Fantasy Football Quarterback & Tight End Sleepers: Week 4 (2019)
I would like to officially welcome you to the first real week of quarterback and tight end streamers! Last week of the unofficial streaming was very successful, giving me a foreboding sense of hope that this season could be great. Ok, maybe not great, but good. Ok, maybe not good, but livable. All three of my quarterbacks hit – Josh Allen, Jacoby Brissett, and Gardner Minshew. My tight ends were also solid picks with the end of the reign, Darren Waller, leaving us to be a starting tight end forever.
Week 4 is here and we have a few teams on bye. The ever-exciting New York Jets, who have been busy quarterback streaming themselves after their franchise quarterback, Sam Darnold has been out with mononucleosis. The only other team is the San Francisco 49ers. It’s not a huge streaming week by any stretch. Think of it as a nice ease into the process. With tons of injuries especially at the quarterback position, there are quite a few interesting possibilities to stream this week that are under 50% owned so let’s get to it!
Quarterback Streamer of the Week: Daniel Jones (NYG) vs Washington Redskins
The quarterback options are looking mint this week. Daniel Jones looked exceptional last week against the Tampa Bay defense that was looking to take a turn in the right direction. In the Giant’s first win of the season, Jones did it in style, coming from behind like a wily veteran. He threw for 336 yards and really spread the ball around. He also threw two touchdowns, and more importantly, ran it in for two more. He was mistake-free and could be an upgrade from Josh Allen, who is no longer a streaming option. Is he for real? Too early to tell. However, it is good to pick up Jones now in case he is as good as his first-round draft stock. Needless to say, it looks like Eli Manning will never throw another ball for the New York football Giants. Jones is less than 20% owned and this small window could be now. He might not be a streamable option after this week because he will be the hot quarterback pick up in all formats. Get him now!
Alternate Streamer: Jacoby Brissett (IND) vs Oakland Raiders
Jacoby Brissett is becoming the Rodney Dangerfield of fantasy football in 2019. He’s been nothing short of superb in real life; he’s been solid in terms of fantasy. He keeps getting better every week no matter the seemingly tough matchup. Last week he defeated the Atlanta Falcons by throwing for over 300 yards and two touchdowns. He also put up another mistake-free game. He’s starting to be the band-aid to cover the Colt’s fans wounds with the departure of Andrew Luck. This week his matchup is his best one to date. Oakland has looked more like the Raiders we were expecting this year. Brissett could have his best fantasy game to date.
Dark Horse Sleeper: Gardner Minshew (JAX) vs Denver Broncos
There are some contenders for my dark horse. Kyle Allen was a revelation last week throwing four touchdowns for Carolina, making an argument to being his team’s best quarterback on their roster. Mason Rudolph had a much improved second half against the 49ers and almost won the game. However, I cannot deny the mustache. Gardner Minshew had a great game last week with a lot of strikes against him. He was against a stout Tennessee defense, he played on a Thursday night, and he does play for Jacksonville Jaguars, a team lacking in identity but swimming in tension. Despite this, he rocked. His mania is growing and so is his confidence. He’s hard not to root for. The Denver Broncos have been a solid defense but not spectacular – most likely because their offense has been lackadaisical. D.J. Chark and Chris Conley look legit; Dede is starting to live up to the preseason hype, and Leonard Fournette is becoming “a thing” in the passing game. The arrow’s pointing up for Minshew. Buy the ticket; take the ride!
Tight End Streamer of the Week: Will Dissly (SEA) vs Arizona Cardinals
Like Darren Waller last week, Will Dissly will not be available after this week. He’s proven to be not only the tight end to own in Seattle but a tight end to own. He has put together two excellent weeks of production, scoring in both. He’s been so productive in his NFL career. In seven career games, Dissly has five touchdowns, averaging about three receptions per game. He’s the tight end version of Tyler Lockett. Uber-efficient and undervalued. He keeps shutting up his doubters. I think he will now be taken seriously, shedding his blocking tight end label. All he has to do now is remain healthy. He has a good matchup this week, so get him while you can.
Alternate Streamer: Jack Doyle (IND) vs Oakland Raiders
Jack Doyle was good last week for me, putting up a solid four receptions for 46 yards. Nothing significant but he is slowing becoming the tight end to own in Indianapolis. As Brissett grows, Doyle is also growing. If he can find the end zone then look for his ownership to continue to rise and meet his preseason value. At the moment he is less than 20% owned. That won’t last long. The Colts are starting to look like a legitimate playoff contender. Doyle is starting to becoming the dependable option for this offense that has T.Y. Hilton looking a little injured.
Dark Horse Sleeper: Zero Tight End
What I mean by “Zero Tight End” is there are a few intriguing options for the Dark Horse sport – all of which are 0% owned in Yahoo leagues. I do not have any inclination towards any. However, if you cannot get Dissly or Doyle, some of these guys will no doubt be available. There is rookie Dawson Knox with Buffalo. He had a small breakout party last week against Cincinnati. He’s been a preseason darling but did nothing in the first two weeks. There’s also Jordan Akins and Darren Fells from Houston. Both had exceptional games with both being the only two players scoring a touchdown for the Houston Texans last week. Don’t get too excited, however. Last week was more like an anomaly. Deshaun Watson does not tend to favor his tight ends. If I were to pick one, I’d go with the youngster, Akins. He was drafted in the third round in 2018 and was drafted to be the team’s Evan Engram. So far it has not panned out but perhaps he and the team are ready to turn the corner.
Pickup Alert: Chris Herndon (NYJ)
He’s not ready to play until Week 6 due to a suspension but Chris Herndon should be picked up this week. Sam Darnold loved him last year and Sam should be back when Herndon takes the field again. If you don’t get him this week, you might not get him in the next week. Like chess, you need to be ahead of the curve, a week sooner, a move earlier. He could be a top-8 tight end the rest of the way and when I mean rest of the way, he won’t be sitting out any bye week since the Jets are on it currently.