Quarterback and Tight End Streamers: Week 9
With more and more fantasy owners opting to wait on the quarterback and tight end positions in drafts, streaming each position has become a viable option. This is made easier by the fact that there are usually solid options on the waiver wire. Each week this column will scour the waiver wire and look for quarterbacks and tight ends who are less than 50% owned and could be worth starting for your fantasy team. All ownership percentages come from Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders (39% owned)
@ Pittsburgh Steelers
Carr has absolutely been on fire lately, throwing for seven touchdowns and zero interceptions over his last two games. He is fresh off of shredding a tough Jets’ defense for 333 yards and four touchdowns in a matchup in which he wasn’t expected to perform well. Now he gets to take on a Steelers’ pass defense that is ranked twenty-second in DVOA by Football Outsiders and has given up some big weeks to opposing quarterbacks this season. Look for Carr to stay hot this week as the top quarterback streaming option.
Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills (39% owned)
vs. Miami Dolphins
Taylor is expected to make his return from an MCL sprain that kept him out of action for the past two games. Taylor is expected to be all systems go as head coach Rex Ryan is already on the record as saying that Taylor will be 100% this week. Miami’s pass defense is middle of the road in DVOA and fantasy points allowed, but Taylor has shown a high weekly floor due to his rushing abilities. In his previous game against Miami in Week 3, Taylor passed for 277 yards and three touchdowns, adding 12 rushing yards. He’s an excellent streaming option if Derek Carr isn’t available.
Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers (28% owned)
vs. Oakland Raiders
Miller, predictably, became a bigger part of Pittsburgh’s game plan with Ben Roethlisberger returning to action in Week 8. He caught 10-of-13 targets for 105 yards against the Bengals, leading the Steelers in receiving. This week he gets to take on the Oakland Raiders defense, a unit that is allowing tight ends to score the most fantasy points in the league at 15.0 per game. Look for Miller to have another big week, making him the No. 1 tight end streaming option.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (34% owned)
vs. New York Giants
Seferian-Jenkins has been out of action since Week 2 as he continues to make his way back from a shoulder injury. He should be ready to play in Week 9 as he returned to practice ahead of Tampa Bay’s Week 8 matchup with Atlanta. If Seferian-Jenkins is able to suit up on Sunday, he becomes a top streaming target as the Giants are giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends on the season. In his only full game in Week 1, Seferian-Jenkins caught five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns.