Week #13 Sweet Streams
Welcome back to Sweet Streams! Week #13 is upon us and here are two players from each position that I see as good streaming options for this upcoming week.
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings – This week the Vikings travel to Detroit who have surrendered fantasy goodness to QBs all year long; even Andy Dalton this past week posted a usable game. Over the last 4 weeks Cousins has passed for 2+ TDs in each game with only 1 INT over the 4 games combined. Minnesota is a 7-point favorite with an implied team total of 26 points, which should give Cousins plenty of scoring opportunities, especially with star RB Dalvin Cook sidelined a few weeks. Cousins doesn’t provide the ceiling of a Top 3 finish, but should be a safe bet to finish inside the Top 10 this week.
Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints – Early reports this week claim Hill has been taking the first team reps in practice while Trevor Seimian has worked mostly with the backups. This signifies a change coming for New Orleans at the QB position, and a player like Hill provides the rushing floor that helps provide QBs high floors and ceiling potential. A tough matchup this week against Dallas should lead to a heavy dose of the ball in Hill’s hands, especially if Alvin Kamara sits another week. In the 4 games Hill started last season, he averaged 21.5 fantasy points per game with double digit rushing attempts and 2+ rushing scores in multiple games. If Hill is designated as the official starter this week, I would not hesitate to throw him in the lineup this week.
Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles – Even with Miles Sanders returning to the line-up recently, Boston Scott has still gotten a good chunk of work for the Eagles’ backfield, recently receiving 18 opportunities in their Week 12 loss to the Giants. Jordan Howard is set to miss time, which leaves Scott and Sanders as the only 2 viable RBs in the Philly backfield. This week the Eagles are 6.5-point road favorites against the New York Jets, who allow by far the most fantasy points to RBs this season. This could be a game where both Sanders and Scott finish inside the Top 24 so don’t be afraid to roll Scott into the FLEX if needed.
Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings – This one seems obvious with Dalvin Cook expected to miss a few weeks with a shoulder injury. Mattison is most likely rostered in most leagues, but double check the waiver wire to see if he was dropped once Cook had been back the last few weeks. The Vikings play Detroit this week who has allowed the 4th most fantasy points to RBs this season, and Mattison has done an admirable job filling in already this season for Cook. In the 2 games he started this season, Mattison received 32+ opportunities in both games and finished as the RB7 and the RB9 in those games. Mattison should be a plug and play RB this week for anyone who has him and should easily be the #1 waiver wire target this week if available.
Kendrick Bourne, New England Patriots – Bourne is a player with a scary-low floor given how little he’s on the field – about 50% of the snaps over the last 4 weeks but has shown to be one of Mac’s favorite targets while he’s on the field. Even with such low snap counts, Bourne has gotten 4+ targets in 6 straight games and showed his explosiveness in Week 10 against Cleveland and this past week against Tennessee, where he finished as the WR5 and WR4 in each game respectively. This week the Patriots face one of their toughest tests, on the road against Buffalo. With an explosive offense such as Buffalo, I expect more to be needed from Mac Jones this week which should give Bourne a few extra opportunities to make an explosive play.
Deandre Carter, Washington Football Team – Carter has become much more involved in the Washington offense of late, playing over 67% of the snaps in the last 4 weeks. He’s an explosive speedster who adds a bonus in the return game and has scored 8+ fantasy points in that time frame. Washington is a 2-point underdog against Las Vegas who’s given up the 5th most fantasy points to Wide Receivers over the last 2 weeks. Two teams seemingly headed in different directions, Washington has been on the rise since their bye week while Vegas has taken a nose-dive since the departure of Jon Gruden. I like Carter as a dart-throw this week in a game Washington should win.
Ryan Griffin, New York Jets – Quite a desperation play here, the matchup says any Tight End against the Eagles should have a solid day so Griffin makes the list. Griffin has gotten 4+ targets and 3+ catches each of the last 3 games he’s started and as mentioned, the Eagles allow by far the most points to Tight Ends, getting cooked by everyone except Evan Engram. If you’re desperate this week, Griffin has a decent shot at a productive day.
Tyler Conklin, Minnesota Vikings – The 3rd Viking to appear this week, Conklin gets a favorable matchup against the Lions. Two disappointing games in a row probably has fantasy managers looking for other options, but that’s the normal ebbs and flows of any Tight End outside of Travis Kelce. Conklin is still the primary Tight End, playing 80%+ of snaps for a 6th straight week, and has proven to be a red zone threat this season and there should be plenty of opportunities for scoring against Detroit.
Sweet Streams y’all and as always, stay true.
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