Before I get into Week 6’s quarterback, tight end and team defense fantasy football streamers, let’s look back at Week 5 (Yahoo! PPR scoring).
Here are my quarterback, tight end and team defense streamers for Week 6.
Quarterback: Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns vs. Los Angeles Chargers
So much for an incredibly tough matchup. In Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens, who have still allowed the third-fewest fantasy points per game to quarterbacks (ESPN scoring), Mayfield threw for 342 yards with a touchdown and an interception along with 23 rushing yards. Suffice to say, things look very promising for Week 6.
The Los Angeles Chargers have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks (ESPN scoring), with opposing passers completing 65.7 percent of their passes against them. A lack of pressure is the primary reason for their struggles against the pass, with 11 sacks (eight in two games; tied for 19th in the league), and defensive end Joey Bosa (foot) is still out.
The Chargers are also traveling to the Eastern time zone for Sunday’s game, which has proven to be a thing for west coast teams playing in the early game window.
It’s easy to assume Mayfield is very highly-owned, coming off the buzz of his first regular season appearance and two mostly productive starts now. But he’s firmly in the streamer conversation, at least for this week, in a matchup that points favorably in his direction.
ESPN Ownership: 38.1%
Yahoo! Ownership: 37%
Others to Consider: Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons; Mitch Trubisky, Chicago Bears at Miami Dolphins, Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders vs. Seattle Seahawks (London); Case Keenum, Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Rams; Sam Darnold, New York Jets vs. Indianapolis Colts; Eli Manning, New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Thursday night); Alex Smith, Washington Redskins vs. Carolina Panthers
Tight End: Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Bay Buccaneers
Hooper had nine receptions for 77 yards (on 12 targets) against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have now allowed 20.1 fantasy points to tight ends this year (tied for most in the league; ESPN PPR scoring). It’s hard to have anywhere near as good a matchup again, let alone in back-to-back games, but that’s just what Hooper will do in Week 6.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a bye in Week 5, but they’re still in a tie for the most fantasy points allowed to tight ends. They’ve allowed a touchdown to the position in each of their last two games, and the second-most yards (415) even with one less game than a lot of teams.
Hooper has burned me here before (see Week 4). But the matchup is too good to ignore, in a game that should be high-scoring, so I’m getting back on the Hooper streamer bandwagon this week.
ESPN Ownership: 49%
Yahoo! Ownership: 57%
Others To Consider: Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons; Geoff Swaim, Dallas Cowboys vs. Jacksonville Jaguars; C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers; Niles Paul, Jacksonville Jaguars at Dallas Cowboys
Team Defense: Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers (Monday night)
After a shutout of the Buffalo Bills in Week 4, including three takeaways and seven sacks of Josh Allen, the Packers’ defense got a step up in competition and allowed 31 points to the Detroit Lions in Week 5. But a step back down the ladder is coming in Week 6.
Any defense playing the San Francisco 49ers is an easy streaming target, with C.J. Beathard replacing Jimmy Garoppolo (torn ACL) under center. Now running back Matt Breida has added an ankle injury to a prior knee issue, and he’s considered questionable for Week 6.
In Week 5, the Arizona Cardinals sacked Beathard four times, generated five takeaways and scored a touchdown. Two fourth quarter touchdowns gave the 49ers 18 points to make things look better, otherwise the Cardinals’ defense would have put up more than 21 fantasy points (Yahoo! scoring).
The Packers seem have found a pass rush, with 10 sacks over their last two games. That will drive their fantasy points in Week 6, and there’s no better matchup for a defense on the slate this week.
ESPN Ownership: 41.3%
Yahoo! Ownership: 53%
Others To Consider: Dallas Cowboys vs. Jacksonville Jaguars; Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans; New York Jets vs. Indianapolis Colts; New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Thursday night); Indianapolis Colts at New York JetsDownload the Free GoingFor2 App by Clicking Here...