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After four teams were idle in Week 5, we’re back to only two teams idle for Week 6 with the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a bye. So filling a fantasy football lineup might not be all that challenging, but finding matchups to target for streaming is still worthwhile. Here are your Week 6 streamers at quarterback, tight end and team defense.
Quarterback: Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs, at Oakland Raiders
Yahoo! Ownership: 18%
Smith benefited from garbage time in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, going 30-for-50 for 287 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The Chiefs are coming off a bye in Week 5, and a favorable-looking upcoming schedule for Smith starts with Week 6 against the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders enter this week allowing the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks (21.6 per game; ESPN scoring), including at least 298 passing yards allowed in four of five games and at least three touchdown passes allowed three times. They have intercepted five passes, but four have come in two games (Week 3 and Week 5) and Smith is notably not a risk-taking quarterback.
The Raiders’ should have little trouble moving the ball on Sunday, so I expect Smith to have to throw plenty to keep pace. Another game with 50 attempts is unlikely, but Smith is well-positioned to take advantage of a very favorable matchup this week.
Others To Consider: Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans, vs. Cleveland Browns; Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts; Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos, at San Diego Chargers (Thursday night-check injury status)
Tight End: Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills vs. San Francisco 49ers
Yahoo! Ownership: 12%
After being among the “others to consider” in Week 5, Clay graduates to the tight end you should stream this week. Over the last two games he has 10 receptions (on 12 targets) for 120 yards, and he has been targeted at least five times in three of the last four games.
Week 6 brings a favorable matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, who are a bottom-10 defense against tight ends so far this season (7.4 fantasy points per game; ESPN standard scoring). That would be even worse if not for allowing just one catch for four yards to Arizona’s tight ends in Week 5, and it their two road games thus far the 49ers have allowed 6.5 receptions and over 100 yards per game to tight ends with a touchdown in both games. It’s worth noting Greg Olsen (five catches or 122 yards) and Jimmy Graham (six catches for 100 yards) were those two tight ends, and Clay is not on their level, but of equal note is Sunday’s game will be in Buffalo and San Francisco’s defense is worse on the road.
Clay has become a primary target for Tyrod Taylor, and he should find room to operate on Sunday. Double-digit targets is not out of the question, which makes Clay a low-end TE1 and a great streaming option for Week 6.
Team Defense: Tennessee Titans, vs. Cleveland Browns
Yahoo! Ownership: 8%
The Titans easily handled a feeble Miami Dolphins’ offense in Week 5, with six sacks of Ryan Tannehill, two interceptions and 10 offensive points allowed outside of wide receiver Jakeem Grant‘s punt return touchdown. Tennessee’s defense has intercepted at least one pass in four straight games, with 12 sacks over that span and 17 or less points allowed in four of their five games this season.
Another favorable opponent is coming for Week 6, as the Cleveland Browns come to Nashville. Rookie Cody Kessler became the latest Browns’ quarterback to be injured last week, as he left the game with a rib injury. He has a chance to play this week, but if he doesn’t Josh McCown (collarbone) is coming back from an injury and Charlie Whitehurst (knee) was also injured last Sunday.
The Titans’ defense is set up to succeed again this week, with some measure of upside no matter who is under center for Cleveland. There’s a case to add Tennessee’s defense outright and keep them for awhile, but in Week 6 they are a fantastic streamer.
Others To Consider: Baltimore Ravens, at New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks; Detroit Lions vs. Los Angeles Rams