Week 9 Streamers

How did we get here? How is it already Week 9 of the regular season? We are halfway done, and there’s still plenty of time to go on a fantasy playoff push. With SIX teams on bye this week, it’s likely that you will need to stream a position or two. 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: Trevor Lawrence vs Raiders, 56.0% owned

Week Opponent Fantasy Points
1 at Commanders 14.4
2 vs Colts 18.5
3 at Chargers 25.2
4 at Eagles 6.7
5 vs Texans 12.3
6 at Colts 24.9
7 vs Giants 18.7
8 vs Broncos 8.8

I know, Lawrence has been inconsistent this season. But the fact of the matter is that you have to consider starting the quarterback taking on the Raiders. This has been a common theme for the past few weeks now. Las Vegas is DEAD LAST against fantasy quarterbacks this season. Six of the seven quarterbacks that have faced them this season have finished as the QB8 or better. Even Davis Mills finished as the QB6 in Week 7. Believe it or not, Lawrence himself is currently the QB10. You can expect a top-10 finish once again this week from the second-year pro. 

Streamer #2: Justin Fields vs Dolphins, 42.3% owned

Week Opponent Fantasy Points
1 vs 49ers 14.6
2 at Packers 9.8
3 vs Texans 6.9
4 at Giants 10.2
5 at Vikings 17.0
6 vs Commanders 19.4
7 at Patriots 24.4
8 at Cowboys 26.0

Miami’s defense has struggled this season, despite starting 5-3. They went out and traded for Bradley Chubb, but don’t expect many snaps from the dominant pass-rusher this week. What you can expect is another good outing from the ever-improving Justin Fields. In Weeks 5-8, he’s the QB2 behind only Joe Burrow. He’s also coming off a QB5 finish against what most people believe is the best defense in the league (Cowboys). Now he takes on a Dolphins team that gives up the seventh-most fantasy points to the quarterback position. If you need to stream at quarterback because of a bye this week, make it a priority to play Fields if you can. In his last three games, he’s accumulated 520 passing yards, 230 rushing yards, six total touchdowns, and 69.8 fantasy points. 

TIGHT END

Streamer #1: Evan Engram vs Raiders, 51.3% owned

Week Opponent PPR  Points Half PPR Points Standard Points
1 at Commanders 6.8 4.8 2.8
2 vs Colts 11.6 8.1 4.6
3 at Chargers 3.9 3.2 2.9
4 at Eagles 2.6 2.1 1.6
5 vs Texans 12.9 9.9 6.9
6 at Colts 9.0 6.5 4.0
7 vs Giants 10.7 8.7 6.7
8 vs Broncos 15.5 13.5 11.5

Just like his quarterback above, Engram has a great matchup this week against the Raiders. Las Vegas gives up the third-most fantasy points to his position, and now they take on the TE5 since Week 5. Engram has turned into one of Lawrence’s favorite targets, and he’s been one of the more consistent tight end streamers this season. He’s really starting to make a case for himself as more than a streamer. In Weeks 5-8, he hauled in 19 of his 29 targets for 231 yards and one touchdown (48.1 PPR points). Expect more from where that came from against this abysmal Raiders defense on Sunday. If you do not have Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, or George Kittle, you may have to think about streaming Engram anyways. 

Streamer #2: Robert Tonyan at Lions, 49.8% 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
4 vs Patriots 10.2 9.2 8.2
5 vs Giants 6.3 4.3 2.3
6 vs Jets 19.0 14.0 9.0
7 at Commanders 6.2 4.7 3.2
8 at Bills 8.5 6.0 3.5

Everyone guessed it. The Packers neglected to go out and trade for a wide receiver before the trade deadline. Now they stand pat with what they had. It shouldn’t negatively affect them this week, as they take on the 1-6 Lions. Randall Cobb is on IR, and both Christian Watson (concussion) and Allen Lazard (shoulder) are questionable to play. Romeo Doubs, Sammy Watkins, Amari Rodgers, and Samori Toure have been inconsistent. But you know who has been consistent? Robert Tonyan. He leads the team with 35 receptions, and he’s hauled in at least three receptions in three straight games. He’s also seen at least four targets in his last four. Detroit is 27th against fantasy tight ends this season. Expect Green Bay to come out angry and attack the Lions’ weakness.

D/ST

Colts Defense

Streamer #1: Colts at Patriots, 56.2% owned

Week Opponent Fantasy Points
1 at Texans 7.0
2 at Jaguars 0.0
3 vs Chiefs 6.0
4 vs Titans 5.0
5 at Broncos 12.0
6 vs Jaguars 5.0
7 at Titans 9.0
8 vs Commanders 4.0

The D/ST streamers aren’t great this week. And neither are the Colts as a team, but their defense has a decent matchup here in Week 9 against the Patriots. New England has given up 10 or more fantasy points to D/STs in the last two weeks. Those two matchups came against the Jets and Bears. During that same span, they’ve surrendered seven sacks, four interceptions, and one fumble recovery. Although Indianapolis’ offense has taken a major step back, their defense still rosters a good amount of playmakers. They themselves are coming off a game where they allowed only 17 points while accumulating two sacks and an interception. 

Streamer #2: Vikings at Commanders, 39.2% owned

Week Opponent Fantasy Points
1 vs Packers 11.0
2 at Eagles 2.0
3 vs Lions -1.0
4 at Saints 6.0
5 vs Bears 6.0
6 at Dolphins 8.0
7 BYE BYE
8 vs Cardinals 9.0

If Minnesota is available to pick up, make sure to grab them ahead of the Colts. They take on a Commanders team that has given up the fifth-most fantasy points to D/STs this season. After a shaky first three weeks of the season, the Vikings’ D/ST has scored at least six fantasy points in each of their last four contests. In their last two matchups against the Dolphins and Cardinals, they produced 10 sacks, four interceptions, and two fumble recoveries. Expect at least eight fantasy points this week against a Washington team that can’t get much going on offense this year. 

BONUS

Isaiah Likely

Deep Stream: Isaiah Likely at Saints, 11.0% owned

Week Opponent PPR  Points Half PPR Points Standard Points
1 at Jets 0.0 0.0 0.0
2 vs Dolphins 8.3 6.3 4.3
3 at Patriots 1.8 1.3 0.8
4 vs Bills N/A N/A N/A
5 vs Bengals 2.7 1.7 0.7
6 at Giants 5.0 4.0 3.0
7 vs Browns 2.6 2.1 1.6
8 at Buccaneers 19.7 16.7 13.7

For those of you who roster Mark Andrews, this one’s for you. It doesn’t make a ton of sense to add Likely if you aren’t an Andrews manager when we don’t know if he will play or not. This would be a little different if the Ravens didn’t play on Monday night. The only exception would be if he was ruled out before the Sunday slate of games began. Nonetheless, it’s a smart move to pick him up as insurance if you are relying on Andrews this week. Once the dominant tight end left last Thursday’s matchup early against the Buccaneers, Likely dominated for Baltimore. He hauled in six of his seven targets for 77 yards and a toe-dragging touchdown. He finished Week 8 as the TE2. Lamar Jackson relies on his tight ends, and if Andrews isn’t able to suit up, Likely could turn in another great performance. 

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