Quarterback and Tight End Streamers: Week 4
Week 3 of the 2017 NFL Season was jam-packed with exciting finishes and a shocking amount of upsets. Hopefully, the high-scoring matchups resulted in huge fantasy days for your respective team(s), but if it didn’t we better right the ship for Week 4 and that starts now with your top streamers at the QB and TE position. Keep in mind that Week 4 is the last slate of games without bye weeks until late November, so enjoy your full lineup while you can!
In case you were wondering, here are my streaming results from last week:
- Jay Cutler – 220 Pass Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT = 12.70 FP
- Trevor Siemian – 259 Pass Yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs = 9.56 FP
- DeShone Kizer – 242 Pass Yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs = 25.08 FP
- Jared Cook – 4 REC, 43 Yards, 1 TD = 14.3 FP
- Zach Miller – 1 REC, 17 Yards, 0 TDs = 2.70 FP
- Ben Watson – 3 REC, 12 Yards, 1 TD = 10.20 FP
As we look ahead to Week 4, remember that in order to qualify for this list the selected players must be owned in no more than 40 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Quarterback Streaming Options
QB Stream of the Week: Deshaun Watson (HOU) vs. Tennessee (14% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
An underrated and often overlooked aspect in fantasy football is the rushing ability of quarterbacks and how quickly they can rack up points. It made Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick more than relevant over the past few years, and it could do the same for Deshaun Watson. I don’t mean to put the rookie in that caliber of QB play since he is a much better passer than Tebow, but I do want to emphasize his tremendous rushing ability. Through his first two games as an NFL starter, Watson has rushed for 108 yards along with one rushing TD. More impressively, the Clemson product threw for over 300 yards and two TDs and came within 30 seconds of knocking off the New England Patriots on the road in Week 3. With the Titans up next, Watson’s outlook shines bright for at least another week. Tennessee is allowing over 20 points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and rank 30th in that department. Watson is my QB stream of the week and should produce his third straight outing of 17 or more fantasy points.
Deshaun Watson‘s Week 4 Projection: 230 Pass Yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 60 Rushing Yards
Jay Cutler (MIA) vs. New Orleans (38% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Cutler has started the season off at a slow pace, frustrating his fantasy owners in the process. While he has underperformed, people need to remember that he signed with Miami in August, pretty much out of the blue and likely after a few months of laying on the couch munching on potato chips. I mean, let’s be real here, he’s not the epitome of a world-class athlete. Having said all that, he still has the tools and weapons in place to make an impact in both the real world and in fantasy football. I do expect Cutler to improve in this offense and to start putting up the big yardage and TD totals that he is capable of. You may not have to wait too long for that to happen as the Dolphins play host to a New Orleans team that can’t seem to stop opposing quarterbacks. The Saints are ranked second to last in the NFL, surrendering nearly 22 fantasy points per game through the air. The early over/under total is currently set at 49.5, signaling that this is forecasted to be a high-scoring matchup.
Jay Cutler‘s Week 4 Projection: 280 Yards Passing, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Blake Bortles (JAX) at New York Jets (12% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
I feel a little bit dirty suggesting Bortles as a streaming option, but it’s hard to ignore his top five fantasy performance against the Ravens this past weekend in London. The often-erratic Bortles threw for four TDs and 244 yards en route to leading his team to a shocking 44-7 victory. Don’t look now, but the Jacksonville quarterback is in low-end QB1 territory, ranking 12th in fantasy points at his position. He could solidify that spot with a favorable matchup on deck against the 22nd rated pass defense of the New York Jets. I won’t say start him with confidence because I would just be lying, but he is a decent option in deeper leagues or if you are simply in desperate need of a QB this week.
Blake Bortles‘ Week 4 Projection: 200 Pass Yards, 2 TDs, 2 INT, 17 Rush Yards
Tight End Streaming Options
TE Stream of the Week: Cameron Brate (TB) vs. New York Giants (40% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Even though his target share isn’t where I would want it to be thus far, Brate is still the clear-cut TE1 in Tampa Bay. The 26-year-old hauled in four receptions, including one touchdown, in Week 3 and remains a strong receiving target for the Bucs moving forward. Jameis Winston should be looking his way often this week when the team takes on a New York Giants defense that gave up 19.5 points (PPR) to Zach Ertz this past Sunday. Furthermore, the Giants defense has allowed a league-worst 23 receptions to the TE position, in addition to allowing three receiving TDs in three games. Simply put, they can’t cover tight ends!
Cameron Brate‘s Week 4 Projection: 5 REC, 62 Yards, 1 TD
Evan Engram (NYG) at Tampa Bay (38% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
There aren’t many ideal matchups for many of the worthy streaming options this week. However, the next best things to look for are production and targets. Despite being a rookie, Evan Engram is a prime example of both. The New York tight end ranks sixth in the NFL with 19 targets and 13 receptions (among tight ends). His worst fantasy day so far in his career is a respectable 8.4 points in PPR formats, thus giving him a high floor compared to many of his peers. The best-case scenario is that the Giants get caught up in a similar shootout as this past Sunday and rely heavily on their pass game. Given the inconsistencies at the TE position, Engram is worthy of streaming consideration based on his production and volume alone. Otherwise, you could end up like me, receiving a goose egg from Hunter Henry in Week’s 1 and 3.
Evan Engram‘s Week 4 Projection: 4 REC, 48 Yards, 0 TDs
Charles Clay (BUF) at Atlanta (21% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Once again, not the ideal matchup you are looking for when streaming. Atlanta has not given up a single touchdown to opposing tight ends this season, but on the plus side, they are allowing over five receptions per game to the position. In addition to that, Clay has been the most reliable and consistent receiver for Buffalo aside from LeSean McCoy catching passes out of the backfield. He has also been flying under-the-radar and is currently the fifth best tight end in fantasy heading into Monday Night. With two TDs in three games this season, and six TDs in his past seven games dating back to last year, Clay is emerging into a very underrated TE1 in all fantasy football scoring formats.
Charles Clay‘s Week 4 Projection: 5 REC, 51 Yards, 0 TDs