Fantasy Football Streaming Week 6
Another terrible week for NFL injuries and a second round of four-team bye weeks will have fantasy owners scouring the waiver wire ahead of Week 6. Those of us streaming the single-starter positions (QB, TE, and DEF) know the drill, but things could get particularly thin with guys like Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott, Jimmy Graham, and Jason Witten on a bye, and a number of other big-name players entering the week with injury concerns. Luckily, Gridiron Exports has you covered when it comes to some of the lesser-owned streaming options that make for nice fantasy plays this weekend.
As always, ownership percentages noted are representative of ESPN standard leagues.
Ownership Percentage: 17.2%
This week’s primetime slate gives us the Colts and Titans on Monday night, in a battle between two of the worst passing defenses in the NFL. And while it might not be pretty from a football purist’s perspective, fantasy fireworks seem likely given the fact that these teams are allowing a combined 60.2 points per game. Tennessee is ranked 24th in the league at defending the pass and is tied for the most passing touchdowns allowed this season with 12. Meanwhile, Brissett has looked good in two of his last three starts, amassing 573 yards passing and four total touchdowns against Cleveland and San Francisco in Weeks 3 and 5, respectively. Maybe he will only flash against poor competition, but the Titans certainly qualify as another such opportunity.
Ownership Percentage: 6.1%
I know, I know… this feels wrong on so many levels. But the fact remains, any quarterback facing the Patriots in 2017 needs to be on your streaming radar. New England has given up 300 yards passing to every quarterback they have faced this year, making them the first team in NFL history to allow five straight 300-yard passers in a single season. The Patriots have also allowed a total of 12 passing touchdowns in five games, tied with the aforementioned Titans for worst in the league. McCown actually has posted serviceable fantasy stats in three of five games this season, and with the Jets likely to be playing from behind against what has been the NFL’s worst pass defense, he can absolutely make a run at 300 yards passing and multiple touchdowns.
Ownership Percentage: 47.6%
Over the last three weeks, the only tight end with more receptions that Seferian-Jenkins’ 15 are Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, and Jimmy Graham. And while ASJ hasn’t racked up the same yardage totals as those guys, he saw eight targets this past Sunday and found the endzone for the first time as a member of the Jets. In fact, since returning from a two-game suspension to start the season, Seferian-Jenkins has been the most targeted member of New York’s receiving corp, and this week he draws a favorable matchup against the Patriots beleaguered pass defense. New England has allowed a receiving touchdown to an opposing tight end in four of five games, with the opponent’s TE1 registering at least 60 yards receiving in each of the last three weeks.
Ownership Percentage: 0.6%
This might be a bit of a longshot, even by streaming standards, but with a number of top tight ends out this week due to byes or possible injuries, we’re digging deep for our second choice at the position. Derby has been part of a committee approach in Denver this season, fighting for targets against fellow tight ends Virgil Green and Jeff Heuerman. But ahead of the Broncos Week 5 bye, Derby may have more firmly established himself as the team’s TE1, leading all Denver receivers in receptions (4) and receiving yards (75), while scoring a touchdown. On Sunday night, he’ll have a nice opportunity to build on that performance, when he faces a Giants defense that allows the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, including nearly 75 yards receiving per game and six total touchdowns.
Ownership Percentage: 37.8%
Timing is everything for the Falcons defense, which enters Week 6 off a bye, looks to be getting star linebacker Vic Beasley back from a hamstring injury, and welcomes a hapless Miami offense to town on Sunday. The Dolphins are producing better than 40 yards per game less than any other team in the NFL and are dead last in scoring at just 10.2 points per game. Jay Cutler has an interception in each of his last three games and is likely to be playing from behind in a game where the Falcons are favored by 11 points. That’s a recipe for classic bad decision making for Cutler and should set up Atlanta’s opportunistic defense for turnovers, sacks, and maybe even a touchdown.
Ownership Percentage: 32.6%
When last we saw the Redskins defense, they were getting shredded by Alex Smith on Monday night football to conclude Week 4. But Sunday’s home date with the 49ers is quite a different setting than that road trip to Kansas City, and Washington’s defense has shown an ability to pile up counting stats to start the 2017 season. Prior to the setback against a Chiefs offense that is making a lot of teams look bad this year, the Redskins had at least two sacks and two turnovers in each of their first three games, and Washington remains tied for seventh in the league in sacks per game this season. Look for them to get back on track against Brian Hoyer and company.
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