Streaming your starting QB, TE or D / ST is not the goal in fantasy football. But if you are weak in a position where you only need to start one player, it can be useful to take usable fantasy weeks off the disclaimer wire. In typical start-a-quarterback, tight-end, and D / ST-12 team formats, most of your league counterparts will not, and should not, carry a backup QB or D / ST. The position shortage floods the waiver with plausible weekly start options based on their match and expected game flow.
Simply put, because quarterback and defensive matchups are more predictable and their production varies less weekly, sharp fantasy owners have an advantage in their leagues when they can better straighten their "onesie" positions (usually their defense) as her opponent.
With four more teams bidding goodbye (Atlanta, Dallas, LA Chargers, Tennessee) this is another important streaming week:
Ground and Ceiling: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears (78 percent available) vs New York Jets
The product on the field was patchy, to say the least, but Mitchell Trubisky is ending up on a mini-hot streak of high-end fantasy. Over the last three games, Trubisky has amassed weeks QB1
Ground and Ceiling: Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (83 percent available) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
After his QB6 performance (20.9 fantasy points) in the seventh week, draws Mayfield another fantastic matchup against the runner-up of the Steelers. Throughout the year, Pittsburgh has allowed the league's fifth-highest TD rate (6.1 percent), allowing sixth-highest pass YPG (305.2), and coughing up the seventeenth-most fantasy points per dropback (0.51). , After teaming up with Jarvis Landry for a long-awaited big day (10/97/1) last week, Landry was once again raging against Pittsburgh's sloppy slot coverage (the recipient's second most receiving YPG).
Floor: CJ Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (93 percent available) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
CJ Uzomah plays, if nothing else, a ton without Tyler Eifert (Ankle) and Tyler Kroft (foot) healthy. Now the third stringer Mason Fright (knee) is also on I.R. The Bengals have no choice but to show Uzomah at this point. Over the past two weeks, Uzomah has been on the pitch for 91 and 98 percent of Bengal's snapshots, turning his playing time into useful 6/54 and 2/13/1 playoffs. Uzomah is far from winning the week, but the tight end is the thinnest position in Fantasy this season, turning ordinary back-end streamer like Uzomah into a weekly starter. No team allowed more fantasy points per target than the Bucs
Deep: Ed Dickson, TE, Seattle Seahawks (99 percent available) vs. Detroit Lions
If you're really desperate for the good bye weeks Go, check and see if Ed Dickson is available in your league. The Seahawks lost Will Dissly (knee) for the season, while Nick Vannett (back) missed Seattle's game before the bye. Dickson returns from a groin injury and his only contender for tight-end goals is Vannett when he's healthy. Dickson's bottom is literally zero this week – but at least he faces a Detroit side that allows 1.68 fantasy points per target to tight ends (ninth).
Ground and Ceiling: New England Patriots D / ST (25 percent available) vs. Buffalo Bills
The most obvious game of the week 8. In Derek Anderson's first startup in lieu of Josh Allen, he absorbed two sacks, threw three INTs and lost a fumble. Anderson's pass rating was 39.8 when the Colts awarded 19 fantasy points on the bills. RotoWorld pointed out that Anderson's TD-to-INT ratio has been between 17 and 28 in the last decade. Load up.
Ground and Ceiling: Indianapolis Colts D / ST (75 percent available) vs. Oakland Raiders
I'm not entirely sure how the Raiders think in 2018 that they score pick up. Derek Carr throws deep into the lowest clip in the league (6.4 percent) and is now without the only receiver who has shown a similarity to the explosion this season is now that Amari Cooper is in Dallas. Oh, by the way, Marshawn Lynch (groin) is also on I.R. The skills of the Raiders in Week 8 will be Doug Martin, Jalen Richard, Jordy Nelson, Martavis Bryant, Seth Roberts and Jared Cook. Yes. Apart from a rookie turn from rookie T Kolton Miller – who allows all attacking tackles in sacks (7) per PFF – the Raiders remains a weekly streaming destination for fantasy defenses.
Deep: Washington Redskins D / ST (95 percent available) vs. New York Giants
No team puts the quarterback under pressure more than Washington (34.4 percent). Meanwhile, no quarterback turns faster into a turtle against pressure than Eli Manning. Seriously, when Manning is exposed to pressure – he has absorbed a sack 28.8 percent of the time, the ninth highest rate in the NFL. The offensive line of the Giants makes Manning by no means a favor, but Manning rarely stays in the bag and delivers a litter under duress. With Next Gen Stats, Manning eliminates the ball in 2.88 seconds (seventh fastest) and averaging just 5.9 scramble yards per attempt (seventeenth-least) when under pressure. With limited pocket agility, Manning becomes a seated duck against violent front-seven. Washington has one. After the Redskins D / ST finished as the top 12 option in three out of the last four games, it could be the smartest fantasy game on week 8
Deep: Kansas City Chiefs D / ST (89 Percentage Available) vs. Denver Broncos
Fall Keenum will be a half-popular 8-week streamer, for two obvious reasons: the leader's defense and the projected game script. Well, to be fair, the chiefs allow the second-most pass YPG (332.7), but they only allow a 3.6 percent TD rate (fifth-lowest) and an 83.2-pass rating (tenth-lowest). In essence, the Chiefs are busy passing yards in spades … but that's really it. The offensive offensive in Kansas City does not fail in the left-and-right ranks. The Chiefs do not flash often (the sixth lowest rate per next-gen statistic) and still shoot 2.7 bags per game (on the tenth). Remember, Keenum has only a top 12 result (QB1) this season and was three times outside the top 20 goalscorer. Keenum has thrown an interception into each game in each game and has absorbed several sacks in four-straight (3.0 per game in that time span).
– Graham Barfield is the lead editor of fantasy football content at NFL.com. Follow him on Twitter @GrahamBarfield .