Hello everyone and welcome to Week 14 of the Streamer Report. It’s the most wonderful time of the year right now. No, not the weeks leading up to Christmas, but the Fantasy Playoffs, where life separates the men from the boys. We’ll be taking a look at the best streaming options this week for Quarterbacks, Tight Ends, as well as the best option for kickers and defenses.
- Ryan Tannehill (TEN): Who knew that football players could be successful, as long as they don’t play for the Miami Dolphins? South Florida slander aside, Ryan Tannehill has looked rejuvenated as can be, providing a spark for the Tennessee Titans offense since taking over for Marcus Mariota in Week 7. This week he’s going up against the Oakland Raiders and while it’s on the road at the Black Hole, the Raiders defense ranks 29th against vs QB’s, 24th against the pass and they give up an average of 21 points to opposing Quarterbacks. As the Raiders and Titans both fight for a playoff berth, Tannehill has the potential to continue his production, as he ranks 5th in fantasy points per game with 21 since taking over as the Titans signal-caller. Only Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, Aaron Rodgers and Dak Prescott have averaged more points.
- Sam Darnold (NYJ): Throw out his abysmal performance where the whole team underperformed against the winless Cincinnati Bengals last week. Since he returned from his mono scare, Darnold has been a reliable QB option on the waiver wire. Monitor his health going into this matchup, as he was banged up towards the end of the Bengals game. If healthy, he’ll look to beat up on the Miami Dolphins at home. This Jets team is hot and cold at weird times, and they’re capable of putting up points when it matters, as evident versus the Cowboys and Raiders. The last three weeks before the Bengals nightmare resulted in Darnold going for 31, 33, and 23 fantasy points against the Giants, Redskins and Raiders. Look for him to continue this production at home versus the ‘Fins.
- Jack Doyle (IND): The tight end position has historically been a bummer, and like years past, it’s been very top-heavy this season. We all long for the days where Jimmy Graham, Travis Kelce, and Rob Gronkowski were all in their primes, and guys like Greg Olsen and Tony Gonzalez were towards the back end of their careers but still producing. Anyways, this week, look towards the option of streaming Jack Doyle. Because Eric Ebron is out for the remainder of the year, Jacoby Brissett used Doyle against the Titans in a big way, as Doyle caught 6 passes on 11 targets for 73 yards and a score. That’s a season-high for targets as he ran for a season-high 40 routes. He also played over 90% of snaps for the first time all year, and got a team-high 3 red-zone targets. His building big trust (or as Mark Ingram calls it, “BIG TRUSS”) with Brissett, and now Doyle will line up against the Buccaneers defense on Sunday, a team that is allowing the 4th-most yards and fantasy points per game to Tight Ends.
- Ka’imi Fairbairn (HOU): Fairbairn made all four of his extra points in a win back on Sunday Night against the New England Patriots. The good news is that they were able to score and get a lot of offense on the New England Patriots. This week against the Denver Broncos at home, they’re going up against an elite defense. If Watson and Co. can’t put the ball in the endzone, look for them to get a lot of production out of Fairbairn. The Broncos D ranks 30th against kickers, giving up an average of 9 points per week.
- Indianapolis Colts: If you’re a Defense going up against Tampa Bay, you’re licking your chops for Jameis Winston and his turnovers. The tendency to throw picks brings up the value of most defenses playing Tampa Bay. Last week against the Titans, the Colts got to Tannehill 6 times and forced 2 fumbles. This week against Tampa, with their average offensive line and Winston’s issues not throwing the ball away, the Colts could be in for a good defensive performance. The Bucs rank 28th against defenses in fantasy, giving up an average of 10 points per week up to this point.
- Cleveland Browns: It’s been an up and down year to this point in the Dawg Pound, but the Browns certainly are looking to end things this year on a high note, similarly to the situation they were in last year. Going against the Cincinnati Bengals at home will provide them with an excellent opportunity to have a good defensive day. Yes, they’re playing Andy Dalton who is a better option than Ryan Finley, but the Bengals are ranked 29th against the D, and by giving up an average of 11 points to defenses with virtually no offensive line, the Browns are a solid and legitimate streaming option this week.
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