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Fantasy Football Week 6: Stream Team

Welcome back to the Stream Team, your weekly bargain basement shopping for players under 50% ownership. After great success in Week 4, I confidently rode into Week 5 thinking I had the King Midas touch. Unfortunately King Midas never had to suggest Joe Flacco as a streamer option due player ownerships. Week 5 produced a mixed big of results. Our kicker and defense streamers continued performing well above average, and through five week each positions averages 9.4 and 11 points, respectively. And the weekly top streamer suggestion spot (this week featuring Andre Ellington) recorded a solid 10.80, continuing the trend of plus performance from the must-add-of-the-week. Besides that, hot garbage and underperformance across the board. But that’s OK. As we know in fantasy, one week we ride high and the next the fantasy gods humble us. So let’s pick up the pieces and scour the wire for the best plays this upcoming Week 6.

Quarterback

QB: Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts (12% Yahoo ownership)

With Andrew Luck supposedly shelved for the remainder of the month of October, plug-and-play quarterback Jacoby Brissett will continue to captain the Colts offense. And while Brissett may not be putting up great quarterbacking numbers, his fantasy numbers have been more than respectable. In his 4 starts this year, Brissett is averaging a cool 16.79 points per start., mostly thanks to his 3 rushing touchdowns in 4 starts. In Week 6, the Colts travel to Tennessee to take on a Titan defense that recently allowed 30+ fantasy points to both Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson. Brissett may not be either of those quarterbacks, but he has the legs to put up a decent total on the ground and should be able to move the ball against a beatable secondary.

Running Back

RB1: Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions (48% Yahoo ownership)

This week’s must play of the week finds himself in the best of situations in Week 6. Sure Ameer Abdullah should command the ball for most of the game, but game flow could dictate which Lions running back takes the lead. And with a shootout looming in New Orleans, I like Theo Riddick‘s chances of having potential monster Sunday. Riddick is not receiving the looks and volume we are all accustomed to seeing this year, but he still leads all Lions running backs in targets and receptions this year. Playing from behind in Week 5, Riddick finally reconnected with his offense, catching 4 of 5 targets for 45 yards. The Saints-Lions game Sunday should ooze points, so with Riddick the preferred pass catcher look for a steady dose of balls thrown his way, providing for a safe floor (with tremendous upside) in our half point PPR format.

RB2: Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants (39% Yahoo ownership)

This play is volume based only. Nothing about the Giants traveling to Denver screams good play. With Odell Beckham Jr. breaking his ankle in last Sunday’s contest, Orleans Darkwa exiting with a calf injury, Paul Perkins still nursing a rib injury, and both Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard carted off with ankle injuries the New York Giants may have to call Shane Falco and Clifford Franklin from the Replacements. I understand the Broncos boast the league’s best run defense, but Wayne Gallman is one of the few Giants healthy bodies in Week 6. Last week, he showed quite a bit of upside carrying the ball 11 times for 57 yards and adding 5 receptions for 25 yards. Given he may be in line for another 15-20 touch day, Gallman should be able to provide a solid, volume-based floor in a scary Week 6 matchup.

Wide Receiver

WR1: Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens (33% Yahoo ownership)

After scoring 1.3, 1.2 and 1.5 in his first three weeks, Mike Wallace appears to have come alive the past two weeks, rekindling his connection with Joe Flacco. In Week 5, Wallace saw 10 targets, catching one for a touchdown and scoring 14.50 fantasy points. Last week, although targeted only 3 times, Wallace still managed to score a season high 14.80 fantasy points due to his 133 yard output. We all know the Flacco-Wallace connection thrives on the deep ball, and they hooked up for two 50+ yarders, showing defenses he still has that lightning quick speed to make defenses pay. Against a subpar Bears secondary, look for Wallace to use his speed to get behind the Bears defense and put up a third consecutive double digit performance day.

WR2: John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals (37% Yahoo ownership)

I jumped in on the Smoke bandwagon before the year. And finally healthy, maybe John Brown can regain the ever-changing (and all important) WR2 role in the Cardinals offense. Chris Johnson cannot seem to find a hole these days, forcing Carson Palmer to air it out over 45 times per game on average this year. From a fantasy perspective, those are the kinds of numbers that make your toes twinkle and eyes glow. With that type of consistent overuse in the passing game, that second wide receiver spot becomes critical for us fantasy owners, especially in Week 6 when the Cardinals  play host to arguable the worst pass defense in the league, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In Week 5, Brown scored the only points on the afternoon for the Cardinals and ranked third in receptions behind the ageless wonder Larry Fitzgerald and pass-catching-running-back specialties Andre Ellington. With 45+ throws in order again Week 6, look for John Brown to continue to separate himself as the WR2, making his ceiling limitless.

Tight End

TE: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, New York Jets (28% Yahoo ownership)

Up is down and down is up! The New York football Jets currently find themselves in a tie atop the division with the Buffalo Bills and their Week 6 opponent, the rival New England Patriots. The Patriots continued their “stellar” yet consistent defensive performance in Week 5, allowing a fifth consecutive 300 yard passing performance against what looked to be a vaunted secondary before, you know, teams started playing actual games that mattered. I actually expect that trend to end this upcoming week against the Josh McCown led Jets, but expect McCown to hone in on his new favorite target Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Last week ASJ set season highs in targets and catches, catching his first touchdown on the year, and also led the team in both categories in Week 6 as well. With assured volume coming his way against a struggling Patriot secondary and pass defense, ASJ should provide a solid floor with double digit upside if the Patriots communication issues continue.

Flex

Flex: Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Fransisco 49ers (2% Yahoo ownership)

Normally I would not trust the 49ers on the road against the Washington Redskins. However, with defensive stalwart Josh Norman out, Marquise Goodwin suddenly finds himself in a very appealing situation. Sure, the Frenchman Pierre Garcon takes a bulk of the work from quarterback Brian Hoyer, but Goodwin ranks second in targets and receiving yards by a sizable margin. In Week 5 alone, Goodwin set season highs in targets (11, matching Garcon), receptions (5) and receiving yards (116). With Carlos Hyde struggling to find his groove, look for Hoyer to take advantage of a Redskins defense playing without its best defender.

Kicker

K: Wil Lutz, K, New Orleans Saints (24% Yahoo ownership)

You know me by now. I love kickers in high-scoring games, especially if the game takes place in a dome. So what better way to kick off (pun intended) our Week 6 kicker streamer suggestion than riding Wil Lutz in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Last week the Detroit Lions allowed Cam Newton to throw for 355 yards and put up 27 points, so similar, if not better, results should be expected from Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on their home turf. Expect the Saints to play ball in the Lions end all afternoon and pray for just one or two defensive stops for Lutz to score in the mid double digits.

Defense

D: Atlanta Falcons DST (21% Yahoo ownership)

The turnovers have not quite been there for the Atlanta Falcons DST this year, but this solid core has recorded multiple sacks in all four games so far this year. And in Week 6 they welcome Jay Cutler and a Dolphins team that appears to have taken on the lackadaisical attitude of its field general. Averaging an anemic 10.3 points per game on the year, the Dolphins are currently a 10.5 point underdog in Hotlanta, so expect Smoking’ Jay to be throwing all afternoon and the Falcons turnover total to rise. If DaVante Parker (ankle) misses Week 6, look for Atlanta to stack the box against Jay Ajayi and expect the Dolphins to struggle to put points on the board without their best downfield playmaker.

And that’s a wrap for Week 6 of the Fantasy Football Streamers. Be sure to check back every Thursday to see where to turn to next and get the early leg up on your opponent. Until next time, good luck and godspeed, and may the fantasy football gods forever be in your favor.

To contact me with any questions or general fantasy football discussion, please email me at redsocker45@gmail.com or tweet me @AJGamballer.

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