Streaming. If you play fantasy sports, you’ve probably occasionally heard the term thrown around. Fantasywired.com provides a great definition: “In short, streaming is the strategy of plucking a player at a specific position (usually QB, DEF, K, or TE) off the waiver wire ahead of a favorable matchup the following week.” Many people criticize the strategy claiming it uses hindsight to validate it, but I’ve been a successful streamer in several leagues at several positions over the last 20-ish years of playing fantasy football. Each week I will provide you with a few options at Quarterback, Tight End and Defense, with my top pick at each position. I can assure you I’ll be using these picks myself on at least one of my nearly 30 fantasy teams.
If you’d like to see my methodology or the player pool I’ll be choosing from, I covered both extensively in the week 1 installment. You can find the detailed breakdown here.
WEEK 5 STREAMER OPTIONS
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
Bortles faces the Chiefs and should, in theory, have to put up points in this contest to hang with the Chiefs. Being without Leonard Fournette also means the Jags will likely need to rely on the passing game a bit more than usual too. If Eric Berry plays, that would ding Bortles a little bit, but not enough to scare me off of him this week.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
Miami plays the Bengals in Cincinnati this week and although the Bengals have been winning, they’ve given up a lot of points to opposing signal callers. I think Cincy wins this easily, which is great for garbage time passing game production.
Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
Through 4 weeks, the Steelers have allowed 20.5 points per game to opposing tight ends. Opposing teams must know this is a weakness too, as tight ends have averaged over 10 targets per game against them. Hooper should see volume in a game where his team is projected to score 27 points.
Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals
With the annual loss of Tyler Eifert, I look for the Bengals to target Kroft this week. Kroft tallied 7 scores last year in Eifert’s absence and I think he gets on the board once again this week.
New York Jets
The Jets defense is respectable. At home, facing the turnover prone Broncos is a good spot for them to be a sneaky play for fantasy this week. The Broncos have tossed 6 interceptions already this year, and the Jets hope to add to that total. Denver has the fourth lowest projected point total this week as well, so there isn’t a lot of scoring expected in this contest.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers D looked good against the Bills last week and should (hopefully) carry some of the momentum into Detroit.
I went with Case Keenum at home against a poor Chiefs defense in a game where they should have been trailing. My thought process was sound despite poor result, as Keenum garnered only 7 fantasy points. Keenum hasn’t thrown for a touchdown in three straight games. My secondary option was Eli Manning who would have gotten me 14 points. (Streaming Quarterback ranking on the season: QB 20, 63 points)
Tight end this year is a fantasy wasteland. Much like QB this week, my secondary option, Jeff Heuerman (9 points) outscored my top choice, Mark Andrews (3 points). So far, not so good. On the plus side, my streaming options have scored as much as Jack Doyle so far. (Streaming Tight End ranking on the season: TE 42, 15 points)
Depending on how your leagues score shutouts, Green Bay could have been huge for you. Two interceptions, one fumble recovery and seven sacks also helped. Using ESPN standard Dst scoring, with 5 points for allowing zero points scored, 18 more points bumped us up to Dst #2 overall. (Streaming Defense ranking on the season: Dst 2, 57 points)