- Four more teams go on bye in Week 6, including the Seahawks and Cowboys. These lightly owned quarterbacks, tight ends and defenses can help fill the void.
The stream was good to us again in Week 5, producing Jacoby Brissett as the 10th-highest-scoring quarterback with 18.96 fantasy points, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins with 14.9 PPR points. On to Week 6 where we have four teams on a bye and a plethora of injuries.
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Jacoby Brissett, Colts at Titans (14% owned)
Once again, the Colts’ fill-in quarterback makes this streaming list. Trading for Brissett may have saved the Colts season and, at the very least, gave them some hope. He has 997 yards and three touchdowns so far through five games, with another 83 yards and two scores on the ground. Brissett plays exceptionally well against weaker defenses, racking up 33.51 fantasy points against the Browns in Week 3, and 25.95 against the 49ers last week.
The chemistry between Brissett and star wideout T.Y. Hilton is growing weekly, with nearly half of the quarterback’s passing yards going to Hilton (466 of 997). In Week 6, the Colts head to Tennessee to battle a Titans defense ranked 31st in the NFL against quarterbacks, with an aFPA of 22.2 fantasy points.
Trevor Siemian, Broncos vs. Giants (35% owned)
Still winless, the Giants are struggling on both sides of the ball, with their defense allowing their last two opposing quarterbacks to throw for a combined 590 yards and six touchdowns. Siemian is coming off of a bye week, which gave him plenty of time to prepare for a defense that, at least on paper, should be better against the pass. The Broncos and Siemian are much better at home than on the road, and we can go back to his Week 1 performance, when he put up 25.47 points against the Chargers, to find success under the lights.
The Broncos are favored to win this game by 12 points with an implied team total of 26 at press time. Their defense should prove too much for the decimated Giants, allowing Siemian and his offense to dominate time of possession. Don’t worry about the possibility of the game getting out of hand and C.J. Anderson owning the second half. If that’s the case, Siemian will have a hand in getting it to that point.
Josh McCown, Jets vs. Patriots (5% owned)
New England has surrendered more than 300 passing yards and 2.4 passing touchdowns per game this year. McCown, meanwhile, has amassed 1,020 yards and five touchdowns, and another 35 yards and a score with his legs. The journeyman quarterback has been progressively gelling with his receiving corps, and that should continue in Week 6 at home against what has proved to be a soft Patriots defense.
I know counting on McCown and the Jets might feel risky, but stats don’t lie and this week should be a productive one in New York. Plus, there should be ample garbage time in this one.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jets vs. Patriots (38% owned)
I’ve been banging the drum for Seferian-Jenkins since June and am certainly not stopping now. Since returning from suspension, the fourth-year tight end has caught 15 balls for 106 yards and a score, translating to the ninth-most PPR points in the league from Week 3 through Week 5. Seferian-Jenkins is also the most targeted member of the Jets’ offense in that same timeframe, with a total of 18 looks from McCown, a quarterback who has always relied on his tight end.
The Jets offense has taken some noticeable steps, helping the team to its surprising 3-2 record. The Patriots are ranked 28th against tight ends with an aFPA of 16 PPR points. We should see quite a bit of Seferian-Jenkins in Week 6, with the Jets hunting for any weakness to do what they can to stay in a game where they’re 9.5-point underdogs. Seferian-Jenkins is available in 62% of Yahoo leagues, so grab him while you still can.
Ryan Griffin, Texans vs. Browns (6% owned)
Griffin won the defense lottery in Week 6, as he faces a Browns team that ranks dead last at defending tight ends, with an aFPA of 23.7 PPR points. The quartet of Jesse James, Ben Watson, Tyler Kroft and Seferian-Jenkins combined for 26 catches, 229 yards and five touchdowns against the Browns. Houston’s offense is running smoothkly with Deshaun Watson under center, and the team is favored by 10 points over the Browns at home. Despite Stephen Anderson’s 42-yard garbage time reception, Griffin is the tight end to own in Houston, as his snap count for the past three games is 194 to Anderson’s 58.
George Kittle, 49ers at Redskins (4% owned)
Rookie tight ends are rarely successful in the fantasy world, but a handful of them are bucking that trend. Through the first five weeks the season, three first-year tight ends sit among the top 16 in PPR points—Evan Engram (TE9), David Njoku (TE13) and Kittle (TE16). Although Kittle’s numbers have been inconsistent, his targets have increased with each game, topping out at nine in Week 5, just two fewer than target leaders Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin. What’s more, he caught seven of those nine targets for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Traveling to D.C. this week, the 49ers face a Washington team ranked 29th against tight ends, with an aFPA of 16.4. Kittle is clearly Brian Hoyer’s number one tight end, tossing him the rock 23 times so far, compared with Garett Celek’s four total targets.
A.J. Derby, Broncos vs. Giants (1% owned)
If you’re feeling adventurous or your league’s waiver wire is extremely picked over, Derby has an excellent matchup at home against the Giants. New York has allowed a tight end touchdown in every game this season, carrying an aFPA of 19.4 against the position. Derby took advantage of his six targets in Week 4, the Broncos last game, racking up 75 yards and a touchdown as the team’s leading receiver on the day.
Atlanta Falcons, vs. Dolphins (44% owned)
Fresh off a restful bye week, the Falcons get a home tilt against a struggling Miami offense. Jay Cutler has been sacked nine times this season and has thrown two interceptions through four games. Miami’s offense is 31st in defense aFPA, surrendering 12.7 fantasy points per game.
Washington Redskins, vs. 49ers (34% owned)
Also coming off its bye week, Washington gets a favorable matchup against a San Francisco team dealing with a significant time-zone change. The Redskins are an aggressive defense that should be able to get to Brian Hoyer, whose production has been spotty this season. In his three bad games, he has averaged 175 yards. In his two good ones, he has put up 342 yards per game. Expect this to be one of the former. Washington’s defense has 12 sacks and four picks on the season.
Chicago Bears, at Ravens (2% owned)
Despite last week’s loss, Chicago kept the Vikings offense at bay, allowing 300 total yards and two touchdowns. The Ravens are 3-2 despite ranking 27th in total offense and 24th in points per game. Joe Flacco is the chief culprit, averaging just 12.88 fantasy points per game. While not the sexiest of defenses, the Bears make a decent stream play in Week 6.