Fantasy owners are likely scrambling for trades or hitting the waiver wire with the potential losses of Evan Engram, Brandin Cooks, Davante Adams and Sterling Shephard due to injuries. However, as we all know, you can’t get too depressed or too confident after just one week. Adding players, researching, and picking up players to stream is a critical part of fantasy success.
Streaming is always a difficult task because most owners must resist the temptation to overreact to the previous week. For example, many owners were burned in Week 5 by highly-ranked wideouts Mike Evans (0 PPR points), Keenan Allen (5.8) and Sammy Watkins (0). Depending on the options afforded to you in your league, don’t panic and bench any of the aforementioned players. If you have more underperforming players in your starting lineup or have sustained major injuries, you need to be aggressive. If you stream the right player, it could be the difference between earning a win or falling further behind your league leaders. Here are several players to consider streaming in Week 6.
Kyler Murray, ARZ (at CIN)
My model was high on Murray last week and placed him inside the top 10 for the first time all season, and he did not disappoint coming in as the overall QB9 (27.95 pts) among all signal-callers in Week 5. Well, once again the model places him in the top 10 for Week 6 at home versus Atlanta. Murray, still being started in less than 48% of leagues, has really gotten going using his legs with 120 rushing yards and two touchdowns in his last two games. He will now face a Falcons defense that ranks 23rd in the league and is susceptible against the run, allowing the second-most rushing touchdowns (six) through five games. My projections have highlighted this matchup as a prime spot to insert the No. 1 overall pick into all fantasy lineups for the second straight week.
Kyle Allen, CAR (at TB)
According to my model’s projections, Allen (started in less than 6% of leagues) slides in as a QB1 this week--just sneaking inside the top 12 for Week 6. Allen has proven that he can exploit bad defenses and should be started when the matchup is right, as proven by his Week 3 performance against Arizona when he threw for four touchdowns. Tampa Bay possesses the worst pass defense in the league, allowing an average of 323.6 yards through the air while and nine touchdowns through the air. The Buccaneers love to blitz under Todd Bowles and are susceptible on the back end to big plays when the rush doesn't get home. Expect Tampa Bay to stack the box against the league’s best running back Christian McCaffery, leading to more opportunities in the passing game for Allen and the Panthers.
Carlos Hyde, HOU (at KC)
Hyde, started in less than 22% of leagues, has quietly produced consecutive double-digit PPR games for the Texans. Houston’s offense finally got on track in Week 5 against the Falcons and Hyde was a big part of that seeing his most rushing attempts (21) of the season. Things couldn’t look any better for Hyde in Week 6 against a Chiefs defense that is allowing a whopping 5.8 yards per rush to opposing running backs. Kansas City, while 4-1 sitting atop the AFC West, surprisingly owns the third-worst rush defense allowing 155.8 yards per game on the ground. Don’t ‘Run and Hyde’ from streaming Carlos in your lineup in Week 6 against a Chiefs defense that has already allowed 100-plus yard running games to Mark Ingram, Kerryon Johnson and Marlon Mack.
Adrian Peterson, WSH (at MIA)
Peterson, started in less than 5% of leagues, has been a disappointment so far this season with only one double-digit PPR outing in four games. However, two things are working in his favor this Sunday. Firstly, the Redskins fired Jay Gruden and replaced him with Bill Callahan, who has a strong history of building his offensive game plans upon strong run volume. Secondly, the ‘Skins will be playing the only team that has looked worse than them so far in 2019---the Miami Dolphins. Peterson will be facing the league’s worst rush defense which has surrendered the most rushing touchdowns (seven). Owners looking for bye week or injury help can safely stream Peterson as a flex option with a plus matchup in Week 6.
DJ Chark, JAX (vs NO)
Chark, who was started in only 44% of leagues, punished owners who placed him on the bench in Week 5 due to a tough matchup against the Panthers. Chark, who caught eight passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns, proved to all fantasy owners that he needs to be started every week regardless of the opponent. Chark currently ranks as WR5 overall in PPR formats though five weeks and has easily surpassed all fantasy expectations for a player who was grabbed in the last few rounds of drafts this summer. Chark is the biggest beneficiary of ‘Minshew Mania’ and will now face a Saints defense that has previously allowed 100-plus yard receiving games to DeAndre Hopkins, Cooper Kupp, Tyler Lockett and Chris Godwin. This should be the last week we can suggest Chark as a great streaming option, as his start percentage should rise drastically now that owners know he is a must-start going forward.
Calvin Ridley, ATL (at ARZ)
After two consecutive disappointing performances failing to top 32 receiving yards, Ridley finally got going in Week 5 against the Texans hauling in five of nine targets for 88 yards and a touchdown. Ridley, started in less than 39% of leagues, has a huge plus matchup this week against Arizona. The Cardinals own the second-worst passing defense allowing 269.2 yards in the air while surrendering the second-most touchdown passes (12). Ridley is a great streaming option as a high WR2 with solid flex appeal against an Arizona secondary that has allowed multiple touchdown passes in every game this season.
Gerald Everett, LAR (vs SF)
Everett, owned in less than 5% of leagues, is sure to be among the hottest players added off the waiver wire this week. Everett has turned his 19 targets the last two games into back-to-back double-digit PPR performances. Although he faces a less than ideal matchup with a San Francisco defense that has only allowed one touchdown to opposing tight ends, Everett should be streamed on projected volume alone. If WR Brandin Cooks is forced to miss Week 6 with a shoulder injury, Everett should see even more targets from Jared Goff. In addition, owners can look ahead to two huge plus matchups in the next several weeks against the Falcons and Bengals.
Matt Bryant, ATL (at ARZ)
Bryant, owned in less than 25% of leagues, is a perfect 10-10 on extra points and 4-6 on field goals. Expect plenty of scoring opportunities for Bryant in Week 6 against an Arizona defense that currently ranks among the top-five in allowing red zone scoring chances. The experts in Vegas have posted the game with the highest expected point total (52.5) on the board, lending more support to fantasy owners that Bryant should be streamed confidently in Week 6.
Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns
Seattle’s D/ST, started in less than 33% of leagues, has proven it should be trusted when they facing teams with poor offensive lines. In two games against the Bengals and Cardinals the Seahawks had nine sacks, caused four turnovers and scored one of their three defensive touchdowns on the season. In Week 6, Seattle goes on the road to face arguably one of the worst offensive lines in the league---the Cleveland Browns. Baker Mayfield has been under siege all season long being sacked 14 times in five games and has more interceptions (8) than touchdown passes (4). If the sharp move out in Vegas is any indication where the ‘Hawks went from 2.5 point dogs to 1.5 point road favorites, fantasy owners should feel confident about using them as a solid streaming option in Week 6.
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