Last Week’s Results: The first half for Dak Prescott was encouraging as he threw for 2 TDs and looked like he was on his way to a big fantasy performance, but the Cowboy offense completely stalled after halftime so there wasn’t much fantasy production after that. Dak finished with a solid 18.82 fantasy points, which was a solid performance as long as you didn’t play against too many players in the Rams/Saints game her gave you a chance to win your match up. Dak ran less than expected only carrying the ball twice in the game which really limited his upside.
This week there are only really 2 fantasy relevant players on bye in Kirk Cousins and Deshaun Watson, but some of the guys who are consistently started have tough matchups this week. It might be a week where you are going up against a strong team or have some other players on bye where it might be best to shoot for more upside with a streaming play. Here are the guys I like for week 10 available in at least 50% of Yahoo leagues.
Main Streaming Option: Baker Mayfield
Baker has been a solid option for fantasy and this week he has a great match up. It has a lot of the things I like in a streaming QB option. He is playing at home with a positive match up, against an opponent who will put up points. The game has an over/under of 50.5 points. The Browns went through big changes with the firing of their offensive coordinator and head coach. Last week was the first game after the change and the biggest positive to see was how involved Duke Johnson was in the passing game. He had his highest target count of the season with 9 and I think his involvement helps Baker a lot for fantasy. Having that safe option to turn to will only help Baker. It was also nice to see Njoku involved in the passing game again after receiving 0 targets the previous week against the Steelers, who have been giving up fantasy points to TEs all season. Baker is a better fantasy QB than an NFL QB at this point. The game scrip will likely call for him to throw plenty against the Falcons, it might not always look good and he will likely throw a INT or 2, but in the end the fantasy points will be there.
Alternate 1: Nick Mullens
This is the go for it move. Playing Mullens is a huge risk, but watching him carve up the Oakland defense in his NFL debut was a lot of fun. It took a game I had no interest going into on Thursday and made me care. Part of this can be chalked up to the lost first season of the Jon Gruden experiment (that contract looks worse and worse as the weeks go on), but it is not like the Giants have much to play for at this point. Mullens could come out and be a complete disappointment, but the idea of him coming in and playing well in his 2nd consecutive national television game is the only thing that makes the Monday Night Football this week seem even remotely interesting. My next alternate is a much safer move, but this is the move that has a high ceiling along with a very low floor.
Alternate 2: Alex Smith
Overall Smith has been a disappointment for fantasy this year, but the Redskins play against Tampa Bay who is giving up the most points to fantasy QBs this season. This is entirely about the match up; if you need a guy you can plug in and get safe production from Smith is the guy. He is not likely to give that boom performance, he is solid play. I would prefer to plug him in as my 2nd QB in a 2 QB or Superflex league. It is not fun to play Alex Smith because he isn’t likely to go for a 30 point week, but he is not likely to sink your week either. This game is tied for the 2nd highest over/under of the week, so as long as Peterson doesn’t pull out another throwback game Smith will put up some fantasy points in this one.
Overall streaming might not be as necessary for fantasy this week, but there are still some viable options if you are looking for a QB to plug in. These are the names I am looking at for fantasy this week, I own Kirk Cousins as my only QB in one of my leagues so I will likely be turning to one of these guys myself.