Every week is a great week when there’s football involved. Each week this column will analyze a player at each position rostered in 50 percent of Yahoo leagues or less. This group of players is basically a dream stream team. For reference, the threshold used for Wins and Losses in this article will be if the quarterbacks can score at least 17 points, if the tight ends can score at least eight PPR points, and if the rest can score at least 10 PPR points. Here is the Week 7 Stream Team.
Week 7 Stream Team: Alec Pierce, Kenyan Drake, and More!
Week 6 Recap
- Geno Smith (SEA) v ARI – 12.68 points – L
- Jimmy Garoppolo (SF) @ ATL – 18.94 points – W
- Daniel Jones (NYG) v BAL – 13.52 points – L
- Totals – Week: 1-2 / Year: 9-9
- Kenneth Walker III (SEA) v ARI – 19.00 points – W
- Deon Jackson (IND) v JAX – 28.10 points – W
- Eno Benjamin (ARI) @ SEA – 9.50 points – L
- Totals – Week: 2-1 / Year: 9-9
- Rondale Moore (ARI) @ SEA – 10.90 points – W
- Tre’Quan Smith (NO) v CIN – 13.30 points – W
- Jakobi Meyers (NE) @ CLE – 10.00 points – W
- Totals – Week: 3-0 / Year: 13-5
- Evan Engram (JAX) @ IND – 9.00 points – W
- Hayden Hurst (CIN) @ NO – 5.10 points – L
- Irv Smith Jr. (MIN) @ MIA – 10.70 points – W
- Totals – Week: 2-1 / Year: 8-10
- Grand Totals – Week: 8-4 / Year: 39-33
Week 7 Stream Team
Quarterback – Jimmy Garoppolo (SF – 39%) v KC
Jimmy Garoppolo is not your typical streaming quarterback. He doesn’t run much and he usually doesn’t have a ton of pass attempts as the San Francisco 49ers want to run the ball as much as possible and turn Garoppolo into a game manager. There are clear times though that he looks like a good streamer and those are games in which they are trailing.
This past week Garoppolo set season-highs in pass attempts (41), completions (29), passing yards (296), and fantasy points (18.94). These all came in a game in which they lost. Garoppolo is a fairly efficient quarterback and has great weapons and a great scheme, all of which help insulate his numbers. This week they face the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 49ers currently sit as 3-point underdogs despite being the home team. The Chiefs are one of the highest-scoring offenses in the NFL so the 49ers may need to throw much more than often in this one, much to the benefit of Garoppolo. This makes him a great Week 7 Stream Team option. With all of Josh Allen, Jalen Hurts, Kirk Cousin, and Matthew Stafford on bye this week, Garoppolo makes for a great one-week fill-in.
Honorable Mentions – Marcus Mariota (ATL – 14%) @ CIN, Daniel Jones (NYG – 30%) @ JAX
Running Back – Kenyan Drake (BAL – 4%) v CLE
Kenyan Drake of the Baltimore Ravens is not a phrase many had on their 2022 bingo cards. Coming into this week Drake only had scored 10.10 fantasy points over the course of the entire year. In this game against the New York Giants, he put up 22.70 points.
Nobody could have seen this one coming especially as it seemed like J.K. Dobbins was continuing to get healthier and more involved. Head Coach John Harbaugh stated that Dobbins’ knee tightened up so they limited his workload. This will be something to monitor this week as he’s coming off a major injury. If he has any sort of lingering soreness or had a setback, it would be wise of the Ravens to be cautious with him.
If that is the case, Drake will likely have a chance to build upon his great performance in which he had 127 total yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and a reception. This week’s matchup against the Cleveland Browns is a much juicer one as well. The Browns have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs this year and have been getting gashed in the run game every week. The Ravens have one of the best ground games in the NFL as well. It might not feel good but if Drake is getting double-digit touches in one of the best offenses in the league and facing one of the worst defenses in the league at stopping running backs, that’s hard to ignore. That would make him one of the best Week 7 Stream Team options available.
Very slow-going for JK Dobbins as he comes off devastating knee injury. #Ravens RB snaps yesterday:
* Kenyan Drake 34 (17 routes)
* JK Dobbins 16 (6 routes)
* Mike Davis 5 (1 route)
— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) October 17, 2022
Honorable Mentions – Mike Boone (DEN – 40%) v NYJ, Deon Jackson (IND – 43%) @ TEN
Wide Receiver – Alec Pierce (IND – 38%) @ TEN
It was looking like it might have been a rough day for Alec Pierce until he caught the game-winning touchdown with 17 seconds left to save his day as well as the Indianapolis Colts. All the points count, though, no matter when they were scored.
That now makes three straight games that Pierce has scored double-digit fantasy points and he missed a fourth by less than a point. He also has at least five targets and 49 receiving yards in four straight games. Pierce has essentially established himself as the second-best weapon in the passing game for the Colts at this point.
This coming week he gets a very enticing matchup against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans’ secondary has been horrible this year and they have allowed the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers this year. Pierce already had four catches for 80 yards on six targets a couple of weeks ago against this same team. As long as the Titans can keep the game close, he should have no issue producing at the same level or better. This makes Pierce an awesome Week 7 Stream Team option.
Alec Pierce in his last four games:
18 receptions (27 targets)
— 🔌 Kweav Sports 🔌 (@Kweav_Sports) October 17, 2022
Honorable Mentions – Michael Gallup (DAL – 50%) v DET, Rondale Moore (ARI – 46%) v NO
Tight End – Robert Tonyan (GB – 42%) @ WAS
Robert Tonyan just had his best game of the season in a surprising 27-10 loss to the New York Jets. He set season-highs in targets (12), receptions (10), yards (90), and fantasy points (19) on his way to a TE4 finish this week. Before this game, he had only seen more than five targets just once. Tonyan had not crossed the 40-yard threshold even once this year.
This game might end up being more of an aberration than anything but it’s encouraging nonetheless. Tonyan is coming off a major knee injury so it could be a sign that he is starting to get healthier. The Green Bay Packers have gotten some good production from Allen Lazard, Romeo Doubs, and even Randall Cobb at times, but this is still an ambiguous pass-catching group that lacks a true alpha.
That should help Tonyan if he is, in fact, starting to return closer to pre-injury form. This week’s matchup against the Washington Commanders isn’t anything special but there’s no reason to avoid it either. Ultimately, anytime a tight end can draw 12 targets (the most in the league this week) and are available, that’s notable. That makes Tonyan a great Week 7 Stream Team option.
Honorable Mentions – Evan Engram (JAX – 37%) v NYG, Logan Thomas (WAS – 9%) v GB