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Fantasy Football Week 7: Stream Team

Welcome back to the Stream Team, your weekly bargain hunting article for fantasy players under 50% ownership. After a shaky Week 5, I went back to work Week 6 needing a big win. And thankfully the Stream Team came through putting up over 75 points. I couldn’t have done it without a complete team effort, so I wanted to thank each and every marginal and under appreciated player. Truly an inspirational performance. The Flex position continues to be a struggle for the Stream Team, with this weeks underwhelming performance belonging to Marquise Goodwin. Fortunately, the kicker (another 11 points from Will Lutz, bringing the yearly average to just under double digits) and tight end (12.60 points for Austin Seferian-Jenkins, making our 9.18 average the TE8 overall…and we could have moved into the top 6 if not for “The Touchback”) positions continue to pick up the slack. With a good handful of low end RB3/4’s below the 50% mark, we must choose wisely (and correctly) in order to maximize our output.  So let’s scour the wire for the top players and matchups this upcoming Week 7.


QB: Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills (36% Yahoo ownership)

Another week, another huge fantasy day for the opposing quarterback facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers porous pass defense. Opposing quarterbacks have now throw for multiple touchdowns and put up 21+ fantasy points in 3 of the last 4 games against the Tampa Bay defense and, on the year, the Bucs are allowing 309 passing yards per game. Woof. And we aren’t talking about Joe Montana, Peyton Manning and Dan Marino. The Bucs have faced the likes of Eli ManningMike Glennon and Case Keenum this year. So really, anyone can put up 300 yards and two scores. This week Tyrod Taylor gets a shot to right his ship. Sure, Taylor only has 6 touchdown passes this year and has not yet thrown for 225 yards. But this Bucs defense is ripe for the picking. With great mobility to go along with this stellar matchup, expect a safe floor of 15 points for Taylor, with the potentially for much more if he really gets going.

Running Back

RB1: Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants (9% Yahoo ownership)

I could legitimately copy and paste the portion of the Week 6 Stream Team article talking about Wayne Gallman‘s fantasy prospects against the Denver Broncos, just changing the name to Orleans Darkwa, and it would make sense. Darkwa does not find himself in a great position Week 7 as the Giants host a great Seattle Seahawks defense. However, Darkwa did gash the league’s best run defense on the road in Mile High, carrying the ball 21 times for 117 yards, adding a thirteen yard reception. Gallman, on the other hand, quickly became a non-factor compiling 32 yards on 11 total touches. With Darkwa looking like the clear lead back in New York, expect another run focused, high volume gameplan for Darkwa, with the Giants taking the ball out of the hands of Eli Manning and playing a clock management game.

RB2: Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (4% Yahoo ownership)

As of right now, Leonard Fournette looks like he narrowly missed a potential backbreaking injury, so he should suit up this Sunday against the Colts. However, even before the injury Chris Ivory produced at a high level, catching a 22 yard touchdown pass from Blake Bortles in the middle of the second quarter. For the day, Ivory caught 9 of 10 targets (both teams highs) for 74 yards and one score. Not known for his pass catching proficiency, Ivory more than doubled his reception total on the year from 7 to 16 in just one week. And while Fournette missed a serious injury, that does not mean the Jaguars will not be cautious with their rookie, all-world running back. I expect the Jags to ease the load for Forunette in Week 7 with Ivory siphoning off a few extra carries. Couple that with the amount of looks he could receive in the passing game and we could be looking at a decent flex option with 12-15 touch volume against a subpar Colts run defense that just allowed 232 total yards and 2 scores to the Tennessee Titan running back duo.

Wide Receiver

WR1: Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (33% Yahoo ownership)

Marqise Lee disappointed as the WR2 option in the Week 4 edition of the Stream Team. So naturally he finds himself upgraded to the WR1 slot three weeks later. And for good reason. The Colts boast one of the league’s worst defense in terms of passing yards allowed per game. Also, as mentioned above, Fournette may not be the volume monster and offensive focal point he usually is on a weekly basis. In Week 6, Lee continued separating himself from other Jacksonville wideouts as he tied Ivory for the team lead in targets (10) and led the Jaguars in yards (83, a new season high). As the clear wide receiver one against a poor pass defense, expect Lee to receive a good volume load in Week 7 with fantasy WR2 upside.

WR2: Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets (46% Yahoo ownership)

What team allows the highest completion percentage this year? The Miami Dolphins (72.4%, yikes). They also allow a 102 QB rating, but rank top 4 in terms of rushing yards allowed per game. Hint, hint, they suck against the pass and play the run exceptionally well. With the Jets struggling to find consistent production for their myriad of running backs, expect Josh McCown to find his groove early and target his most trusted receiver. On the year, Jermiane Kearse leads the Jets in receptions, yards and touchdowns, and has caught nearly 80% of his targets. As sure handed as it gets, expect McCown to throw close to 40 times, with Kearse catching everything that comes his way.

Tight End

TE:  George Kittle, TE, San Fransisco 49ers (8% Yahoo ownership)

With 17 targets over the last two games, tight end George Kittle appears to be emerging as the number target of 49er quarterbacks. And I say 49er quarterbacks as we do not yet know who will man the helm for the remainder of the season. After head coach Kyle Shanahan benched Brian Hoyer, he turned the offense over to rookie C.J. Beathard, who turned in a more than respectable 245 yard performance in relief and is now expected to start this week against the Dallas Cowboys. As we all know, rookie quarterback tend to gravitate toward the tight end, so Kittle should continue piling up volume in what figures to be a passing game against a superior Cowboys team.


Flex: Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams (8% Yahoo ownership)

Well we all know about Patrick Peterson. Good luck to anyone matched up against him. So Sammy Watkins, sorry in advance for your Week 7 dud. But how do second wide receivers fare against the Arizona Cardinals? To the tape we go! In Week 6 DeSean Jackson put up a 3/38/1 touchdown line. And in Week 5 Nelson Agholor went 4/93/1 touchdown. And in Week 1 Kenny Golladay scored twice and caught 4 balls for 69 yards. I’d say that’s more than solid production from the second option. Among Rams wide receivers Robert Woods ranks first in receptions, targets and yards. He’s also received at least 6 targets in 4 straight games, eclipsing 65 yards in three of those four contests. With Todd Gurley facing a stout Cardinals run defense, look for Jared Goff to stay away from Peterson when he drops back and instead turn to overmatched second corner against a speedy Robert Woods (8 catches for 20+ yards, tied for third in the NFL).


K:  Jake Elliott, K, Philadelphia Eagles (47% Yahoo ownership)

Having connected on at least two field goals in every game this year, Jake Elliott could be in line for another solid performance Monday night against a mediocre Washington Redskins defense. On the year, Elliott has already attempted three 50+ yard field goals and another six from 40+. Oh, and he made a 61 yard game winner. No big deal. On the year from 40+, Elliott is 9/10. Sounds pretty automatic from distance. With the type of leg that can score points in bunches, expect Elliott to continue his streak of multiple makes in a tightly contested divisional rivalry game.


D:  Miami Dolphins DST (5% Yahoo ownership)

A tradition as old as time: streaming the defense against the New York Jets. The Miami Dolphins DST hosts the Jets in Week 7, a rematch of their Week 3 game in which the Dolphins defense scored 5 fantasy points. However, that game took place in New York, and this one takes place in Miami where the Dolphins defense most recently put up a whopping 20 fantasy points against an equally futile offensive team in the Tennessee Titans led by Matt Cassel. Allowing only 16.8 points per game, the Dolphins have double digit point upside against a Jets team allowing 9.2 fantasy points per game to opposing defenses.

And that’s a wrap for Week 7 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 [email protected] or tweet me @AJGamballer.

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