Hunter Skoczylas (@HunterSkoczylas)
As we move into the back half of the season, most of our fantasy teams look a lot different than anticipated at the beginning of the season. With injuries plaguing every team including some star players at key positions, work will have to be done on the waivers to make that playoff push. We have four teams on a bye week (BUF, SF, NYG, CHI) as well, which makes streaming sound even more appealing.
With that being said, here are my top streaming options at both the quarterback and tight end positions. In order to be a streaming option, players have to be owned in less than 60 percent of ESPN leagues and are chosen based on their Week 11 matchup.
Best comp. % last 2 weeks: Cam Newton (77%) pic.twitter.com/9VbyCy9Viv
— PFF (@PFF) November 16, 2020
Newton has been underwhelming these last few games for the Patriots, but he has an ideal matchup against the Texans in Week 11. Houston is allowing 25.4 FPPG to opposing quarterbacks this season, the league’s fourth-worst. If Cam can get the passing game going early, he should have a huge game against the Texans. He’ll likely get a goal-line carry for a touchdown as well since he has nine rushing touchdowns on the season through eight games as a starter. He’s available in over 56 percent of ESPN leagues right now, so it won’t be guaranteed that you can get him, but he’s worth the look against this terrible Houston defense.
Carr started the season off hot but has slowed down since coming off their Week 6 bye. After completing over 71 percent of his passes in the first five games, he’s dropped down to around 60 percent through the last four games. The good news is that the last time he faced Kansas City, he threw for 347 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception while completing 71 percent of his passes. The Raiders are the Chiefs only loss this season so it’s likely that Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will come out firing, but I think it can end up being another shoot-out. KC only allows 18.9 FPPG to opposing quarterbacks, but in a division matchup, I like Carr’s odds of surpassing 20 fantasy points.
Smith is only 3.6 percent owned in leagues as of right now so this will be your best shot at a streaming option in deeper leagues. In the two games he’s played more than one half in, he’s surpassed 300 passing yards while completing around 72 percent of his passes. Cincinnati allows 22.5 FPPG to opposing quarterbacks thus far, and if that trend continues, Smith will be in line for another 300+ yard day. Smith has a tendency to check the ball down more often than throwing it downfield, but Terry McLaurin should be able to have a solid fantasy outing as well with Smith throwing him the ball. I’d expect 15+ fantasy points from Smith in this matchup.
In every game this season, Thomas has been targeted at least four times. He seems very touchdown dependent this season, but with Smith at quarterback, I like his value moving forward. He will likely be their main red-zone target moving forward because of his size and hands, but his matchup is the reason he’s here. Cincinnati is allowing 11 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends thus far which is the league’s second-worst. When Thomas has faced off against defenses in the bottom-half of the league against tight ends, he’s scored a touchdown. I like his chances this week.
Dalton Schultz is putting up a few top-10 numbers this season:
— PFF DAL Cowboys (@PFF_Cowboys) November 13, 2020
It’s hard to put any Cowboys players on these lists because of their huge gap at the quarterback position, but Schultz is still used in this offense plenty. In back to back games, he saw seven or more targets. There hasn’t been a single game all season where he saw less than three targets. His number is still being called and it’s clear that the Cowboys value the tight end position. Garret Gilbert looked the best out of three backup QBs on the Dallas roster, and if he gets the nod again this week against Minnesota, Schultz will be his first or second read. He’s only 17 percent owned in ESPN leagues.
Goedert is not going to be available in many leagues much longer at 54.2 ownership already, but if he is available, he’s a great option this week. After only seeing one target in his first game from injury, he returned to his normal role catching four passes for 33 yards on six targets. With the Eagles offense becoming healthier by the week, his usage will go down slightly, but let’s not forget how good he was at the end of last season. Wentz obviously values him as a main target in the offense and could exploit that this week against a Browns defense who sits in the middle of the pack allowing 7.6 FPPG to opposing tight ends thus far.
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