Week #15 Sweet Streams
Welcome back to Sweet Streams! Week #15 is upon us and here are two players from each position that I see as good streaming options for this upcoming week.
Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins – Widely considered a bust after his rookie year, Tua has played respectable football this season and has the Miami Dolphins right in the thick of the AFC playoff picture. Not only has Tua done enough in real life to give the Dolphins success, but he has also been a stream able option so far this season. In the 8 complete games Tua played this season, he’s averaged over 18 fantasy points per game this year, which would rank him as the QB13 on the season. He’s proven to be a very matchup dependent QB thus far, with his worst games of the season coming against top tier defenses like Buffalo, Baltimore, and Carolina. In his favorable matchups this season, he’s delivered solid QB1 numbers for fantasy owners, and this week the Dolphins are 8.5-point home favorites against the lowly Jets. The Jets are allowing the 5th most fantasy points to QBs this season, and the fact Miami has a ton of RBs on the COVID list currently, should potentially lead to higher passing volume for Tua this week.
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers – Similar to Tua, Jimmy G has been a solid, steady streaming option this season that provides a decent floor but most likely won’t give you top 3 potential at the position. He’s been above 15 fantasy points in 6 of his last 7 games and it’s hard not to like him when he’s got weapons like Kittle, Deebo and Aiyuk who can take it to the house on any given play. The 49ers struggled to run the ball this past week with Elijah Mitchell sidelined, which led to 41 pass attempts for Jimmy G, his highest of the season. With Mitchell’s status still unclear for this week, another missed game for the RB could lead to another 35+ attempts for Jimmy. The 49ers are 9.5-point home favorites carrying the 5th highest implied total this week against Atlanta, who surrenders the 2nd most points to QBs on the season. The volume and matchup should be there for Jimmy to give you a usable week in your fantasy playoffs.
Malcom Brown/Duke Johnson, Miami Dolphins – This spot is simply dedicated to whatever Miami RB ends up healthy enough to suit up this week. Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed have recently gone to the COVID list, leaving a giant hole at RB for the Dolphins. Just in time, there have been positive reports about Malcom Brown coming back from IR and potentially suiting up this week. The Dolphins have also recently signed free agent Duke Johnson, given the sudden need, which means one of these 2 players is most likely to be the primary RB for Miami this week. Normally I would advise to avoid this situation altogether, but a juicy matchup against the Jets can’t be ignored. The Jets allow by far the most points to the RB position this season and have yet to stop just about any RB they’ve faced. The Dolphins are heavy home favorites this week which should provide a positive game script for Miami and their 25-point implied total means plenty of scoring opportunities. If Brown is active this week, he would be my first choice, but if he is unable to go, Duke Johnson could be the guy in Miami this week, making him a FLEX worthy start.
D’Ernest Johnson, Cleveland Browns – Johnson has been solid when called upon to shoulder the load this season, and while Nick Chubb is healthy and still expected to get most of the work, I think Johnson can provide double digit touches this week giving him a shot at useable production. The RB landscape has been a mess lately and owners could do a lot worse than Johnson. Kareem Hunt isn’t expected to play in Week 15, and the Browns have a great matchup against the spiraling Raiders, who allow the 3rd most points to RBs this season, seeing their average points against climb higher as the season has gone on. While I don’t expect Johnson to accumulate Hunt’s entire role, we know the Browns like to employ 2 backs on game day. The Browns are 3-point home favorites in a game with a low Over/Under, which should provide a favorable game script for their running game.
DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins – In and out of the lineup this season, Parker has unfortunately missed more games than he’s played this season but has been extremely solid when he’s out there. He’s gotten at least 5 targets in every game this season, and 7+ targets in 6 of 7 games. As I highlighted with Tua and the RBs, the Jets matchup this week is tasty as they’ve been weak defending just about everything this season. Parker should be healthy and well rested coming out of the bye and should assume his normal workload. 7+ targets against the Jets this week should lead to a real productive day for Parker.
Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons – Coming into the season Gage was an offseason favorite of the industry, with everyone assuming a massive bump in volume from the departure of Julio Jones. A goose egg Week 1, followed by a multi week injury in Week 2, left Gage on the waiver wire for a good portion of this season. However, he’s gotten back on track these last few weeks, giving managers double digits fantasy points in 6 of the last 7 games he’s played. The basement level floor still exists with Gage, evidence by his goose egg again in Week 10, but the upside has shown these last few weeks, as Gage ranks as the WR13 over the last 4 weeks. Atlanta travels to San Fran as a huge underdog, most likely leading to high passing volume, against a 49ers defense that allows the 4th most fantasy points to WRs over the last 4 weeks. Their secondary has been extremely banged up, and I expect Gage to get significant work this week, making him a solid WR2.
Ricky Seals Jones, Washington Football Team – With teammate Logan Thomas shelved for the season, managers expected big things from Seals Jones as the primary TE in the offense. When Thomas went out earlier in the season, Seals Jones filled in quite nicely, finishing the TE8 from Weeks 5-7. Another solo opportunity for Seals Jones this past week against Dallas turned out to be a major disappointment as Washington got completely rolled, and RSJ gave managers only 1 catch for 8 yards. Don’t bail on RSJ just yet; I think he’s in a great spot this week to bounce back against the Eagles who have allowed by far the most points to the TE position. He’s gotten at least 4 targets in the last 7 games he’s played and saw an average of 7 targets per game earlier this season when Thomas was out. Even if he only gets 4-5 targets this week, it should be enough to take advantage of Philly.
David Njoku, Cleveland Browns – The Cleveland offense has been disappointment and success at the same time for their tight ends this season. Cleveland’s tight ends have a 30% market share this season, #1 in the NFL, which would be great if they had a primary option getting those looks. Unfortunately, the targets have been well spread out amongst Austin Hooper, David Njoku and Harrison Bryant this season, making none of them useable in fantasy on a consistent basis. Last week was a different story, as Njoku and Bryant missed the game, leaving Hooper as the lone man standing, where he finished as the TE5 on the week. As Njoku comes off the COVID list this week, a recent wave of COVID has landed Hooper on the list, and Bryant hasn’t practiced yet this week. If Njoku winds up as the lone man this week, he should provide another top 5 finish at the position, especially considering their favorable matchup against Las Vegas, who gives up the 2nd most points to TEs this season.
Sweet Streams y’all and as always, stay true.
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