2022 Fantasy Football Week 5 QB/TE Streamers

by Daniel Johnson
2023 Fantasy Football QB/TE Streamers

Alright—mea culpa. As it would turn out, Week 4 Marcus Mariota was not a great streaming option. My bad, dear readers. If it's any comfort to those of you who followed my advice, I indeed followed my own, and took a fat L to the face because of it. Let's hope my 2022 Fantasy Football Week 5 QB/TE Streamers lead us all a bit closer to the promised land than my previous picks.

Dak still isn't ready to play. Dalton Schultz posted a goose egg. Brady's shoulder and finger are banged up. George Kittle is invisible. And then, between both positions, there are the whole gaggle of underperformers plaguing our benches and waiver wires.

Let's sift through the silt and try to find some gold nuggets this week, shall we?

2022 Fantasy Football Week 5 QB/TE Streamers

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Geno Smith, QB, Seattle Seahawks (vs. New Orleans Saints; 24.5% owned)

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Four weeks into the 2022 season, and he still hasn't written his haters back. Dare I say that he seems hell-bent on refusing to do so.

So, at what point do we try to hook ourselves onto Geno's momentum and enjoy the ride? I think this week is a decent opportunity. He's coming off two games in which he threw for over 325 yards with about a 75% completion rate to boot. His 6:1 TD:INT ratio suggests a quarterback who's taking care of the ball, judging his progressions maturely, and giving both his team and his fantasy managers a chance to win.

New Orleans isn't the best matchup, what with their upper-tier pass rush. But Geno has a fully-healthy complement of weapons, and a running game that will continue to give him opportunities on play-action.

You could do way worse than Geno this week. He leads the NFL with a 77.3% completion percentage. Don't write him off.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings (vs. Chicago Bears; 72.2% owned)

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Apologies for the bloated rostered-percentage with Cousins here, but I'd be willing to bet a good number of you have him sitting on your bench or on waivers after his performance in London last week.

In his last five matchups with the Bears, Cousins has thrown multiple touchdown passes. The Bears pass defense has been good so far this year, but Cousins hasn't thrown fewer than 30 passes in a game once in 2022. The volume will be there.

If last week was any indication, the Vikings run game (minus the TD sweep to Jefferson) is in a delicate state. Dalvin Cook's shoulder remains pesky.

I like Cousins to continue his streak and get his fantasy managers at least two touchdowns on Sunday.

Tight Ends

Evan Engram, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Houston Texans; 6.2% owned)

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This one's pretty simple.

It has less to do with Engram's role in the rejuvenated Jaguars offense than it does with the Houston defense. They just let Gerald Everett run all over them last week, and I don't see any reason Engram won't see targets over the middle.

Irv Smith, Jr., TE, Minnesota Vikings (vs. Chicago Bears; 32.2% owned)

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I'm more or less suggesting stacking Smith, Jr. with Cousins this week. The Bears have decent corners that will undoubtedly be looking to blanket Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, which should create some opportunities for Smith to get some targets and convert them to catches.

His chances so far have mostly been short targets in the flat, and I think it's possible he might get one of those in the red zone and scamper into the end zone.

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