Field of Streams - Week 4
For those of you new to fantasy football, or if you are just looking for a new strategy, “Streaming” is the idea of selecting somebody from the Free Agent pool or waiver wire based on favorable matchups. This strategy is particularly effective if you failed to draft an elite player at QB, TE, or DEF.
The NFL changes quite a bit from week to week and year to year, I will try to help alleviate your concerns and focus on players that I would try and stream. This year more than ever (Thanks, COVID) will be difficult to Stream. Most leagues have expanded rosters, so this year, I will be looking at only players who are available in UNDER 50% of Yahoo leagues. All options may not be available in your specific league.
Week 3 was strange. Who am I kidding, 2020 is strange. But when Carson Wentz finishes as a QB1 and Lamar Jackson is the QB24, you know it was a weird week. Quarterback was tough last week, Ryan Tannehill’s 16.24pts was only QB21. But where we struggled at Quarterback, we thrived at TE and DST. Mo Alie-Cox finished with 12.5pts and the overall TE5 and all 3 DST’s finished in the top-12, led by the Colts top overall DST finish with 28pts! Check out who’s going to help you dominate week 4.
This Week's Streaming Beer of Choice:
Lakefront Brewery, Hazy Rabbit IPA
A healthy dose of flaked oats give Hazy Rabbit its smooth, creamy mouthfeel while heaps of late-boil Idaho 7, Mosaic, and Citra hop additions saturate every juicy swig with ripe citrus and tropical fruit flavors.
Baker Mayfield @ DAL, 43% owned
2 years ago, I never would have guessed Baker would be low owned enough to show up in Field of Streams. He has been relegated to “game manager” duties, but in a game where they should be chasing points and get to attack a below-average DST, Baker could be in line for a big week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick vs SEA, 7% owned
Fitzmagic is back! Seattle has been killed in the secondary and Fitz will sling it all over the field if given the opportunity. The Seahawks lost Jamal Adams, so there are no “bad” matchups on the field. I would not be surprised in the least if Fitz had 4+ TD’s this week.
Kirk Cousins @ HOU, 26% owned
Do not get me wrong, the Vikings offense has been pretty poor this year. Almost as poor as their defense. If Houston puts up points, it should force the Vikings to get away from the run a bit and lead to more volume for Kirk.
Logan Thomas vs BAL, 33% owned
Volume is king in Fantasy Football – with more opportunities come more points. Thomas has seen at least 7 Targets and had 4 catches in every single game this season. If he can find the end zone again, he’s a TE1.
Dalton Schultz vs CLE, 32% owned
Speaking of volume, Dalton Schultz has caught 13 of his 16 targets since becoming the starter. In a good spot with a potentially high scoring game, he should see plenty of volume again.
Mo Alie-Cox @ CHI, 10% owned
Back on the MAC train this week. Even with Doyle back on the field, Alie-Cox caught all 5 of his targets and showed his athleticism with a TD. I wouldn’t be surprised if his targets increased a bit more with the trust building between him and Rivers.
Denver @ NYJ, 37% owned
This Thursday is going to be gross. Denver gets quite possibly the best matchup of the year on a short week. They are a little banged up, but I still expect Darnold to make enough mistakes to give Denver a high floor.
New York Jets vs DEN, 6% owned
I repeat, this Thursday is going to be gross. Mark Rypien’s nephew is starting for Denver, and if he plays poorly, it’s Blake Bortles. They have 6 sacks and 3 turnovers through 3 games. My guess is both of those will increase on Thursday.
Arizona @ CAR, 43% owned
The Cardinals low key have one of the better pass rushes in the league. They have 11 sacks in 3 games but are starting to get bit by the injury bug. Still, without CMC, Carolina is not a frightening matchup.
Stay tuned next week to see the results from all the players mentioned above, as well as my streamers for next week. Follow me on Twitter for more updates and insight @jjgosh