Week 10 was a mixed bag for streaming. Joe Flacco and the Baltimore DST came through, Will Tye was startable. Meanwhile Jay Cutler (oh…my…god), Lance Kedricks and the Chargers DST disappointed. Such is life when you’re playing the streaming game. On to week 11…
Colin Kaepernick, SF
Don’t look now but Kaepernick is becoming a viable fantasy option again. Since taking over as the starter in week 6 he’s posted 18.08, 15.12, 23.22, and 23.9 fantasy points. This week he gets a New England defense at home ranked in the bottom half against QBs. He’s rushed for at least 55 yards in 3 of his 4 games which gives him a nice floor. He’s looked more comfortable throwing the ball with each passing week as well.
Alex Smith, KC
Smith has underwhelmed in some great matchups this year but in a week that doesn’t offer much in the way of streaming he is a viable option against a Tampa Bay defense that is one of the worst against QBs. In the three games Smith has played at home he’s scored 31.02, 13.18 and 17.26 fantasy points. He’s also thrown for at least 237 yards and 2 touchdowns in two of those games. The Chiefs are 9 points favorites at home and typically QBs perform better at home as big favorites. He hasn’t been running as much this season which has lowered his floor but all signs point to him having a good week.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, HOU
Fiedorowicz has some hype behind him as a late season sleeper but is still only owned in 21% of Yahoo leagues. Since moving into the starting lineup in week 4 he’s become Brock Osweilers safety valve. As with a lot of tight ends he’s struggled against the better defenses (MIN 6.1, DEN 3.5, JAX 2.6) but has feasted on the weaker defenses (TEN 10.8, IND 14.5, DET 10.3). Luckily this week he gets an Oakland defense that ranks 8th worst against tight ends. His rest of season schedule is quite good as well with the exception of JAC in week 15. Fire him up with confidence this week and going forward.
Cameron Brate, TB
Brate doesn’t see a high number of weekly targets but he leads Tampa Bay in red zone targets with 12. When streaming a tight end scoring a touchdown can make or break your week and Brate gives you a great chance at a score. The matchup against KC isn’t great but he just scored 21.4 fantasy points agianst a Chicago defense that ranked 8th best against tight ends. He has a lower floor than Fiedorowicz but the chance for a touchdown is there every week.
Miami @ LA Rams
I typically prefer to stream defenses that are at home but this matchup is just too good to pass up. Miami’s defense has really come on of late and they should absolutely be able to shut down a weak Rams running game. That means lots of obvious passing downs which increases the chance for sacks and turnovers. Add in the fact that the Rams cannot score and Miami should have a nice, safe floor. As an added bonus Jared Goff may be making his NFL debut this week. Miami has a great rest of season schedule as well so they are a defense you can hold onto.
NY Giants v Chicago
Jay Cutler just put up one of the worst QB performances in history last week against a weak Tampa Bay defense. He commited 4 turnovers, was sacked 4 times, and if not for a 50 yard hail mary at the end of the first half would have had 0 touchdowns. To make matters worse the Bears’ Alshon Jeffrey will be suspended the next 4 games due to failing a drug test for PEDs. The risk here is that smoking Jay Cutler could show up and throw for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns out of nowhere but I’ll take my chances betting against that. The Giants should be a great streaming option next week as well at Cleveland so you can hold them for two weeks.
Streaming option I missed? Have a question? Let me know in the comments below.