Welcome back to the weekly streamer column, your one-stop shop for QB, TE, and D/ST plays that are probably just sitting on your waiver wire. Those of you who have read all year will be familiar with the format of this column, but I’ll go over it again for any new readers. The players/defensive units that will follow this brief introduction are all less than 50% owned in NFL.com leagues, and I would recommend any of them as capable starters for the week. That doesn’t mean that you should be benching your studs for them, but, if you need a bye-week fill-in or you’re just playing the matchups each week, these are the guys to play. They’ve got positive matchups, and, though they probably won’t be putting up top-5 numbers this week, they should put up numbers good enough to get you through the week. Now that we’ve gotten through that, let’s get into this week’s streamers.
Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings (AT TB)
Bridgewater’s been rough as of late, but he’s also been playing exceptional defenses. The last time he played a defense outside of the top ten, he put up 21 fantasy points. I’m not saying you should expect that kind of production, but Tampa Bay’s defense has been bad, so it’s reasonable to expect a 15-18 point performance.
Kyle Orton, Buffalo Bills (AT NYJ)
The Jets secondary is bad, and they give up a lot of fantasy points. I can almost guarantee that Kyle Orton is on your league’s waiver wire, and I’d be willing to bet that he eclipses 15 points this week.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (AT JAC)
I’m a little hesitant about this one just because Jacksonville’s run defense is porous enough that the Dolphins may not have to pass the ball very much. That being said, a good run game often leads to an efficient pass game, so Tannehill may not need a ton of volume to put up a decent game. I’d temper expectations from last week, but he’s definitely in play at Jacksonville.
Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens (AT CIN)
Since Dennis Pitta went down, Daniels has averaged about 50 yards on 4 catches and 6 targets per game. That’s a safe floor compared to a lot of tight ends, and he’s still got touchdown upside. Cincinnati has been vulnerable to tight ends all year, so look for a solid game from Daniels.
Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins (AT JAC)
It appeared that Clay finally got back on track this past week against Chicago, but he actually saw about the same target volume as he’s had most weeks. The difference lied in his efficiency (caught 80% of targets), yards per catch (14.5 in week 7 vs. 8.6 the rest of the season), and his redzone targets (2 in week 7 vs. 5 the rest of the season. The target volume may not increase either this week, but it stands to reason that Clay would have a very efficient outing against Jacksonville.
Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills (AT NYJ)
He’s not a sexy name, but, in the 3 games since Kyle Orton has taken over, Chandler has 13 catches for 162 yards on 21 targets. He’s also figured heavily as a redzone target in past seasons but has yet to catch a touchdown this season. That seems like it has to change at some point. Don’t be scared of the Jets pass defense, and don’t be scared to start Scott Chandler if you’re in a bind this week.
Miami Dolphins (AT JAC)
I know Jacksonville just beat Cleveland, but that doesn’t mean they’re all-of-a-sudden a solid team. This is still the Jaguars we’re talking about. Miami has a good defense and a great matchup.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (VS MIN)
This one is for really really really deep leagues. The Bucs defense is bad, and I think Teddy Bridgewater will have a solid fantasy game. That doesn’t mean there won’t be turnovers. Tampa Bay is forcing nearly two turnovers a game, and Minnesota is averaging nearly two turnovers a game. That means points for Tampa Bay’s defense, even if they give up points on the field.
Indianapolis Colts (AT PIT)
The Colts have quietly been one of the best and most consistent fantasy defenses in the league since week 3. Over those 5 weeks, they’ve scored 64 total points (according to NFL.com standard scoring), and they even scored 9 points in their lowest scoring week. Now, the competition hasn’t exactly been stellar, but I think it’s safe to put the Steelers in the “not exactly stellar” category as well. Stream as you will.
Refuse to start Kyle Orton on principle? Think I like Charles Clay too much (it’s definitely possible)? Believe that Jacksonville has turned their season around? Let me know! I’d love to talk fantasy football.