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 owned in fewer than 50% of leagues and could be worth starting for your fantasy team.
All ownership percentages come from Yahoo fantasy leagues and all references to fantasy points allowed per game come from our fantasy points allowed (PA) reports here on Fantasy Pros. All references to DVOA (Defense-Adjusted Value Over Average) come from rankings on www.footballoutsiders.com. A detailed explanation of DVOA can be found here.
Alex Smith (KC): 28% owned vs. New Orleans Saints
Smith is coming off a slow week which saw him accumulate 224 scoreless passing yards. He did have what appeared to be a passing touchdown to Dontari Poe in the fourth quarter, but the played was ruled a lateral, resulting in Poe being credited with a rushing touchdown instead. In Week 7, Smith will welcome the leaky Saints’ pass defense to Kansas City in a game which should require him to pass often to keep up with the explosive New Orleans offense. He shapes up as one of the top streaming options in Week 7.
Colin Kaepernick (SF): 9% owned vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kaepernick turned in a classic inefficient Kaepernick performance in Week 6. In what was his first start of the season, he completed just 44.8% of his passes, but threw for a touchdown and added 66 rushing yards. He gets a prime matchup against a weak Buccaneers pass defense in Week 7. Kaepernick’s rushing ability keeps his floor high as his rushing yardage in Week 6 was the equivalent of an additional passing touchdown. He isn’t as safe an option as Alex Smith, but he does have higher upside if he gets rolling on the ground.
Hunter Henry (SD): Ownership: 35% @ Atlanta Falcons
Henry is emerging as one of Philip Rivers‘ most reliable targets, even with Antonio Gates returning to action two weeks ago. The rookie has hit pay dirt in three straight contests while seeing a healthy 6.3 targets per game over that span. With a shaky receiving corps following the injury to Keenan Allen, look for Rivers to continue to lean on Henry as the season progresses. A fantastic matchup against a Falcons pass defense that has been quite generous to opposing tight ends awaits Henry in Week 7.
C.J. Fiedorowicz (HOU): Ownership: 1% @ Denver Broncos
Fiedorowicz is quickly becoming a major part of the Texans’ passing game. The third-year tight end has racked up 14 catches on 20 targets while adding 194 yards and two touchdowns over his past three outings. Denver has a fearsome defense, but they have not been quite as tough on opposing tight ends over the past few years. With DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller likely to get locked down by Denver’s elite secondary, look for Fiedorowicz to stay busy on Monday night.