Every week there are some viable players who get by waivers that should be on your roster. Many times when you have a late-week injury in the midst of BYE hell there is a solution. This week I think that there are plenty of players to plug and play that would make for great flex options.
One thing to look out for with streamers is if they have two weeks of good matchups. That is always a plus as you can either use them both weeks or hope they do well enough to gain some trade value. Turning streamers’ big performances into better players is a strategy as old as fantasy football itself.
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Vs Detroit Lions
I honestly believe that Minshew will end this year as a QB1. For me, what you are getting is a better version of the old Blake Bortles that we loved. While the Jaguars may not win a ton of games, their game script will require Minshew to air it out and earn tons of fantasy points. With DJ Chark and a really solid WR core, Minshew should have no problem performing week-in and week-out. This week he is taking on a mediocre at best Lions’ secondary. What really excited me about this matchup is the fact that I predict Stafford will put up big points as well. Meaning that we can easily see a back and forth shootout where both QBs end up top 5. If you need a QB and Minshew is available, then go get him right now.
Vs Atlanta Falcons
Kirk Cousins is always a risk play despite the matchup. The Falcons are horrible against the pass, but the Vikings want to run the ball. Any analytical-based decision here would tell you to go torch the Falcons with two of the top-performing WRs in the league, Thielen and Jefferson. However, that is not how Mike Zimmer runs his team. Regardless, if it is this late in the week and you do not have another option, go ahead and grab Cousins. I would surely take him over Teddy Bridgewater, for example, and his matchup against that Bears’ secondary. While Cousins is a risk, the reward is a top 6 QB if this turns into a passing game script.
Vs New York Jets
If Preston Williams is available in your league and you need a starter, then go get him now. Preston Williams is the #2 WR and #3 receiving option for Fitzpatrick. This carries its own value as Fitz is a loose cannon who will heave the ball downfield and allow his WRs to go make play after play. However, Preston Williams is talented, as we saw last year and saw again last week that the dude can go out and make some huge plays. On top of all this, the Miami Dolphins get to play the New York Jets and Adam Gase. A blessing as the team is clearly tanking and not trying to win games. Fitzpatrick will go out there and have fun, leading to tons of points. You are just hoping that Williams gets a big piece of that pie.
@ Carolina Panthers
This is an absolute dart throw for deeper leagues. However, if you are desperate in those 14+ team leagues, then Mooney is the kind of guy that I am looking for. Do not try and get a Beasley who will get you a couple of catches and a few points. Instead, take a risk on a guy who essentially has been the WR2 for the Bears team, and has constantly been getting open down the field. If Foles and Mooney can start connecting up, then you have yourself a WR2/3 with a guy that most people have never heard of. This is one of my favorite plays in daily fantasy and super deep leagues. A perfect streaming option against a bad Panthers’ defense.
Vs Detroit Lions
A little bit of a stack here in the streamers of the week, both Minshew and Shenault should have very solid weeks. Shenault’s targets have been climbing, despite Chark now being healthy. He is slowly, but surely becoming that clear cut WR2 on the squad. Shenault has loads of talent and a decent QB throwing him the ball, so why not play him against a bad Lions’ secondary? On top of all the receiving production, he has had this year, he has also had tons of designed runs and sweeps. It is always nice to get an extra 20+ rushing yards, with a chance to go to the house, on top of a WR grabbing 6-10 targets.
@ Miami Dolphins
Disgusting, I know. However, the Dolphins have given up quite a lot to the RB position, and with Bell gone, it is up to Frank Gore to produce. I hate this offense, and I hate Adam Gase. However, when you need a starter, you need a starter, and Frank Gore will get 15+ touches in this game. If he can fall into the endzone, or get something going against a weaker front 7, then he will end up in top RB3 territory. Plug your nose and just take the medicine with this one, Frank Gore is probably your top option left at RB.
Vs Kansas City
If Zach Moss is not back for this game, then Yeldon is a good option. We saw with the Bills that when behind, they turn away from Singletary and to Yeldon. The Bills will be behind versus the Chiefs. Yeldon was actually quite impressive in his touches, averaging 7.4 yards a carry and his one reception went for 22 yards. Yeldon is another deeper league play that you should only put in if you are in a pinch. However, he should produce something in this game as he did last week. One thing to note is that If Zach Moss does come through and play, then Yeldon is useless.
@ Tennessee Titans
Jordan Akins should be back in this game and he is always a solid replacement at the TE position. If your TE is on BYE and you happen to be in a league in which the TE position is being hogged and stashed, then Akins is the perfect solution. He has a huge TD upside against this Titans’ defense and is always good for 3-8 targets. In the game against the Vikings he was shredding them before being knocked out of the game on the hit that got Harrison Smith ejected. I imagine that if he finishes that game, then his average fantasy points would look a lot more digestible. Go ahead and throw Akins in your lineup with confidence of 40+ yards and the hope of a TD.
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