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 7 STREAMER OPTIONS
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens host a Saints team that has allowed 25 points to opposing fantasy quarterbacks this season. They’ve also only recorded two interceptions while allowing 11 touchdown passes. The Saints slot corner, P.J. Williams, has been getting absolutely scorched all season, and I expect Flacco and the Ravens to exploit that matchup in a contest they’ll probably find themselves trailing in early.
Eli Manning, New York Giants
Eli gets the Falcons Monday night in Atlanta. The Falcons are giving up 25 fantasy points to quarterbacks and have allowed the most touchdowns in the NFL through six weeks (16). If Eli can’t “get right” in this game, it’s officially a wrap for him.
C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals
In the highest scoring game of the week, facing a Chiefs defense who allow just under 17 fantasy points to opposing tight ends, Uzomah is a fine fill-in this week. Kansas City has given allowed 36 receptions for 550 yards through six weeks, but only one touchdown, so some touchdowns are probably due as well.
Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
The Colts are giving up 15.6 fantasy points to the tight end this season. Buffalo is starting Derek Anderson at QB this week who was sitting at a bus stop somewhere a week ago. A veteran in a slightly familiar system, I look for Anderson to lean on his tight end when times get tough this weekend.
See above: Anderson, Derek. The Bills offense is horrid, and the move to Anderson is lateral at best. In a vacuum, he might protect the ball better than both Josh Allen and Nate Peterman, but when you factor in his short time in the system with his receivers, that may offset that a bit.
It’s never a bad thing to select a defense facing Brock Osweiler. The Lions have been getting gouged on the ground, but we’ve seen blow up games from Brock in the past.
Jameis Winston came through as the QB1 overall for week 6, with 30.7 fantasy points! On the back of nearly 400 passing yards and four touchdowns, Winston was a revelation for fantasy owners. My backup option, Andy Dalton was serviceable, with 17 fantasy points as well. (Streaming Quarterback ranking on the season: QB 12, 114 points)
Two weeks ago I used Austin Hooper and didn’t want to go right back to the well. Although I listed Hooper as my second option, I should’ve stayed the course, as he was TE1 last week with 22 points. C.J. Uzomah as my primary pick was ok, with 11 points, but seeing Hooper go off stung a little. I’m not going to make that mistake again, as you can see above. (Streaming Tight End ranking on the season: TE 16, 43 points)
We rolled with Green Bay in a Monday night showdown, and they were just ok. They got you five fantasy points, but the potential was there for a lot more with one interception and two fumble recoveries. The Colts were nothing special as my backup plan, amassing three fantasy points. (Streaming Defense ranking on the season: Dst 1, 68 points)