I hope everybody got through the first of seven consecutive weeks having teams on byes successfully! We are continuing to see the list of season-ending injuries pile up with the likes of superstars J.J. Watt and Odell Beckham Jr added to the list this past week. With numerous injured players, bye weeks now a factor, and ever changing depth charts, the waiver wire could make-or-break your season. As always, I will go over my best and worst pick from Week 5, inform you of all Week 6 teams on bye, and detail my favorite streaming options for the upcoming matchups.
Week 5 Star:
- Deshaun Watson vs Kansas City Chiefs: 16-31, 261 yards, 5 touchdowns; 3 rushes for 31 yards
- Future Fantasy Outlook: Yet again we saw Deshaun amongst the best streaming options and surprise surprise, he ended up being the best out of the bunch. The Texans rookie quarterback seems to have gained the confidence, composure, and swagger needed to carry his team to the postseason. With all the injuries to the vaunted Texans defense, fans will look towards Watson to put the team on his back and carry them to what could be shootout victories from here on out. He has the weapons around him in DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Lamar Miller, and D’Onta Foreman, so let’s look to see if Deshaun Watson can keep up this torrid pace.
Week 5 Bust:
- Evan Engram vs Los Angeles Chargers: 0 receptions on 4 targets
- Future Fantasy Outlook: What a fantasy dud Engram became last week. Having at least 4 receptions in every game of the young 2017 season you wouldn’t expect a 0 from Engram, especially in a game that saw the Giants four leading wide receivers go down with injuries. Expect more positive than negative games for the rookie tight end, as Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard, and Dwayne Harris all left with injuries last week.
Week 6 Bye Weeks: Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks
Stream of the Week: Trevor Siemian (30% owned) vs New York Giants
Trevor Siemian welcomes the winless New York Giants football team to Denver in this Week 6 matchup. We saw Siemian start the season off on fire, but the last two games before the Week 5 bye he seemed to come back down to Earth. The New York Giants are currently ranked the 21st team against opposing quarterbacks, giving up an average of 224.5 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game. More notably, they have given up over 330 yards and 250 yards in their last two contests respectively, both allowing 3 touchdown passes. With a of two takeaways on the season from opposing quarterbacks, the Giants have lacked the ability to cause turnovers this year. The Denver Broncos have the surrounding cast to allow Trevor Siemian to succeed, and with a depleted Giants offensive facing one of the toughest defenses in the NFL, odds are he will have plenty of chances to succeed on Sunday Night Football.
Jacoby Brissett (12% owned) @ Tennessee Titans
With the news of Andrew Luck practicing last week weighing on Jacoby Brissett’s mind, he went out and lead the Indianapolis Colts to a victory against the San Francisco 49ers last week. While he did not light up the world, if you streamed him in place of stars on bye such as Matt Ryan and Drew Brees, odds are you were not disappointed. Brissett posted 314 yards on 22-34 pass attempts with one interception, adding 14 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Brissett and the Colts travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans in Week 6’s edition of Monday Night Football. Giving up the 2nd most FPS to opposing quarterbacks, the Titans boast a 13:5 touchdown-to-turnover ratio on the year. The dual threat of Brissett’s arm and legs should allow fantasy owners to yet again use him as a streaming option this week. It seems to me that Jacoby Brissett may be auditioning to become the starting quarterback on another team once Luck returns from injury, and I believe he just may of won himself the job somewhere.
Mitchell Trubisky (10% owned) @ Baltimore Ravens
What a time to debut the #2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. On Monday Night Football, we saw Mitchell Trubisky take the reigns of the Chicago Bears and to be honest, looked a lot better than Mike Glennon had all year long. The rookie had his mistakes and looked like a rookie at times, but he seemed to hold his own against one of the toughest defenses in the NFL. Trubisky went 12-25 on his NFL debut for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He had the chance for a movie-like game winning drive on his NFL debut, but threw an interception to Harrison Smith on the first pass leading to a game winning field goal by the Vikings. On paper, the Week 6 matchup in Baltimore against the 7th ranked Ravens defense against opposing quarterbacks does not look great. However, with a game under the rookie’s belt and a lot of positives taken away from it, I believe that Trubisky will improve on this performance and to the delight on Bears fanatics everywhere, leave Baltimore with a much needed victory.
Other Notables: Brian Hoyer (9% owned) @ Washington Redskins, Kevin Hogan (0% owned) @ Houston Texans
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Stream of the Week: Austin Seferian-Jenkins (28% owned) vs New England Patriots
One of the most repeated names in many of my “Top Streaming Options” articles is Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The uber athletic tight end has come back from his two week suspension with a vengeance, catching 15 of his 18 targets on the year for 106 yards and a touchdown. In my opinion, he is the most dangerous weapon and mismatch the New York Jets have and Josh McCown seems to of taken notice. ASJ has led or tied for the lead in targets in all but one of the games he has played this year. The Week 6 matchup at home against the worst rated defense in the NFL in the New England Patriots seems to be a juicy one. The Patriots have given up the 5th most FPS on the year against opposing tight ends, allowing a touchdown in every game but one. With Belichick aiming to turn things around for the defending champions, the negative game script seems to call for a lot of passes this Sunday for Josh McCown, and who better to throw it to than ASJ?
Ed Dickson (6% owned) vs Philadelphia Eagles
Before we go crazy over Ed Dickson’s 5-5 for 175 yard performance last Sunday, let’s sit back and remember that he probably won’t repeat this 35 yards per catch average. However, with the loss of Greg Olsen for the foreseeable future and the resurgence of Super Cam (for now), Dickson seems to be in line for at least 4 or 5 targets a game. The Week 6 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles defense at home seems to be one that favors Dickson, as the Eagles have given up the 9th most FPS to opposing tight ends. While they have only given up double-digit points to one tight end so far this year, the tight end position as a whole has been a major disappointment, so following the hot hand is a strategy I personally am following.
George Kittle (1% owned) @ Washington Redskins
Outside of rookie tight ends OJ Howard, David Njoku, and Evan Engram, one of my favorites in the 2017 NFL draft was Iowa’s George Kittle. It may of just been one of those tapes I saw that stood out, but I loved his game and when he was drafted by Kyle Shanahan’s San Francisco 49ers it looked like a match in heaven. Once the Niners traded away starting tight end Vance McDonald in the preseason, I jumped to snag Kittle late in drafts. George Kittle started the season off slowly, but last week we saw him catch 7 of 9 targets for 83 yards and his first career touchdown. A lot of this was on the last drive of the 4th quarter, but the fact that Brian Hoyer looked to the rookie a lot and eventually connected for the game-tying touchdown is a great sign for the future. The 49ers travel to Washington for a Week 6 matchup against the Redskins, who have given up the 3rd most FPS this year. In 3 of the 4 games they have played so far, the Redskins have given up at least 90 yards to tight ends, and allowed a touchdown in their last two matchups. We have seen how Shanahan uses the tight end position in the past and Kittle might become the next tight end fantasy owners will rush to the waiver wire to acquire.
Other Notables: Ryan Griffin (6% owned) vs Cleveland Browns, Tyler Higbee (0% owned) @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Stream of the Week: Atlanta Falcons (22% owned) vs Miami Dolphins
After a much needed bye week, the Atlanta Falcons welcome a struggling Miami Dolphins offense to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. I will be the first to admit that I had much higher hopes for the Atlanta Falcons defense as far as turnovers, but if you look at the numbers the Falcons defense is in the top 10 for scoring defense and yards per play. The Falcons have been hit with the injury bug, but many defensive players are set to return for the Week 6 matchup against Jay Cutler and the Dolphins offense. Currently, the Dolphins have given up the 3rd most FPS to opposing defenses and with the recent departure of the Miami offensive line coach amongst its many troubles, things do not look like they are turning around anytime soon. The Dolphins’ highest scoring week has been the 19 points they put up Week 2 against the Chargers. They also have given up a total of 10 sacks and committed 5 turnovers on the year. If you have watched Miami play recently, then you know that this matchup looks favorably for the Atlanta Falcons defense after their Week 5 bye.
Chicago Bears (2% owned) @ Baltimore Ravens
In the limelight of Monday Night Football, the Chicago Bears defense proved their worth against a Minnesota Vikings offense that has shown high-powered potential this year. While they only allowed 20 points and amassed five sacks, two from Leonard Floyd and three from Akeem Hicks, they failed to record a turnover. Watching the game, the Bears dropped at least two potential interceptions and recovered a fumble out of bounds, which would have led to a much better fantasy performance. Nonetheless, the Bears defense looked the part, and with a Week 6 matchup in Baltimore against a struggling Ravens defense on the books this week, even on a short week I would favor the Bears as a streaming option. The Ravens have given up the 10th most FPS to opposing defenses, allowing 9 sacks, 6 interceptions, and 3 fumbles. Joe Flacco has look subpar all year long, and with running back and receiving cores that nobody in the league fear, I see the Chicago Bears having a great fantasy day, including recording their first interception of the year.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12% owned) @ Arizona Cardinals
While struggling during their Week 3 and Week 4 matchups on the 2017 season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense seemed to get on the right track against the high-powered New England Patriots last week. The Bucs limited the Patriots to a season low 19 points while accumulating 3 sacks, an interception, and recovering a fumble in their close loss at home on Thursday Night Football. If the Bucs put up those numbers against the defending Super Bowl champs last week, I can only imagine good things are to come in their Week 6 matchup in Arizona against the Cardinals. Arizona has currently given up the 7th most FPS to opposing defenses, allowing a whopping 19 sacks, 5 interceptions, and 2 fumbles on the year. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the defensive talent to put up fantasy stud-like numbers, and this is the week I believe they could prove it.
Other Notables: Los Angeles Rams (49% owned) @ Jacksonville Jaguars