Last Week’s Results: Baker Mayfield did not look great in this game, but he ultimately salvaged his fantasy day with a garbage time TD. He ended up scoring a serviceable 18.1 fantasy points on the week. He hurt my weekly average fantasy points for my main option bringing it down to 18.1, but ultimately his effort was serviceable.
He is currently at 61% owned, but if he is available in your league and you need someone then play Ryan Fitzpatrick. He is going to come in and sling the ball around, we know he isn’t timid and he will attack the defense. He can be a high variance play, but he has the potential to finish any week as the top overall QB. There are 6 bye weeks in the NFL this week, so there are going to be some surprising names that put up fantasy relevant weeks, but here are the names I like available in at least 50% of Yahoo leagues.
Main Streaming Option: Dak Prescott
Normally I prefer to find a streamer in a game expected to be higher scoring, but I like Dak this week coming off the bye even though this is not an easy match up and could potentially be one of the uglier games of the week. Before the bye Dak had looked better and his numbers for fantasy purposes were actually pretty good. The biggest reason I like Dak this game is because he’s playing at home and this season his splits show he has been much better in home games. Cowboys have won all 3 of their home games and in those games Dak has thrown for 5 TDs and 0 INTs. He averages over a full yard more per passing attempt and rushes for an average of 43 yards per game. This is also the first game the Cowboys will play with the newly acquired Amari Cooper. Even though they may have over paid, Cooper is easily the most talented WR on the Cowboys’ roster and even though he might be limited as he learns a new offense there will be plays designed to get him the ball this week. Having a legitimate threat on the outside can only help Dak.
Alternate 1: Alex Smith
Since coming to Washington, Alex Smith has reverted back to the player he has been for years after a career season in 2017. Atlanta is coming off a bye and cannot afford to lose any more games, their offense has been firing and Washington will likely need to score to win this game. Smith isn’t likely to come out and be the top QB, but he should be a safe source of points. The Falcons have been giving up fantasy points to opposing QBs and it feels weird to say it in 2018, but the Falcon defense will likely be focused on stopping Adrian Peterson. They should be trying to force Alex Smith to put the ball in the air this week, which will lead to production. Smith isn’t exciting but he is competent and a safe option.
Alternate 2: Brock Osweiler
We are going from competent and safe to scary and unreliable. There are not many streaming options this week, but in a deeper league including Superflex and 2 QB, Osweiler is someone to look at. He has started 3 games and only 1 of those was unplayable. Against Houston last week he was bad, but that was the best defense he has faced so far. Osweiler has been able to capitalize on the easier match ups and the Jets have been middle of the road against QBs. The Dolphins’ game plan will be designed to put Osweiler in situations to succeed and set him up with some safer throws. The Jets are missing a lot of their weapons on offense so Osweiler shouldn’t be forced into a negative game script where he will be forced into obvious passing situations. It won’t feel good to put Osweiler in, but even if it is ugly any fantasy points still count.
There are not a lot of options available in 50% of leagues when there are 6 teams on bye, but this is when streaming is most important. Keep working the match ups with me and I will help stream you to a QB1 on the season for free.