Week #8 Sweet Streams
Welcome back to Sweet Streams! Week #8 is upon us and here are two players from each position that I see as good streaming options for this upcoming week.
Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts – After a somewhat rough game in the pouring rain last week against San Fran, Wentz should be able to bounce back this week against a surging Titans team. Even with the recent wins over Kansas City and Buffalo, the Titans have been giving up big QB games all season. Going against Allen and Mahomes is no easy task, but even throughout the course of the entire season Tennessee has allowed an average of 20 points per game to the position, 6th worst in the league. Tennessee has been decent this year stopping the run, ranking 9th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game, which should slow down Jonathan Taylor a smidge, and force a few extra passes for Wentz. The game has the 5th-highest Over/Under of the week should mean a good amount of scoring for both sides.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons – Coming back to win a tight victory over Miami, Atlanta takes on the struggling Carolina Panthers at home this week. After starting the season 3-0, the Panthers have lost four in a row as McCaffrey remains sidelined, and Sam Darnold seems to have re-discovered his old self. Over the last four weeks the Panthers have given up the 5th most fantasy points to the QB position, and their league worst allowance of sacks and giveaways has led to more possessions for their opponents. After a slow start to the season, Matt Ryan has come alive, throwing for 280+ yards in his last three games, and throwing 8 touchdowns to only 1 interception.
Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles – An unfortunate ankle injury to lead back Miles Sanders should open the door for increased opportunities for Gainwell. While I imagine Gainwell won’t soak up a bell cow role, and will certainly split time with Boston Scott, Gainwell should be a bit more involved than he’s been up until this point. Gainwell was a low-level FLEX option before the Sanders injury, so he should propel to high-end FLEX territory with Sanders possibly sidelines. Philly is 3-point road favorites against the Lions in a game that has a 48 point Over/Under, a touch higher than you would expect. Detroit has been a goldmine for fantasy RBs whichever way you slice it, allowing the 4th most points to the position this season, 6th most over the last 4 weeks, and 2nd most over the last two weeks. They have struggled against RBs all season and don’t seem to have made any improvements as they year has gone on.
Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots - Available on most waiver wires, Brandon Bolden stepped up in a big way against the struggling New York Jets. Running mate Damien Harris also had a monster day and this game was a blow-out, so Bolden is by no means taking over this backfield but seems to have absorbed a good majority of the James White role with Rhamondre Stevenson inactive. This week the Patriots are 5.5-point road underdogs against the Chargers in a game with a 48.5 point Over/Under. The spread implies the Patriots won’t be running away with this one like last week, which could lead to more focus on the passing game. Over the last two weeks, the Chargers have given up the most fantasy points to RBs, so this seems like a good matchup for Bolden to follow up his performance with another solid outing.
Marvin Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars – In Week 7 the Jaguars were one of seven NFL teams on bye which could have forced fantasy managers to drop Jones. Even if you were able to hold him this past week, he should be a nice option this week against Seattle, in a game where Jacksonville is only a 3.5-point underdog in Seattle. The Seahawks have been one of the worst defenses in the NFL season, and have given up the 3rd most fantasy points to WRs over the last 4 weeks. Trevor Lawrence also seems to be figuring things out as the season goes along, with a QB rating of 92 or better in his last 3 games, whereas his best outing was a QB rating of 70 over the 4 games prior.
Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons – Playing off the Matt Ryan stream earlier, Russell Gage seemed to be pretty involved this past week after returning from injury. Against Miami Gage was on the field for 63% of the snaps and accumulated 6 targets. Over the last 4 weeks Carolina has allowed the 10th most fantasy points to WRs, and the 9th most over the last two games. Atlanta has been one of the worst rushing offenses this season, so we should continue to see plenty of passing attempts from Matt Ryan this week.
CJ Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals – Uzomah has been on fire the last two weeks, grabbing three touchdowns in the last two games. The issue with Uzomah is the low volume he’s been getting, with only three targets in each contest. He provides a scary low floor, but the Bengals’ offense has been rolling as of late. This week they travel to play the New York Jets, who have given up the most fantasy points to Tight Ends over the last two weeks.
Evan Engram, New York Giants – Somewhat of a disappointment this year, Engram has yet to have a major break out game. I think he has a good chance this week against the Kansas City Chiefs, who are allowing the 5th most points to Tight Ends this season. The Chiefs are heavy 10-point favorites which should lead to a negative game-script for the Giants, and thus more passing attempts for Daniel Jones. The Giants’ Wide Receivers are extremely banged up, so 6-7 targets for Engram this week should lead to a solid output.
Sweet Streams y’all and as always, stay true.