Fantasy Football Streaming
The Fantasy Football playoffs are just a few weeks away and it’s now-or-never for many fantasy teams looking to secure a spot in the postseason. There are no byes in Week 12, so every fantasy owner should have all hands on deck. However, we’ve seen a great number of star players go down with injuries over the last few weeks and many of us have been left scrambling to fill your lineups for the biggest games of the year.
Below are some options that might help fill a void or provide a spark at QB, TE or DST. This list does not include the Thanksgiving Day games. Also, each option is available in over 50% of standard ESPN leagues, and standard scoring rules are referenced.
Baltimore Ravens (29.2%)
As mentioned in the write-up above, volume is the key for streaming options at the quarterback position. This season, only Drew Brees and Blake Bortles have thrown the ball more than Joe Flacco. Moreover, Steve Smith finally looks fully healthy, giving Flacco a full complement of weapons on offense. He also finds himself in what might be a surprisingly favorable matchup: the Cincinnati Bengals are allowing 17.9 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this year – 7th most in the league. Additionally, the Bengals may struggle to move the ball without A.J. Green and Gio Bernard, giving Flacco a great chance to control the game at home.
Miami Dolphins (17.0%)Ryan Tannehill takes on the struggling San Francisco 49ers, who will be making the dreaded west coast to east coast trip. Tannehill gets a juicy matchup against a defense that is giving up 18.3 fantasy points per week to opposing quarterbacks. As if that wasn’t enough, the 49ers will likely be without their best two defensive backs, S Eric Reid (out – torn biceps) and CB Jimmie Ward (questionable -concussion), who were both injured in Week 11. Finally, the emergence of DeVante Parker, who caught 8 passes and a touchdown on 10 targets last weekend, potentially gives Tannehill a big receiver on the outside that he has been sorely lacking.
Houston Texans (34.9%)
Based on the way he has played since the early stages of the season, it is hard to believe that C.J. Fiedorowicz is only owned in about one-third of all fantasy leagues. Since Week 4, Fiedorowicz has been averaging an impressive 7 targets and 4.7 receptions per game, including 3 touchdowns. Over this stretch, he has averaged 8 fantasy points per game, a number which would make most fantasy owners happy, especially ones who find themselves in a pinch this weekend. Furthermore, anybody that watched the Texans play on Monday night could see that Fiedorowicz has become one of Brock Osweiler’s most trusted options as he was targeted a season-high 10 times, catching 6 for 82 yards.
Green Bay Packers (2.8%)
New York Giants (1.8%)
Will Tye makes for an exceptional streaming option this week as he faces the Cleveland Browns who are giving up 11.2 fantasy points per week to tight ends—the most in the entire NFL. Tye has emerged from his early season positional battle with Larry Donnell as the clear victor. Ever since the Giants have come out of their bye three weeks ago, Tye has played on 76.2% of the Giants offensive snaps. He has been targeted a solid 20 times over that stretch and has reeled in 11 catches including 1 touchdown.
Buffalo Bills (44.8%)
vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Tennessee Titans (14.2%)
@ Chicago Bears
While the Tennessee Titans DST has only averaged 5.2 fantasy points per game, they get the pleasure of facing the Chicago Bears who likely be without Jay Cutler (torn labrum), Alshon Jeffery (PED suspension) and Zach Miller (foot). Instead, the Titans will face third-year back-up Matt Barkley, who will be making his first career start. In Week 7, Barkley made his only appearance of the season, going 6-for-15 with 2 interceptions. Look for the Titans, who are allowing just 92.1 yards per game—7th best in the league, to shut down the Bears’ running game and force Barkley to try to beat them through the air.