2014 Fantasy Football: Week 8 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.
Carson Palmer (11 percent owned ESPN, 47 percent Yahoo!) – vs. Philadelphia – I can’t take the ESPN ownership number seriously, because I don’t know how Palmer’s only owned in 11 percent of leagues. Even the 47 percent is way too low. Palmer’s surrounded by weapons and is throwing for almost 270 yards as well as two scores in every game. Philadelphia is allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks as they’ve allowed multiple touchdown passes in every game except one. Philly’s three interceptions are tied for the fourth-fewest in the league.
Ryan Tannehill (26%, 48%) – at Jacksonville – Jacksonville has played better defensively recently, but in the last three weeks Cleveland (14th) is the Jaguars’ only opponent to rank higher than 21st in scoring. Also, according to ESPN, the Jags will most likely be down three defensive starters and will have to start two seventh-round rookies. All that means Tannehill makes for a good start especially after throwing for at least 244 yards and two scores in each of his last three games. He’s also added 44 rushing yards a game in the last three games.
Alex Smith (18%, 42%) – vs. St. Louis – Smith is a low-upside play, but he has a very high floor. He’s scored in double-digits in ESPN standard scoring in four of six weeks, and his rushing yardage helps offset his lack of weapons and downfield throwing ability. He’s not necessarily a mobile quarterback, but – much to the chagrin of Jamaal Charles and Travis Kelce owners – he loves to take off and is fairly proficient at it. He’s averaging 23 rushing yards a game, and the Rams have allowed the third-most rushing yards to quarterbacks as well as the most rushing scores to QBs (three).
Austin Davis (4%, 13%) – at Kansas City – The Chiefs have allowed only the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs, but most opponents have had success against them. Davis has shown he can throw for multiple scores and/or throw for well over 300 yards whether the Rams are ahead or behind.
Teddy Bridgewater (9%, 10%) – at Tampa Bay – The only opposing starting quarterback to not throw for multiple touchdowns against Tampa Bay was Austin Davis, who was starting in the NFL for the first time.
Miami (49%, 62%) – at Jacksonville – Jacksonville’s allowing opposing defenses to score almost four more fantasy points than the second friendliest offense. Even if you throw out Washington’s 10 sacks in Week 2, the Jags are allowing over three sacks a game. Blake Bortles has thrown at least one interception in each of his five games, resulting in 10 total picks.
Indianapolis (14%, 60%) – at Pittsburgh – The Colts rank fifth in standard ESPN scoring, and they haven’t benefited from an unrepeatable amount of defensive/special teams touchdowns. The Colts have 20 sacks in their last five games, and Pittsburgh has allowed the fourth-most sacks.