Fantasy Football Quarterback & Tight End Streamers: Week 7
I’ll be the first to admit when I get something all wrong. Week 6, I certainly did. My recommendation to stream Gardner Minshew against the New Orleans Saints ended up being a disaster. My process was fine. During the first five weeks of football, the Saints were the most generous toward the quarterback position. Unfortunately for Minshew and the Jaguars, it was not meant to be. My other two streamers, Kirk Cousins and Sam Darnold, came through. Cousins was stellar, and Darnold was solid.
As for my tight end recommendations, they were worse. Gerald Everett was awful on an awful team. The Los Angeles Rams stunk it up against a San Francisco team that now seems to be legit — at least their defense appears so. I remember reading a tweet that said Stefon Diggs had more fantasy points than all of the Rams’ offensive skill position players put together. My other two tight end recommendations were not any better. Since I write this article before every Monday night game, it got published before we found out that Chris Herndon‘s return would be delayed by a practice injury. And despite Noah Fant playing, he did not do much more. It was not that Fant played poorly, but that the Broncos were up 14-0 early, so a bad game script derailed his fantasy production.
If I led you down the wrong path last week, just know that I put my money where my mouth is. In one of my redraft super-flex leagues, I started both Everett and Minshew while having Cousins and Hunter Henry on my bench. Needless to say, I lost, and if I had Cousins and Henry playing, I would have won. I do apologize to those whom I told to do the same. I am not always right, but I feel good when I am. However, I feel a whole lot worse when I am wrong. Not just for me but for everyone who listened. We do the research; we follow a process; sometimes we get it right, and sometimes we run right into a cement wall named “Week 6.” But as the Chumbawamba song exclaims: “I get knocked down, but I get up again,” so it is now time to pick ourselves up and move on.
Quarterback Streamer of the Week: Josh Allen (BUF) vs. Miami Dolphins
Josh Allen, who just happens to be only 49% owned in Yahoo leagues, qualifies this week, so pick him up now. Despite my disappointing results last week, I cannot change my process. Going into Week 6, the Saints were the most kind to quarterbacks. Going into Week 7, it is now the Miami Dolphins. Quarterbacks have averaged almost 32 fantasy points against them in PPR leagues. The big difference is, while the Saints are a good team with a decent defense most of the time, Miami is not. It is clear that since they lost the battle of the basement with Washington that they are indeed “tanking for Tua.” Josh Allen might have many questionable qualities as a sophomore quarterback, but he does have many strong traits too. He has a rocket arm and is an avid follower of the Konami code. If he can’t beat you with his arm, he can certainly make up for it with his legs. The biggest fear I have with this game is that Miami will not score, which will cap Allen’s ceiling. I think he has a good floor, however, and is this week’s safest bet.
Alternate Streamer of the Week: Daniel Jones (NYG) vs. Arizona Cardinals
This is perhaps the best matchup out of the three suggested streamers at quarterback. The Arizona Cardinals are the third-easiest defense for quarterbacks. On average, they allow just over 26 fantasy points to quarterbacks. It really doesn’t matter whether or not Saquon Barkley is ready to come back for Daniel Jones. He now has Golden Tate in the lineup after he missed four games due to suspension. Jones will also most likely get Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram back. Jones has been decent so far, and he even kept it close for three quarters against the Superbowl champs. Like Josh Allen, Jones can also give you points on the ground. This game should be competitive and high-scoring, which can only help Jones’ chances of scoring you a lot of points.
Dark Horse Sleeper: Jacoby Brissett (IND) vs. Houston Texans
Jacoby Brissett has been surprisingly good and consistent this season since taking over for the dearly departed Andrew Luck. He’s been more than just a game-manager as well. Brissett is averaging two passing touchdowns a game, and like my other two quarterback recommendations, he can run with the ball. He hasn’t had a huge ground game yet, but we know what he is capable of if needed. He has also scored once as a ball carrier. The Colts are coming off their bye week, so most of Brissett’s weapons should be healthy enough to suit up. This includes T.Y. Hilton, Parris Campbell, Eric Ebron, and Jack Doyle. Houston has been tough against tight ends this season, but they are ranked sixth-worst against wide receivers. They are also ranked 10th-easiest when facing quarterbacks in fantasy. The only thing stopping me from being totally confident is that the Texans have also been kind to opposing running backs. They rank 11th-worst versus the position, so if Marlon Mack continues to dominate on the ground, it could diminish Brissett’s ceiling. The good thing is that Brissett ranks 11th among quarterbacks in fantasy points scored, which includes his missing his bye week, and apart from his poor 12-point performance against Kansas City in Week 5, he has not scored fewer than 18 fantasy points.
Tight End Streamer of the Week: Darren Fells (HOU) at Indianapolis Colts
Tight ends this week continue to be a dumpster fire, and I cannot believe that I’m advocating for old man Darren Fells, but here we are. Fells has surprised all of us. He’s been a blocking tight end for most of his career, but this year he’s had a mild breakout. So far this season, Fells has averaged more fantasy points per game than Jared Cook, Eric Ebron, Vance McDonald, and O.J. Howard. No one saw this coming, not even Fells. Last week he didn’t score a touchdown but still managed to lead the Texans in yards (69) and was only behind DeAndre Hopkins in receptions (6). He also has three pass-catching touchdowns this season, which is tied for the team’s lead with Will Fuller, who scored all three of his in one game. I would not argue against anyone choosing teammate tight end Jordan Akins this week also. Akins has more yards this season on two fewer receptions, and he has two touchdowns himself, tied with DeAndre Hopkins. I never thought that I would say this, but the younger Akins seems to have a safer floor with the older Fells having the higher ceiling. Both have had at least one reception in every game. However, Fells has had two boom games, whereas Akins seems destined to get three catches per contest. The Colts have a strong defense, but they’ve given up the third-most points to tight ends.
Alternate Streamer of the Week: Dawson Knox (BUF) vs. Miami Dolphins
If there were a perfect time for Dawson Knox to break out, this is the week. The Dolphins are ranked 7th-easiest for tight ends and are clearly trying to lose. Meanwhile, the Bills are trying to make the playoffs. Knox is one of the most athletic tight ends coming out of this rookie class. The concern was that he was not that productive at Ole Miss. Remember, he was on the same team that had three dominant wide receivers — A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf, and DaMarkus Lodge. Knox is averaging two receptions per game, but he’s also averaging 15.6 yards per reception and is currently the third-best receiving option in Buffalo behind John Brown and Cole Beasley. He’s also had three receptions in two of his last three games. The breakout is imminent, and what better place for it to happen than at home against the hopeless Dolphins? If you do take a chance on him this week, know that you are probably one of the few. He is only owned in 7% of Yahoo leagues.
Dark Horse Sleeper: Dallas Goedert (PHI) at Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Goedert was the best tight end to come out of a rich tight end class two years ago. He showed signs of dominance in his freshman campaign last year. Even though he’s buried behind Zach Ertz, Goedert is talented and more athletic than Ertz. Ertz is also slowing down this year. The Cowboys rank inside the top-10 for fantasy points allowed to tight ends. We are at the point where finding a decent streamable tight end is not easy. Goedert has been quiet so far in 2018, as he has only 10 receptions in five games. However, half of his receptions came this past week. He had five catches for 48 yards compared to Ertz’s four receptions. It might only be an anomaly, but it could also mean more of a split. Goedert also seems to find the end zone more frequently. Last year, he had four touchdowns compared to Ertz’s eight, but he saw only a quarter of his teammate’s targets. Both have one each this year. Goedert is not a guarantee, but he looks to be trending in the right direction. He’s too good to not be on the field more.
Keep Your Eye on Him: Luke Willson (SEA) vs. Baltimore Ravens
When Luke Willson played for the Seattle Seahawks during his first stint, he was mildly productive. Now he’s back, and Will Dissly is out for the season. Don’t expect Dissly’s production, but do keep your eye on Willson. He might be more relevant now that he’s reunited with the other Wilson. Their special relationship often leads to touchdowns for the Canadian tight end.