Last week’s QB streaming options was a bit of the good, the bad and the ugly. Mitchell Trubisky was the best call of the week, currently sitting as the #5 QB on the week heading into Monday night. This was a weird week for QBs, seeing guys like Trubisky, Tua Tagovailoa, Derek Carr and Drew Lock all finish inside the top 5 for the week (just like everyone drew it up right?). Trubisky took advantage of the Houston defense, passing for 267 yards and 3 touchdowns, adding another 23 yards on the ground. Kirk Cousins was the “bad” currently sitting as the QB14 on the week. His performance didn’t sink you, but I thought we would get a bit more out of Cousins against a mediocre Tampa Bay pass defense. Mike Glennon was damn sure ugly, getting benched mid-way through the game for Gardner Minshew. I mentioned looking at Glennon for the purpose of 2QB or Superflex leagues, but even in that case he sunk you this week.
Week 15 Quarterback Streamers:
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders – Carr has given fantasy owners joy and frustration all the same this year. Believe me I know – I started him a few weeks ago at Atlanta where he put up a whopping 1 point. However, over the last two weeks Carr has been absolutely on fire, finishing as the QB1 and QB3 in back to back weeks. I’m going to stay in the flames and believe Carr gets it done again this week, taking on the Los Angeles Chargers at home in a game with a 54 point Over/Under, highest on the slate this week. The Chargers give up the 6th most fantasy points to QBs this year and I expect Carr to have to air it out this week to keep up with Justin Herbert. The Raiders defense is one of the worst in the league in yards and scoring, so we should see great fantasy days out of both QBs.
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles – After banging their heads against the wall all season, the Eagles finally decided to give the rookie a shot to start and boy did he deliver. Currently the QB11 on the week, Hurts didn’t do a ton of damage through the air but was able to provide 18 carries for 106 yards on the ground. As we know, QBs who can run tip the scales in a big way for fantasy football. Oh, by the way this performance came against one of the premier defenses in the NFL. The Eagles have already announced Hurts will start at QB in Week 15 where he takes on the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals defense has had great weeks this year, but have struggled against mobile QBs such as Teddy Bridgewater, Russell Wilson, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Allen. Arizona has locked down passing attacks lately, allowing only 165 yards per game over the last three weeks. However, Hurts gets his value from his rushing ability, so the passing defense doesn’t scare me off too much.
Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers – While he hasn’t had any complete meltdowns this season, Teddy has been hot and cold finishing under 20 points 6 times this season, and over 20 five times. Typically, the good Bridgewater games have come in high scoring affairs and taking on the Green Bay Packers this week leads us to believe that will be the case again. Green Bay sports one of the best offenses in the league, and the Carolina defense hasn’t been terrible this season, but hasn’t been good either. Green Bay is an 8.5 home favorite with an Over/Under of 51 points, which means we should see plenty of the game with the Panthers trying to catch up with Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay has been a tough matchup for QBs this season, but I think Teddy will have enough volume this week to provide a solid floor.
Running Back Rampage
The RB streamers from last week were a bit disappointing. Chase Edmonds had a solid outing currently sitting at the RB25 for the week. He did most of his damage in the passing game, hauling in 4 passes and garnering 53 total yards. Jamaal Williams and Gio Bernard both stunk and I’m shocked neither one had anything decent. Both matchups looked promising on paper and neither RB was able to deliver. Williams was given 10 carries which was nice but got ZERO looks in the passing game. Typically, a good bet for a few targets a game, this is the 3rd time this season Williams was given zero targets. Gio came out of the gate cold and gave up tons of work to RB mates Samaje Perine and Trayveon Williams. After fumbling early in the game, it was clear the coaches wanted the other 2 backs to get involved, given Gio only got 3 carries and 3 receptions in this game.
Week 15 Running Back Streamers
Jeff Wilson, San Francisco 49ers – The Shannahan backfield is always un-predictable but against a porous Dallas run defense this week there’s a good chance at solid fantasy production from this unit. Tevin Coleman has been a non-factor leaving a near 50-50 split between Mostert and Wilson the last few weeks. Wilson received 14 opportunities and mustered a decent 11.3 PPR points against a stout Washington defense. There should be much more room to run this week as Dallas has given up 162 rushing yards per game this season, 192 per game over their last three, and even though the production didn’t go to Gio, they still gave up over 100 yards to one of the worst rushing offenses last week against Cincinnati. Wilson leads the 49ers with 17 carries inside the red zone so always a decent chance for a score if they get there.
Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills – The Bills travel to Denver this week where they are a 6 point road favorite in a game with a 50 point Over/Under, leading to believe there should be plenty of scoring on the Bills side with an implied team total of 28 points. The Denver Broncos have been horrendous stopping the run this year, allowing 132 rush yards per game on the season and 162 yards over their last three games. While Singletary has split the backfield with Zach Moss this season, Singletary has been given far more opportunity with his snaps, out touching Moss 167-96.
Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens – The future of the Baltimore backfield runs through the second rookie J.K. Dobbins, but this season has been an RBBC as much as possible for the Ravens. Gus Edwards offers better value in standard and half PPR leagues but has been a consistent option for owners this season across the board. It’s no secret the Ravens impose the league’s best running game and in Week 15 they host the Jacksonville Jaguars as a humungous 13-point favorite. Jacksonville is Dallas level bad, allowing 145 yards per game on the ground this season, and 200 per game over the last three. Mark Ingram has just about been phased out and Justice Hill serves as the third down back (shouldn’t be needed much this week), which should give Dobbins and Edwards plenty of opportunities to run the ball with a big lead and trim the committee to at least these two.
Wide Open Wide Receivers
Last week’s wide receiver streams weren’t as successful as I wanted to see. Mike Williams left early with an injury so hard to count him one way or the other. Injuries are part of the game. Darnell Mooney had a decent showing, scoring a TD and providing 10.70 PPR points. Trubisky had himself a great day so I’m surprised Mooney didn’t get in on more of the action. He finished as the WR40 on the week. Michael Pittman had a down week as T.Y. Hilton continued to look like the younger version of himself. It seems the alpha in the Colts’ WR corp. has shifted back to Hilton, gathering 23 targets over the last three weeks. Phillip Rivers only attempted 28 passes this game as the Colts rolled over the Raiders.
Week 15 Wide Receiver Streamers
Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos – Patrick has filled in nicely this season for Courtland Sutton, who tore his ACL very early in the season. Patrick is the WR33 since Week 3 this season and has exceeded double digit PPR points in every one of those games except two. One being the debacle against the Saints where they literally suited up a practice squad WR at QB. The other was the blizzard game against Kansas City, which Patrick still managed a respectable 3-44 line. Denver hosts Buffalo this week in a game with a decent Over/Under (50) and the Broncos 6-point dogs, meaning there should be plenty of catch-up from the Broncos offense. Buffalo has been the #2 run defense in the NFL over the last three weeks, allowing only 69 yards per game, but have been near the bottom allowing 261 passing yards per contest. The Broncos offense has been serviceable recently and gives Tim Patrick a good shot at a touchdown as well.
Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons – The Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay match-up points to high volume from Matt Ryan and the passing offense. The game carries a 50 point Over/Under, and Tampa Bay is a 5.5-point road favorite. As I broke down last week the Tampa Bay defense has been one of the best this season against the run, but has been vulnerable against passing attacks, allowing a league worst 335 passing yards per game over the last three weeks. Falcons coach Raheem Morris hinted yesterday they may shut down Julio Jones for the remainder of the season. With Jones out, Matt Ryan will have to pass the ball to someone other than Calvin Ridley. Russell Gage should garner a decent amount of targets this week and continue to provide solid PPR outputs like he has the last two weeks.
Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals – The Bengals offense has been a disaster since Joe Burrow suffered a major knee injury a few weeks ago. Many owners, like myself, probably dropped or have been benching the Bengals’ pass catchers over the last few weeks, and surprisingly Tee Higgins has still been a solid option. He’s averaging close to 8 targets per game over the last 4 weeks and while the stat lines haven’t popped, he’s been consistent with 5 catches in three straight weeks. The Bengals take on the Steelers at home this week as heavy underdogs, so expect a lot of catch up on the Bengals side. While the Pittsburgh defense has been incredible this season, they’re only middle of the pack giving up fantasy points to wide receivers. I think you can rely on Higgins as a high floor option this week and expect 7-8 targets.
(Not So) Typical Tight Ends
Tight End has been such a tough position this year outside of the typical elite options. Noah Fant got hurt in last week’s game so hard to count him. Dalton Schultz had an average day, providing 6.4 PPR points and finishing as the TE25 on the week. TE25 might seem like a terrible finish, but there’s only a handful of points that separate the middle and bottom tier of tight ends. Hayden Hurst has been awful without Julio Jones this season and Jones’ status was up in the air earlier last week.
Week 15 Tight End Streamers
Evan Engram, New York Giants – Extremely hot and cold this season, Engram has been given 8+ targets in seven games this season, and less than 8 in six games. I love the Cleveland DST as a streaming option this week, but they allow the 2nd most fantasy points to tight ends. They’ve given up double digit finishes all season long and they allow 250 passing yards per game, 20th in the NFL. The Browns are 4-point road favorites this week, but I expect a close game, given the Browns are 0-6 against the spread over these last two seasons as a road favorite and the Giants are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games. Don’t be surprised at a Giants upset this week.
Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears – Tight end is a position that typically takes players a bit longer to adjust than others, but rookie Cole Kmet has come along nicely the last few weeks. He has become more incorporated in the offense, gathering 7 targets a piece each of the last two games. He seems to have overtaken Jimmy Graham as the Bears starting Tight End, leading the group in snaps in each of their last four games. This week the Bears take on Minnesota who have been middle of the pack against tight ends. The Bears offense has been a bit rejuvenated with Trubisky back under center, eclipsing 30 points in the last two weeks. I think Kmet gets another 6-7 targets this week and can be relied on in fantasy lineups.
Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams – This is another deep shot for any tight end needy teams. Like last season, the Los Angeles Rams have shifted their offensive philosophy, putting out more 2 tight end sets. They run 12 personnel 22% of the time this year, which is one of the higher marks in the league. The Rams are a heavy (17 point) home favorite against the Jets and should be able to score at will against New York. I expect continued success for recent rookie stand out Cam Akers, but the Jets give up the most fantasy points to Tight Ends this year, and with more opportunity on the field, I think Higbee puts up a respectable line this week.
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