Additionally, owners also need to find bye week replacements for Deshaun Watson, Carson Wentz, DeAndre Hopkins, James White, Leonard Fournette, DJ Chark, Julian Edelman, Courtland Sutton, Terry McLaurin and Zach Ertz. 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 9 by highly-ranked players like Aaron Jones (4 PPR points), Allen Robinson (1.6) and Stefon Diggs (2.6). Depending on the options afforded to you, don't panic and bench the players above. If you have more underperforming players in your starting lineup or have sustained significant 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 10.
Brian Hoyer, IND (vs. MIA)
Hoyer, who was thrust into action after Indianapolis QB Jacoby Brissett went down with an MCL injury, was solid, throwing for three touchdowns off the bench on the road against the Steelers. The 11-year veteran signal-caller had command of the offense and may be in line for his first start since Week 5 of last season while a member of the 49ers. Hoyer would be in line for a home start against a Miami Dolphins defense that has surrendered the third-most passing touchdowns (19) to opposing quarterbacks. The seasoned veteran would be a reliable streaming option for fantasy owners looking for bye week replacements for Deshaun Watson, Tom Brady or Carson Wentz.
Kenyan Drake, ARZ (at TB)
If Drake’s debut with the Cardinals in Week 9 was any indication of how he will adjust to his recent move to the desert, owners have a new RB1 for the stretch run towards the fantasy playoffs. Drake, started in less than 29% of leagues in Week 9 in a matchup with San Francisco, lands atop this list for the first time this season. The fourth-year running back, who was acquired last week in a trade with Miami, rushed for 110 yards on the ground and grabbed four balls for 52 yards while adding a score. Every model pointed to fantasy owners benching Drake, however his first 100-plus rushing effort since Week 13 of 2017 and his 26.2 PPR fantasy points busted all models. Drake is expected to get 15-plus touches for a second straight week with all indications that David Johnson and Chase Edmonds will miss another week nursing injuries. Drake is a reliable streaming option against a Tampa Bay defense that has struggled against dynamic pass-catching backs this season as Christian McCaffery, Alvin Kamara, Saquon Barkley and Todd Gurley each have had 4-plus receptions in games against the 23rd-ranked Buccaneers defense.
Kalen Ballage, MIA (at IND)
Word came late Monday that emerging second-year running back Mark Walton has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. The announcement immediately makes Ballage one of the top waiver priorities heading into Week 10. Ballage, owned in less than 18% of leagues, should see an expanded role as the featured back in the Miami offense. Ballage should be considered by owners looking for bye week replacements for James White or Leonard Fournette or perhaps as an injury replacement for James Conner. You can safely stream Ballage as a flex start with a plus matchup in Week 10 against Colts defense. Indy allows 4.6 yards per rush to opposing running backs this season.
Zach Pascal, IND (at MIA)
Pascal, owned in less than 23% of leagues, played well in Week 9, taking over as the Colts’ lead wideout after star TY Hilton was forced to sit with a hamstring injury. The second-year wideout, who made five receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers, has quietly posted double-digit PPR fantasy points in four of his last six games. With the expected usage and target share, my model expects Pascal to build upon his three touchdowns in his past three games in a favorable matchup against a Dolphins defense that has allowed seven touchdowns to opposing wide receivers over the last four weeks. Fantasy owners who are looking for bye week replacements for DeAndre Hopkins, Julian Edelman, DJ Chark, Courtland Sutton, Terry McLaurin or Alshon Jeffery should look to stream Pascal with extreme confidence in Week 10.
Mike Williams, SD (at OAK)
Williams, started in less than 32% of leagues, produced the first 100-yard receiving game of his career in Week 9 against Green Bay. It was the Chargers' first game since
firing offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. The third-year wideout is emerging as Phillip Rivers' top deep passing threat and leads the team in targets (39) and snap count percentage (93.25%) over the past four games. In Week 10, Williams will face an Oakland defense that ranks dead last against the pass, surrendering a league-high 22 passing touchdowns. Williams is a safe WR2 streaming option with a tremendous ceiling in an excellent matchup versus the Raiders.
Ryan Griffin, NYJ (at PIT)
Griffin, owned in less than 2% of leagues, has been capable over the last month,
quietly posting three double-digit PPR fantasy point efforts in his previous four games. The seven-year veteran has emerged as a trustworthy safety outlet for a struggling Sam Darnold with 10 receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns over the past two games. Griffin is an emerging streaming option against a Giants defense that just surrendered nine receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown on Monday night against Dallas Cowboys opposing tight ends.
Zane Gonzalez, ARZ (at TB)
Gonzalez, started in less than 39% of leagues, is a perfect 15-for-15 on PATs and 22-for-25 on field goals. He ranks as the second-best kicker in fantasy football through nine weeks.
Expect plenty of scoring opportunities for Gonzalez in Week 10 against a Tampa Bay defense that currently ranks 23rd overall. The experts in Vegas have posted the game with the highest expected point total on the board (52), lending more support to fantasy models pointing to Gonzalez to posting his eight multiple-field goal performance in 10 games.
Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
The Ravens D/ST, started in less than 18% of leagues, had one of their best fantasy games of the season in Week 9 at home, shutting down Tom Brady and the previously unbeaten New England Patriots. The Ravens, who rank 15th in overall team defense, have stepped up their play with five sacks, five turnovers and three defensive scores in their last three games. This week Baltimore goes on the road to face off with the winless Cincinnati Bengals (0-8). The boys out in Vegas are predicting a Ravens blowout, evidenced by the Ravens being a double-digit (-10.5) road favorite. Fantasy owners should stream Baltimore with confidence against rookie Ryan Finley making his first career start since being handed the starting job for the struggling Andy Dalton.
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