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Week 9 is the second straight week where six teams are idle on the NFL schedule, with the Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Houston Texans and New England Patriots on a bye. That once again leaves a lot of fantasy football owners thin on viable options, and with that in mind here are your streamers for quarterback, tight end and team defense for this week.
Quarterback: Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys at Cleveland Browns
Yahoo! Ownership: 62%
Prescott clearly stretches the qualifications to be a streamer. But he is still fairly widely available, and on an upward trend with multiple passing touchdowns in three of his last four games heading into Week 9 against the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks (20.0 per game; ESPN scoring) with multiple touchdown passes allowed in seven of eight games.
The Browns have only played three home games so far this season, but Joe Flacco (302 yards, two touchdowns) and Tom Brady (406 yards, three touchdowns) had a lot of success before Ryan Fitzpatrick’s relative dud last week (228 yards, one touchdown). Prescott is easily toward the upper end of that range of outcomes, even considering the potential for a one-sided result that limits his pass attempts.
Prescott stands out to me as a nice bye week streamer for Brady owners in particular. At the very least, his availability is worth checking on in a tough bye week.
Others To Consider: Josh McCown, Cleveland Browns, vs. Dallas Cowboys; Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos, at Oakland Raiders, Case Keenum, Los Angeles Rams, vs. Carolina Panthers; Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets, at Miami Dolphins; Colin Kaepernick, San Francisc0 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints
Tight End: Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons (Thursday night)
Yahoo! Ownership: 41%
Brate’s yardage totals have trended down in recent weeks, but a touchdown catch in Week 8 salvaged as solid fantasy day and he has at least three catches in six of seven games this season.
Week 9 brings a favorable matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends so far this season (9.4 per game; ESPN standard scoring). If not for two games where opposing tight ends put up nothing (Week 5-Denver Broncos, Week 8-Green Bay Packers), the Falcons would surely be a bottom-five defense against tight ends right now.
Outside of Mike Evans, Jameis Winston does not have many viable, consistent targets available to him. Brate should find room to operate on Thursday night, and with a baseline of 5-10 targets nice production should follow.
Others To Consider: Lance Kendricks, Los Angeles Rams, vs. Carolina Panthers; Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens, vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Team Defense: Dallas Cowboys, at Cleveland Browns
Yahoo! Ownership: 14%
For the second straight week, I’m going with a quarterback and defense on the same team for my streamers. Last week’s results with the New York Jets weren’t great, but a matchup against the Browns puts the Cowboys’ defense on the streaming radar.
Josh McCown returned under center for Cleveland last week, and rookie Cody Kessler has now been cleared from concussion protocol. Head coach Hue Jackson hasn’t committed to a starting quarterback for Sunday of this writing, but it may not really matter in terms of the fantasy outlook for Dallas’ defense.
The Cowboys will be without safety Barry Church (arm) and cornerback Morris Claiborne (groin) on Sunday. But they have allowed 20 points of less in five of seven games this season, with five forced turnovers and eight sacks over their last three games, and a matchup with the Browns has them set up to continue that success in Week 9.
Others To Consider: Miami Dolphins, vs. New York Jets; Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings