Welcome back to your weekly streamer article, where, every week, I go through the top plays at QB, TE, and DEF that are probably sitting on your waiver wire. This week we’ve got a kind of thin crop of tight ends, a deep crop of quarterbacks, and a pretty average slate of defenses. Let’s get right into it!
Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia Eagles (AT GB)
If you rolled with the Sanchize this past week, you were probably pretty happy with the performance. I don’t necessarily expect Sanchez to recreate his Week 10 outing on the road against a better defense, but this seems like a game in which the Eagles will be playing from behind. That means passing volume, and passing volume means fantasy points.
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins (VS TB)
RGIII was usable in his first start back from injury (14 fantasy points), and he’s about to play a terrible defense at home. With the variety of weapons at his disposal, he should be able to put up a very solid game.
Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings (AT CHI)
I’m a little nervous about this one, as I really have no idea what to make of the Bears right now, but Teddy should be a relatively safe start. Whether or not the Chicago offense puts it together, you can bet on their defense to be below average. With the potential return of Kyle Rudolph, I like Bridgewater to play well.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (AT WAS)
In the three weeks since Tampa’s Week 7 bye, ASJ has caught 9 balls on 16 targets for 59 yards and 2 touchdowns. It’s not great, but it’s an uptick in production from earlier in the year. This week, he draws a good matchup against Washington, who has not defended the tight end well. He’s pretty touchdown-dependent, but most tight ends are, and the matchup makes it a decent play
Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams (VS DEN)
Cook has been St. Louis’s most productive pass-catcher this year (I know that’s not saying much), and Denver is surprisingly weak against the tight end. The big tight end hasn’t seen more than 3 targets since week 6, but the matchup is good, and tight end is thin this week.
Kyle Rudolph/Chase Ford, Minnesota Vikings (AT CHI)
Welcome back, Kyle Rudolph (hopefully)! It appears the big tight end should be back this week, and a matchup against Chicago immediately throws him into the streaming conversation. We know his red-zone history, and we know he’s touchdown-dependent, but he’s not a bad play this week. If Rudolph doesn’t go, you can start Chase Ford with confidence.
Washington Redskins (VS TB)
The Tampa Bay offense will probably score some touchdowns with their basketball team of a receiving corp, but they’ll also turn the ball over because Josh McCown is not a good quarterback and the Redskins should be playing from ahead. They’re a nice streamer for this week.
San Diego Chargers (VS OAK)
The Chargers get a struggling Oakland team at home this week, and they should be owned in every league. Over their past three games, the Raiders have averaged only 17 points per game and have turned the ball over a whopping 9 times. This one’s a no-brainer.
Miami Dolphins (VS BUF)
If you haven’t figured it out by now, Miami has a good defense. With Sammy Watkins and Fred Jackson not at full strength, as well as the fact that it’s a TNF game, I like this one to be a low-scoring affair. The Dolphins are a good start most weeks, and this week is no exception.
Don’t believe in Sanchez? Expect Orton to throw for 400 yards tonight? Hate Jared Cook? Let me know! I’d love to talk fantasy football.
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