By: Zack Patraw @ffdynasty_ztp
Streamers – Week 9
With 6 teams on a bye, there are 12 top 12 guys that will not be playing this week. At this point in the season, there usually aren’t many available options to start. I’ll give you some names that will be worth a flyer this week.
Tyrod Taylor- Taylor is 2 full games past his bye week, and he has put up some decent numbers. Both teams he has faced have been well below the bottom half of the league against QBs. This week he takes on the New York Jets, a team that has also allowed one of the leagues most points against QBs. In the last 2 games, the New York Jets have allowed 580 passing yards, and 6 touchdowns to opposing QBs. In that same span, Taylor has thrown for 433 yards, and 2 touchdowns, while also rushing for 54 yards and a touchdown. With the recent acquisition of Kelvin Benjamin, it gives Taylor another weapon that he has been missing since the Buffalo Bills traded Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams. He’s a big receiver, standing at 6 foot 5 inches and 245 pounds. A big target that Taylor will enjoy throwing to. Look for him to put up some fantasy points for you that could help you win your week.
Jared Goff- Goff will be taking on a New York Giants defense that will be without their best defensive back, Janoris Jenkins due to suspension. The Giants have been atrocious against opposing Qbs this year, giving up at least 20 points in their last 4 games. Goff has been solid this year, throwing for over 250 yards in 4 out of his 7 games. The Giants have allowed the opposing QB to throw for over 300 yards in 3 out of their last 4 games. I like Goff’s chances this weekend, coming off of a buy against a brutal defense.
Theo Riddick- Riddick is coming off a week where he posted his most rushing yards this season… 21 yards. He also caught 2 passes for 24 yards. That’s where Riddick is gonna make someone’s fantasy week. Stafford, in his last 2 weeks, has thrown 97 passes. In a game where it could end up being a shootout with the Green Bay Packers, the Detroit Lions are going to have to rely on their pass catching back. Abdullah has been all but efficient through 8 games on the season, averaging just over 3.5 yards a carry. So look for Riddick to get some pass catching opportunities this week, against a team that has given up 15 catches, 95 yards, and a touchdown to opposing RBs in their 2 prior games.
Eddie Lacy: The Seattle Seahawks made quite a big splash this week before the trade deadline, acquiring Duane Brown from the Houston Texans to lock down that left side of the offensive line. According to footballoutsiders.com, the Seahawks offensive line ranks 28th in the NFL through week 8. Getting Brown gives them a huge boost, which in turn helps Lacy. Coach Pete Carroll was quoted saying that he plans to feature Eddie Lacy in their upcoming game against the Washington Redskins, a team that Ezekiel Elliott just torched for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Zay Jones- With 3 of the top 12 WRs on bye this week, you may have to try and find that diamond in the rough. And talk about a guy that has been in the rough all season. Jones had his best game of the season last week, catching 3 of his 5 targets for 32 yards. With Clay out and Matthews not being a factor as well, Jones may be able to have some pressure taken off of him with the addition of Kelvin Benjamin. The Jets have allowed a whopping 635 yards and 4 touchdowns in their last 4 games, and if that trend continues, the Bills could feast through the air against their division rivals this week. Jones could end up being that upside player you are looking for as a bye week fill in.
Tedd Ginn Jr- Mr. Ginn Jr gets to face a Tampa Bay Buccaneer team that currently sits last in the league against opposing WRs. They have given up at least 145 yards in every game this season, except for one. They have also allowed an average of 1 touchdown per game to WRs. Ginn has been solid the last 3 weeks, coming up with 13 catches, 275 yards and a touchdown in his 3 games after his bye week. He’s fast and relies on the big play for fantasy production, but that’s something you may be able to count on this week.
Vernon Davis- Davis has had 1 start as the number 1 TE for the Washington Redskins this year. In that start, he caught all 5 of his targets for 58 yards and his only touchdown of the season. He once again looks like he is going to get the start against a Seattle Seahawks team that has been below the league average in allowing points to a TE. With the pass catching being scarce in DC, among the leagues lowest receptions by receivers (161), Davis gives Kirk Cousins a good option down the middle of the field. If you are the Gronkowski, Rudolph, or Henry owner, you may want to look to Davis this week to help you win your week.
Jack Doyle- Now 65% percent owned in leagues on ESPN, he’s one of my favorite streamers of the week. He’s becoming Jacoby Brissett’s favorite target. He’s been great as of late, hauling in 25 catches in the last 3 games for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns. He faces a good Houston Texans team that has been vulnerable to TEs, allowing 3 touchdowns in their last two games to that position. With 3 top 12 TEs on bye this week, Doyle is a very good fill in, with possible season long upside.
LA Rams- The Rams defense is coming into a week with a good scenario. They’re well rested off their bye, and playing a New York Giants team who are missing their number 1 running back, and their top 2 WRs. In their last 3 games, the Giants have allowed 9 sacks, 1 INT and 1 fumble recovery. The Rams as a team come into this week forcing 11 fumbles on the year, which is amongst the most in the league. With 6 teams on a bye, the Rams are a great option to start this week if you’re defense has the week off.
Buffalo Bills- The Bills have the Thursday night game this week against the New York Jets, and that may come as an advantage to them. More often than not this year, defenses have had multiple takeaways on Thursday nights. The Bills this year have had an interception in every game this year except for 1, week 2 was the last time they didn’t have an interception, with a total of 11 on the year, and all 6 of their fumble recoveries coming in their last 4 games. A defense that is on the rise midway through the year, and one that is widely available, they will be a good fill in this week, and also a defense i would want the rest of the season.