This week’s options are relatively weak at tight end outside of Ricky Seals-Jones offering TE1 potential across all fantasy league formats. However, the quarterback and defense/special teams positions have plenty of streaming options in Week 7.
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Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons | 56% rostered
No offense to Ryan, but he’s about as boring as it gets as a fantasy quarterback in 2021. The veteran offers no mobility and zero rushing upside, yet he’s still the QB21 this season and has only played in five games (92.9 fantasy points). He’s one of the top streamers in fantasy football this week because of his matchup against the Miami Dolphins.
Miami defense vs. QBs | 2021
|Fantasy Points Allowed (Rank)|
|Week 1||15.2 (24th)|
|Week 2||16.4 (20th)|
|Week 3||21.2 (11th)|
|Week 4||17.9 (19th)|
|Week 5||39.2 (3rd)|
|Week 6||15.8 (14th)|
Miami's defensive performance has slowly trended in the wrong direction, starting out the season as one of the better units before allowing some fruitful performances in recent weeks. Ryan has the talent and necessary weaponry to take advantage, especially if Calvin Ridley returns to the field.
Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts | 35% rostered
Don’t look now, but Wentz is the QB10 since Week 4 and has accumulated a solid 59.5 fantasy points in that time frame. He is widely available and would be a rock-solid QB2 on most rosters — he's at least worthy of holding as a rotational starter based on matchups.
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Though the San Francisco 49ers have been stout as a pass defense, they’ve conceded the 10th-most rushing yards (123) and are tied for the third-most rushing touchdowns (two) to opposing quarterbacks. Wentz has a shot to salvage his day with a strong rushing performance, in addition to whatever he may be able to do with his arm.
Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers | 31% rostered
The 49ers have yet to decide which quarterback they’ll move forward with, but they have no reason to bench Lance. The rookie has only appeared in two games this season, starting one. Still, he racked up enough production to come in as the 19th-highest-scoring quarterback in those weeks.
If he gets the nod, Lance will be facing a Colts defense that has allowed the second-most passing touchdowns this season. Indianapolis has struggled all around, allowing the sixth-highest passing yards per attempt (YPA) figure at 8.23, and it's worse than average in explosive pass percentage allowed (16.1%).
Ricky Seals-Jones, Washington Football Team | 29% rostered
Seals-Jones is ascending out of streaming status — he's one of the best plays at the tight end position filling in for Logan Thomas. Since taking over after Thomas' injury, Seals-Jones has a ridiculous 89.7% routes run per dropback figure and a 17.8% target share: Both rank second on Washington’s roster. He has pushed double-digit fantasy points in both of his starts and finished this week as the TE6 (pre MNF).
Washington fakes a bubble screen outside with TE Ricky Seals-Jones running up the seam after a fake block. he's left wide open. Heinicke nearly busts the play with an underthrown ball, but Seal-Jones makes the catch and is able to run away from the defense for a 39-yard TD pic.twitter.com/kix1oVWxvf
— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) October 17, 2021
David Njoku, Cleveland Browns | 20% rostered
The tight end position has been rough this year and is getting even worse with bye weeks upon us. Njoku is one of the lesser-rostered players with the potential to contribute on any given week. His 20 targets are comparable to teammate Austin Hooper’s 18, but his 11.2 aDOT demonstrates way more upside than Hooper's 4.67.
Hooper may be the starter in name, but Njoku is the more exciting fantasy option. Neither player is particularly reliable, but at least Njoku has a decent 12.1% target share (though a relatively poor 45.5% routes run per dropback figure). The bottom line is both guys have a decent chance to produce against a Denver Broncos defense that has allowed the ninth-most receiving yards to the position.
C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals | 6% rostered
Just as we all expected, Uzomah is the 17th-highest-scoring player at his position by way of three touchdowns over the past three contests. He’s not heavily utilized in the Bengals’ offense and only has an 11.8% target share over the past three weeks, and that number is likely going to decrease with all of their receivers back and healthy. Uzomah has an awesome matchup this week against the divisional rival Baltimore Ravens, though, which could result in an acceptable performance in a pinch.
Baltimore defense vs. TEs | 2021
|Fantasy Points Allowed (Rank)|
|Week 1||26.5 (4th)|
|Week 2||26.9 (1st)|
|Week 3||8.5 (20th)|
|Week 4||18.7 (9th)|
|Week 5||13.3 (14th)|
|Week 6||16.4 (10th)|
PFF's Strength of Schedule metric ranks the Bengals’ tight end schedule as the 10th-easiest matchup of the week.
New England Patriots D/ST | 59% rostered
Streaming the defense that gets to play the New York Jets has been a viable option so far. The Patriots get the honor of facing this mistake-prone unit in Week 7. The Jets lead the NFL with nine interceptions and have given up the fifth-most sacks. The Patriots also happen to be a tremendous defense, creating the perfect opportunity where available in Week 7.
Carolina Panthers D/ST | 53% rostered
Shockingly, the Panthers are rostered in just over half of Yahoo’s leagues even though they're fantasy's fifth-ranked defense. They feel almost matchup-proof at this point, and playing the New York Giants is no concern. The Giants are coming off a miserable performance, totaling only 11 points — eight of which came in garbage time. The Giants have only scored 11 total touchdowns (tied for third-fewest) on the season and are basically limping into Week 7 because of injuries.
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New Orleans Saints D/ST | 39% rostered
The Saints are tied for fifth with the Panthers in fantasy points scored even though they've played one less game. This is legitimately a top-four defense through six weeks, and a large part of the reason is its ability to create turnovers. New Orleans took advantage of rookie Mac Jones to the tune of three interceptions, and this week it will face a Seattle Seahawks offense starting Geno Smith.