Familia, this is when we’re all tested as fantasy managers. We do our best not to panic and dive deep when our top picks go on a bye, bye, bye. And sometime those players even pay off. In 2016, I had Martellus Bennett going in Week 5 because of byes and injuries. In my flex on a team that already had a TE starting. What did he do? He got me 6 catches for 67 yard and 3 TDs! You think I won that week because of him?
So let’s get into the players who could be subbing in for your 49ers, Falcons, Jets and Saints. There are plenty of starters and studs from those teams on your rosters. And there are starting RBs like Saquon Barkley and Clyde Edwards-Helaire who are going to be out a few weeks with ankle and knee injuries, respectively. So let’s get you some help for players who can help you this week or multiple weeks. As usual, I’m only listing players who are rostered on less than 50% of Yahoo leagues. Vamonos!
STREAMING QUARTERBACKS FOR THE WEEK
CARSON WENTZ vs HOU
Did you see 25-35-402-2 happening on Monday Night Football in Baltimore? On two sprained ankles? I didn’t either, but he did look pretty spry on the field. This is a home game against the #19 Texans defense against the QB. Houston has given up big games to Josh Allen, Trevor Lawrence and Sam Darnold. Ride the hot hand.
TAYLOR HEINICKE vs KC
It wasn’t pretty last week for Heinicke, and there are rumblings that Ryan Fitzpatrick could be back as soon as Week 7. But this is his offense now, and Kansas City is the #32 defense against the QB position, giving up an average of 308.6 passing yards per game. Also, the Chiefs are allowing 47.2 rush yards to the QB, and Heinicke gets on the move.
DEVONTAE BOOKER vs LAR
Did you see the golf ball that Barkley appeared to be hiding on the side of his ankle? He’s out at least this week, and the Giants leaned heavily on Booker, who carried 16 times for 42 yards and 1 TD. He added catching 3 of 4 targets for 16 yards and uno mas TD. The Rams have not been the world beaters on defense that they were last year, and are #17 against the RB position. Un secreto: It’s an early game for a West Coast team traveling East.
DARREL WILLIAMS @ WAS
Did you see CEH getting carried off the field? Williams got only 8 touches – 5-27-0 on the ground and 3-5-18-0 through the air. But if you lost CEH or are looking at getting a piece of a prolific offense, spend some FAAB on Williams. Cordarelle Patterson and Alvin Kamara both had great performances out of the backfield in the passing game the past couple weeks.
KHALIL HERBERT vs GB
Herbert won the carry advantage, 18-16, over Damien Williams last week. And their snaps were nearly identical (34-31, also in favor of Herbert). Herbert did not get a target, but this is a rivalry game against a Green Bay D that is banged up and just gave up 133 total yards to the Bengals. The Packers are #16 against the RB position.
ALEX COLLINS @ PIT
If Collins hasn’t gotten picked up, do this preemptively because Chris Carson has yet to be declared healthy from the neck injury that sidelined him Week 5. Collins rushed 15 times for 47 yards and caught 2 passes for 25 more yards. Pittsburgh is #4 against the RB position, but Collins may be someone you want to stash for an offense that is in flux without Russell Wilson and may want to rely on the RB position more.
RHAMONDRE STEVENSON vs DAL
Damien Harris injured his chest and ribs last week, opening the door for Stevenson to go for 11-23-0 on the ground without a target. This tilt is in Foxborough, so this could be a game where the Patriots’ RBs get quite the workout to test a Dallas D that is #6 in Fantasy PPG allowed to the RB position.
KADARIUS TONEY vs LAR
Hermosura. Yes, watching Toney run and stop/start so fluidly was a thing of beauty on an otherwise ugly afternoon for los Gigantes. Many have been calling him like OBJ. He showed great YAC ability on a few plays that reminded me of A.J. Brown. The Rams are dealing with injuries in the secondary, so there might be some opportunity for Toney. One caveat: The 10-catch, 189-yard performance reminds me of that Chase Claypool explosion early last season. Claypool never got close to that huge game, but still had a few good ones. Toney probably won’t have another big game like that again this year, but could help you several weeks.
DARNELL MOONEY vs GB
Ja’Marr Chase went for 10 catches and 159 yards and 1 TD last week against the Packers. Mooney is getting slightly more snaps (53-49) and routes (22-21) than the incumbent WR1 Allen Robinson. And in the past 2 weeks he’s gotten 12 targets. Mooney needs to be rostered more.
RONDALE MOORE @ CLE
His usage has been climbing to the point that he was 3rd in routes run with 20 last week, finishing the day catching 5 of 6 targets for 59 yards. The Browns lost Denzel Ward during game, so the secondary may not be 100% even with him back in the lineup. There are also going to be targets available with TE Maxx Williams out for the season. Plus, you get the fun factor of having Moore in your lineup when he makes a highlight-reel play for a score.
TIM PATRICK vs LV
Going against a tough Steelers secondary, Patrick went for 7-9-89-0 and outsnapped Denver’s WR1 Courtland Sutton, 40-37. Patrick is a flex play even against a Raiders secondary that’s #3 against the WR position in Fantasy PPG. Jerry Jeudy may still be weeks away from returning from his ankle injury, so Patrick can help while byes are happening.
AMON-RA ST. BROWN vs CIN
The rookie has quietly received 8 targets in each of the last 2 games, going 7-8-65-0 against the Vikings last week. The Bengals still have skid marks from Davante Adams’ 206-yard performance. Cincinnati has also given up big games to Adam Thielen, Laviska Shenault and Claypool. Competition for targets right now is really down to T.J. Hockenson and the RBs.
PARRIS CAMPBELL vs HOU
Just stay healthy. Well, Campbell has done that, and he went for 4-6-56-0 against Baltimore on Monday Night Football. Now he gets a home game against the Texans, who are surprisingly #7 against WRs, but have had some blowouts contribute to teams pulling the foot off the pedal. Campbell is still behind Michael Pittman Jr. in the Colts’ target pecking order, but there’s always the big-play ability to put into a lineup with multiple flex positions.
HUNTER HENRY vs DAL
Things are getting muy interesante in New England when it comes to the TE position. Both Henry and Jonnu Smith received 40 snaps last week, but Henry ran significantly more routes, 25-8. And he got 8 targets, with Smith getting just 2. Dallas is #23 against the TE position, so Mac Jones will be looking for Henry often.
RICKY SEALS-JONES vs KC
With Logan Thomas out, RSJ saw 82 snaps and ran 42 routes. The 9 targets were 2nd for Washington behind some guy named Terry McLaurin. Dawson Knox just blew up for 3 catches, 117 yards and 1 TD against a K.C. defense that’s just #29 against the TE.
MO ALIE-COX vs HOU
Let me tell you un secreto: He played basketball in college. Ha! With several TEs on bye or injured, Alie-Cox is playable this week. He caught 3 of 4 targets for 50 yards last week, but he’s only a week removed from catching a pair of TDs. Another secreto: Houston is #32 against the TE, so Alie-Cox could be open a little bit this week.
SOURCES: PFF / Pro Football Reference / Football Guys / NFL Savant / Football Outsiders