Week #9 Sweet Streams
Welcome back to Sweet Streams! Week #9 is upon us and here are two players from each position that I see as good streaming options for this upcoming week.
Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins – A somewhat up and down season so far this year, I like Tua this week in a good spot against the Houston Texans. Miami is a 7.5-point road favorite against the Texans in a game with a 46-point Over/Under, giving Miami the 7th highest implied team total for Week 9 of 27.5 points. Tua has been serviceable this year, eclipsing 16 points in every full start so far, and the Houston defense has been one of the worst, allowing the 7th most points to QBs this year. The Miami WR corp. is getting healthier week by week, with DeVante Parker returning to the line-up this past week, and Will Fuller expected back at practice this week. Houston has one of the worst run defenses in the NFL, but the Dolphins haven’t been able to run the ball this season, so you should be able to stream Tua this week.
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans – The unfortunate news out of Tennessee this week was the loss of Derrick Henry, who will undergo foot surgery which will keep him out 6-10 weeks. The Titans brought in long-time veteran Adrian Peterson who will probably be serviceable, but I imagine nowhere close to the production Henry was providing. The loss of Henry should create more passing attempts for the Titans’ offense, and with AJ Brown seemingly back to 100% the passing offense should continue to get better. The Titans have a tall task against the Rams this week as 7.5-point underdogs on the road, but the game comes with an Over/Under of 54 points, by far the highest on the week. This line still gives Tennessee an implied team total of 22.5 points, most of which should come via Tannehill. The Rams defense is tough, but certainly not impenetrable, allowing the 11th most passing yards over the last three weeks.
Zack Moss, Buffalo Bills – Game script this week should heavily favorite Moss as the Bills are 14-point favorites in Jacksonville with a 48.5-point Over/Under, giving Buffalo the highest implied team total on the week at almost 32 points. Moss has been solid in games this year when Buffalo dominates, and we fully expect Buffalo to dominate in this game. Moss has seen the majority of snaps over Devin Singletary this season and should get plenty of work this week. Jacksonville has seemed better against RBs of late but have only faced the Seahawks and Dolphins the last two games, two teams with lackluster running games.
Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles – After Miles Sanders landed on IR last week, the entire community fully expected Kenneth Gainwell season to pick up, but to the dismay of many owners, it was the Boston Scott and Jordan Howard show this past week against Detroit. Scott was running with the first team the entire game, and we only saw Gainwell during the 4th quarter with the back-ups once the game was out of hand. This week Philly hosts the LA Chargers who have quickly become one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. Over the last 2 weeks they’re allowing 186 rushing yards per game and allow the 3rd most points to the RB position. The Chargers’ offense, unlike the Lions, can put up points which might get Gainwell on the field a bit more than last week, but Philly should be able to run all over their defense which should lead to plenty of opportunity for Scott. He had 13 opportunities in 3 quarters last week so I would expect another 15+ opportunities this week.
Emmanuel Sanders, Buffalo Bills – After a hot start to the season, Sanders disappointed in a major way this past week with a goose egg on 4 targets. The zero in the line-up probably has owners nervous about rolling Manny out there again, but I think he bounces back this week against Jacksonville. As mentioned earlier, the Bills are heavy favorites with the highest implied team total which means plenty of scoring opportunities for the Buffalo offense. Jacksonville is giving up the 7th most points to WRs and giving up the 5th most passing yards per game this season. Sanders was still on the field for 77% of the snaps last week so I would chalk up the past game to bad luck and confidently keep Sanders in the line-up again.
Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens – Before the bye week, rookie WR Rashod Bateman quickly implemented himself in the Ravens’ offense. Bateman has played 65% and 63% of snaps the last two weeks respectively and has gotten 6 targets in each game. This week the Ravens are 5.5-point home favorites against Minnesota, with the 6th highest implied team total of 27.5 points. The Vikings have allowed the 6th most fantasy points to WRs this season which should benefit Bateman. Typically coming out of bye weeks you tend to see rookies get more implemented in the offense, so I wouldn’t surprised to see Bateman play more snaps and get more opportunities this week.
Mo Alie Cox, Indianapolis Colts – Indy draws the Thursday night game this week against the Jets as 10-point home favorites with a 46.5 Over/Under. Over the last 4 weeks the Jets have given up the most fantasy points to the Tight End position which should give Mo Alie Cox some opportunity to get in the endzone. Cox provides a scary floor as seen this past week with a zero, and only typically plays about 50% of the snaps, but if you’re in a desperate place to stream a tight end, Alie-Cox could be a decent stream this week against the Jets’ struggling defense.
Jared Cook, Los Angeles Chargers – This season Cook has been uninspiring, failing to eclipse 30 yards in his last 3 games, and in 5 out of 7 games this season. The reason I like Cook this week is their match-up with the Philadelphia Eagles in a game with a 50-point Over/Under. The Eagles have allowed the 3rd most points to Tight Ends this season, while allowing the 3rd fewest points to WRs, which should funnel extra opportunities to Cook this week.
Sweet Streams y’all and as always, stay true.
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