Quarterback & Tight End Streamers: Week 7 (Fantasy Football)
Week 6 ended up to be a solid week for streaming when it was all said. My top quarterback recommendation, Jameis Winston came through with almost 40 fantasy points in a loss against the generous Atlanta Falcons. My top tight end Cameron Brate was disappointing but still managed to get a touchdown. I also wrote the article before finding out that O.J. Howard was back in the lineup. My second choices also panned out. Sam Darnold managed to get 21 points and C.J. Uzomah caught six of his seven targets for 54 yards. So with a bit more swagger to my step, I am ready to hopefully let the recent success spill over to week 7.
Quarterback Streamer of the Week: Baker Mayfield (CLE) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Baker Mayfield is coming off of a poor performance versus the Los Angeles Chargers but this week faces a defense that is an easy target, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs are one of the worst defenses in the league and will continue to be a target of mine to stream against if possible. Mayfield showed signs of being a rookie this past week but all in all has been impressive and has enough weapons to exploit. There’s Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway and week 6 newcomer, Damion Ratley, who managed to get six receptions for 82 yards as the next man up. David Njoku is starting to come into his own and is a favorite of Mayfield’s as he saw 12 targets two weeks in a row. And it also looks as though Duke Johnson is starting to finally show in 2018 why he’s always a popular zero RB choice. Even if Mayfield is sloppy and throws a few picks, his potential this week is sky high. The Buccaneers gave up over 350 yards to Matt Ryan in their last game and have a stout run defense, which can only help Mayfield and the Browns’ offense. It is also a start of a great run of opposition for Cleveland. After Tampa Bay, the Browns face Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and Atlanta. Pick him up for the next month before the team heads on bye in week 11.
Mitchell Trubisky (CHI) vs New England Patriots
We knew that there was no way Mitchell Trubisky was going to repeat his 6-TD performance against Miami. He did prove though that he is definitely becoming a good quarterback that can be trusted as a streamer. This week he is at home against a bottom-half defense in New England. Trubisky has a healthy arsenal of Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller, Trey Burton, and Tarik Cohen to throw to. Week to week it is difficult to figure out which one of these receivers will step it up but one thing is for sure – Trubisky will benefit from this crew no matter who flourishes. Chicago’s defense was shredded by Brock Osweiler for almost 400 yards in the air during their week 6 overtime loss. Brady is definitely a huge upgrade, therefore this game could be incredibly high scoring. With Julian Edelman back, Josh Gordon emerging and Gronk always hungry, the Pats could be ahead of the Bears all game which only bodes well for having the Chicago quarterback on your weekly roster. Game script is often the key to help one in deciding which players to stream. Fantasy does not punish quarterback mistakes but does reward quarterbacks who need to put it up in the air. Trubisky should be throwing a lot in this game.
Dark Horse: Joe Flacco (BAL) vs New Orleans Saints
Joe Flacco did not have to do too much in week 6 against the Tennessee Titans to get the easy win. The Titans have one of the worst offenses in the league so the Ravens really coasted in the second half of the game. This won’t be the same result. Now Flacco will be forced to battle one of the best offenses in the NFL led by Drew Brees with Michael Thomas as well as the best running back tandem in the league. Both Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram are prolific pass-catchers. Even though the Baltimore Ravens have one of the best defenses in the league, New Orleans has enough moxie to push this game into a potential shootout. Shootouts might be tough for an average quarterback like Flacco to beat a future hall of famer in Brees but shootouts definitely attract fantasy points. Flacco has the best group of wide receivers he’s had in a long time. Michael Crabtree bounced back last week, Willie Snead is a great possession receiver, and John Brown is always dangerous. The Saints defense is improving but is nowhere near it was in 2017 so it is definitely exploitable. Look for Flacco to have at worst a decent game in week 7.
Tight End Streamer of the Week: C.J. Uzomah vs Kansas City Chiefs
C.J. Uzomah happens to be the last tight end standing in Cincinnati. Both Tylers – Eifert and Kroft are out, now that Kroft left the Steeler game in week 6 with a broken foot. Uzomah had himself a great game despite not making it into the end zone. Now that he is going to get the lion’s share of the tight end targets, look for Uzomah to repeat his performance of last week with potential for more. Pittsburgh has a weak defense but Kansas City has a defense that is one of the worst. This is another game on the week 7 slot that beckons an offensive bonanza. Uzomah is starting to get into a great rhythm with Andy Dalton and seems to be the best tight end streamer of the week as he should come with a high floor with the potential of a high ceiling. With the Chiefs focusing their defensive efforts on stopping A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, and Joe Mixon, look for Uzomah to sneak in and get his share.
Austin Hooper (ATL) vs New York Giants
Hooper is quietly emerging as one of the best tight ends in 2018. He is coming off two consecutive nine reception games in a row in which he gained 70+ yards in each. Last week he even scored. Many are still a bit tepid since it often seems to be all feast or famine with Hooper. In his six games this season, Hooper has flourished in half of them and has disappeared in the other three games. Therefore, there is a possibility he won’t show up. However, if he does, he will help you win the week. Right now he is full of confidence and seems to be a favorite target of Matt Ryan. The New York Giants have a great secondary that will be concentrating on stopping Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Mohammed Sanu. Therefore, Hooper might get more involved as he should find himself open when the other receivers demand attention from the Giants secondary – Landon Collins, Eli Apple, and Jenoris Jenkins. The Giants gave up eight receptions to Philadelphia Eagles tight ends last week including surrendering a touchdown. Hooper seems to be the only tight end of consequence in Atlanta so do not hesitate to put him into your lineup for week 7.
Dark Horse: Ricky Seals-Jones (ARZ) vs Denver Broncos
It seems that Ricky Seals-Jones and Arizona quarterback Josh Rosen are starting to develop their on-field relationship. Two weeks ago, when the Cardinals faced the San Francisco 49ers, RSJ laid a goose egg. However, what was encouraging was that he garnered a season-high six targets. Last week against the Vikings, he duplicated the same amount of targets. This time he was able to convert five of them for 69 yards. It is only a matter of time when RSJ finds the end zone. He is slowly hitting his stride as Arizona is starting to improve on the offensive side of the ball. The only trepidation I have is that this ends up being a low-scoring affair since both the Broncos and Cardinals have decent defenses versus the pass. Neither have looked as good due to the fact they have played better teams with a healthy run game. It would be the best-case scenario for RSJ owners that Denver starts off the game hot, forcing Rosen to have to play from behind. If this ends up being the game script, look for RSJ to have a day full of targets, receptions, and perhaps even finding the end zone for only the second time this season.