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 10 STREAMER OPTIONS
Alex Smith, Washington Redskins
Back-to-back weeks rolling with Alex Smith, and I hate myself for it. But, you’ve got to love the matchup. The Buccaneers have allowed a league-worst 25.5 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The Redskins are not an offense built to come from behind, so they’re going to need to get production from Smith all game if they want to hang in this game. Even if they fall behind, The hope is Smith can provide some garbage time production as well.
Josh Rosen, Arizona Cardinals
Rosen and the Cards face the Chiefs as a 16-point road underdog. This should get out of hand quickly. Look for Rosen to fill the stat sheet while chasing an uncatchable Chiefs squad who might hang 45 points in the first half alone. The Chiefs has been surprisingly generous to opposing signal callers thus far, surrendering more than 20 points per game. It’s a product of other teams playing catch-up, but Chiefs have allowed a league-high 2,899 passing yards as well.
Benjamin Watson, New Orleans Saints
The Bengals have been low-key bad against the tight end defensively. Allowing a second worst 17.7 fantasy points per game to tight ends, this is a great spot for Watson. Sprinkle in the fact that the Saints only have three healthy wide receivers, and it’s likely that we see both Watson and Josh Hill do a little more damage than we’re accustomed to. Drew Brees likes to spread the ball around, and the matchup is there, plus the opportunity given the teams’ injury situation, and this might end up being a sneaky play for week 10.
Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins
Jordan Reed Has been a disappointment. Luckily, Vernon Davis and Alex Smith have chemistry going back to their playing days in San Francisco, and they face a horrid Buccaneers defense. The Bucs, much like the Bengals, are one of only four teams that are allowing more than 15.5 fantasy points to tight ends. I like Alex Smith, and I think Davis sees an uptick in usage as a result of the matchup.
New York Jets
Facing the Bills has been a recipe for success. This week, the Bills visit the Jets, and regardless who is the Bills’ starting QB, they should struggle mightily. I expect at least a couple of turnovers and don’t expect much scoring.
New York Giants
Coming off of a historic NFL debut, Nick Mullens will get a home start on Monday Night Football. Now that he has a game under his belt and an NFL defensive coordinator has a little game -film on him, We shall see how he fairs in his encore performance. I suspect the normally toothless Giants defense to step up in primetime and get pressure on Mullens, resulting in sacks and turnovers.
Alex Smith finished last week as QB14 with 16.4 points. He managed 306 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception to go along with 22 yards rushing. The “Skins got down early and should have lead to an even better fantasy day. Slightly better was my backup option, Baker Mayfield of the Browns. Mayfield recorded 17.9 fantasy points, enough to finish as QB12 on the weekend with 297 yards and two touchdowns. (Streaming Quarterback ranking on the season: QB 12, 164 points)
The Ravens’ Mark Andrews finished last week with three receptions for 50 yards on six targets. It would have been nice to see him get in the end zone, but given the weekly disaster at the position, 8 points isn’t too bad. Luke Willson on the other hand, was garbage, amassing only 3.7 fantasy points as my second option. (Streaming Tight End ranking on the season: TE 16, 60 points)
Last week I suggested the Jets and the Dolphins as they faced off against each other. The Jets were my primary selection as I just assumed Sam Darnold couldn’t possibly be worse than Brock Osweiler. I assumed wrong. The Jets defense still would have gotten you a respectable 10 fantasy points with four sacks, but the Dolphins were on another level. Miami racked up 24 fantasy points on the back of four interceptions and four sacks, plus a touchdown. (Streaming Defense ranking on the season: Dst 1, 102 points)