Week #4 Sweet Streams
Welcome back to Sweet Streams! For those of you that didn’t follow this weekly series last season, here are two players from each position that I see as good streaming options for this upcoming week.
Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos – This week the Broncos are at home to take on the Baltimore Ravens in a match-up most managers would historically avoid, however the Ravens’ pass defense doesn’t seem as stout as years past. Through 3 weeks the Ravens have developed a pass-funnel defense ranking 9th in the NFL allowing only 79 rushing yards per game, but ranking 30th in the NFL, allowing 314 passing yards per game. The secondary is banged up and seems they’re really feeling the loss of Cornerback Marcus Peters. Bridgewater has been excellent this season, with strong fantasy outings the first two weeks, and not having to do too much in a blowout over the Jets in Week 3. I expect Teddy to be needed much more in this one and put up a solid day at home.
Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers – Through 3 weeks, Sam Darnold has worked his way into the every-week starter conversation, currently ranking as the QB11 on the season. He’s been getting it done through the air and on the ground and gets another juicy matchup against the Dallas Cowboys’ defense. Carolina is a 4-point underdog which should give a slight tilt towards a passing game script and the game has a decent Over/Under of 50 points. The Panthers are missing Christian McCaffrey, and Dallas has surprisingly been strong against the run, ranking 6th in the NFL, which should also lead to more of a passing-script for Darnold. Dallas’ pass-defense ranks worst in the NFL during the first 2 weeks and looked good against Jalen Hurts who is a very questionable passer.
Zack Moss, Buffalo Bills – After being a healthy scratch in Week 1, Moss has turned in respectable fantasy outings in Weeks 2 and 3 mostly on the back of touchdowns. Moss has scored 3 TDs in the last two weeks and saw his volume increase from Week 2 to Week 3. This week the Bills own the highest implied team total and are favored by the highest margin, at home against Houston, which should lead to favorable game scripts for Moss. If his volume continues to go up slightly, and Moss sees 15+ opportunities in the game, he should have a startable game for fantasy.
Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills – Double dipping in the Bills’ backfield, I think you can play Singletary this week as well for all the reasons mentioned above. Even with Moss back in the fold, Singletary’s opportunities have remained consistent the last two weeks and can take it to the house from anywhere. He didn’t have much room to run last week against a stout Washington defense, but averaged over 6 YPC in the first two weeks. The two backs are almost identical in redzone carries, and like Moss, Singletary should see 12-15 overall opportunities.
Emmanuel Sanders, Buffalo Bills – We’ll keep the Bills’ theme rolling in the WR section because with an extremely high implied total (32.5) you want all the pieces of this offense you can get. Sanders has seen 6+ targets in each game this season and finally exploded last week with 5 catches for 94 yards and 2 TDs. While it’s unreasonable to expect a similar stat line, Sanders has established himself within the offense, ranking highest on the team with an 83% snap-share which should continue to lead to opportunities. Josh Allen looked like his old-self again last week and if he continues to look like last year, Sanders should benefit a ton.
Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots – While Meyers is most likely rostered in leagues, I believe he’s proven himself to be close to an auto-start in PPR leagues. Meyers is averaging almost 10 targets per game this season and seems to be a favorite of Mac Jones, with a 24% target share. Meyers’ bigger games in terms of volume came in the two Patriots’ losses, and New England is a 6.5-point underdog at home against the Bucs. Tampa Bay is the biggest pass funnel in the league, ranking 4th in rushing yards allowed per game, but 31st in passing yards allowed. The game has a decent Over/Under at 49 points, and in a game that should force a passing game-script for New England, Meyers should see plenty of volume again.
Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers – The rookie Tight End has seen his involvement in the offense increase each week, virtually splitting snaps with Eric Ebron each game so far, but has seen an increase in targets each week, and catching his first touchdown in Week 3. Pittsburgh takes on Green Bay who has given up the 3rd most points to Tight Ends this season, and with Green Bay a 7-point favorite, the game should lead to more pass attempts for Big Ben. Additionally, Green Bay has given up a touchdown on 100% of their defensive redzone possessions, so a good chance at another TD for Freiermuth if the Steelers get into the redzone.
Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers – On the other side of the field, Tonyan and the Packers take on the Steelers who have given up the 7th-most points to the tight end position. Green Bay has the 11th highest implied team total and is a decent home favorite so there should be plenty of scoring opportunities for the Green Bay offense. After a Top-5 finish last season, many managers have probably abandoned Tonyan for other streaming options. If you’re in desperate need for a TE stream this week, Tonyan provides a decent chance at a touchdown.
Sweet Streams y’all and as always, stay true.