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 (63 percent owned ESPN, 70 percent owned Yahoo!) vs. St. Louis – Palmer is again the top streaming play this week as he should be owned in every league. He’s thrown for at least 249 yards and two scores in all five starts this season, and St. Louis has allowed the 11th most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Kyle Orton (16%, 15%) vs. Kansas City – Kansas City ranks second in fantasy points allowed to QBs this year, but that’s a misleading stat: KC has faced Jake Locker, pre-hot stretch Ryan Tannehill, pre-hot stretch Tom Brady, Austin Davis, and the blah combo of Michael Vick and Matt Simms. So the Chiefs have benefited from a good schedule and good timing. Orton has thrown nine touchdowns in four starts, and he’s averaging 282 yards a game.
Mark Sanchez (31%, 38%) vs. Carolina – As far as short-term plays go you could do worse than Sanchez. I’d caution against expecting a huge game as Sanchez has always been limited as a passer, and even the most passer-friendly offense won’t make him Andrew Luck overnight. But the matchup could hardly be better; the Panthers are allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. They’ve surrendered seven multi-touchdown games to quarterbacks this year, and quarterbacks are averaging over two scores a game against them.
Derek Carr (8%, 10%) vs. Denver – Carr has been inconsistent, which is what you’d expect from a rookie on a bad team. But he has had five good weeks out of eight, and now he gets the 29th-ranked fantasy defense against quarterbacks. The Broncos have surrendered two, three and four passing touchdowns, respectively, in their last three games. Carr should have plenty of attempts this week.
Defense (Notable defenses on bye: Houston, New England, Minnesota, Indianapolis)
Baltimore (54%, 75%) vs. Tennessee – Baltimore has not been good on defense in the past two weeks, but it still ranks ninth in ESPN standard scoring. Now the Ravens get Zach Mettenberger for his first road start in the league. His debut stats look OK in the box score, but he didn’t do anything until the Titans were down 27-3. The Ravens have 15 sacks in their last four games.
Pittsburgh (47%, 51%) at New York Jets – The Jets have only scored more than 20 points three times this year. They’ve allowed multiple sacks in every game, and have turned the ball over 18 times – an average of twice a game. Who knows who’s starting at quarterback for New York, but it honestly doesn’t matter. Pittsburgh should post another fantasy-friendly stat line on defense.
Atlanta (5%, 9%) at Tampa Bay – As a Colts’ D/ST owner I’m streaming the Falcons this week as a bye-week replacement simply due to the matchup. Atlanta’s defense is not good, but I’m hoping for a repeat of half of its Week 3 performance against Tampa. Since Josh McCown was named the starter I feel somewhat better about the Falcons this week, as McCown is worse than Mike Glennon. The Bucs have thrown a pick in every game this year, and have allowed five multi-sack games in eight contests.