Fantasy players will have to decide whether last week’s high-scoring running back is a sign of things to come or a fluke. However, the most critical part of the waiver wire is finding the right players to stream for the upcoming matchup. Whether you need an injury replacement or your current starter has a bad matchup, it is critical to find the right player to stream. With that in mind, here are eight potential streaming options for Week 7.
The following players are owned in under 50 percent of ESPN leagues. All stats are base on four-point per passing touchdown and PPR scoring.
Tua Tagovailoa vs Atlanta Falcons (25.3%)
After a three-game stretch on injured reserve with broken ribs, Tua returned last week and finished with a season-high 21.4 fantasy points against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had season-high 47 pass attempts in that game, almost twice as many as in Week 1. More importantly, Tua had over 320 passing yards and a pair of passing touchdowns against Jacksonville. Meanwhile, the Falcons have allowed quarterbacks to average 22.1 fantasy points per game this season. They have given quarterbacks an average of over two passing touchdowns per game this season to quarterbacks. After his performance last week, Tua is the top bye week filer at quarterback for Week 7.
Carson Wentz at San Francisco 49ers (18.1%)
Wentz has averaged 16.9 fantasy points per game this season, scoring 17 or more in all but one game. More importantly, over the past three games, the Indianapolis Colts offense has started to click. During that span, they have averaged 27.7 points per game and have a 2-1 record. Over the past three games, Wentz has averaged 284.3 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and 19.2 fantasy points per game. More importantly, Wentz has only three turnovers this season. Meanwhile, the 49ers have given up an average of 21.2 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season, giving up at least 19 fantasy points in 80 percent of their games. For those looking for a bye week filler this week, Wentz offers a safe floor.
Zach Ertz vs Houston Texans (48.3%)
On Thursday, Ertz played his final game for the Philadelphia Eagles. He finished the game with four catches on six targets for 29 receiving yards, a touchdown, and 12.9 fantasy points. On Friday, Ertz got traded to the Arizona Cardinals. After losing Maxx Williams to a season-ending knee injury, the Cardinals had to make a move for a tight end. Over his past three healthy games, Williams averaged five targets and 13 fantasy points per game. Meanwhile, the Texans have allowed tight ends to average 18.7 fantasy points per game this season, giving up 20 or more in 67 percent of their contests. While Ertz won’t score 20 fantasy points in his Cardinals debut, he will finish the week as a top-10 tight end.
C.J. Uzomah at Baltimore Ravens (3.6%)
The bye week blues are officially here as starting fantasy tight ends are unavailable this week, including Dawson Knox and Dalton Schultz. However, an under-the-radar replacement this week is Uzomah. Over the past three weeks, Uzomah has become a critical part of the offense, averaging 3.7 targets, one touchdown, and 13.5 fantasy points per game. Meanwhile, the Ravens have struggled to defend tight ends this season. They have allowed almost 19 fantasy points per game to the position, giving up 13 or more fantasy points in all but one contest. Most importantly, Uzomah is second on the Bengals in receiving touchdowns with three, only behind star rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase. Adding Uzomah is far from a sexy move, but one fantasy players should make this week.
Green Bay Packers D/ST vs Washington Football Team (49.1%)
Since Week 1, the Packers D/ST has averaged 7.8 fantasy points per game, scoring at least six fantasy points in every game, including nine or more in three of their past four contest. Meanwhile, Washington has been very fantasy-friendly to opposing D/STs over the past four weeks. During that span, opposing D/STs have averaged five fantasy points per game, scoring nine fantasy points or more twice. Furthermore, the Kansas City Chiefs D/ST had scored a negative five total fantasy points this season before their matchup against Washington. They finished the game with nine fantasy points after holding Washington to a season-low 13 points. After a season-high four sacks last week, expect the Packers D/ST to take advantage of a banged-up Washington offensive line.
Las Vegas Raiders D/ST vs Philadelphia Eagles (23.0%)
Before the season started, many thought the Raiders D/ST would be one of the worst units in the NFL. However, they have averaged 4.5 fantasy points per game this season, scoring four or more fantasy points in all but one game. More importantly, they are coming off a season-high 10 fantasy points performance last week against the Denver Broncos. Meanwhile, the Eagles have allowed opposing D/STs to average 4.8 fantasy points per game this season. Over the past four weeks, D/STs have averaged 6.3 fantasy points per game against the Eagles, scoring 10 or more fantasy points twice. With six teams on a bye this week, the Raiders D/ST are a serviceable option.
Younghoe Koo at Miami Dolphins (46.8%)
Last season, Koo was the top-scoring kicker, averaging 10.7 fantasy points per game after making 95 percent of his field goals. However, Koo has scored over six fantasy points only once this season, scoring 11 in his last game against the New York Jets. Meanwhile, the Dolphins have surrender fantasy points in bunches to kickers this season, giving up an average of 10.7 fantasy points per game to the position. They have given up double-digit fantasy points all but one game this season, including a season-high 16 fantasy points to Matthew Wright last week. Meanwhile, over their past four games, the Falcons have averaged 24.8 points per game. They should have no trouble scoring against the Dolphins, leading to plenty of kick opportunities for Koo.
Mason Crosby vs Washington Football Team (19.0%)
Over the past four weeks, Crosby has been the top fantasy kicker, averaging 11 fantasy points per game, scoring 13 or more in half of those contests. He has made all but one extra point attempt this season while missing only three of his field goals. Furthermore, despite missing four total kicks two weeks ago, Crosby finished with 13 fantasy points against the Cincinnati Bengals. Meanwhile, Washington has given up an average of 10.3 fantasy points per game to kickers this season, giving up 14 or more fantasy points in two of their past five games. With his recent play and the matchup this week, Crosby should have no trouble scoring double-digit fantasy points against Washington.
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