Welcome back, everybody. It’s good to see you all again. I sincerely apologize for not getting a streaming article out for week 6.
As you guys may or may not know, this is not my full-time job. So between a busy week at work and being distracted by the New York Mets (LET’S GO METS BABY), I wasn’t able to get the article up.
It’s a shame too, as I was all over some quarterbacks that did well (Stafford, Cutler, Bortles) but didn’t get the chance to write them up. Again, I apologize.
With that being said, I’m going to start by reviewing my week 5 plays and then get into week 7. Let’s do it!
QB: Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs, 13.34 Fantasy Points, QB20
The result of this pick made me realize something about how I fundamentally pick streamers: I over-emphasize floors. When I chose Alex Smith over Jay Cutler in week 5, I picked the floor over the ceiling. I think that’s why my picks are more often in the QB12-QB20 range. I don’t know if I’m going to change that, but it’s definitely something I’m considering. Anyway, Alex Smith was pretty meh in week 5.
TE: Derek Carrier, Washington Redskins, 10.7 PPR, TE10
This one looks good, but I got bailed out pretty hard. My assumption was that Carrier would see 6+ targets and have a nice PPR floor. In reality, he saw only three targets but caught a touchdown, thus bailing me out and making this call look very solid. I’ll take it!
D/ST: New York Giants, 2 Fantasy Points, D/ST22
This didn’t work out, but I’ll defend the reasoning until death. Colin Kaepernick, at this point, had led the NFL in interceptions and was on the road. Sometimes defense is a tough position to predict.
Alright, let’s get into the week 7 options. Like the previous weeks, I’ll give you three options at each position with the top choice being the one we’re gonna track. All of these options are under 50% owned on Yahoo! Fantasy Football. I’ll also give you a few bonus options that are slightly higher owned but still may be available in your league.
Guys who might be available and are worth playing: Blake Bortles
Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ, AT NE
The Patriots pass defense is very solid, but Fitzpatrick is gonna half to pass the ball a lot. With receivers like Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, he doesn’t have to be great to accumulate yardage. He basically just has to throw it in their general vicinity. His projected volume makes him a very good play.
Derek Carr, OAK, AT SD
Smart teams attack the Chargers on the ground, but Carr will still have to keep them honest through the air. I don’t expect a big game from Amari Cooper, who will likely be shadowed by shutdown corner Jason Verrett, but the other cornerbacks on the team are exploitable. Carr provides a high-floor option this week.
Zach Mettenberge, TEN, VS ATL
Wooooooooooooo!!!!!! Mett Show baby!!!!!!!! Oh hell yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay, so my personal love of Mettenberger is getting in the way of this, but I still think he makes a solid play. Atlanta is a bottom-half pass defense according to Football Outsiders and the Titans will likely be playing from behind. Mettenberger is a great garbage-time QB due to his propensity to sling the ball with reckless abandon. Roll him out if you’re desperate.
Guys who might be available and are worth playing: Jordan Reed
Eric Ebron, DET, VS MIN
Before his injury, Ebron was starting to become both an important part of the Lions offense and a usable fantasy tight end. Over the first three weeks he totaled 13 catches on 20 targets, also throwing in two touchdowns. Minnesota has struggled against tight ends this year, and I expect that to continue.
Ladarius Green, SD, VS OAK
Green is an okay streamer on his own, but is a must-play if Antonio Gates sits (he’s currently questionable). Tight ends not named Owen Daniels have ravaged the Raiders defense this year, and Green is more than talented enough to continue that trend.
Scott Chandler, NE, VS NYJ
This is more of a hunch than anything else. If I’m the Jets, I’m trying to take Gronk and Edelman out of the game plan as much as possible. That should leave Chandler open throughout the game.
Washington Redskins, VS TB
Jameis is not afraid to throw picks, and apparently Breshaud Breeland loves picking people off. Combine that with the Redskins being at home, and it’s a good matchup.
New York Giants, VS DAL
I’ve gotten burned by the Giants defense in the past (see above), but I’m going back to the well here. Matt Cassell is bad, and the Cowboys have struggled running the ball as well. Roll them out.
Miami Dolphins, VS HOU
Houston has been moving the ball well lately, but we also saw the Dolphins D look formidable under interim coach Dan Campbell this past week. I’m buying Miami, and I like the matchup.
That does it for week 7. Hopefully we all have a nice relaxing float down the stream and end up winning our matchups. Agree with me? Disagree with me? Have Questions? Hit me up in the comments or on twitter @nwalshington.
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