Quarterback & Tight End Streamers: Week 6 (Fantasy Football)
Despite throwing four interceptions, my quarterback streamer of the week, Blake Bortles still managed to get over 21 fantasy points, good enough for QB13. Unfortunately, my tight end streamer of the week, Vance McDonald, was not nearly as successful. Despite the Steelers scoring 41 points in their rout of Atlanta, McDonald only had one catch for six yards. Tight ends that emerged out of nowhere like Niles Paul, Erik Swoope, and Ryan Griffin all had double-digit fantasy points. Unfortunately, none of these guys are a sure thing moving forward. We will have to give them at least another week to see if their production does, in fact, warrant consideration. I feel Griffin has the best chance to become the most fantasy relevant but I am still not convinced he will do it this week against Buffalo who did not allow a tight end target at all in Week 5. And as promised, I am done with Mr. Austin Seferian-Jenkins who ended up as Jacksonville’s third-best tight end with no catches.
Quarterback Streamer of the Week: Jameis Winston (TB) vs Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta is coming off of an embarrassing loss to the Steelers. Tampa Bay is coming off a bye. This usually bodes well. The Falcons will be ready to explode on offense but still are limping on the other side of the ball. Winston, though now the official starter for the Bucs, still knows he is on a short leash. He will be on that same short leash all year. This is going to be the biggest test for him ever. His future in Tampa Bay hinges on his play from now until the end of the season. He is lucky to start his 2018 campaign against the Falcons who have the worst defense in the league. In only five games, they have given up the league-worst 163 points (32.6 points per game). On paper, this should be the highest-scoring game of the week as the Buccaneers have a top-five worst defense too. Even if Winston is not ready to take it to the next level, he has a very safe floor. And if he does show his first-round ability, then look for him and the Bucs’ offense to explode this week. Stacked with one of the best receiving corps in the league to go along with the worst running game by far (3.1 yards per attempt), the fantasy gods are gifting Winston this opportunity to conquer. He’s only 11% owned in Yahoo! Leagues. Get him now.
Sam Darnold (NYJ) vs Indianapolis Colts
Darnold continues to be a quarterback to use based on matchups and this week is a plum one. Andrew Luck has now thawed out and is looking like the quarterback he used to be. He is throwing the ball farther down the field and despite having a limited arsenal, is scoring points. The Indy defense, despite all of its upgrades, is looking like the porous unit we have come to know from them. They are also extremely banged up which only beckons Darnold to exploit. Darnold’s rookie campaign has not been linear, true, but this game could get offensive in a hurry. Robbie Anderson is alive now. Quincy Enunwa will be looking for a bounce-back game. And Isaiah Crowell will not have another 219-yard rushing game. Darnold is another quarterback I feel will have a good game as a worst-case scenario.
The Dark Horse: Derek Carr (OAK) vs Seattle Seahawks
Derek Carr has proven that he is not an elite quarterback but is a good enough streaming option. The Seattle defense is not the defense of old and the Raiders are in a situation where they need to find wins any way they can. Amari Cooper disappeared last game and Jared Cook was quiet. Look for them to bounce back big time. Chucky and Oakland are now in “panic mode” to save their season. They are at home and play better in the Black Hole.
Tight End Streamer of the Week: Cameron Brate (TB) vs Atlanta Falcons
With Winston comes Brate. And this week Brate comes alone — there is no O.J. Howard who was starting to look like a 2018 breakout candidate. Winston’s only touchdown all season was a 16-yard throw to Brate. It is very clear that quarterbacks favor certain receivers. Winston likes Adam Humphries and loves Cameron Brate. As stated earlier, Atlanta is an easy defense to exploit. Although it might be risky to “double-dip” by having Winston and Brate as your Tampa Bay streaming tandem, this week it makes sense. There is not a lot of good, reliable tight ends this week to choose from. Especially when Brate looks like the only tight end on an offensively-minded team to see targets. If there ever was a week to feel good about Brate, this is it.
C.J. Uzomah (CIN) vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Uzomah finds himself in a very similar situation as Cameron Brate. He’s on an offense that is firing. He finds himself as the only tight end of consequence with Tyler Eifert gone for the season and Tyler Kroft looking like he might miss time with a lesser injury. Uzomah has never broken out so that might be a concern. However, he has proven in 2018 that Andy Dalton likes him and this 6’5″, 263 tight end who runs a 4.67 40-yard dash (89th-percentile) could surprise many if given the lion’s share of the load. The Steelers defense played better last week but are a tasty matchup for Uzomah. Pittsburgh allowed perennial disappointment Austin Hooper to have a 9/77/0 stat line in Week 5. Uzomah has the ability, an excellent matchup, and since he is the last man standing in Cincinnati that has rediscovered its offensive mojo with Dalton again, the arrow is pointing in the right direction this week. Get him while he is still a relative unknown.
The Dark Horse: Nick Vannett (SEA) vs Oakland Raiders
If you can’t get Brate or Uzomah and if Jack Doyle is still sidelined because of injury, then pick up Nick Vannett. Rookie surprise Will Dissly is out for the season and Ed Dickson is not due back until Week 8. Therefore Vannett finds himself as the Seahawks’ leading man at TE. In his first game as the primary target, Vannett had a serviceable day. He had four targets, three receptions, and 43 yards. That might not sound impressive but in the tight end streaming landscape it is much better than average. The Raiders aren’t scaring anyone one as a defense, and if Russell Wilson has to continue to throw due to his team’s defensive woes, look for Vannett to get some of his attention.