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 8 matchups on tap and are less than 40 percent owned.
Derek Carr (OAK) at HOU
If there’s one thing we know about the Texans, it’s that they’ve continually struggled to defend against the pass. We also know their offense is capable of putting up massive numbers on the scoreboard, which could turn this into a shootout. Because of those factors, Carr becomes a solid streamer against a team that’s allowed 4-of-6 quarterbacks to throw for 273-plus yards and two-plus touchdowns. All-in-all, 5-of-6 quarterbacks have finished as top-15 options against them.
Mason Rudolph (PIT) vs MIA
If there’s something even novice fantasy players know, it’s that you attack the Dolphins every single week. There hasn’t been a quarterback who’s finished with less than 15.6 fantasy points against them, which includes Case Keenum, who threw the ball just 25 times last week. Every single quarterback has thrown at least two touchdowns against them, and that means something to streamers, especially when it’s not a great week to be looking for someone who’s low-owned on the waiver wire.
If you’re in a pinch and hope he keeps the starting job: Ryan Tannehill (TEN) vs TB
Darrell Henderson (LAR) vs CIN
When I started the research for this article, I couldn’t believe Henderson was just 30 percent owned. Maybe that jumps prior to kickoff on Sunday, but either way, it’s too low. With Todd Gurley not only ailing, but struggling, the Rams are likely to try and jump-start their run-game against the lowly Bengals defense who’s faced an average of 31.7 running back touches per game. That’s the second-most in the NFL and it should allow the Rams to give Gurley (and maybe even Malcolm Brown some time off). Henderson could be one of the more popular waiver wire adds next week.
Benny Snell (PIT) vs MIA
With Jaylen Samuels out for another few weeks, Snell will be the committee back with James Conner next week against the Dolphins. Through five games, they’ve faced an average of 35.8 running back touches per game, which is the most in the NFL (by far). Of those touches, 31.2 are carries, which is an important number. Why? James Conner has not topped 16 carries over the last 11 games he’s played. If that holds true in Week 8, we’re going to see Snell get 15 touches. That has tremendous value against a defense that’s allowed 4.80 yards per carry.
Dion Lewis (TEN) vs TB
If I were to ask you which team in the NFL has allowed the fewest yards per carry this year, who would your guess be? I’ll save you the time. It’s the Bucs, who have allowed just 2.72 yards per carry. What’s even more impressive is that they’ve done that while playing against Christian McCaffrey twice, Alvin Kamara, Saquon Barkley, and Matt Breida. So, why is Lewis a decent streaming option? Lewis is the primary receiver for the Titans and his usage has been increasing, as he’s seen 12 targets over the last three weeks, while Derrick Henry‘s has been decreasing, seeing just four targets in those games. He’s not ideal, but he should offer something.
Diontae Johnson (PIT) vs MIA
In the three games with Mason Rudolph, Johnson had seen 20 targets, turning them into 14 receptions, 156 yards, and two touchdowns. Rudolph should be back for this game against the Dolphins, making Johnson a viable streaming option who should come with a solid floor. The Dolphins have allowed wide receivers 2.30 PPR points per target this year, second-most in the league.
Corey Davis (TEN) vs TB
Many have moved on from Davis, and rightfully so, but if there’s a matchup to spot-start him, it’s here. The Bucs are defending the run better than anyone right now and it’s led to plenty of targets for wide receivers against them. They’ve faced 23.8 targets per game to wide receivers, allowing a total of 44.1 PPR points per game. They don’t have a shadow cornerback who’ll follow Davis around, so if the Titans really feel like he’s their No. 1 receiver, they’ll target him here.
Dante Pettis (SF) vs CAR
He was in this article last week for his matchup in Week 7, so this pickup can serve a double purpose if you need it to. But the matchup in Week 8 is a great one against the Panthers. They’ve allowed 10 different wide receivers finish with double-digit PPR points against them this year, which is nice, but it’s even better when you find out five of them were slot-heavy receivers, like Pettis has been. He didn’t perform early in the year due to not being on the field, but he’s led the wide receivers in snaps the last two weeks out of the bye.
Darren Fells/Jordan Akins (HOU) vs OAK
This tight end group has been a bit frustrating to predict, but once you get outside of the top eight tight ends, there’s no sure thing. Fells is on the field more than Akins due to his blocking ability, and he’s had two games with six or more targets while Akins has no such games, so Fells would be my pick. The Raiders were easily the worst team in the league against tight ends last year and they’re struggling yet again in 2019, allowing 8.58 yards per target and 1.97 PPR points per target. Fells has scored three touchdowns in his last four games.
Trey Burton (CHI) vs LAC
The Bears have been easing Burton back into the action since returning from his hernia injury, as he started out playing just 43.3 percent of snaps in Week 2, was then around 60 percent the next two weeks, and then played a season-high 75 percent of snaps in Week 5 before their bye week. He should be locked in as a full-time tight end going forward. He’s seen 3-4 targets in each of the four games he’s played, so he’s someone who can be considered in a great matchup. The Chargers have lost both their starting safeties, which has led to them allowing a rock-solid 1.98 PPR points per target. Knowing Burton’s role is growing, we should expect at least four targets and a top-15 performance.
Emergency last-ditch option: Ricky Seals-Jones (CLE) at NE
Pittsburgh Steelers vs MIA
I know, I know… I’m picking on the Dolphins. Well, if you’ve done that, you’ve been a successful streamer this year, defenses included. They’ve allowed at least three sacks in every one of their games to this point, and they’ve also turned the ball over 11 times, with two of those going for touchdowns the other way. Prior to the Chargers game, the Steelers had 13 sacks the previous two weeks.
Detroit Lions vs NYG
After starting out hot, Daniel Jones and the Giants offense has been cooling off. They haven’t scored more than 18 points against an opposing defense over each of the last three weeks and have turned the ball over nine times during that time. The Lions will be at home as a favorite, which is typically the recipe for success in streaming defenses.