With Week 7 officially in the books, we saw yet another superstar go down with a serious injury. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is likely to miss the remainder of the season with a broken collarbone, and fantasy owners everywhere are scrambling to save their seasons. With bye weeks, recent injuries and depth chart replacements that have occurred so far, we will see many fantasy owners needing streaming replacements for Week 7. In the words of the aforementioned Aaron Rodgers, “R-E-L-A-X”. I am here to help you escape Week 7 with a victory.
Week 6 Star:
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins vs New England Patriots: 8 receptions on 11 targets for 46 yards and 1 touchdown
- Future Fantasy Outlook: While ASJ had a top 5 TE fantasy Week 6, it could have been the 2nd best tight end performance behind Rob Gronkowski if the referees did not overturn what should have been the game winning touchdown for the Jets. In case you live under a rock, the refs ruled that Seferian-Jenkins fumbled the ball while hitting the pylon, ruling it a touchback and allowing the Patriots to comeback and win against the Jets. Regardless of this, ASJ has proven to be the #1 option for Josh McCown and with his athleticism, I believe that McCown will continue to feed ASJ the ball going forward.
Week 6 Bust:
- Atlanta Falcons vs Miami Dolphins: 20 points allowed, 1 interception.
- Future Fantasy Outlook: As a diehard Falcons fan, I will formally apologize to any and all people that streamed the Atlanta defense because of my suggestion. While the defense only allowed 20 points and picked off Jay Cutler once, they record zero sacks and looked to lack the heart that a defense should. The fantasy numbers would have been better if another interception was not called off due to an unnecessary late hit on quarterback Jay Cutler, but even with the interception it did not look good for fantasy owners. While the Falcons rank 10th in total defense and have yet to allow an opponent to score more than 23 points in a game, they rank 21st in sacks and dead last in takeaways on the year. Without sacks and turnovers, the ceiling for the Falcons as a fantasy option is very low and will continue to be so until they start improving on these numbers.
Week 7 Bye Weeks: Detroit Lions, Houston Texans
Stream of the Week: Josh McCown (8% owned) @ Miami Dolphins
If you told me at the beginning of the season that the New York Jets would be 3-3 heading into Week 7 after what should’ve been a victory against the New England Patriots in Week 6, I would’ve laughed in your face. The once “tanking” Jets seem to be in the thick of the AFC East race with the help of a resurgent Josh McCown at the helm. McCown has scored at least 15 FPS in four of the six games this season, including a top 10 quarterback performance last week, going 31-47 for 354 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. In Week 7, McCown will take his talents to South Beach to face the Miami Dolphins, fresh off of a huge upset win in Atlanta. The Dolphins sport the #9 ranked defense against opposing quarterbacks but have consistently given up around 250 yards and at least one touchdown every game of the season. Their touchdown-to-interception ratio currently sits at 6:1 and McCown already threw for 249 yards and a touchdown against the Dolphins this season. With a few more games under his belt, we can look to Josh McCown as a streaming option for those needed.
Tyrod Taylor (38% owned) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fresh off of a bye week, Tyrod Taylor welcomes the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Buffalo. While Taylor has been average at best this year, Week 7 will be the weakest defense he has faces so far. The Buccaneers have allowed the 5th most FPS to opposing quarterbacks this year, including 283 yard, 3 touchdown performance for Carson Palmer last week. With the likes of Palmer, Eli Manning, and Case Keenum amongst the list of quarterbacks to light up the Bucs’ defense this year, I expect Tyrod Taylor to use both his arm and his legs to lead the Buffalo Bills into battle.
Blake Bortles (14% owned) vs Indianapolis Colts
Here we are again at the crossroad of Bortles Boulevard and Streaming Street. It does not sound pretty, but hear me out. We know that the pass attempts will be there for Blake, averaging 28 attempts per game. With the emergence of Leonard Fournette, opposing defenses have to prepare to stop the run first. This, ideally, will lead to one-on-one coverage and play action passes that should allow Bortles to put up streamable fantasy numbers. It will not be pretty, but with the weapons around Bortles he could muster up a solid fantasy outing, especially against the defense of the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts currently sport the 2nd worst ranking against opposing quarterbacks but did turn in their best performance of the season so far on Monday Night Football against an injured Marcus Mariota. While this was their best performance of the season, the defense still gave up over 300 yards and a touchdown. Quarterbacks such as Jared Goff, DeShone Kizer, and Brian Hoyer have all put in worthwhile performances against the Colts, and this trend should continue with Blake Bortles.
Other Notables: C.J. Beathard (1% owned) vs Dallas Cowboys
Stream of the Week: Jack Doyle (40% owned) @ Jacksonville Jaguars
One of Andrew Luck’s favorite targets has finally seemed to create some sort of rapport with replacement Jacoby Brissett. In the limelight of Monday Night Football, Doyle caught 7 of 11 targets for 50 yards and a touchdown. Consistently getting open due to the attention on TY Hilton and Donte Moncrief, Brissett looked to Doyle over and over again even after a couple of drops. This week, the Colts travel south to face a red hot Jacksonville Jaguars defense. On paper, this may look like a game to avoid for all offensive players for the Colts, but if you look at the numbers there has been one weakness “Sacksonville” has: opposing tight ends. Giving up the 10th most FPS to the tight end position, it looks like the Jags game-plan is to allow tight ends to do damage against them while locking up opposing wide receivers and running backs. I believe that Brissett will follow suit as he has looked better and better after every start. Using his legs, look for Jacoby to extend plays and check down to Jack Doyle often. O’Doyle definitely will rule in Week 7 against the Miami Dolphins.
George Kittle (8% owned) vs Dallas Cowboys
Making back-to-back appearances on my Top Streaming Option list is rookie George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers. Last week saw a quarterback change for the Niners, so ideally we would think that he would not perform well. However, Kittle received 8 targets (2nd on the team behind Pierre Garcon), catching 4 of them for 46 yards. The Dallas Cowboys are coming out of a bye week full of off the field dilemmas. On the field, the Cowboys defense is ranked 13th against opposing tight ends, giving up only one touchdown and one 50+ yard game on the year. This may look like a stat to avoid, but giving the state of the tight end position this year, every tight end the Cowboys have faced have turned in at least 7.7 FPS in PPR leagues. The number one reason I love George Kittle this week? Fellow rookie and Iowa alumni C.J. Beathard took over for Brian Hoyer at quarterback. Having played together in college, we should continue to see C.J. lean on George Kittle going forward, assuming he keeps his role.
David Njoku (17% owned) vs Tennessee Titans
With both Evan Engram and Austin Seferian-Jenkins now graduating out of the streaming option possibilities, the next young tight end I am looking towards is Miami product David Njoku. Njoku has all the talent in the world, but on a struggling Browns offense that has struggled with quarterbacks throughout my lifetime, things do not look promising. The reason I believe in him for Week 7 is simple, the Browns just do not have any weapons in the receiving game outside of fellow Hurricane alumni Duke Johnson Jr and Njoku is arguably the most talented player on their roster. David Njoku has record three touchdowns in his six game NFL career, and this week he has an opportunity to face a Tennessee Titans defense that just was torched by Jack Doyle on Monday Night Football. The Titans are ranked 8th against opposing tight ends, but they have shown to be susceptible to tight ends at times. With a weak tight end position this year in fantasy football, let’s look to the rookie David Njoku to help get us a win in Week 7.
Other Notables: Tyler Kroft (11% owned) @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Stream of the Week: New Orleans Saints (6% owned) @ Green Bay Packers
What a turnaround for the New Orleans Saints defense. The most picked on defense in fantasy football last year, this year’s Saints have proven to be much more improved. Last week, the Saints defense exploded to the #1 spot for Week 7 with a dominating performance against a stout Lions offense. The Lions did end up making it close at the end, but that didn’t matter for fantasy purposes as the Saints racked up 5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles, and scored 3 touchdowns while giving up 32 points. If the Lions didn’t end up making a comeback, the Saints could of recording one of the best fantasy days a defense has ever had. This week, the Saints travel to historic Lambeau Field to take on a Green Bay Packers offense that just saw leader Aaron Rodgers go down with a possible season-ending injury. We have seen UCLA product Brett Hundley play over the course of the last few seasons, but nothing has really stuck out. Last week, he went 18-33 for 157 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. Don’t expect a repeat performance from last week, but a hot Saints defense vs a quarterback starting for an injured Aaron Rodgers looks to be a perfect matchup for Week 7 streamers.
Tennessee Titans (31% owned) @ Cleveland Browns
On a short week following a win at home on Monday Night Football, the Tennessee Titans travel north to take on a Cleveland Browns team that has still yet to record a victory on the year. Outside of one bad performance against the Texans, the Tennessee defense has shown the potential that they have on paper. With a stout front 7, the Titans have recorded 8 sacks and 7 takeaways on the year. It hasn’t been pretty, but a trip to Cleveland should boost these numbers higher as the Browns have given up the 2nd most FPS on the year to opposing defenses. Newly named quarterback Kevin Hogan threw three interceptions last week and was sacked four times by the Texans defense. The Browns will continue to struggle on offense even with a short week for the Tennessee Titans defense.
New York Jets (8% owned) @ Miami Dolphins
The 3-3 New York Jets can thank much of their success to the performances that their defense has had so far this year. While the sacks have not been there (recording only 7 on the year so far), the Jets have recorded 9 takeaways. After holding a strong New England Patriots offense to 24 points and recording two takeaways in a close effort last week, the Jets are playing with confidence. The Dolphins have given up the 3rd most FPS so far this year, including giving up 3 sacks and 2 takeaways earlier in the year against the Jets defense. Cutler has thrown at least one interception in his last four games and I believe that the Jets will bring the Dolphins offense back down to Earth after their upset win in Atlanta last week.