The notion goes that the thought of something different is always so much better than what that something actually is in reality. Many people lauded the Dallas Cowboys for going out and signing Andy Dalton as a backup quarterback at the start of the year. That deal looked even better when Dak Prescott went down with that terrible injury last week. The reality hit hard in Week 6, however, as Dalton whimpered to a measly 13.04 fantasy points on the back of an awful debut as the Cowboys starter.
We hit the jackpot on two of our recommended streamers this week – Ryan Tannehill (29.56 fantasy points) was sensational in Week 6 as he led the Tennessee Titans to a 4th quarter comeback by marching his team down the field with just 1:45 seconds on the clock before throwing a perfect pass to A.J. Brown in the corner of the endzone to force overtime. The Titans went on to secure a thrilling 42-36 win against the Houston Texans. It was less about the performance and more about the numbers for Kirk Cousins (26.72 fantasy points), who rescued his stat line with two late touchdown passes to Justin Jefferson in the Minnesota Vikings‘ blowout 40-23 loss to Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons.
Gardner Minshew (19.12 fantasy points) put up the steady numbers we have come to expect from him as a valuable streaming option.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Fantasy Points|
|Andy Dalton, Cowboys||DAL vs. ARI||3%||13.04|
|Gardner Minshew, Jaguars||JAX vs. DET||51%||19.12|
|Kirk Cousins, Vikings||MIN vs. ATL||32%||26.72|
|Ryan Tannehill, Titans||TEN vs. HOU||48%||29.56|
|Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers||CAR vs. CHI||55%||11.44|
Who surprised us? Jimmy Garoppolo bounced back from a disastrous outing against Miami by throwing for 3 touchdowns on Monday Night Football as the San Francisco 49ers beat the Los Angeles Rams 24-16. A ridiculous 226 out of 268 pass yards were YAC (Yards-After-Catch) as George Kittle and Deebo Samuel ran riot. Jimmy G takes on a familiar face in Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots in Week 7 – he is not recommended as a streamer given Belichick’s knack for destroying his previous pupils.
Now, let’s look at the lay of the land for Week 7.
Quarterbacks on their bye weeks are Lamar Jackson, Kirk Cousins, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Philip Rivers.
Remember, the caveat is that our recommended players for streaming are less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Fantasy Points|
|Justin Herbert, Chargers||LAC at JAX||59%||19.97|
|Joe Burrow, Bengals||CIN vs. CLE||61%||19.61|
|Derek Carr, Raiders||LV at NO||26%||14.83|
|Gardner Minshew, Jaguars||JAX vs. LAC||55%||17.07|
Justin Herbert, Chargers at Jaguars
A mouthwatering display against the Saints in Week 5 had us all scrambling to pick up rookie first-round pick Justin Herbert after he threw for 264 yards and 4 TDs despite losing Keenan Allen to injury. Allen should be back in action to complete a formidable receiving armory that also includes Mike Williams and redzone darling, Hunter Henry. A dream sequence of matchups starts with the Jaguars in Week 7 before Herbert faces the Broncos, Raiders, Dolphins, and Jets in what should result in a top 12 finish in each of the next 5 weeks.
Luckily, he is still only 59% rostered in Yahoo! leagues. A reminder of what he did last time out should convince you to act now and make him your QB streamer this week.
BIG MIKE WILLIAMS TOUCHDOWN💪 pic.twitter.com/qtuCNsxYHp
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) October 13, 2020
Joe Burrow, Bengals vs. Browns
Joe Burrow has earned praise from all corners of the NFL world for his start to life in the league with the Bengals. Through 6 weeks he leads the league in passing attempts (246) and trails only Minshew in completions (160). Burrow is only the 2nd player in NFL history to complete 60+ % of passes in each of their first 6 career games. That is both remarkable and very healthy in terms of fantasy production. He currently sits as the QB18 in fantasy but his chemistry with his receivers is improving by the week. Burrow has a promising matchup against the Browns in Week 7, who have a passing defense that ranks 22nd in DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) according to Football Outsiders. They also just got walloped by the Steelers in Week 6.
Burrow found Tee Higgins to the tune of 125 yards last week and that seems like a marriage made in heaven. What was also good to see was Burrow taking responsibility for finishing a touchdown drive by taking the rock into the endzone himself.
— NFL (@NFL) October 18, 2020
Derek Carr, Raiders vs. Buccaneers
Another new entry to our recommended streaming options this season – Derek Carr has shown maturity and development in Jon Gruden‘s offense this year. He produced his best fantasy performance of the season before the Raiders’ bye week thanks to a stellar performance that notched him 24.98 fantasy points. The Raiders shocked the Chiefs in a 40-32 upset win at Arrowhead Stadium and will be full of confidence despite taking on the Buccaneers defense, which is ranked No.1 in DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) according to Football Outsiders.
Carr will be looking to his new flashy weapon, first-round pick Henry Ruggs to do more of what they did to the Chiefs.
The man is fast.
💨 💨 💨
Henry Ruggs shows why the Raiders took him 12th overall.
72 yards. Touchdown.
— The Athletic NFL (@TheAthleticNFL) October 11, 2020
“Always Carry Protection”
Gardner Minshew, Jaguars vs. Chargers
We are expecting a wild ride in the Jaguars matchup with Justin Herbert and the Chargers. Expect fireworks to go along with a good old fashioned gunslinger shootout. Gardner Minshew has now attempted 240 passes over the first 6 games, which is the 3rd most in the league after Joe Burrow and Matt Ryan. Averaging 40 attempts per game with a 67.5% completion rate (13th in the league) is why the man with the mustache is a safe bet to appear on this list week in, week out. If you are unwilling to take a risk turn to Minshew for that comforting fantasy-friendly hug.
We also loved seeing him take off for a rushing touchdown at the weekend. More of this dance, please!
That @GardnerMinshew5 juke for a TD 👀
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) October 18, 2020
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