Week 4 Fantasy Streaming Adds: Cases For Rostering Taylor Heinicke, Titans Defense & More
Patrick Smith/Getty Images. Pictured: WFT QB Taylor Heinicke
“Streaming” quarterbacks, defenses and kickers has been a fantasy football strategy I’ve successfully used for years.
I’ve parlayed that success into a series of weekly recommendations of the top streaming options at those three positions as well as tight end — a position I don’t recommend streaming week-to-week, though still offer recommendations for fantasy players who may need a short-term rental.
Note that these players are rostered in fewer than 50% of Yahoo! leagues, but that these recommendations do not mean that they are the best streamer play for your league — be sure to check my up-to-the-minute rankings to see who the best available player is in your league.
Washington QB Taylor Heinicke vs. ATL (6% Rostered)
Heinicke has been solid in his first two starts for the injured Ryan Fitzpatrick, posting the QB14 score from Weeks 2 to 3 in two tough matchups against the Giants and Bills.
However, he has his easiest matchup yet against a Falcons defense that ranks 30th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA on the season. Heinicke has plenty of weapons to take advantage of the matchup and may even get Curtis Samuel back from IR this week. He also possesses a rushing upside that we have yet to see him hit in his two starts — we may finally see that happen here.
Titans Defense @ NYJ (15%)
I’m going to continue picking on Zach Wilson and stream the Titans here. The rookie has thrown seven interceptions and been sacked 15 times so far this season (both tied for league highs).
Browns K Chase McLaughlin @ MIN (7%)
The Browns-Vikings matchup could be a sneaky shootout considering the total is currently at 51.5. However, McLaughlin should see plenty of scoring chances this week in a dome environment.
Bills TE Dawson Knox vs. HOU (10%)
I mentioned Knox as a TE we need to keep an eye on after seeing his routes run rate jump up to 78% in Week 2. That trend continued last week as he ran a route on 77% of Josh Allen’s dropbacks. We should be very interested in Knox if his usage remains this high, especially considering the Bills have one the most potent passing attacks in the league. He’s worth a flier against the Texans this week.