Week 8 Streamers

If you invested heavily in players that suit up for the Chiefs or Chargers, you may want to pay close attention this week. Streaming replacement players is more important than ever, as we have already reached Week 8. You may be in the middle of a playoff push as well and no longer can afford another loss. Remember, we always provide the best players to stream at quarterback, tight end, and D/ST. Each streaming option will have ownership under 60%, according to ESPN. Below, you will find two streamers per position and a “deep stream” option (15% or lower). 

QUARTERBACK  

Streamer #1: Daniel Jones at Seahawks, 56.2% owned

 Week  Opponent  Fantasy Points
 1  at Titans  17.0
 2  vs Panthers  13.1
 3  vs Cowboys  14.7
 4  vs Bears  21.6
 5  at Packers  12.4
 6  vs Ravens  13.5
 7  at Jaguars  28.8

Jones has been a solid streaming option at the quarterback position this season. He’s especially enticing after finishing as the QB3 last week in a win over the Jaguars. As you can see above, he typically produces anywhere between 13 and 21 points. He’s currently the QB9 on the season, and he now takes on a Seahawks team that’s allowed 17-plus fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in five of the last seven weeks. If Jared Goff can top 40 points against this team, don’t you think it’s safe to think Jones can produce at least half of that? He’s rostered in more than 50 percent of leagues right now, but if you’re a Patrick Mahomes or Justin Herbert manager, you may want to snag him and play him if he’s available. 

Streamer #2: Jimmy Garoppolo at Rams, 24.9% owned

 Week  Opponent  Fantasy Points
 1  at Bears  N/A
 2  vs Seahawks  16.7
 3  at Broncos  9.4
 4  vs Rams  13.9
 5  at Panthers  18.0
 6  at Falcons  18.9
 7  vs Chiefs  17.3

Some fantasy managers are afraid of Jimmy G’s matchup this week. Yes, the Rams are ninth against fantasy quarterbacks this season, but if you need 13-plus this week to get by, you won’t find many better streaming options (maybe the deep stream below). He’s coming off three straight QB9 finishes, and he’s currently on pace to finish as the QB21 on the season. But like we mentioned above, if you need someone to fill in for Herbert or Mahomes, Garoppolo is not a bad play. He produced 13.9 fantasy points against Los Angeles in Week 4, which is the third most the Rams have allowed this season.

TIGHT END

Streamer #1: Mike Gesicki at Lions, 57.7% owned

 Week  Opponent  PPR  Points  Half PPR Points  Standard Points
 1  vs Patriots  1.1  0.6  0.1
 2  at Ravens  14.1  12.1  10.1
 3  vs Bills  1.6  1.1  0.6
 4  at Bengals  4.3  3.3  2.3
 5  at Jets  4.0  3.5  3.0
 6  vs Vikings  24.9  21.9  18.9
 7  vs Steelers  5.7  4.2  2.7

Two weeks ago, we threw Gesicki in this category and he produced 24.9 PPR points against the Vikings. Yeah, it kind of looked like a fluke game, but it paid off and we moved on. Now we find him in this category once again after only managing to score 5.7 points against the Steelers. However, what a ton of fantasy managers overlook is that this was not a bad outing. Against Minnesota, Gesicki was targeted SEVEN times. He hauled in six of those for 69 yards and two touchdowns. But against Pittsburgh, he only hauled in three receptions for 27 yards. But again, he was targeted SEVEN times! He’s now serving as an integral part of Miami’s offensive game plan. He now takes on a Lions team that allows the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends in 2022. 

Streamer #2: Irv Smith Jr. vs Cardinals, 34.4% owned

 Week  Opponent  PPR  Points  Half PPR Points  Standard Points
 1  vs Packers  0.0  0.0  0.0
 2  at Eagles  14.6  12.1  9.6
 3  vs Lions  5.2  4.2  3.2
 4  at Saints  5.3  3.8  2.3
 5  vs Bears  8.2  6.2  4.2
 6  at Dolphins  10.7  8.7  6.7
 7  BYE  BYE  BYE  BYE

Irv Smith Jr. has been serviceable this season. No, he’s not going to turn into that tight end that you roster the rest of the season and start on a weekly basis. But he has a great matchup this week, and he’s probably the best streaming option at tight end in Week 8. The Cardinals rank second-to-last against tight ends through seven weeks. They’ve allowed more than eight PPR points to opposing tight ends all seven weeks. In six of their seven matchups, they’ve surrendered at least 13 PPR points. And they have given up 30-plus on two different occasions. For crying out loud, Juwan Johnson of the Saints finished as the TE2 of Week 7 with 20.2 PPR points. Since Week 1, Smith Jr. has seen at least four targets in every game. This seems like an easy recipe for success for the Minnesota tight end. 

D/ST

Dolphins Defense

Streamer #1: Dolphins at Lions, 51.9% owned

 Week  Opponent  Fantasy Points
 1  vs Patriots  19.0
 2  at Ravens  -8.0
 3  vs Bills  4.0
 4  at Bengals  0.0
 5  at Jets  -1.0
 6  vs Vikings  5.0
 7  vs Steelers  11.0

If you look at a full-season picture, Detroit looks like a decent matchup for Miami’s D/ST. The Lions rank 20th against opposing D/STs through seven weeks. And the Dolphins are currently the D/ST25. But let’s dig deeper into the last two matchups for these teams. Miami has scored the 12th-most fantasy points during the last two weeks, and Detroit has given up an average of 18 fantasy points during their past two contests. That’s easily the worst out of any team, and they came against the Patriots (17) and Cowboys (19). We’re not saying the Dolphins will come out and score 17-plus, but they have a good chance at producing 10-plus. 

Streamer #2: Commanders at Colts, 22.9% owned

 Week  Opponent  Fantasy Points
 1  vs Jaguars  3.0
 2  at Lions  -1.0
 3  vs Eagles  2.0
 4  at Cowboys  5.0
 5  vs Titans  7.0
 6  at Bears  11.0
 7  vs Packers  5.0

Washington is the must-start this week at the D/ST position. They’ve been decent since Week 3, and they’re riding a two-game winning streak after defeating the Bears and Packers. Now they take on a Colts team that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to D/STs this season. Indianapolis has thrown the most interceptions and given up the third-most sacks through seven weeks. Now they turn to Sam Ehlinger as a permanent replacement for Matt Ryan. Keep in mind, Ehlinger has never thrown an NFL pass since being drafted last season in the sixth round. This could get ugly.

BONUS

Andy Dalton

Deep Stream: Andy Dalton vs Raiders, 2.2% owned

 1  at Falcons  N/A
 2  vs Buccaneers  N/A
 3  at Panthers  N/A
 4  vs Vikings  13.7
 5  vs Seahawks  10.9
 6  vs Bengals  10.5
 7  at Cardinals  29.5

Last week, we struck gold with Davis Mills as our “deep stream” option. He finished as the QB6 on the week after topping 19 fantasy points against Las Vegas. Now we have the pleasure to try and strike gold once again with Andy Dalton. The red rocket is fresh off a QB2 finish, and he may get the start over an injured Jameis Winston (who still says he’s not 100 percent) once again this week. Did you notice who Dalton’s opponent is this week? It’s the Raiders! The team that just allowed Mills to finish as the QB6. Las Vegas ranks DEAD LAST against fantasy quarterbacks this season (and they’ve already passed their bye week). Dalton may finish as a QB1 again this week. 

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