Week two of Bye-pocalypse is officially upon us and what an eventful time it will be. This week, we see many fantasy studs enter their bye week across all positions, as well as many unfavorable matchups that will end up having us triple-guess ourselves when looking at our fantasy lineups early Sunday morning. It may not look pretty on paper, but let’s navigate ourselves through the muck and find some fantasy streaming gold for Week 9.
Week 8 Star:
- Jack Doyle @ Cincinnati Bengals: 12 receptions on 14 targets for 121 yards and 1 touchdown
- Future Fantasy Outlook: The 2016 version of Jack Doyle looks to of returned for a second campaign. Once Andrew Luck’s favorite target, Doyle has now established himself as Jacoby Brissett’s go-to man as he continues to learn the system. Jack Doyle most likely won’t be eligible for my streaming list again this season and rightfully so. If he is still on waivers in your league, go get Doyle.
Week 8 Bust:
- Nick O’Leary vs Oakland Raiders: 1 reception on 3 targets for 5 yards
- Future Fantasy Outlook: I’ll admit, I might of transferred my views of Charles Clay to Nick O’Leary while Clay has been injured. O’Leary is a big tight end target that has shown flashes of his big play ability, but he is not getting consistent enough targets in the run-first Buffalo Bills offense. He will have his games, but I would not recommend trusting O’Leary on a weekly basis.
Week 9 Bye Weeks: Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers
Stream of the Week: Jacoby Brissett (10% owned) @ Houston Texans
I honestly do not know what else Jacoby Brissett needs to do to prove his value to fantasy owners. Going over his stats, Brissett has thrown for over 200 yards in all but one game this season (the outlier being at the Seahawks) and currently sports a 5:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio on the year. The passing numbers for Brissett have been slightly above average, but when you combine them with his rushing stats, he has consistently been a top streaming option. With Frank Gore finally showing his age, Jacoby has thrown the ball at least 34 times in the last four games. Fresh off of allowing Russell Wilson to throw for over 450 yards and 4 touchdowns, the once scary Texans defense has seemed to vanish. Houston has given up three top-5 QB performances over the year and with the injuries continuing to pile up, the once scary Texans defense has vanished. With TY Hilton, Jack Doyle, and rookie Marlon Mack helping push the offense forward, we can look for Brissett to continue to fill the void of our many injured and bye week quarterbacks this week in Houston.
Jared Goff (47% owned) @ New York Giants
Jared Goff has started to show the world why he was the first overall pick of the 2016 draft. In matchups not against top 5 defenses, Goff has excelled and been a target for many streamers in recent weeks. Averaging 32 pass attempts and 245 yards per game on the year, Goff has twice as many touchdowns (10) on the year than he does turnovers (5). His above average play leading the #1 rated offense in 2017 so far leads me to believe that this week visiting the New York Giants will follow suit. The 2017 Giants defense has allowed the 6th most FPS to opposing quarterbacks, something the 2016 Giants would despise. Over their last 4 games, New York has allowed an average of 325 passing yards and allowed three touchdowns in three of those games (as opposed to just three total turnovers in the same stretch). Goff should continue to improve and show us the talent we saw in college.
Josh McCown (25% owned) vs Buffalo Bills
McCown just continues to impress me more and more as he continues to find ways to score. I have included Josh in my list many times this season, and I will continue to do so until he burns me. Over his last four games, McCown has thrown for two or more touchdowns in every single one of them. This Week 9 matchup against the Bills is not very positive, but McCown has shown his ability to get his young weapons the ball and let them find a way to score. Buffalo has allowed 300+ passing yards each of their last three games, including a top 10 performance by a struggling Jameis Winston. It might not be pretty, but with many quarterbacks on the shelf this week I would trust McCown to help lead my team to a win in Week 9.
Stream of the Week: Vernon Davis (12% owned) @ Seattle Seahawks
In Week 8 we saw Jordan Reed go down with yet another injury and it has been reported that he is already unlikely to play this week. With this injury opens the door for the veteran Vernon Davis, who has already shown he still has some game left in his body this year. Over the last five games, Davis has caught 16 of 20 targets for 299 yards and a touchdown. The numbers may not seem too significant but this is all with Jordan Reed playing ahead of him on the depth chart. Seattle has only given up the 14th most FPS on the year, but with some fantasy stud tight ends either on bye or injured this week, Vernon Davis seems to be the safest streaming option on the market.
Tyler Kroft (47% owned) @ Jacksonville Jaguars
So far in Kroft’s short stint of starting at the tight end position for the Bengals he is already ranked 3rd in targets, tied for 2nd in receptions, and 2nd in receiving yards and touchdowns on his team this year. He has seen five or more targets in 3 of his last 4 games and recorded four touchdowns in that span. The Bengals travel to Jacksonville this week, who ranked 6th in total defense, but they have been shown their vulnerability to tight ends this year. This year the Jaguars have given up only four touchdowns through the air, all four being to tight ends. With most of the Jaguar’s attention on AJ Green this week, watch for Kroft to find some open space in the middle of the Jags’ defense and get into the endzone.
Tyler Higbee (0% owned) @ New York Giants
In the boom-or-bust tight end position this year, touchdowns are the main stat that separates a TE1 from a TE2. Which team should we target the most this year for opposing tight ends? You guessed it, it’s the New York Giants. The Giants have given up the most FPS to tight ends on the year, including a touchdown to a tight end in every single game this season. While this pattern is unlikely to continue throughout the year, it is a stat that just can’t be ignored. Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett have both shared their time, with Higbee edging Everett out in production so far, so it is possible that both see fantasy value in week two of bye-pocalypse.
Stream of the Week: Oakland Raiders (22% owned) @ Miami Dolphins
I am going to be honest here and say that I do not like most of the streaming options eligible this week. However, I did pick three options that have the matchups to surprise people and put forth a solid fantasy performance. The first of these options is the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have yet to record an interception and have only 12 sacks on the year, but a matchup with a struggling Dolphins offense with the potential return of wild gunslinger Jay Cutler might just give the Raiders the kick they need. Cutler has thrown at least one interception in every game this season since Week 2 and with the recent trade of Jay Ajayi breaking early this morning, the Dolphins seem to be giving up on the 2017 season. Oakland knows that they need to start winning if they plan on contending for a playoff spot, so this could be the week to turn things around heading into their Week 10 bye.
Detroit Lions (48% owned) @ Green Bay Packers
The Detroit Lions defense is surprisingly still under 50% owned, even after their red-hot start to the season. They have cooled off recently, but I just can’t ignore the fact that they are ranked within the top 5 for turnovers on the year. Their sack numbers have plummeted and points given up has seen a recent surge, but the Lions are still finding ways to put up positive fantasy numbers. A trip to Green Bay against a Packer’s offense missing Aaron Rodgers should give the Lions a chance to show their playmaking ability once again. In Brett Hundley’s first start after the Rodgers injury, he only managed 131 total yards and threw an interception. Aaron Jones did run for 131 yards, but with a Lions defense needing a victory this Monday night, I believe that they will hound Hundley and the Packer’s offense all night long.
Tennessee Titans (14% owned) vs Baltimore Ravens
The final streaming option I am going to present to you is the Tennessee Titans. After a rough start, the Titans defense has only given up a combined 35 points and recorded 4 sacks and 6 turnovers in their last three games. Baltimore is right in the middle of the pack in FPS given up to opposing defenses, but this option isn’t as much about the numbers as it is about the matchup. Joe Flacco, if he plays, has failed to impress this year and if Ryan Mallett draws the start, the Titans receive an even bigger boost in the Week 8 rankings. The Titans are the #10 ranked team against the run and the Ravens have done most of their damage on the backs of their stable of running backs. If the Titans shut down the Raven’s committee of Collins, West, and Allen, it could result in fantasy gold for the Tennessee Titans.