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 4 was successful, yet again! FitzMagic finished in the top 12 with 26.3 fantasy points, Dalton Schultz finished as the TE4 with 15.2 points, Mo-Alie Cox was also in the top-12 at the TE position, not to mention the Thursday game yielded TWO top-8 options with the Jets and Broncos. Check out who can help you get through the week 5 byes.
This week's Streaming Beer of choice: Lakefront Brewery, Lakefront IPA
The Cascade, Chinook, and Citra hops give a nice bite, but this beer is well-balanced with a full body and an agreeable, malty flavor to round out any bitterness.
Daniel Jones @ DAL, 34% owned
Danny Dimes has one of the best matchups of the week against a depleted Dallas defense. The Giants have run the gauntlet to start the year, hopefully, the pressure eases a bit and they can score some points.
Kirk Cousins @ SEA, 28% owned
Speaking of great matchups, enter the Seahawks secondary. Literally the best matchup for opposing WR’s, Seattle should yield some points to Kirk Cousins and Company. Watch for Thielen and rookie Justin Jefferson to score some points.
Teddy Bridgewater @ ATL, 20% owned
The 3rd streamer was a real tough choice, but it came down to matchup. Bridgewater gets the Falcons defense who has let opposing offenses do basically whatever they want. Bridgewater showed some mobility last week, which just adds to his floor.
Honorable Mention: Justin Herbert, Jimmy G/Nick Mullens
Mo-Alie Cox @ CLE, 33% owned
MAC has been great, even with Jack Doyle back in the fold. He has had 5 catches or a TD in each of the last 3 games. Cleveland isn’t daunting for opposing Tight Ends, so watch for Rivers to rely on his favorite position.
Eric Ebron vs PHI, 27% owned
Pittsburgh said he would be a red-zone weapon, and he has been. His target volume has increased in every game with Big Ben. Philly just gave up a monster game to George Kittle. While I’m not expecting that sort of volume for Ebron, he’s got as much touchdown upside as anyone.
Greg Olsen vs MIN, 22% owned
Olsen has been a consistent contributor for Russ now that Seattle is letting him cook. Greg has seen at least 4 targets and had 4 catches in 3 of 4 games so far. Watch for that trend to continue against a poor Viking defense.
Dallas Cowboys vs NYG, 26% owned
The Cowboys aren’t a super talented unit, but neither is the Giants offense sans Barkley. They’ve struggled to put up points, so if Dallas can get some pressure on Danny Dimes, he could turn the ball over.
Arizona Cardinals @ NYJ, 49% owned
Last week I told you to attack anyone playing the Jets, and this week they might be without Sam Darnold under center. Fire up the Cardinals DST with confidence.
Cleveland Browns vs IND, 12% owned
11 sacks and 10 turnovers through 4 games is pretty self-explanatory. Philip Rivers has a tendency to throw his opponents the ball, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if he tossed a few to the Browns. Miles Garrett and company might have trouble against a real solid Offensive Line, but it should be a good 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