Weekend Waiver Wire Stashes (Week 6 Fantasy Football)
How many times have you heard someone telling you to “stream” a position? Whether it be quarterback, tight end, or defense, the idea of streaming is great, provided you get the players you want off the waiver wire. The issue with streaming week-to-week is that everyone knows who you’ll be targeting in those good matchups and you might have that player swiped from underneath you, or even worse, your opponent that week may snag a player just to ensure you don’t get them.
We started this article so you don’t have to worry about that anymore. Each Saturday morning, you’ll head over to your waiver wire and snag the players who are lined up for good matchups the following week. They may have a brutal matchup for that current week. Great, even better. That just means they’re more likely to be available for you. By snagging them a week prior, you eliminate the need to spend a lot of FAAB dollars on the top tier defense that everyone is chasing. Here’s the players who have solid Week 7 matchups on tap and are less than 40 percent owned.
Daniel Jones (NYG) vs ARI
This one may be a bit difficult, as Jones played on Thursday night, so it depends on your league settings. He should be available on Sunday morning, regardless. We’re now five weeks into the season and the Cardinals have allowed three quarterbacks to score 26.0 or more fantasy points. They are the only team who’s done that. In fact, there are just four teams who’ve allowed two such performances to quarterbacks. Jones should get Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram back for this game, too.
Jacoby Brissett (IND) vs HOU
Dropped due to his bye week in most leagues, Brissett is the No. 12 fantasy quarterback through five weeks. The Texans have been a good team to stream against, as they’ve allowed four different quarterbacks to post top-15 numbers against them. The only one who didn’t was backup Kyle Allen, who didn’t play horribly, but also didn’t throw any touchdowns. Having the bye week to gameplan should help and we watched Andrew Luck in this same offense post 464 yards and four yards at home against the Texans last year. Even on the road against them, Luck posted 399 yards and two touchdowns.
If he’s been dropped, would be the top option: Josh Allen (BUF) vs MIA
Ito Smith (ATL) vs LAR
I’m not sure how many realize this, but the Falcons backfield is getting closer and closer to a 55/45 timeshare. Smith has essentially taken on the role that Tevin Coleman played for a few years in which many considered a solid weekly flex. Smith ran the same number of pass routes as Devonta Freeman last week and saw one more target than him, too. Against the Rams, this could quickly turn into a shootout, meaning there’ll be enough opportunity for Smith to be fantasy relevant.
Chase Edmonds (ARI) at NYG
Now that we know David Johnson is dealing with a bad back, it would be wise for Kliff Kingsbury to lighten his workload. We saw that against the Bengals last week when Edmonds chipped in for 86 total yards and a touchdown. Sure, it was a good matchup, but let’s not pretend the Giants aren’t. Knowing the Cardinals run 67.8 plays per game, there’s plenty of work to go around.
Jamaal Williams (GB) vs OAK
We don’t know how Matt LaFleur will handle this backfield when Williams returns, and some will say there’s no way he splits the time after we saw what Aaron Jones did versus the Cowboys. Did we already forget what Jones did against the Vikings in Week 2 when he tallied 150 total yards and a touchdown? The very next week, Williams played 33 snaps while Jones played 21. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a chance LaFleur rides Jones a bit more, but Williams seems like a guy who’s destined to get 10-plus touches per game. Against the Raiders, there should be plenty of opportunity to go around.
Cole Beasley (BUF) vs MIA
It’s kind of crazy to see Beasley owned in less than 20 percent of leagues considering he’s posted 12.3 or more PPR points in 3-of-5 games. The average top-36 wide receiver performance in PPR leagues last year was 11.7 points. So, you’d have a wide receiver who’s a startable commodity in 60 percent of games through the bye weeks? Yes, please. Against the Dolphins? They’re a team that’s allowed 2.40 PPR points per target to wide receivers, which ranks as the second-most in football.
Geronimo Allison (GB) vs OAK
Why is Allison owned in just 70 percent of leagues, especially knowing what we do about Davante Adams? He kept the same slot-heavy role with Adams out of the lineup last week, though it was a tough matchup. The Raiders have been absolutely obliterated by receivers in the slot, allowing 39-of-52 passing for 444 yards and three touchdowns on passes when in the slot. Converted safety Lamarcus Joyner has not been good in that role, so expect Aaron Rodgers to exploit that.
Marquise Goodwin/Dante Pettis (SF) at WAS
The average top-36 performance in PPR leagues was 11.7 points in 2018. The Redskins have allowed nine of those performances through five games, the most in all of football. Goodwin has been the constant presence in the 49ers starting lineup, while Pettis appears to be the starting slot receiver. Both have value against the Redskins, especially when you consider the run-game just lost Kyle Juszczyk for a little while.
Dawson Knox (BUF) vs MIA
If there’s a message you should take away from this article, it’s to attack the Dolphins defense on every level possible. They’ve allowed an average of 119.5 fantasy points per game to the combination of quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends. That’s the most in football, while the next closest team (Redskins) has allowed 107.6 per game. Knox’s workload has been increasing over the weeks and he’s seen 16 targets over the last four games, including a season-high five targets in Week 5. The Dolphins allow 2.24 PPR points per target to tight ends, the second-highest mark in the league.
Noah Fant (DEN) vs KC
You’ll want to chase fantasy points with tight ends in games that have high-scoring potential most of the time, as streaming potential is often dictated by opportunities to score touchdowns at the tight end position. Tight ends are averaging 10.8 targets per game against the Chiefs, which is the most in the NFL, and it’s led to them allowing the sixth most fantasy points to the position. On a per-target basis, they haven’t been nearly as giving as they were last year, but the injuries have started to pile up, as they have two injured linebackers right now. He’s not a surefire hit, but he’s among one of the best available.
Green Bay Packers vs OAK
In case you haven’t watched them yet, the Packers pass-rush is legitimate. They’ve pressured the opposing quarterback an average of 45.9 percent of the time, which ranks as the most in the league. Because of that, they’ve generated seven interceptions and four fumbles through five games. The Raiders may have looked solid against the Bears in London, but they’re a team who’s allowed Derek Carr to be sacked at least three times in two games, and they’ve turned the ball over at least once in each of their last four games. As a big home favorite, the Packers defense should be a solid streamer.
Indianapolis Colts vs HOU
Coming back from the bye week, the Colts defense will get back their starting inside linebacker and one of their starting safeties, which will surely help, though they played extremely well against Patrick Mahomes in Week 5. The Texans have allowed Deshaun Watson to be sacked at least two times in 4-of-5 games, including four or more sacks in 3-of-5 games. When streaming a defense, you don’t want to rely on turnovers or worry about the point totals so much, but rather search for the fantasy floor with sacks, and the Colts should have that. It’s probably worth mentioning they have generated four sacks in 3-of 5 games, too.