Last Week’s Results: It wasn’t pretty but Blake Bortles ultimately paid off last week as he finished with 22.6 fantasy points. He was mostly helped by a rushing touchdown in the 4th quarter when the Jaguars were well out of the game. Fortunately for fantasy garbage time points count just as much as any other points. Bortles was not a good NFL QB throwing 4 interceptions, but he worked for fantasy and helped me win in the leagues I used him as a streamer. His effort brings the average for my main choice up to 20.46 fantasy points per game.
This week there are 2 important fantasy QBs on bye in Matthew Stafford and Drew Brees, which means there will definitely be teams looking to stream a fill in. Here are my picks of people available in at least half of Yahoo leagues for week 6.
Main Streaming Option: Jameis Winston
This will be the first start for Winston this season. He came in for Fitzpatrick in week 4 and I know it wasn’t pretty. However the situation in week 6 is a very different one, Tampa had a bye in week 5 so Winston has had 2 weeks to prepare for his first start of the year. More importantly he is not coming against the Bears’ defense, this week the Buccaneers play the Falcons. Over the last 3 weeks the Falcons have given up at least 37 points in every game. Their offense has been able to put up points, but their defense has not been able to stop anybody. The Buccaneers have not had much success running the ball which means scoring will fall on the passing game. Winston will be able to lean on his favorite targets in Mike Evans and Cameron Brate in a game that has the 2nd highest over/under of the week at 57.5. Based on both teams this profiles to be a high scoring game, and Winston has all the qualities I look for in a weekly QB streamer. Similar to Bortles it might not be pretty, but Winston will be able to put up points and will have to for Tampa Bay to have any chance in this game
Alternate 1: Baker Mayfield
So far in to start his career Mayfield has been a serviceable fantasy option. He has thrown for 3 TDs and 637 passing yards over his first 2 starts. He is against the Chargers which have been giving up fantasy points to QBs so far this season. Playing at home also is a factor that makes me a little more comfortable recommending a rookie QB as a streamer. Mayfield put up a solid fantasy performance at home last week against a Baltimore defense that has been much tougher on fantasy QBs so far this season. The Browns have solid passing options and a favorable schedule coming up over the next few weeks when looking at fantasy points given up to QBs. Now is the time to add Mayfield as a potential streamer that could be usable for the next few weeks. His next 6 opponents have defenses in the top 10 at giving up fantasy points to QBs. Grab Mayfield now and use him while you can, after a few weeks of solid productions he could potentially trade bait especially in 2QB or Superflex leagues.
Alternate 2: Sam Darnold
Before the season I did not expect to be recommending 2 rookie QBs in the same week, but in deeper leagues if you need to take a shot on a QB I like Darnold this week. He is coming off his best game as a pro and is at home against a good match up. The Colts have also been giving it up to opposing QBs this season and seeing Darnold finally connect with Robby Anderson downfield in week 5 was a welcome sight. I am taking that as a sign that the Jets are opening up what they will allow Darnold to do on the field moving forward. This is definitely a riskier play, but there is a lot of potential upside to it, so if you need a guy this week take a shot on Darnold. I am playing him in a Superflex money league, which shows I do believe in him against the Colts.
Those are my QB streaming recommendations for week 6. After this week the bye weeks will be picking up with 4 teams on bye in week 7. As we enter the heart of the fantasy season reviewing the matchups and finding the right QBs to plug in each week becomes even more important. I will continue to do research and provide recommendations as the season goes on so check back next week for more suggestions.