Week #14 Sweet Streams
Welcome back to Sweet Streams! Week #14 is upon us and here are two players from each position that I see as good streaming options for this upcoming week.
Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints – Watching the Saints game most fans would look at Taysom Hill and think this guy has no business playing QB in the NFL. While that may be true as a passer, fantasy football incredibly favors QBs who can run, which Hill did successfully last week to the tune of over 100 yards on the ground. He had an abysmal night passing, completing only 46% of his passes and throwing 4 INTs, but the rushing “cheat code” in fantasy allowed Hill to finish as the QB4 on the week. This week’s challenge should be much easier against the New York Jets who seemingly can’t stop even Gardner Minshew. Plus, it seemed RB Alvin Kamara was extremely close to playing last week, putting him on track to come back this week, giving Hill and the offense a bonus.
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings – Cousins feels like the new age Phillip Rivers – the fantasy QB who produces steady year after year but is typically found on most waiver wires throughout the course of the season. While Cousins doesn’t offer the same ceiling as a player like Murray or Allen, he's a great bet each week to finish inside the Top 12 at the position. Coming off another great performance against Detroit, Cousins has now thrown 2+ TDs in 5 straight games and thrown only 1 INT in his last seven games. This week Minnesota hosts the Steelers on Thursday Night who have allowed the 2nd most points to fantasy QBs over the last 2 weeks. They’ve been trending in the wrong direction this season and have gotten lit up recently by QBs Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert. If you’re looking for a reliable option this week, Cousins should finish in the Top 12 once again.
Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints – A major let down in Week 13, Mark Ingram disappointed fantasy owners in a big way last week after Alvin Kamara missed another game. Expected to lead the charge for a 4th straight game, after averaging over 15 points per game in his first three starts, Ingram laid a complete dud with only 12 opportunities and 3.6 fantasy points in PPR leagues. I expect Ingram to bounce back this week taking on the Jets who have been gashed by multiple backs in several games this year. Even with Alvin Kamara back this week, I expect Ingram to still get around 12 touches which could be useful against a porous defense like the Jets. If Kamara sits again, the sky is the limit for Ingram this week.
Darrell Williams, Kansas City Chiefs – Williams was a monster waiver wire pick up earlier in the season once teammate Clyde Edwards-Helaire went down, averaging 17.8 points from Weeks 6-10, the RB4 over that time. Now with Clyde back on the field, Williams isn’t dominating like previously, but is still seeing around 50% of the snaps and opportunities in the offense, splitting close to even with Helaire. This week the Chiefs are monster 9.5-point home favorites against the Raiders, in a game with a 49-point Over/Under, gives Kansas City one of the highest implied team totals this week of 29.5. The Raiders have allowed the Top 5 most fantasy points to RBs across any time frame this season, which means there should be plenty to go around this week for Helaire and Williams. The expected favorable game script plus a beautiful matchup makes Williams, even with a 50% share, a solid play this week.
Deonte Harris, New Orleans Saints – It’s been hard to trust pass catchers in New Orleans this season regardless who’s at QB, but even more so with Taysom Hill under center. He showed his flaws last week against Dallas, but made Harris relevant for 4 catches, 96 yards and a TD. The Jets can’t cover anyone and a deep threat like Harris is a good bet to break loose for a big play or two against their secondary. Harris comes with a basement floor given he’s only on the field for around 40% of snaps, but he’s efficient when he’s on the field ranking 3rd in the NFL in average target separation and 5th in yards per route run. If you need a boom/bust play this week I think Harris provides a really high ceiling against the Jets.
Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals – Kirk has been a bit inconsistent this season, mixing boom and bust games alike, but this week is a matchup too good not to get a piece of. The Cardinals are 3-point home favorites against the Rams in a game with a 52-point Over/Under, tied for highest on the week. With two explosive offenses, this game sets up to provide plenty of fireworks and gives any of these offensive weapons a chance to go off. Kirk has been on the field more than any WR not named Deandre Hopkins and the Rams once vaunted defense, have allowed the 5th most fantasy points to WRs over the last 4 weeks. A high scoring game plus a vulnerable matchup for Kirk should make a nice FLEX play this week.
Noah Fant, Denver Broncos – Coming into the season with high expectations, Noah Fant, as well as all the Denver pass catchers, have severely underwhelmed this season, much due to the inconsistency of QB Teddy Bridgewater. Even with Albert O getting more involved, Fant is still the primary TE option, playing over 75% of snaps in every game this season, and getting at least 4 targets in each contest. Denver is a big home favorite against Detroit who’s been average this season defending tight ends, so a decent chance for Fant to garner another 4-5 targets and possibly turn one into a score.
Evan Engram, New York Giants – I feel Engram has appeared in this article a few times this year to much disappointment, but he’s pulling me back in again this week. Engram has a juicy matchup this week as the Giants are heavy underdogs on the road against the LA Chargers, meaning the game script should lead to significant volume for the Giants’ passing game. Reports mention Jake Fromm is slated to make his first start this week, which is never good when a 3rd string QB comes in, but a tight end tends to be the safety blanket for inexperienced QBs. The Chargers give up the 6th most fantasy points to tight ends this year, and Engram has gotten 5+ targets in each of the last three weeks, making him a decent stream in Week 14.
Sweet Streams y’all and as always, stay true.
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