Quarterback & Tight End Streamers: Week 4 (2020 Fantasy Football)
Is it me or have the odd weeks (Week 1 & 3) posted some bizarre results with random players coming out of nowhere and making a fantasy splash? Kalen Ballage had more receptions and yards than Diontae Johnson, David Johnson, Darius Slayton, Larry Fitzgerald, Joe Mixon, Chris Carson, Leonard Fournette, Melvin Gordon, Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook, Mike Williams, Jarvis Landry, Darren Waller, and Julian Edelman. Cedrick Wilson and Kalif Raymond each had over 100 yards receiving. Rex Burkhead had more touchdowns than the New York Giants, the New York Jets and the Denver Broncos combined.
It was no different for the tight ends. Jesse James, Foster Moreau, Jacob Hollister, Marcedes Lewis, and Harrison Bryant each had a touchdown to go along with Tyler Croft and Jimmy Graham, who had two. Jimmy Graham was the most rostered above at a whopping 9%! Every other tight end mentioned here were rostered in 0% of leagues! We are only heading into Week 4 and already the results are stunning as they are arbitrary.
Speaking of results, mine were definitely not stellar. My quarterback streamer of the week, Gardner Minshew had a poor game. Conversely, my alternate streamer, Ryan Fitzpatrick was QB6 for the week, scoring over 28 fantasy points. If you are scoring at home, it is officially The Beard 1 and The Stache 0. I did nail the trap of the week though. Remember when I said that Mitchell Trubisky seemed to have a plum matchup but I was urging you not to start him? That turned out to be the right move. I also mentioned that he wouldn’t be the starter sooner rather than later. I was right on that too. I just did not think the sooner was going to be now.
My tight end streamers were definitely disappointing. Drew Sample did a disappearing act after taking center stage the week before. He’s definitely off my radar now after a one-reception-for-one-yard day. What is most concerning and surprising is he only had one target. We are always looking for the tight end who gets consistent targets and it looks as though that is not happening for him. Lesson learned. Don’t trust a small Sample size! Logan Thomas was serviceable but far from great. Again, I was right with my trap of the week. Dalton Schultz did not do much despite Dak Prescott throwing for career-high 472 yards.
On to Week 4. There are still a lot of good options out there. But with choice comes the stress of choosing incorrectly. I hope my process is still working despite blips here and there.
Quarterback Streamer of the Week – Baker Mayfield (CLE) @ Dallas Cowboys
Gardner Minshew and Ryan Tannehill are now above the streaming threshold but they’ve been replaced by Daniel Jones and Baker Mayfield, who have been pretty disappointing so far in 2020. Jones has a tough matchup but if Mayfield can turn around his career, now is the time. After stifling Jared Goff in Week 1, the Cowboys have allowed Matt Ryan (35 points) and Russell Wilson (44 points) to explode. And let’s face it – Mayfield needs to really turn it around. He has no more excuses. He can’t blame his weapons. He can’t blame his coaches. It’s now all on him. We know he has the ability, the draft capital, and the college resume. He now has to put it all together. If he fails to do it this week then many will be calling for his head. Even if the Browns lose, which is the most likely scenario, Mayfield needs to prove his doubters wrong. I’m not quite off the Baker Train so I am going to go all-in this week. If he ends up being an offensive dud, then I’m probably out.
Alternate Streamer of the Week – Kirk Cousins (MIN) @ Houston Texans
There was once a time when Kirk Cousins was rostered to the point that he was never streamable. This season, he’s been dismissed. He has not been lights out but two out of his three games he has scored 23 fantasy points. Houston has allowed over 20 points to quarterbacks which is about the league average. There’s also been talk that Minnesota needs to start airing it out more. Minnesota and Houston are probably the best two 0-3 teams out there desperate for a win. Expect this game to be high scoring with Cousins needing to produce. If you aren’t as bullish on Cousins and can’t get Mayfield in your league perhaps consider Nick Mullens who plays the Philadelphia Eagles, who seem to be in disarray.
Trap of the Week: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA) vs Seattle Seahawks
Fitzmagic is coming off a magical game and seems to have a magical matchup. The Seahawks have given up over 30 points to opposing quarterbacks. Seems like a no-brainer, right? Remember Seattle faced Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, and Dak Prescott. As fun as Fitzgerald is, he’s nowhere near those on that list. Seattle’s defense has been porous but it is no way shape or form comparable to Jacksonville. Fitzmagic has always been such a boom/bust choice and I have a sneaky feeling this week he’s going to be a bust.
Tight End Streamer of the Week: Dalton Schultz (DAL) vs Cleveland Browns
I told you to go and pick up Dalton Schultz last week but not play him. I think he is going to take on the Blake Jarwin role even if it is only at 80%. Jarwin was one of the tight ends many had for a breakout season. This week Dallas is against the Cleveland Browns, who have been the kindest towards tight ends. In fact, they have given up over 25 fantasy points to tight ends in the first three weeks of the season and have only really faced one elite tight end, Mark Andrews. Schultz is should be a solid streamer this week.
Alternative Streamer of the Week: Eric Ebron (PIT) vs Tennessee Titans
Eric Ebron finally showed us why he was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3. He was dominant and productive. He had only two targets in Week 1, but that went up to five in Week 2. Last week he had seven targets, five receptions for 52 yards, and had a touchdown. Perhaps it took a few weeks to get comfortable with Ben Roethlisberger but now he seems to be on the same page. He now gets the Titans who are one of only seven teams to allow over 20 fantasy points to tight ends. I see Ebron continuing his ascension this week.
Trap of the Week: Jimmy Graham (CHI) vs Indianapolis Colts
Jimmy Graham had a memorable Week 3. He had 10 targets, six receptions for 60 yards and two touchdowns. Many will be jumping on the Graham bandwagon. However, approach this option with caution. He is against the Colts who have been the toughest against tight ends. He might have chemistry with Nick Foles that transcends this, but this is based on a pretty small sample size. Even if he is the real deal and has found his fountain of youth, I would wait another week to see how this week turns out.
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