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Fantasy Football Streaming Targets: Week 12

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fantasy-football-streamingThe 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.

QUARTERBACK

Joe Flacco

Baltimore Ravens (29.2%)

Joe FlaccoAs 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.

Ryan Tannehill

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.

TIGHT END

C.J. Fiedorowicz

Houston Texans (34.9%)

C.J. FiedorowiczBased 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.

Jared Cook

Green Bay Packers (2.8%)

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Sunday night was an eventful evening for Jared Cook as he returned to the lineup for the first time since Week 3.  Over the course of the game, Aaron Rodgers targeted him 11 times, which led to 6 completions for 105 yards and a touchdown.  Unfortunately, Cook clearly raised the ire of his quarterback a handful of times, including one instance where he broke off his route too early on what would have been a sure-fire touchdown.  Cook draws a tough matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12, but if he can get on the same page as Rodgers, another big performance is certainly possible.

Will Tye

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.

DEFENSE

Buffalo Bills (44.8%)

vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Buffalo Bills DST has flown under the radar this year, but they are undoubtedly having a solid fantasy season.  Through Week 11, they are averaging 9.6 fantasy points per game, which is 5th best in the NFL.  Their scoring output is buoyed by their 31 sacks, which is tied for the league lead with the Seattle Seahawks.  What makes this an even better match-up is the team that’s coming to town: the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Jags have turned the ball over a league-leading 22 times, including 13 interceptions thrown by Blake Bortles.  If the Bills can get the same pressure on the quarterback that they have been getting, look for the Jags to turn the ball over more than once, resulting in a big day for the Buffalo DST.

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.

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Matthew Russo

Matt Russo has been playing fantasy football for well over 10 seasons and has a special affinity for dynasty and keeper league formats. You can also find him playing plenty of low-stakes action all across the DFS industry in both football and baseball. Matt played college football at Tufts University, a small Division III school near Boston, and was the starting quarterback there for two seasons. Since his playing days, he has become a practicing attorney in the western Massachusetts area where he currently lives with his wife and an autographed picture of his hero – Tom Brady.

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