The Stream Life: Week 4
How great is the NFL? Anything can happen on any given Sunday and we witnessed that this weekend. The Buffalo Bills became the largest underdog to win an NFL game in 23 years. The NFL can be so unpredictable and with that fantasy football is the same way. The Bills quarterback, Josh Allen, was only 2% owned going into his match-up against the Minnesota Vikings in week 3. Allen scored more fantasy points than Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady combined! COMBINED!! If you have been following The Stream Life throughout the season you have noticed the rocky start. With two teams on a BYE this week, the Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers, below are some Stream Life candidates for week 4!
QB: Case Keenum: Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs
Through three weeks of the regular season, it’s obvious the Chiefs provide zero defensive threat to opposing quarterbacks. Before getting injured last week, Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 251 yards and 2 touchdowns. The two weeks prior to that opposing quarterbacks have thrown for a minimum 424 yards and 3 touchdowns. With the Chiefs offense scoring a minimum of 38 points each week teams have had to air it out while playing catch up.
QB: Mitchell Trubisky: Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I’m sticking with Trubisky even though he hasn’t thrown for over 220 yards in a game. All three quarterbacks who have faced the Buccaneers defense this year have thrown for over 300 yards. One of these weeks the Bears will take the training wheels off Trubisky and each week there’s a sexy fantasy match-up I’m strongly considering him in a 2 QB league.
TE: David Njoku: Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders
For those of you that have Njoku on your fantasy roster, I can understand your frustration. Njoku hasn’t caught more than four passes or had over 36 receiving yards all season but this is his week. By inserting Baker Mayfield into the starting lineup the Browns pass catchers immediately get a boost. Both of Njoku’s receptions in week 3 came after Mayfield was inserted into the game. While the Raiders have been solid against opposing tight ends they really haven’t faced off against either an athletic or offensive team that focuses on their tight end. It might not be much, but expect a season high in yards and potentially four to five catches.
TE: Austin Hooper: Atlanta Falcons vs Cincinnati Bengals
I will admit, since I’ll be in attendance for this game I need to have someone in this game featured in The Stream Life this week. Hooper is purely a touchdown dependent tight end in order to have fantasy relevance. Luckily, for Hooper, the Bengals have given up a touchdown to opposing tight ends in two of the first three weeks of the season. With Calvin Ridley having a monster game in week 3 and Julio being Julio we could expect the Bengals to focus on eliminating the deep ball and keeping safety help over the top. There’s a chance Hooper could be involved in the short passing or over the middle of the field game plan in week 4.
K: Adam Vinatieri: Indianapolis Colts vs Houston Texans
The Texans have allowed at least 9 fantasy points to opposing fantasy kickers. In two of the first three weeks of the season, Vinatieri has attempted at least 3 field goals. Stream Vinatieri with confidence this week.
K: Aldrick Rosas: New York Giants vs New Orleans Saints
This year the Saints defense hasn’t been able to stop a pee-wee football team from scoring. Okay, too far, but you understand and so does Las Vegas. The over/under for this game is set at 50, which is tied for the second highest point total of the week. Fantasy players can use Vegas to help them with lineup decisions when it comes to The Stream Life. I’ll gladly take a chance with a kicker who is projected to play in such a high scoring game.
Team D/St: Green Bay Packers vs Buffalo Bills
Call me crazy, but I’m starting the Green Bay Packers defense with confidence this week. The Buffalo Bills torched one of the best defenses in the league last week in the Minnesota Vikings but does lightning strike twice? I’m willing to guess the answer is no. Through the first three weeks of the season, the Bills have allowed 14 sacks. Last week was the first time the Bills did not throw an interception in a game all season. After losing last week at Washington the Packers will look to get things right and we should expect the Bills to get their full attention after that upset I mentioned above.
Team D/St: Los Angeles Chargers vs San Francisco 49ers
I know the Los Angeles Chargers defense has scored -4 and -5 fantasy points in week 1 and 3. However, in week 2 against the Bills, they scored double-digit fantasy points. Maybe it’s an every other week thing for this defense? Whether that’s the case or not, this team faced Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff in those weeks I just mentioned. Now, enter the depleted San Francisco 49ers. Their running back, Matt Breida is tied for the league lead in rushing yards but their starting quarterback is now C.J. Beathard. Last season Beathard played in 6 games and attempted at least 36 pass attempts in all but 1 game. With all those attempts he has yet to throw for 300 yards and threw at least 1 interception in all but 1 game last season. Only once did Beathard have a QBR (Quarterback Rating) of over 62 in those six games. While all those stats were in 2017, I’ll gladly take my chances with the Los Angeles Chargers defense and special teams this week.
As always, good luck to everyone not playing me in fantasy this week. You can send any and all questions to my Twitter: @bferrer