Quarterback & Tight End Streamers: Week 7 (2021 Fantasy Football)
Now that we are entering the second week of byes, the streaming life ain’t so pretty. Week 7 is one of the toughest weeks for this. Pittsburgh, LA Chargers, Dallas, Buffalo, Seattle, and Jacksonville are all off. People will be scrambling to find players that are healthy to fill many voids. Therefore, expect less for the next eight weeks. Another problem this year, more than others, is the inconsistency of players. Quarterbacks like Justin Herbert threw four touchdowns and almost 400 yards one week only to follow it up with practically nada. David Njoku lit it up two weeks ago only to have a measly one reception for six yards a week later. More of the consistent players are less than appealing. Many of them have decent floors but lack the upside we all covet. This week was a struggle to find three good options for quarterbacks and three ‘just’ options for tight ends. And I have a feeling it isn’t going to be much better for a while. Brace yourself. It may get rather ugly.
Quarterback Streamer of the Week: Teddy Bridgewater (DEN) @ Cleveland Browns
While many call TeddyB a game manager, I find him slightly more daring and dangerous this year. In the end, he is still putting up good fantasy points. Many say he’s not the answer in Denver, but I like how he’s been more of a renegade. After six games, he has thrown 10 touchdowns compared to six last year. Sure, he threw three picks last game, which ate into his fantasy production, but I like that he also had three touchdowns and threw for over 300 yards for the second time this season. He only threw for 300+ yards three times all of last year. If somehow we can get a hybrid of Teddy the game manager and Teddy the gunslinger… He faces the Cleveland Browns, who have given up eight total touchdowns through the air in the past two games. Let’s hope that Teddy errs on the side of maverick this week but doesn’t totally morph into famous Jameis or his current backup.
Alternate Streamer of the Week: Tua Tagovailoa (MIA) vs Atlanta Falcons
I got to watch Tua in his return from injury game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had some moments of brilliance to go along with the rust that he needed to shake off. Even though Miami didn’t win the game, Tua is the quarterback the Dolphins need to continue to support. He has moxy and talent and is a lot more fun to watch than Trevor Lawrence. This is the week for him to take out his frustration. Atlanta is still the fifth-worst defense against quarterbacks despite making Zach Wilson look silly two weeks ago. Tua returns home, and hopefully, this ends up being a homecoming win for Miami. I think this game has a huge range of outcomes – meaning it could be low scoring or high scoring. However, I like to think that Matt Ryan is starting to look like himself again, Kyle Pitts broke out (finally) and he’ll be with Calvin Ridley for the first time in a while. Tua’s connections with Mike Gesicki and former Alabama teammate Jaylen Waddle can’t be ignored. Waddle has been a target hog despite not really having a Waddle game yet. This could be the week that Tua and Waddle give us what Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase have been delivering since the start of the regular season. And I’m here for it.
Dark Horse: Mac Jones (NE) vs New York Jets
Mac Jones has been a safe option for weeks and has been on the wrong side of lucky. This week he is gifted with playing the New York Jets. That being said, the Jets have been one of the stingiest against quarterbacks, which I found surprising. It probably comes down to the point that their offense has been so abysmal that their opponents did not have to try too hard for too long. As a Zach Wilson truther cum apologist I think that he will turn a corner after his bye week to try to right the ship. Therefore, I see the Jets’ offense improving, thus being more competitive. This means that Mac Jones just has to do what’s he’s been doing. Nothing flashy. Nothing out of the ordinary. Nothing reckless. He just needs to continue being the supreme game manager that gives your team the chance to put up 20 fantasy points.
Tight End Streamer of the Week: Ricky Seals-Jones (WFT) vs Green Bay Packers
I have advocated RSJ many times in the past four years writing my TE Streamer recommendations for this site. I do believe, however, this is the first time I am vouching for him two weeks in a row. This makes me happy. He’s getting the opportunity and has done as good of a job posing as Logan Thomas. He’s been nothing less than productive and, this past week, found the end zone. This week it won’t be the Kansas City Chiefs, but I do believe that the WFT lacks any significant pass-catcher outside of Terry McLaurin. I do like Dyami Brown but he’s a rookie. I always roll my eyes when I see the name Curtis Samuel on another injury report. And even when he’s active, he’s far from the consistent player we want. I love Antonio Gibson, but it seems his team doesn’t love him in the passing game. RSJ seems to be my tight end de jour (or is it la semaine?) for the next two weeks anyway. Might as well love his floor and upside until he fades into obscurity after the real Logan Thomas returns.
Alternate Streamer of the Week: Anthony Firkser (TEN) vs Kansas City Chiefs
The next two recommendations are pretty desperate choices. I am writing this before Tennessee’s Monday Nighter versus Buffalo in Week 6. I do not see Anthony Firkser doing much in that game with or without A.J. Brown. Buffalo is lights out against tight ends. However, Firkser faces Kansas City this week. They are the antithesis of lights out. Firkser does not have Jonnu Smith anymore and whether or not you think highly of the former Harvard tight end, remember he’s the best on the Titans at that position. Tennessee has been disappointing this season apart from King Henry. If Ryan Tannehill and gang want to start turning their air attack around, it starts with A.J. Brown, Julio Jones, and yes, Anthony Firkser.
Dark Horse: Ross Dwelley (SF) vs Indianapolis Colts
Whenever George Kittle is not playing (which is a lot), Dwelley has done an adequate job at filling in. He’s no athletic juggernaut but is better than most backups. And with the tight end landscape as dire as it is, Ross Dwelley might be one of the cheapest and safest short-term options right now. It also helps that the Colts are the fourth-worst defense when it comes to tight ends. I don’t expect a game like Mark Andrews had a few weeks ago but even if Dwelley can get a fifth of his production, you are looking at 10 fantasy points, which for a tough bye week with little out there, is more than adequate. After all, beggars can’t be choosers, and streamers should not expect league winners. Instead, we are looking for those who aren’t league losers.
Good luck this week as we crawl through the muck of injuries and bye weeks. It’s gonna get ugly and dirty and sloppy and silly. Let’s just get through it together and hopefully make it to the winning side even if it isn’t in supreme style!