Week 8 brought a ton of huge fantasy catalysts, including injuries to Jameis Winston and Derrick Henry. Henry could potentially return before the end of the year, but it may not be in time for fantasy managers to make a playoff push. Even managers who do not have Henry on their roster could still use a streamer either at running back or another position. Take a look below and see which players could help you get a win this week.
Tua Tagovailoa against Houston Texans
This week, Tua is a fabulous streaming option as he faces the Houston Texans, who have allowed the third-most points to opposing quarterbacks. Tagovailoa has put together several strong weeks since returning from his injury, including a four-touchdown game against the Falcons and a 329-yard passing game against the Jaguars. Last week, Buffalo posed a much more real threat to the miserable Dolphins, and Tua still scored a rushing touchdown. Houston should be a much simpler game than Buffalo and a 300-yard passing and multiple touchdown game. It also should be noted that Tua should be more comfortable with the Deshaun Watson rumors put to rest now.
Taysom Hill against Atlanta Falcons
Hill started for the Saints in four games last season when Brees went down with an injury. Hill averaged 208.5 passing yards, 52.3 rushing yards, one passing touchdown, and one rushing touchdown in those four games. His unique style of play has made him a favorite of head coach Sean Payton and his potential against a poor Falcons’ secondary makes him a solid streamer, especially with his rushing upside.
Boston Scott against Los Angeles Chargers
While many people thought Kenneth Gainwell would become a sort of lead back for the Eagles during the absence of Miles Sanders, that did not turn out to be the case at all; Gainwell got fewer touches without Sanders than with him. However, Boston Scott stepped up to the plate and took most of the first-half touches. In the end, he finished with the same amount of touches as Jordan Howard, but Scott saw most of the work initially. Scott should be a low-end RB2 as a streamer this week.
Jeremy McNichols against Los Angeles Rams
McNichols has not had much work on the ground this year, but he is the main pass-catching back for the Tennessee Titans. It is likely he will split work with Adrian Peterson but should see at least a few carries on the ground in addition to his targets in the air. He should be a flex streamer this week, and if you are desperate for a back, McNichols can help you out this week in a crunch.
DeVante Parker against Houston Texans
DeVante Parker is a must-play as a streamer this week against a terrible Houston Texans defense. In Parker’s last two games, he has averaged ten targets per game. Against an incredibly challenging Bills defense, Parker reeled in eight catches for 85 yards. The last time he had played before that, which was Week 4 against the Indianapolis Colts, Parker had four catches for 77 yards and one touchdown. He could have a 100 yards game this week and should be a low-end WR2 this week.
Jamison Crowder against Indianapolis Colts
Any receiver against the Indianapolis Colts is a good play right now, especially one who got targeted nine times against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8. Crowder finished with eight catches for 84 yards during a very productive game. Mike White clearly likes to pass short to Crowder and see if he can make a play. This should continue against the Colts, especially if Corey Davis misses another week due to his hip injury.
Tyler Conklin against Baltimore Ravens
Conklin faces against a Ravens defense that has given up quite a few points to opposing tight ends in recent weeks. Three of Conklin’s last five games have been worthy of a start as a streamer. This week, Conklin could be a high-end TE2 in an offense that passes a lot, especially against a defense that does not defend the tight-end position well.
Michael Badgley against New York Jets
Badgley is filling in for an injured Rodrigo Blankenship and has done a fine job in his past three games. He has three field-goal attempts and makes in the last three games with an additional 11 extra points. Against the Jets, he should have a few field goals and several extra points. I would expect a double-digit performance from Badgley against a miserable Jets defense.
Indianapolis Colts D against New York Jets
It is definitely a time to be bearish on the Colts defense, except for this game. There should not be another massive burst from the Jets’ offense this week, as they should come back down to Earth. The Colts’ defense should force a turnover or two against an inexperienced quarterback in Mike White.