Robert Tonyan

Week 4 Streamers

Week 4 is officially among us, and it’s now the point of the season when you start to understand where you stand with your fantasy team(s). It may be time to pull off a blockbuster trade. It may be time to let go of some of your high draft capital players. And most importantly, it may be time for you to stream certain positions. As always, we will provide the best weekly options to stream at quarterback, tight end, and D/ST. Remember that each streaming option will be below 50% owned, according to ESPN. Below, you will find two streamers per position and a “deep stream” option (15% or lower) as well. 

QUARTERBACK  

Marcus Mariota

Streamer #1: Marcus Mariota vs Browns, 25.1% owned

 Week  Opponent  Fantasy Points
 1  vs Saints  19.8
 2  at Rams  15.4
 3  at Seahawks  16.6

If I told you that through the first three weeks of the season that Marcus Mariota would be the QB13, would you believe me? Would you have thought that he would outscore Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, and Tom Brady to this point? The veteran dual-threat quarterback has been the epitome of a “streaming” quarterback to start out the season. He’s finished as a top-10 quarterback once, and he has yet to finish worse than the QB18. Now, he takes on a Browns team that gave up 26.9 fantasy points to Joe Flacco in Week 2. In a pinch, Mariota is your best option if he’s available. 

Streamer #2: Ryan Tannehill at Colts, 15.6% owned

 Week  Opponent  Fantasy Points
 1  vs Giants  13.3
 2  at Bills  2.9
 3  vs Raiders  19.8

A lot of fantasy folks forget that Ryan Tannehill came into this season on back-to-back QB1 (top-12 or better) finishes in 2020 and 2021. Thus far, he’s only serving as the QB22 through three games, but his history against the Colts should indicate a much better finish this week. In nine career games against Indianapolis, Tannehill has produced 2,154 yards, 14 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He’s also been sufficient with his legs, as he’s totaled 141 yards on the ground and a score as well. In his two matchups against his division rival last season, he finished as the QB7 and QB8 respectively. He may not turn in a performance like that, but his history against this team indicates that he’s a solid streaming option this week. 

TIGHT END

Streamer #1: David Njoku at Falcons, 32.8% owned

 Week  Opponent  PPR  Points  Half PPR Points  Standard Points
 1  at Panthers  1.7  1.2  0.7
 2  vs Jets  6.2  4.7  3.2
 3  vs Steelers  23.9  19.4  14.9

We finally got to see the David Njoku breakout game we’ve all been waiting for. We know that Jacoby Brissett has always leaned heavily on his tight ends throughout his career. And boy did he ever last week! Njoku hauled in nine of his 10 targets for 89 yards and a touchdown against a tough Pittsburgh Steelers defense. Now he and the Browns line up against a Jets team that’s allowing the second-most fantasy points to the tight end position this year. In PPR scoring, they’ve given up an average of 20.4 fantasy points per game to that position alone. He’s easily the “streamer of the week.” 

Streamer #2: Robert Tonyan vs Patriots, 16.0% owned

 Week  Opponent  PPR  Points  Half PPR Points  Standard Points
 1  at Vikings  6.6  5.1  3.6
 2  vs Bears  3.1  2.1  1.1
 3  at Buccaneers  9.7  6.7  3.7

A name that not many people are considering streaming this week is Robert Tonyan. Tight ends are nearly impossible to predict on a week-to-week basis unless we are talking about Mark Andrews or Travis Kelce. Tyler Conklin deserves to be in the “streaming” discussion, but with Zach Wilson coming back, we don’t know if his production continues to stay put. But what we do know is that Tonyan is slowly seeing more and more targets as this season continues on. He saw seven targets a week ago, and he hauled in six of them for 37 yards. With a reshuffling wide receiver room, expect Rodgers to heavily target Tonyan once again this week against the Patriots. New England is a great matchup for the veteran pass-catcher, as they are allowing fourth-most fantasy points to his position. 

D/ST

Colts Defense

Streamer #1: Colts vs Titans, 45.0% owned

 Week  Opponent  Fantasy Points
 1  at Texans  7.0
 2  at Jaguars  0.0
 3  vs Chiefs  6.0

Indianapolis came into this season with the expectation that they could serve as a top-5 defense in this league once again. Through the first two weeks, it seemed unimaginable that they could shut down an opposing defense ever again (sort of kidding). Well, they did just that this past week, as they cooled off Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Although they didn’t put up a ton of fantasy points in Week 3, they are a decent streaming option in Week 4. Tennessee’s offense has been a huge let-down so far, and they are giving up the eighth-most fantasy points to the D/ST position. Although I raved about Tannehill’s success against this team above, he’s turned the ball over four times in his last two matchups against the Colts. 

Streamer #2: Giants vs Bears, 9.6% owned

 Week  Opponent  Fantasy Points
 1  at Titans  2.0
 2  vs Panthers  9.0
 3  vs Cowboys  -1.0

Remember last season when it was never a bad idea to stream the D/ST taking on the New York Jets? That’s what we can now say about the D/ST taking on the Chicago Bears. Through just three games this year, Chicago has allowed 10 sacks while Justin Fields has thrown four interceptions. An opposing D/ST has yet to score less than six fantasy points. Expect this Giants team to get to Fields a lot on Sunday while also forcing a few turnovers. If you are streaming this position this week, the Giants are your best option. 

BONUS

Deep Stream: Geno Smith at Lions, 6.7% owned

 Week  Opponent  Fantasy Points
 1  vs Broncos  17.2
 2  at 49ers  7.1
 3  vs Falcons  19.9

Only stream Geno Smith this week if you are in a two-quarterback or super flex league. The two names above are way better options, but with desperate times come desperate measures. Smith has a decent matchup this week against Detroit. And he’s been serviceable through the first three weeks of the season. He’s currently the QB19, and he’s coming off a QB7 finish last week against Atlanta. It’s unbelievable that he’s outproducing his predecessor, Russell Wilson, to this point. In a pinch, Smith is a decent streaming option in Week 4. You could certainly do a heck of a lot worse. 

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