bears starter over Sam Bradford vs NYG, Ryan Tannehill at CIN, and Jameis Winston vs DEN. Depending on their daily fantasy costs, they could represent a cheap, intriguing option.
Trevor Siemian (2.7% Owned) at TB
I promise I am not one of those people that chase one week performances. Yet, we can no longer ignore what Trevor Siemian has been showing through three weeks. Especially last week when the Bengals were clearly selling out to stop the run. Siemian made them pay with over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns. While I don’t expect a repeat of those numbers, Siemian is a sneaky play this week in two-QB leagues or in daily fantasy tournaments. The Broncos head east to Tampa Bay where they look to attack the fifth most generous pass defense in the league and the defense that somehow made Case Keenum magically appear as a NFL-caliber quarterback.
Bottom Line: I consider Siemian a mid-QB2 this week and a legitimate option in two-QB leagues. Since I have Siemian ranked one spot lower than the unknown Bears starter, you can apply the same logic provided in the Hoyer/Cutler commentary.
QBs on Bye: Aaron Rodgers, Carson Wentz
Zach Miller (31.9% Owned) vs DET
Remember when I said I liked the Bears quarterback and I don’t even know who it is? Well, rinse and repeat here. Not only has the Lions defense allowed the most passing touchdowns, but they also are the most generous to the tight end position with five allowed touchdowns through three weeks. I will continue to stream offensive players against the Lions until DeAndre Levy (good player, stabilizes the middle of the defense) and Ziggy Ansah (premium pass rusher) return. I won’t say it often this year, but get all of your Bears into your lineups in Week 4.
Bottom Line: I have Miller as the 11th ranked tight end this week. I’m playing Miller over Jimmy Graham at NYJ, Martellus Bennett vs BUF, and Gary Barnidge vs WAS.
Hunter Henry (1.6% Owned) vs NO
The game on Monday night between the Saints and Falcons was everything we were hoping for. Well, except for Julio Jones and Brandon Cooks owners. That one hurt. Turning the page to Week 4, San Diego hosts the Saints and their terribly deficient defense. This is a week where you get all of your Chargers in your lineup. When you are doing that, don’t forget the man who may replace Antonio Gates. Hunter Henry looked great last week against the Colts. This is until the very end when he fumbled the game away. This week I expect Henry to take another step forward since the Saints are a bottom five defense against tight ends using the DVOA statistic.
Bottom Line: Consider Henry a low floor, high upside play this week. For Antonio Gates owners, you could consider him a handcuff to Gates.
TEs on Bye: Richard Rodgers, Jared Cook, Zach Ertz, Brent Celek, Trey Burton
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