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Week 7 in another week with two teams on a bye, as the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys have the week off. That leaves some notable players unavailable to fantasy football owners, and mining the waiver wire for fill-ins may be a viable route. With that in mind, here are your streamers at quarterback, tight end and team defense for this week.
Quarterback: Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles
Yahoo! Ownership: 15%
In four starts this season, Bradford has topped 260 passing yards three times with six touchdown passes and zero interceptions in 125 pass attempts. The Vikings will travel to take on the Philadelphia Eagles, who of course traded Bradford to Minnesota before the start of the season, in Week 7.
The Eagles enter this week allowing the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks (10.6 per game, ESPN scoring). But they have allowed 17 fantasy points per game to the position over their last two games, with five touchdown passes allowed over that span. A step in quality of quarterback, to Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins over the last two weeks from Robert Griffin III, Jay Cutler/Brian Hoyer and the road version of Ben Roethlisberger prior to their bye, seems to have exposed a vulnerable Philadelphia secondary.
The revenge angle is probably not really in play for Bradford on Sunday, but coming off a bye week to get further into offensive coordinator Nor Turner’s playbook should work to his advantage. I don’t expect an aerial show, but Bradford should be efficient and that makes him a solid streamer for Week 7.
Others To Consider: Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs vs. New Orleans Saints; Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens at New York Jets; Brian Hoyer, Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers; Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tight End: Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers, at Atlanta Falcons
Yahoo! Ownership: 36%
As of now, however inconceivable it is, Henry still available widely enough to qualify as a streamer. Over his last four games, including the last two with Antonio Gates active, the rookie out of Arkansas has 18 receptions (on 24 targets) for 290 yards and three touchdowns.
Week 7 brings a favorable matchup for Henry against the Atlanta Falcons, who have allowed 11.8 fantasy points per game to tight ends (fourth-most in the league; ESPN scoring) so far this season. That includes the second-most yards allowed (438) to the position, along with the third-most targets (54), catches (37) and touchdowns (five) allowed to tight ends.
If Henry’s ownership rate rises above 50% over the course of this week, he stretches the criteria for this list. But as long as he remains so overlooked, there’s an opportunity to take advantage.
Others To Consider: Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins at Detroit Lions (check Jordan Reed‘s status); Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Francisco 49ers; Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins
Team Defense: Baltimore Ravens, at New York Jets
Yahoo! Ownership: 34%
Even with just two sacks over their last three games, the Ravens have allowed 20 or fewer points in four of six games this season with three interceptions and two fumble recoveries over their last two games. Baltimore is a top-10 scoring defense in ESPN leagues right now, and they can’t have a more favorable matchup in Week 7.
New York Jets’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched in the fourth quarter on Monday, after throwing his eleventh interception of the season. Geno Smith stepped in under center, then promptly threw an interception among his six pass attempts.
Jets’ head coach Todd Bowles has immediately committed to Fitzpatrick starting this week, but there’s at least a question now with the leash sure to be short going forward. No matter who is playing quarterback for New York, and despite injuries to pass rushers Elvis Dumervil (foot) and Terrell Suggs (bicep), Baltimore’s defense is set up to succeed at a high level this week.
Others To Consider: Cincinnati Bengals, vs. Cleveland Browns; Tampa Bay Buccaneers, at San Francisco 49ers; Oakland Raiders, at Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, vs. Indianapolis Colts