Week #6 Sweet Streams
Welcome back to Sweet Streams! Week #6 is upon us and here are two players from each position that I see as good streaming options for this upcoming week.
Taylor Heinicke, Washington Football Team – After a rough day against New Orleans, Heinicke should be able to get back on track against the reeling Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City comes to town as 5.5-point road favorites, with a 55.5-point Over/Under which should mean lots of passing game script for Washington. Up until last week, Heinicke was on fire, producing as the QB5, QB10 and QB12 the previous three games. Not only should the game script favor Heinicke this week, but the Chiefs defense has also been a gold mine for QB fantasy points, ranking 29th in the NFL in passing yards allowed, and ranking dead last in fantasy points allowed to QBs.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers - It’s been tough to trust Big Ben this season as he looks to certainly be at the end of the line, but he should be able to do just enough this week against Seattle. Seattle owns one of the league’s worst defenses from top to bottom, ranking 31st in passing yards allowed over their last three games, and 23rd in fantasy points to QBs. Seattle QB Russell Wilson is also expected to miss several weeks with a finger injury, so a lesser offense led by Geno Smith should give Big Ben a few extra possessions throughout the game. The Seattle run defense is just as bad as their pass defense, so expect a lot of Najee Harris in this one, but with bye weeks starting to kick in, I think you could do worse than Roethlisberger this week.
Darrell Williams, Kansas City Chiefs - What seems like an injury riddled Week 5, the Chiefs are expecting to be without RB Clyde Edwards Helaire for a few weeks, which opens the door for back-up RBs Darrell Williams and Jerrick McKinnon. If Williams is already owned in some of your leagues, odds are McKinnon is almost 100% available. If you’re able to snag Williams or have him on the bench, this could be a good week to trust him. Even with Edwards Helaire in the mix, Williams was seemingly getting the majority of goal line work for the Chiefs, and was splitting time decently with CEH, garnering 116 snaps to Clyde’s 186. Kansas City is a 6.5-point road favorite against Washington, who has been one of the bigger disappointments on defense this season. Washington hasn’t been abysmal but ranks below average in rushing defense and fantasy points allowed to the RB position.
AJ Dillon, Green Bay Packers – After a horrendous Week 1, it seems like the Packers are starting to click on offense. While Aaron Jones continues to be the stud ball-carrier in the backfield, AJ Dillon has seemingly gotten more involved of late. After averaging about 17 snaps pregame Weeks 1-3, Dillon has seen over 20 snaps in each of the last two weeks. While that might not seem like a big number, it’s significant when you’re getting about 33% of the work in a backfield like Green Bay, that’s averaging 121 rushing yards over the last 3 weeks. The Packers are 4.5-point road favorites against Chicago who’s allowed 125 yards per game the last three, 19th in the NFL. Chicago ranks 17th in points allowed to RBs in the last three weeks so Dillon should provide some decent FLEX value if you’re struggling with byes this week.
Van Jefferson, Los Angeles Rams – Last week the Rams took advantage of a horrendous Seahawks defense, as Wide Receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp both had great games. Jefferson was quiet in this one with only 1 catch on 4 targets, but he wasn’t really needed as Kupp and Woods seemingly had their way. This week the Rams are the highest favorite of the week at 10.5 points, and an implied team total of 29 should mean lots of scoring opportunities for the offense. Jefferson has been on the field almost as much as Kupp and Woods this season, with 225 total snaps for Jefferson and 286 and 285 for Woods and Kupp respectively. The Giants are giving up 258 passing yards per game over the last three weeks, 20th in the NFL, so there’s a good chance of Jefferson getting more work this week.
Kadarius Toney, New York Giants – After most fans and experts mocked the Giants for their first-round pick of Toney in April’s draft, David Gettelman is seemingly the one laughing now as Toney has stepped up when the Giants’ Wide Receiving corps has disappeared. Darius Slayton, Sterling Shephard, and recently Kenny Golladay are all on the injury report, so that leaves Toney as the last man standing. He exploded in a big way last week against Dallas with double digit targets and over 180 yards, offering value as well in the running game, and even taking a few snaps at QB. Even if Shephard, Golladay or Slayton return this week, it’ll be hard for the Giants to keep a player so explosive off the field. The Giants are heavy underdogs against the Rams which should lead to more passing script for the offense.
Jared Cook, Los Angeles Chargers – The Chargers visit the Raiders as 3-point underdogs in a game with a high Over/Under of 50.5 points. Baltimore has been leaky this season against Tight Ends, currently allowing the second most points to the position this season. Jared Cook has been a bit hot and cold this season but is the primary Tight End option playing most of the snaps this season. Baltimore is one of the better run defenses in the NFL, plus the expected passing game script as underdogs for the Chargers, should lead to a decent amount of volume for Cook this week against a team that has had a tough time defending Tight Ends.
Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams – Similar to Van Jefferson, I like Higbee this week based on the implied team total for Los Angeles against the Giants, and the fact the G-men are giving up the 6th most points to the position. Higbee has been solid this season, playing close to 100% of snaps in most games, accumulating 5+ targets in 3 of 5 games, and 60 yards or a TD in 3 of 5 games.
Sweet Streams y’all and as always, stay true.