Written by Anthony Reimer, Writer and Contributer, @reimeras on Twitter and @mrmeseeks on the Fantasy Life App
There are two words that fantasy football fans hate to hear more than almost anything else: bye weeks. Aside from getting an injury to one of your key players, bye weeks are one of the most annoying things that come up throughout the regular season. While only two teams are on a bye this week, Green Bay and Philadelphia, both showed last week that they are fantasy friendly offenses to invest in, and this week is just the prelude of the horror to come throughout the rest of the season. Bye weeks always seem to come at the worst possible time, it always seems that you have three players on a bye the week you need a win the most.
So in the next 10 weeks, this column is going to be even more important than ever before. Players that are desperate during a bye week are the players we want to target, not the players we want to be. Bye weeks can make you make trades you'll regret just to fill a spot in your roster and that almost always hurts you for the rest of the season. Are you freaking out because you have Aaron Rodgers on a bye? Fear not my good man, I have you covered.
As always there's 2 things to keep in mind whenever streaming a position: 1) never get attached to a player. Generally speaking these players were on waivers for a reason, so use them this week but always check their matchup next week and check back here before using them again. 2) This is not a start/sit column. Always check the FLAFFL House consensus rankings before making lineup decisions.
Dak Prescott, at San Francisco, ownership percentage: 42.6
Dak was on the attack on Sunday night as the Dallas Cowboys dominated the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night. Prescott there for 250 yards and a touchdown against the lowly Bears defense adding 36 yards and a touchdown for good measure. This week the Cowboys travel to San Fransisco to take on a defense that looked dominant in week 1 against the Rams but has allowed 947 yards of total offense and eight touchdowns in the two weeks since. Dak has improved steadily since week 1 as the Cowboys have been opening the play book a little more and allowing him to throw the football downfield slightly more often. I believe Dak is a sure fire bet to get 250 yards and two touchdowns next Sunday, and should be a top 10 play with higher upside if he can continue to add more yards and touchdowns on the ground.
Joe Flacco, vs. Oakland, ownership percentage: 23.8
That's right, I'm wacko for Flacco once again even after turning in a relatively disappointing performance the last time I used him in this column, week 2 against the Browns. This time Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens welcome in the Oakland Raiders and their quarterback friendly defense. Though Oakland showed some signs of improvement week 3, I'm not buying it as Tennessee is a very vanilla offense at times and was without its main receiving target, tight end Delanie Walker. Oakland is one of the worst defenses in the league against opposing tight ends and Flacco has renewed his on the field chemistry with his off the field best friend, Dennis Pitta. The Raiders are also one of the worst teams in the league at defending the long pass and Baltimore has Mike Wallace who can burn past almost any cornerback in the league. I like Flacco as a top 12 play this week with a little more risk than Prescott, but the ability to pass for 350 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Trevor Siemian, at Tampa Bay, Ownership percentage: 4.8
Touchdown Trevor fever his hitting Denver right now and the rest of the NFL should be very afraid. I don't know if I'm buying Denver all of the sudden having a high flying offense, but there's no doubt that Siemian’s performance against the Bengals was very impressive. Teams will look to sell out to stop the run against Denver and on Sunday Denver’s receivers showed they are still good enough to beat single coverage and Siemian is good enough to take advantage. This week Siemian takes on the Tampa Bay who have given a whopping 101 points to the quarterback position this season, dead last in the NFL. Last week Tampa gave up 190 yards and 2 touchdowns to Case Keenum and allowed 30 points to an offense that didn't score a touchdown the first 2 weeks. I think Siemian has the best matchup of the week, making him a safe top 12 QB with much greater upside depending on how many touchdowns Kubiak lets him throw.
Deep league dart throw:
Brian Hoyer, vs Detroit, ownership percentage: 1.5
Anyone that streamed quarterbacks in 2015 will tell you that Brian Hoyer was one of their best friends. While not exactly the best real life quarterback, Hoyer has been really good for fantasy when given the opportunity against the right matchup. Last Sunday Hoyer threw for 317 yards and two touchdowns in the 31 to 17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. On Sunday Detroits defense allowed Aaron Rodgers to go off passing for 4 touchdowns. One thing that helps Hoyer from a fantasy perspective is that the Chicago Bears defense is absolutely awful. I expect Chicago to give up a lot of points to a very good Detroit offense, causing Hoyer to need to throw to keep pace. I see Hoyer as a top 15 quarterback this week, with possibly higher upsides than the other two quarterbacks mentioned here, but also a lot more risk as he is capable of throwing four interceptions any time he lines up behind center.
Kyle Rudolph, vs New York Giants, ownership percentage: 40.6
Kyle Rudolph is a player all of us have fallen in love with, only to be disappointed. This year however, Rudolph looks like he's for real as he caught 7 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers, a team that is traditionally one of the best in the league against the tight end. The difference with Rudolph is the usage in areas beside the red zone as he has led or been second on the team in targets every week so far this season. He also has a touchdown in each week Sam Bradford has started and now that Peterson is injured is their #1 redzone threat. Rudolph looks like a top ten fantasy tight end this season, and should be one of the top waiver wire pickups in week 4.
Zach Miller, vs Detroit, ownership percentage: 42.7
A popular sleeper heading into the season, Miller rewarded any owner who was patient with him in a big way catching 8 passes for 78 yards and 2 touchdowns on 9 targets. The last time Detroit faced a tight end that was among the leaders on his team in targets was week 2, allowing 6 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown to the Titan’s Delanie Walker. I like Miller as a top 10 tight end this week with top 5 potential upside in a high scoring matchup.
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Cameron Brate, vs Denver, ownership percentage: 0.9
Much hyped tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was cut from Tampa Bay last week and Brate rewarded the Buccaneers catching 5 passes for 46 yards and 2 touchdowns. Now that Jenkins is gone, Brate is the best tight end option in an offense led by Jameis Winston, a quarterback that has shown in the past he likes throwing to the tight end, especially in the red zone. The only thing that makes me lower in Brate is the matchup against the Broncos, one of the best defenses in the league. While the Broncos are elite, I think Tampa will be able to move the ball to some degree and I like Brate to be the beneficiary of Denvers focus on Mike Evans. I view him as a top 15 play with higher upside should he be able to catch a touchdown.
Wahington Redskins, vs Cleveland, ownership percentage: 2.6
So streaming Miami last week didn't work out. You have my deepest apologies, that's what I get for trusting the Dolphins. I still however think that Cleveland has one of the worst offenses in the league and believe they are one of the best offenses to stream against. Last week Washington was able to get 3 points against a much better New York offense thanks mostly to Eli Manning loving to throw interceptions. Josh Norman is better than any cornerback the Dolphins have, and should be able to stop Terrell Pryor from dominating the way he did in week 3. I think Washington is a nice play this week, with high upside in what I expect to be a sloppy game from both teams.
New York Giants, vs Minnesota, ownership percentage: 24.8
This is more a public service announcement about the Giants defense than a stream for this week. The Giants defense is good and the fact that they are only owned in a quarter of leagues shows how little attention people pay to their defense. They've gotten 15 points in each of the last two weeks and have a decent if not spectacular matchup against the Vikings. So while they will most likely only get 3-5 points this week, pick them up as I believe they will be a top 10 defense for the rest of the season.