QB is one of the deepest positions in fantasy each year but can absolutely destroy your team if caught on a bad game (I’m looking at you Justin Herbert)! Here are a few quarterbacks that might not make a lot of noise on fantasy podcasts or shows but can quietly provide a solid outing if you’re in a pinch.
Kirk Cousins vs. Tampa Bay – Kirk Cousins heads down south to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14. Over the course of the season Tampa Bay has been one of the better defenses in the league, giving up 330 total yards per game, ranking 7th in the NFL. However, over the last 3 weeks Tampa has become one of the poorest units in the NFL, giving up 381 yards per game, 8th worst in the NFL. The primary reason I like Cousins this week is because of the pass funnel defense Tampa Bay employs. Minnesota has made its hay running the ball this season, averaging 145 rushing yards per game. Tampa Bay leads the league in rushing defense this season and has gotten better in that area over their last 3 games; they’ve given up 63 yards per game the last 3 weeks, best mark in the NFL. On the back-end Tampa ranks near the bottom in passing defense this season and has given up 318 passing yards per game over the last three weeks, tied with the New York Jets for worst in the NFL. I think Tampa Bay stifles Dalvin Cook and the Minnesota rushing attack a bit this week, and forces Cousins into a higher number of attempts. This game carries a 52-point Over/Under which is the 3rd highest total of the week. Tampa is a 6-point favorite so we should see a lot of the Vikings pass offense this Sunday.
Mitchell Trubisky vs. Houston – Digging a little deeper here I think Trubisky provides a serviceable start this week against Houston. Chicago is at home taking on a Houston defense that has given up 296 passing yards per game the last three weeks, 4th worst in the NFL. Over that time period Houston has faced Cam Newton, Matthew Stafford and Phillip Rivers – not exactly an elite tier of QBs either. The game carries a 45 point Over/Under which isn’t huge, but right in the middle of this week. The Bears last two games have hit the over since Trubisky has been back, and with Deshaun Watson on the other side I expect the same this week. At one time the worst unit in the NFL, the Texans rushing defense has stepped up, allowing only 101 yards per game over the last three weeks, 9th best in the NFL. Cornerback Bradley Roby is still serving his 6-game suspension, so look for Chicago to attack Houston through the air. Plus, Trubisky is always a good bet to add a few points with his legs.
Mike Glennon vs. Tennessee – Digging WAY deep here, if you’re in a pinch due to injuries, or play in a Superflex/2QB league, I think Glennon will provide a solid line for fantasy owners this week. Glennon hasn’t jumped off the screen by any stretch but has produced a solid 515 yards and 3 TDs over his two starts. Tennessee has been one of the worst pass defenses in the league this season, ranking near the bottom in pass attempts, passing yards and passing touchdowns given up to opposing teams. Like Houston, the Tennessee defense has improved in the run game, allowing only 101 rushing yards per game over the last three weeks. We know the Tennessee offense is explosive, and this game carries a 53 point Over/Under, second highest on the week. The Titans are favored by 7 points, so expect Glennon to air it out a bit this Sunday.
Running Back Rampage
It’s hard to “stream” the RB or WR position since so many of them are rostered throughout leagues. Here we look at a few RBs who won’t be ranked very high this week but should go on a rampage for your team.
Gio Bernard vs. Dallas – The Bengals have been nothing short of a disaster since Joe Burrow went down with a horrific knee injury. However, over the last 3 weeks Cincinnati has played some of the best defenses in the NFL – Football Team, Giants and Dolphins. Just what the doctor ordered, the Cowboys are next up this week. Dallas allows the 8th most fantasy points to RBs this season and has been gashed for monster games by the likes of Antonio Gibson, Dalvin Cook, Kenyan Drake, etc. It’s been a bit of hot and cold with Gio this season. When Mixon went on IR Bernard had nice outings against Cleveland and Tennessee but has cooled off over the last few weeks since Burrow went down. But as I mentioned earlier, the Bengals have had a tough line up, going against the Steelers, Football Team, Giants and Dolphins over their last four. The Dallas pass defense isn’t horrible, ranking 12 in the NFL this season, but they also rank dead last in rushing defense, allowing 156 yards per game. I think Gio gets back on track this week with a decent game against the Cowboys.
Jamaal Williams vs. Detroit – Aaron Jones gets all the love, but Jamaal Williams is quietly having a nice season. Currently the RB27 on the season in half PPR I believe Williams is someone you can plug into the line-up this week if needed. Williams has been given double digit opportunities (carries + targets) in 6 games this year, 5 of those coming in Packers wins. Green bay is a 7-point favorite on the road against Detroit, so Vegas expects another Green Bay win this week. The 55 point Over/Under is the highest on the slate, giving Green Bay an implied point total of 31 points which is absurd. Detroit has been one of the worst defenses in the NFL this season, ranking near the bottom in total defense, rushing defense, passing defense, and points allowed. I’m firing up all my Packers players this week, and that certainly includes Jamaal Williams.
Chase Edmonds. Vs. New York Giants – At one-point thought to be entering the tier of elite offenses, the Arizona Cardinals have sputtered a bit as of late, ranking as the 3rd worst offense in the NFL over the last three weeks ranking ahead of only Cincinnati and Philadelphia. At the beginning of the year you would have marked this game as a blow out for Arizona, but that’s no longer the case. The Giants have been playing great defense this season and have only gotten better as weeks go on. They are the 4th best defense in the NFL over the last three weeks, and rank top 10 in rushing. I think Kenyan Drake has a tough time on the ground against the Giant’s tough unit, which forces Edmonds on the field a bit more this week. The Giants give up the 12th most fantasy points to RBs, and a lot of that damage has come in the passing game. Edmonds should provide a decent return in Half/Full PPR leagues.
Wide Open Wideouts
Like I mentioned in the RB section, it’s tough to stream WRs because each team typically has 4-6 on their roster. If you’re lucky enough to own any of these players or someone is on the waiver wire, here are a few guys that should get wide open and provide your fantasy team a good day.
Mike Williams vs. Atlanta – The definition of a boom/bust player, Mike Williams has caused an incredible amount of pain and joy at the same time this year. This season Williams has either finished the week inside the top 15, or outside the top 36 – there is no in-between with him. His volume has been consistent, accumulating 5 or more targets each of the last 6 weeks. Atlanta carries the 3rd worst passing defense in the NFL while sporting a top 12 rushing defense. This should force more attempts in the passing game for the Chargers who are looking to bounce back after getting slaughtered by the New England Patriots. A 50 point Over/Under hints at a lot of scoring in this game and with the Chargers as underdogs, they should see an uptick in pass attempts.
Michael Pittman vs. Las Vegas – The rookie came alive a few weeks ago with some productive games, finishing as the WR17 and WR21 in Weeks 10 and 11 respectively. The last two weeks have brought him back to earth finishing outside the Top 50 WRs both weeks. I like Pittman to get back on track this week against the Raiders who rank near the bottom in every passing defense metric. A 51 point Over/Under in this game sets up for a good amount of scoring and Pittman has the talent to turn any given touch into a TD. The Indianapolis defense was considered tops in the league at one point, but over the last 3 weeks has been the 4th worst in terms of yards allowed per game. I expect Carr and the Raiders should be able to move the ball forcing Rivers into higher attempts.
Darnell Mooney vs. Houston – The deep dart throw this week coincides with my streaming QB pick of Trubisky. As mentioned, Houston has been one of the worst passing defenses over the last few weeks but has drastically improved in the running game. On the flip side, the Chicago defense was solid this season, but has been the 2nd worst defense in the entire NFL over the last 3 weeks, and the 3rd worst passing defense over that time, allowing almost 300 yards per game. Deshaun Watson should be able to score in this game forcing more attempts from Trubisky. Mooney has averaged 6 targets per game this season, and I like his chances to grab a chunk play this week against the Houston pass funnel defense.
(Not So) Typical Tight Ends
In the wasteland that is the Tight End position, it’s tough to rely on anybody not named Kelce or Waller. Unfortunately, you’re forced to start someone in your TE slot each week, so here’s a few names that you might not typically feel like starting.
Hayden Hurst vs. LA Chargers –Over the earlier part of the season, Hurst had looked to be turning into a reliable option, but a combined 5 catches for 57 yards in the last three games has quickly dissolved that idea. The Los Angeles Chargers allow the 9th most points to the Tight End position, and the 50 point Over/Under in this game points to a good amount of scoring. Los Angeles has been one of the worst red zone defenses of late, allowing teams to score a TD on 72% of red zone drives. Add in that LA has given up the 5th least fantasy points to WRs this year, Matt Ryan may be forced to look at Hurst in this game.
Noah Fant vs. Carolina – Noah Fant is someone you can plug into the line-up this week and possibly keep him in there for the rest of the season. The schedule opens nicely for Fant going against the Panthers, Bills and Chargers these next three games, and all three of those teams allow top 10 fantasy points to tight ends. Fant has battled injury this season but has seen 6 targets per game, which ranks 6th amongst all tight ends. Carolina does a bit better against wide receivers, ranking 17th in points given up so I can see Lock looking Fant’s way a bit more in this one.
Dalton Schultz vs. Cincinnati – Plus your nose for this one because it has been extremely difficult to play any Dallas Cowboys this year. However, the Bengals allow the 5th most points to the tight end position and we’ve seen several monster games from unheralded players including Evan Engram, Mike Gesicki, Harrison Bryant, and Trey Burton. Schultz has gotten 5.5 targets per game this season including 5 or more in four straight games.
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