Last Week’s Results: If you streamed Andy Dalton last week he came through for you in a big way scoring 30.78 fantasy points and finishing 9th at the position. That brings the average points for my main streaming options up to 19.94 with a good recovery from the down week 3. This season has been wild so far for fantasy scoring; a lot of guys are putting up big numbers each week. It has been exciting to see. Often coming from guys you would not expect it from.
Week 5 has bye weeks for Tampa Bay and Chicago, so if you were riding the hot hand of Ryan Fitzpatrick you may need one of the guys below. Russell Wilson owners might also be considering streaming; he is coming of a bad game and has a tough match up against the Rams this week. The Seattle offensive line is likely in trouble this week. Here are some guys still available in at least 50% of Yahoo leagues I like this week.
Main Streaming Option: Blake Bortles
Blake Bortles was my choice 2 weeks ago and even though he disappointed me I am going with him again for week 5. Bortles goes against the Chiefs and their defense that can’t seem to stop anyone so far this season. The Jaguars have a good defense that should slow down the Chiefs’ offense a little, but Jacksonville is going to need to score some points to win this game. The Jaguars have multiple weapons at WR and Bortles will spread the ball around to whoever gets open. Additionally without Leonard Fournette it means TJ Yeldon will be on the field a lot and he is a good option for catching passes out of the backfield, which will only help Bortles this week. When Fournette is out Bortles needs to do more for the offense, which is a good thing for his fantasy value. There are a few high over/under numbers this week, but 51.5 says the expectation is that there will be a good amount of points scored in this game.
Alternate 1: Marcus Mariota
It has been a weird season for Mariota. He got hurt and then was active but not completely healthy so he backed up Blaine Gabbert, but ended up coming in once Gabbert was hurt. Last week was his best of the season against the Eagles. The most promising thing was see Mariota carrying the ball 10 times and adding a rushing TD. The value he adds with his legs along with connection he showed with Corey Davis should pay off against the Buffalo Bills. The biggest concern with playing Mariota in this game is that the Titans’s defense shuts down the Bills offense and he doesn’t need to throw very much in the game. The Titans’ RBs have not done a lot on the ground, so even if the Titans don’t need to score a lot they will need Mariota to win this game.
Alternate 2: Joe Flacco
It feels weird to recommend Joe Flacco, but the truth is he has been consistent for fantasy this year. It seems his team drafting a QB has lit a bit of a fire under Flacco. The Ravens greatly improved their receiving core since last year. John Brown has given them a legitimate big play weapon and Crabtree is better than anyone who was catching passes for them last year. It seems like involve 4 TEs every week catching passes, while none of them are particularly relevant for fantasy they collectively help Flacco’s numbers. Flacco has thrown for multiple TDs in 3 of 4 games this year and is averaging over 300 yards a game. The Browns’ defense gave up for 400 yards to Derek Carr last week, so they can be beat through the air. It might not feel great to hit submit with Flacco in your line up, but don’t be afraid it will work out better than you expect.
Those are my streaming picks for week 5. Check back next week when both the Saints and Lions are on bye, which means 2 very good fantasy QBs will not be available. After getting back on track in week 4, it is time to get on a roll with my streaming picks.