Fantasy Football Streaming Week 7
After a pair of four-team bye weeks, this weekend is supposed to be a bit of a breather for fantasy players, as only Detroit and Houston will be sidelined in Week 7. However, with those teams boasting key fantasy quarterbacks in Matthew Stafford and Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers being lost for the balance of the year with a broken collarbone, and a handful of other quarterbacks with a questionable tag, there should be a good deal of quarterback streaming on this week’s waiver wire.
Luckily, there are a number of viable options at QB this week, as well as the other single-starter positions (TE and DEF). Below are some of our favorites, with the ownership percentages noted representing ESPN standard league availability.
Ownership Percentage: 47.5%
After multiple touchdown passes in two of his first three games, Taylor has been relatively quiet over Buffalo’s last two contests. However, a home date with Tampa Bay this weekend should be just the thing to get Taylor back on track. The Buccaneers are giving up the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, including more than 300 yards passing on average and ten touchdown passes against just four interceptions. The Bills’ receiving corp is painfully thin at this point, but Taylor should make the most of whatever he is working within this plus matchup. He also offers a safe floor for fantasy owners due to his ability to run. Taylor trails only Cam Newton in rushing attempts by quarterbacks in 2017, after leading the league in rushing yards and touchdowns at the position last season.
Ownership Percentage: 23.7%
Goff had a surprisingly solid start to the season, with 1,072 yards passing and seven touchdowns over the Rams’ first four games, before underwhelming in his last two contests (412 yards and just one score). But when you consider the recent downturn came against two of the better pass defenses in the league in Seattle and Jacksonville, there’s reason to be optimistic for a Goff resurgence. In Week 7, he draws a favorable matchup with a Cardinals defense that (despite the presence of star cornerback Patrick Peterson) allows the seventh-most passing yards per game in the NFL and the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Vegas has the Rams with an implied point total of 25.5 this week, and with Arizona only giving up 90.3 yards per game on the ground, most of the Los Angeles scoring punch is likely to fall on Goff.
Ownership Percentage: 40.8%
Hooper has 12 catches for 98 yards over Atlanta’s last two games, moving him up to second on the team in receptions and receiving yards on the season, behind Julio Jones. While Mohammed Sanu could return from a hamstring injury in Week 7 and threaten some of Hooper’s involvement in the Falcons’ passing game, there should be enough opportunity to go around against a New England defense giving up a league-worst 324.8 yards per game through the air. The Patriots have been torched by Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Cameron Brate over the last two weeks, and are surrendering the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends on the year. Streamers should continue to target players facing New England and Hooper stands as one likely to benefit from the favorable matchup in Week 7.
Ownership Percentage: 28.8%
It might be difficult to get excited about a Bears’ passing attack that is averaging less than 175 yards per game on the season, but Miller’s level of involvement warrants your consideration as a tight end streamer. He’s second on the team in targets for the year and has the most looks in less than two games of the Mitch Trubisky era as Chicago’s quarterback. Miller also has touchdowns in back-to-back games, even if last week’s score came on a halfback pass from Tarik Cohen. Zach Ertz and the Eagles showed last week that Carolina can be susceptible to big fantasy production from the tight end position, and only seven teams have given up more passing scores overall than the Panthers’ 10. Look for Miller to enjoy a solid fantasy outing against Carolina on Sunday.
Ownership Percentage: 29.6%
Buffalo exits its Week 6 bye as the number-one scoring defense in the NFL, allowing just 14.8 points per game. This defensive unit also ranks second in interceptions and sixth in total turnovers forced but remains widely available in fantasy leagues. Streamers should take advantage of that fact, particularly with the Buccaneers traveling to Buffalo on Sunday. Jameis Winston sprained an AC joint in his throwing shoulder last week and his availability is at best questionable for Week 7. Assuming Winston misses the game, the Bills will face Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has 135 interceptions across 129 NFL games, including 32 picks in his two-year stint as the Jets quarterback from 2015 through 2016 and two INTs in relief of Winston last week. If Jameis does manage to play, it will be at far less than 100%, making either outcome a favorable scenario for Buffalo’s defense.
New Orleans Saints
Ownership Percentage: 23.7%
The Saints have been among the hottest fantasy football defenses over the last month, including a ridiculous three-touchdown performance against Detroit in Week 6. While fantasy owners obviously can’t count on regular trips to the endzone with this (or any) defense, the turnovers and quarterback pressure being applied by New Orleans over its last three games are things that can be carried over to future matchups. The Saints have at least four sacks in each of those contests and a total of nine turnovers over the three-week stretch. A matchup with a Packers team that just lost Aaron Rodgers and has been decimated along the offensive line bodes well for continues fantasy success for the Saints defensive.
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