Fantasy owners are likely scrambling for trades or hitting the waiver wire, with the potential losses of Todd Gurley, Davante Adams and Amari Cooper due to injuries. In addition, owners will also need to find bye week replacements for Christian McCaffery, James Conner, Odell Beckham Jr, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. 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 6 by highly-ranked players like Amari Cooper (1.3 PPR points), JuJu Smith-Schuster (1.7) and Jared Goff (2.9). 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 7.
Daniel Jones, NYG (vs ARZ)
The talented rookie quarterback was sensational in first-career start in Week 3 against Tampa Bay but has steadily regressed in three straight games, failing to top 225 yards passing, with more interceptions (6) than touchdown passes (3). However, the Cardinals are just the remedy to get the young signal-caller back on track. Jones, started in less than 8% of leagues, cracks the top eight in my model’s projections for Week 7 and lands as the top streaming option at the QB position. The Cardinals have given up the third-most passing yards (1,687) and the most touchdown passes (16) through six weeks. Expect ‘Danny Dimes’ and fellow rookie Kyler Murray to light the scoreboard up on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in a game the experts out in Vegas have projected as the second-highest scoring game of the week (49).
Josh Allen, BUF (vs MIA)
According to my model’s projections, Allen (started in less than 12% of leagues) slides in as a top-five QB this week in the Bills’ matchup with the Dolphins. Allen has been consistently solid in all five starts this season, and in Week 7 gets a dream matchup against the woeful Dolphins. Allen will be facing a Miami defense that is ranked last in the NFL, surrendering the most points per game (24.6) as well as the most yards per game (439.8). Expect a big game from Allen both through the air against a Dolphins defense that has allowed the third-most passing touchdowns (14) as well as with his legs on the ground, where Miami is allowing 4.7 yards per rush. Buffalo was on a bye last week, and it appears fantasy owners cut Allen, as he is currently owned in only 63% of leagues. If that was the case in your league, make Allen the top waiver priority for your squad in Week 7 and safely stream him.
Royce Freeman, DEN (vs KC)
Freeman, started in less than 16% of leagues, has quietly produced double-digit PPR performances in half his games this season while splitting time with Phillip Lindsay. Things couldn’t look any better for Freeman on Thursday night, when he faces a struggling Chiefs defense on a short week at home. Kansas City is currently allowing a whopping 5.2 yards per rush to opposing running backs. The Chiefs, who have lost two straight games, can easily point to their inability to stop the run as the reason for the losses, as they surprisingly have allowed the third-most rushing yards at 161.8 yards per game and the second-most rushing touchdowns (8). Freeman is a solid streaming option in Week 7 against a Chiefs defense that has already allowed 100-plus yard running games to Mark Ingram, Kerryon Johnson, Marlon Mack and Carlos Hyde.
Frank Gore, BUF (vs MIA)
Gore, coming in fresh off the Bills’ bye week, has quietly been solid as a mid RB2/flex starter with three double-digit PPR outings in five games. Players take their game to the next level when they face their former team and so is the case for Gore on Sunday when he takes on a Miami team he played for in 2018. In addition to the extra motivation, Gore will be facing the league’s second-worst rush defense (169.6 yards per game) which has surrendered the third-most rushing touchdowns (7). Owners looking for bye week replacements for Christian McCaffery or James Conner can safely stream Gore as a high RB2 with a plus matchup in Week 7.
Golden Tate, NYG (vs ARZ)
Tate, who was started in only 26% of leagues, punished owners who placed him on the bench in Week 6 due to a tough matchup against the Patriots. Tate, who caught six passes for 102 yards and a touchdown, proved to all fantasy owners that he appears to be fully acclimated to the Giants passing attack after missing the first four games due to his PED suspension. Tate could see significant target share if fellow wide receiver Sterling Shepard is once again sidelined in the league’s concussion protocol. Tate will be facing an Arizona secondary that has allowed the most passing touchdowns (16). If the 49-point total the experts in Vegas have posted is any indication, then fantasy owners could be treated to a shoot-out between the two rookie quarterbacks with Tate being one of the biggest beneficiaries. Stream the veteran wideout with extreme confidence in Week 7.
Jamison Crowder, NYJ (vs NE)
I know many readers may scoff at the suggestion to stream anyone against perhaps the most dominant defense in the NFL right now. However, the Jets offense performs at a different level with Sam Darnold under center and will be extra motivated for their nationally televised prime-time Monday night home game against their AFC East foes. With the expectation that Robby Anderson will draw top CB Stephon Gilmore, Crowder should see strong volume working from the slot. In two games with Darnold, Crowder has shined, grabbing 20 of his 28 targets for 197 yards, posting his only two double-digit performances of the season. Crowder, started in less than 15% of leagues, should be streamed with confidence in Week 7 as a solid WR2/flex option.
Jason Witten, DAL (vs PHI)
Witten, started in less than 38% of leagues, could be in line for increased volume should Dallas be missing both Amari Cooper (quad) and Randall Cobb (knee) on Sunday night against the Eagles. Witten saw his most targets (7) of the season last week against the Jets, with Cooper and Cobb both on the sidelines. Witten will now be facing a Philadelphia pass defense that ranks fourth-worst in the league while allowing the fifth-most passing touchdowns (13). With the Eagles strong ability to stop the run, expect Dak Prescott and the ‘Boys to go to the air plenty and often to exploit one of the worst secondaries in the NFL. The veteran tight end is a solid steaming option in Week 7.
Zane Gonzalez, ARZ (at NYG)
Gonzalez, owned in less than 42% of leagues, is a perfect 10-for-10 on extra points and 16-for-19 on field goals, and quietly ranks as the fourth-best kciker in fantasy through six weeks. Expect plenty of scoring opportunities for Gonzalez in Week 7 against a Giants defense that currently ranks among the top-eight in allowing red zone scoring chances. The experts in Vegas have posted the game with the second highest expected point total on the board (49), lending more support to fantasy owners who expect Gonzalez to post his fifth multiple field goal performance in five weeks.
San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins
San Francisco’s D/ST, started in less than 42% of leagues, has proven it should be trusted regardless of the opponent. Last week, the 49ers went on the road and totally dominated the Rams, forcing Jared Goff into his worst game of his career. The 49ers now have the second-best defense in the league, allowing just 12.8 points per game, registering 17 sacks and forcing 12 turnovers in five games. The 5-0 49ers now go on the road to face a 1-5 Redskins team as a double-digit road favorite in Week 7. If San Francisco was able to shut down the high-powered Rams offense last week, imagine what they will do to Case Keenum on Sunday. Stream the 49ers D/ST and pencil in a top-5 fantasy performance among all D/ST.
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