It’s the first Bye week of the year and its time to start adjusting. Even if you didn’t plan to stream this season we have two of the league’s top QBs out this week (Cam Newton & Kirk Cousins). This means its time to adjust work free agency and find starting worthy guys on matchups. The beauty about streaming is that playing matchups can get you the production you need to win.
Eli Manning (ESPN ownership 12.6%)
The last two weeks Eli has faced slightly above average defenses and put up respectable numbers going over 275 yards both games and three combined touchdowns. This week he’s heading into New Orleans for a potential shoot out. Not only is this a potential for a shootout but the Saints are the worst ranked defense in the league against the pass. With the weapons that Eli has, he should have the opportunity to finish the week as a QB1.
Case Keenum (ESPN ownership 16.0%)
Keenum is coming off an absolutely putrid performance against Baltimore last week where he barely put up five fantasy points. Never fear though the Ravens are the league’s number one team against the pass and Keenum still has a bunch of talent around him. This week has everything you look for in a bounce-back week heading against the 31st ranked team against the pass in a game which he’ll be forced to throw a ton.
Ryan Tannehill (ESPN ownership 26.8%)
Tannehill and the Dolphins have been one of the most surprising stories in the league so far this season. Tannehill will continue to play well as he heads into New England who has been getting lit up in the passing game (20.4 PPG to opposing QBs). These types of performances may not last for Tannehill but this will be a week it does.
Mark Andrews (ESPN ownership 1.7%)
The Ravens rookie tight end showed last week he has the ability to make the big play and is athletic with the ball in his hand. As he’s earned Flacco’s trust he has continued to make plays. This week he heads to Pittsburgh who is decimated up the middle and has given up over a 100 yards to the tight end position the last two weeks. This could be the week the Andrews becomes a household name in a prime-time game.
Austin Hooper (ESPN ownership 32.9%)
Austin Hooper has slowly started to carve out a role in a talented offense in Atlanta. Although he is surrounded by talent Matt Ryan tends to attack weaknesses in defenses. Against the Bengals, they have very talented corners but struggle to defend the middle of the field especially against the tight end position. They are currently ranked 28th against the tight end which could lead to a big game for Hooper.
Geoff Swaim (ESPN ownership 0.2%)
This offense in Dallas is so bad outside of Zeke but someone else has to touch the ball. Out of nowhere last week, Geoff Swaim led the team in targets with seven after having four the week before. Having an increase in target share each week he could be an integral part of the passing game. Honestly, I don’t know if this is a good thing or bad thing but it’s worth a stream.
Packers (ESPN ownership 47.5%)
Minus a weird, weird outcome last week the Bills offense has been giving up a ton of fantasy points to opposing defenses. In a game which should force the Bills to pass a lot, the Packers should be able to be able to force turnovers and not give up many points to the Bills. With this being the case the Packers could be one of the top plays this week for defenses.
Jets (ESPN ownership 28.5%)
The Jaguars offense does not look the same without a healthy Fournette and becomes one dimensional incredibly fast. We already saw week one what the Jets can do against an offense who can’t run the ball by them having their way with Matt Stafford. If Fournette doesn’t play this could be a big game for the Jets if he does they are still streamable in what should be a low scoring affair.
Seahawks (ESPN ownership 43.4%)
The Cardinals may be the worst team in the NFL and have a first-time rookie starting this week behind a shaky at best offensive line. This should be a nice matchup for the Seahawks who have eight sacks on the season and have done well getting to the quarterback. Against the Cardinals with a bad line and not a lot of talent on offense they can pin their ears back and go after the rookie.