The Stream Life: Week 6
Fantasy football can be a love, hate relationship. In each NFL game, there is a game plan teams try to abide by. When teams go off script we never really know what to expect. Last week, Blake Bortles threw for a career high 430 yards. While that wasn’t in the game script and a good chunk of those yards came in garbage time the stats still count the same. Another good example of this would be the Case Keenum to Demaryius Thomas 42-yard touchdown pass that allowed the Broncos to only lose by a score of 34-16. The Steelers and Bengals defenses both scored late touchdowns to secure victories for their team. This is what can make fantasy football a love, hate relationship. It all depends on what side of the box score you were on; did you have them in your lineup or were you going against them? The Stream Life had its highs and lows with both Case Keenum and the Bengals defense last week. Below is a list of Stream Life candidates that will hopefully help you love fantasy football again this week.
QB: Jameis Winston: Bucs at Falcons
The Stream Life has been above average with its QB options over the last few weeks. This week Jameis Winston gets his starting job back for Tampa Bay as they travel to Atlanta to take on a Falcons defense that has given up 3 passing touchdowns in each of their last 4 games! Other than the 250 pass yards given up to Ben Roethlisberger last week, the Falcons defense has conceded 335, 396, and 337 passing yards in weeks 2-4.
QB: C.J. Beathard: 49ers at Packers
This week’s article mentions game flow and here is where The Stream Life puts it to use. The San Francisco 49ers will likely be playing without running back Matt Breida. The Green Bay Packers are coming off a loss to the Detroit Lions. The recipe spells a dominating win for the Packers. With that said, the 49ers should be playing a lot of catch up. Beathard is a sneaky streaming option in 2 QB leagues as he has thrown 2 touchdowns apiece in his two starts this year. Beathard is also 2 yards away from having back-to-back 300-yard passing games. The Packers defense has been decent against QB’S this season, but The Stream Life predicts some quality garbage time fantasy points for Beathard.
TE: C.J. Uzomah: Bengals vs Steelers
Who would have thought the most popular name in The Stream Life would be C.J.? The Bengals tight end is filling in for Tyler Eifert and has a beautiful fantasy match up this weekend. Since week 2 the Pittsburgh Steelers have allowed 7, 9, 10, and 9 receptions to opposing teams tight ends. The minimum number of catches for the Steelers opponents starting tight end is 5 over that span. Fellow tight end, Tyler Kroft was injured last week and if that injury keeps Kroft sidelined then that could be enough to persuade you to stream Uzomah.
TE: Cameron Brate: Bucs at Falcons
With O.J. Howard expected to miss this matchup, The Stream Life sees value in Brate this week. Brate has a touchdown reception in each of his last two games, including one from Jameis Winston in garbage time back in week 4 against the Bears. The Falcons have been surprisingly good against tight ends this year. However, Vegas projects this game to be the second highest of the weekend and when that happens The Stream Life will look to start players who can be fantasy relevant.
K: Cody Parkey: Bears at Dolphins
The Stream Life has seen there struggles with kickers this year. It has basically been a kiss of death that one of these two kickers will miss an extra point. While that’s nothing to brag about, it’s ironic how unlucky the kickers have been for us. For you, new readers, no worries, Mason Crosby was NOT on this list last week. All kidding aside, Cody Parkey has double-digit fantasy points in 3 of his 4 games this season. (Bears are coming off their BYE week). The Dolphins have allowed opposing kickers to attempt 2 field goals in every game except the Patriots one, which was over by halftime. Parkey is coming off 6 field goals attempted over his last 2 weeks and 7 made extra points over that same span. The Stream Life has full confidence in Parkey this week.
K: Ka’imi Fairbairn: Texans vs Bills
Captain obvious here but almost every time there’s a chance to play someone going against the Buffalo Bills The Stream Life is going to take it. Fairbairn, the Texans kicker, has now produced 3 straight weeks of double-digit fantasy points. Over the last 3 weeks, Fairbairn has attempted 12 field goals! As for the Bills, over the last 2 weeks they have allowed 7 field goal attempts and over that span opposing kickers have scored double-digit fantasy points in each game. The Stream Life loves Fairbairn this week.
D/ST: Seahawks at Raiders
There needs to be a disclaimer with this one. Streaming a team defense this week could be a little more difficult than normal. Based on matchups and the likelihood of a team defense being available in your league, the Seattle Seahawks is one defense The Stream Life will be rolling the dice with. For starters, this game is being played in London, so this won’t be a true home field advantage for the Raiders. Check out this stat I came up with: The week after a team faces the Los Angeles Rams the team defense and special teams see an increase of 12.7 fantasy points in their next game. For example, in week 2 the Cardinals scored -1 fantasy points vs the Rams, the next week they scored 11. Week 3, the Chargers scored -5 fantasy points vs the Rams and followed that up with 6 fantasy points the next week. Remember how awful the Vikings defense was in that Thursday night football game against the Rams? After scoring -10 fantasy points in that game, the Vikings bounced back with 14 fantasy points last week. The Seattle Seahawks scored -1 fantasy points last week, so I’ll go on a limb and project an 11-point fantasy performance for the Seahawks defense and special teams this week.
D/ST: Giants vs Eagles
Here is another risky streaming option, but that’s the beauty of The Stream Life. The higher the risk the higher the reward can be. Enter the New York Giants defense and special teams. The Philadelphia Eagles have lost 7 fumbles this season. Since week 2, the Eagles have allowed at least 3 sacks in each game. Add in the fact it’s a Thursday night game and the home team has won every Thursday night game this season, The Stream Life will look to fade the road team on a short week.
As always good luck to everyone not facing me in fantasy this week. Twitter is @bferrer