Hunter Skoczylas (@HunterSkoczylas)
Another week done, another season-ending injury. Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is now out for the remainder of the season with a compound fracture and dislocation of the ankle he injured against the Giants in Week 5. If you were relying on him to carry your fantasy team to the playoffs, you’re out of luck.
But that’s why I’m here. There are plenty of options at the quarterback position that you can pick up from the waivers to get consistent fantasy points. If you’re going to stream the QB position for the rest of the season, you’re in the right place.
Here are my top streaming options at both the quarterback and tight end positions that could win you your Week 6 fantasy matchup, or just fill that void of Prescott-like fantasy numbers.
Cousins is about as inconsistent as you’re going to get at the quarterback position despite having talent all around him. He put up 249 yards passing and two touchdowns against the Seahawks in Week 5, but threw an interception and fumbled the ball once. Cousins has a eight to seven TD/INT ratio thus far through five games, but if you’re going to stream it, Week 6 is the week. Minnesota plays Atlanta who allows an average of 30.14 fantasy points a game to opposing quarterbacks, league worst. Good news for Cousins is that he’s improved his completion percentage steadily throughout the season, so if that trend continues, this might be his best game of the season.
Jared Goff has had a major upgrade in performance opposed to last season, especially in completion percentage. Last week against Washington, he completed 21/30 passes for 309 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Washington’s pass defense has been pretty solid this season too, ranking 8th best in passing yards allowed per game, and Goff still put up 24.36 fantasy points. His Week 6 matchup is against the 49ers, a defense that is banged up and just allowed over 400 total yards to the Dolphins. Goff’s offense is certainly much better than Miami’s, so he’s a lock for Week 6. He’s rostered in just under 50 percent of ESPN leagues so grab him before someone else.
Highest-graded QBs on third down:
1. Aaron Rodgers – 92.5
2. Jared Goff – 90.4
3. Justin Herbert – 89.8
4. Tom Brady – 79.1 pic.twitter.com/UprmW5h4UB
— PFF (@PFF) October 7, 2020
I think I’ve been Minshew’s number one fan this season so far, but he’s too good not to roster. He’s owned in over 50 percent of ESPN leagues so he’s on many rosters already, but if he’s available, grab him as he is one of the best streaming quarterbacks this season. He plays Detroit in Week 6 who have allowed nine passing touchdowns total and nearly 245 passing yards a game to opposing quarterbacks this season. The Lions have been terrible against the run allowing nearly 175 yards rushing a game, but this game should be back and forth. Minshew Mania has improved this season in nearly all aspects from last season and that won’t stop here against Detroit. Pick him up if he’s still available and plug him in for solid guaranteed points.
Rudolph is by no means a big part of this Vikings offense as he only has seven receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown this season, but he plays Atlanta this week. The Falcons defense has been bad all around this year, especially to the tight end position. They allow nearly 22 fantasy points a game to tight ends thus far, leaving the door wide open for Rudolph to have his breakout game of the year. If the Vikings can move the ball effectively like every other team has against the Falcons, he could get an easy red-zone touchdown. He’s rostered in less than 5 percent of ESPN leagues so it doesn’t hurt to plug him in if you need a streaming option and see how he does against one of the worst defenses against tight ends.
Alix-Cox was nonexistent last week against the Bears being only targeted once with zero fantasy points, but his Week 6 matchup is a good one. He plays Cincinnati who has allowed 317 yards to tight ends this season, 7th worst in the league. The Colts run the ball more than pass, but Alie-Cox seems to be one Rivers’ favorite targets despite his rough Week 6 performance. He’s their red-zone guy and Rivers historically loves his tight ends, so if the game isn’t a low-scoring one, then Alie-Cox should see some looks all game, especially if they are down early. He’s rostered in 20.7 percent of ESPN leagues as of now and fantasy managers will look away from him after his Week 5 output, but I’d hold onto him for this week given his matchup.
With O.J Howard out for the season, Brate saw the field again this season as a primary target on the offense. Brady historically loves the tight end position and that was evident in Week 5 against the Bears as Brate had five catches on six targets for 44 yards. The Bucs play Green Bay next week, which likely means they’ll be playing from behind for most of the game. Brate will likely be a big part of that alongside Mike Evans, Rob Gronkowski, and Chris Godwin. If Godwin is forced to miss another week, his value is even better. He’ll have to split time with Gronkowski, but the Bucs run a lot of two tight end sets, so Brate should see plenty of playing time and looks regardless. He’s rostered in 1.8 percent of ESPN leagues, so it’s almost guaranteed he’s available.