2014 Fantasy Football: Week 6 QB and D/ST Streaming Options
Defense/Special Teams streaming has been a popular option for a while now for fantasy owners. But quarterback streaming has begun being put into use just recently, it seems. As the demand grows we must meet it with a supply of fantasy articles. Each week I’ll highlight as many appealing quarterbacks and defenses fantasy owners can pick up for that week to stream in their starting lineups. As the season progresses, more options will appear as teams and players are dropped and we discover who’s real and who’s not. If you have any questions about these picks or fantasy football in general, hit me up on Twitter @44AMiller.
Eli Manning (66 percent owned ESPN, 74 percent owned Yahoo!) – at Philadelphia – The Eagles have allowed the most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, as well as the most touchdowns – 13. Eli has thrown at least two touchdowns in each of his last four games and over 250 yards per game. He got a dangerous receiving option back for the first time – if that makes sense – in Odell Beckham Jr., and he immediately made an impact. Philly’s allowed multiple passing touchdowns in each of its five games.
Austin Davis (3%, 12%) – vs. San Francisco – The 49ers have allowed the seventh-fewest points to quarterbacks this year, but they’ve allowed three multi-touchdown games to quarterbacks including Alex Smith and Drew Stanton. Davis has thrown for 702 yards in his last two games for almost eight yards per attempt. He’s thrown six touchdowns in those games, and he’s got a big, go-to receiver in Brian Quick. He put up good stats when leading against Dallas, and he did it again trailing against Philadelphia. So in either scenario he’ll be able to produce against the Niners.
Andy Dalton (56%, 75%) – vs. Carolina – I’d only play Dalton in a 14-team league or deeper if you’re not truly desperate. I think his upside is limited without A.J. Green, but the Carolina matchup isn’t imposing. The Panthers have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to QBs this year; they’ve allowed four multi-touchdown games to QBs. I think you’re looking at 200 yards and two scores from Dalton this week.
Ryan Tannehill (13%, 35%) – vs. Green Bay – Green Bay ranks well in points allowed to quarterbacks, but that’s mostly a product of its schedule. Christian Ponder and Geno Smith have positively affected Green Bay’s quarterback points allowed, but even Geno had two touchdowns. Tannehill should be throwing plenty to Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline, and he should get back Knowshon Moreno – so he’ll have two good pass-catching backs, too. He shouldn’t be started in most leagues unless you’re truly desperate, but then he should have a solid floor of 200 yards and two scores, too.
Green Bay (12%, 33%) – at Miami – If you’re not a Tannehill believer you should go with the Packers on defense. Miami’s allowed two four-sack games in the three games it’s played against real NFL defenses (sorry Oakland). The Dolphins have turned the ball over eight times in four games, and the Pack are averaging two takeaways a game.
Tennessee (17%, 20%) – vs. Jacksonville – Jacksonville has been the most fantasy-friendly offense for opposing defenses and special teams this year, and it’s not close. The Jags have allowed three D/ST scores in five games; four games of at least three sacks; and an ongoing run of three two-interception games. Tennessee’s D is nothing to write home about, but it should do well against Jacksonville.