Streaming on a Team Plan

All my teams are packed

I’m ready to go

I’m standing here waiting for Thursday

I hate to wake you up to say goodbye

But your playoffs are breakin’

It’s early no more

The teams awaiting

He’s blowin his own horn

Already I’m so lonesome atop

I could die (if I lose)

But I’m streaming on a team plan

Don’t know when I’ll ever lose again

Oh babe, I hate to lose

Quarterback

Josh Allen – 30%

I’m sure some of the ownership is due to the dead teams at this point in the season, but Allen has been putting up fantasy points in bunches since coming back from his injury. The injury certainly hasn’t curbed his rushing attempts as he has 22 in his 2 games back so far with 234 yards.

He also threw 2 TDs, along with 2 interceptions, against the Dolphins to put the sugar on top. Not much around him this season and battled injury, but Allen has done more than I expected in his rookie season. He gets the Jets who are in the middle of the pack against the pass, but it’s the rushing base form Allen that I like as a streaming option this week.

Lamar Jackson – 60%

Even more so than Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson’s fantasy relevance is derived from his rushing ability at this point. He’s had at least 70 yards rushing in 3 straight weeks with a total of 54 attempts. I wouldn’t count on much from the passing, but with that kind of rushing yardage and number of carries under center, it’s not a bad streamer for the week.

While traditional QB defensive metrics may not correlate to Lamar, the Chiefs defense has not performed at pretty much any level. They are allowing the 6th most points overall with the 2nd most yards allowed. They are last against the pass and 11th worst against the rush.

On this week’s Ditka, Sausage, and Fantasy Sports podcast, Donkey Teeth and I did a check up on the young QB. We profiled him in the pre-season for our rookie shows, but took a look at his NFL tape so far. #ShamelessPlug

Honorable Mentions: Jameis Winston, Ryan Tannehill, Josh Rosen

Tight End

Jaylen Samuels – 45%

Controversial whether he should be able to start at TE as he will be filling in at RB, but he was drafted as a TE and I am firmly in the camp that position eligibility shouldn’t be removed during the season, only added. He’s eligible at Yahoo and Fantrax, but not ESPN. We’re associated with the great people over at Fantrax so I’m counting it.

While I’m not sure that we see Samuels get the bulk of the work like we have with James Conner, and Le’veon Bell before him, unless you have one of the elite TE options, one has to assume that he will get more touches than any back end TE.

It may be weird to read about running back stats for a tight end recommendation, but here we go. Oakland is allowing the 9th most fantasy points to running backs on the season. Part of which is because they are allowing the most yards by running backs of any team.

Chris Herndon – 50%

The return of Sam Darnold hopefully brings a little spark to the offense and regardless of the quarterback, Herndon has found a place in the offense. He’s been second on the team in target the last 2 weeks with 14, and over the previous 6 weeks is averaging more than 5 targets a game. It’s a low upside offense, but the target share in the offense and the return of Darnold makes Herndon a worthy streaming option.

Honorable Mentions: Jonnu Smith, C.J. Uzomah, Ian Thomas

Defense/Special Teams

Dallas – 49%

The #2 defense in the league for real football purposes. They come in at 14th in fantasy scoring for defenses due to a lack of turnovers, but are a quality defensive unit that I’m comfortable starting this week.

The Cowboys defense is allowing the 2nd fewest points and 5th fewest yards. They are also 5th best in allowed scoring percentage and give up the 6th fewest yards per play. The Eagles have been better passing than throwing, but the Cowboys have been strong against both as they come in at 7th against the pass and 4th vs the rush.

The Eagles offense has not been the unit we remember from last year that scored the 3rd most points. In 2018, they have fallen to the 21st best offense, and have only managed to score more than 30 points once this season. Divisional match-ups can always be tricky, but I feel pretty secure about the Cowboys defense in this one.

Buffalo – 44%

After making the playoffs in 2017, yes, if you forgot, the Bills made the playoffs in 2017, the 2018 Bills season has not been quite as successful sitting at 4-8. There are many reasons for this drop off, but I do not believe the defense is the primary one.

I believe the Bills are an above average defensive unit that has been placed in bad situations all year by the struggling offense. Statistically, the Bills defense comes in middle of the pack with the 18th ranked defense and 15th in points allowed. The Bills have been a middling fantasy defense as well coming in at 21st in points scored, but have created 18 turnovers, which is top half of the league.

In week 14, the Bills defense gets the 7th worst offense in the league. The Jets have the 7th fewest points on the season combined with the 3rd fewest yards. They have the 4th most turnovers of any offense with the 6th worst turnover and scoring percentage. The Jets do get Sam Darnold back this week, but he was there for most of the season with this struggling offense. If you don’t want to take my word on the Bills defense, they are the #1 defense on the Pigskinonator this week.

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Honorable Mentions: Tennessee, Washington, NY Jets

  1. miles proudfoot says:
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    Would you drop any of the following for the for from the WW? I have a bye this week so looking towards weeks 15 and 16.

    WR – Robinson II, Humphries, Godwin, Reynolds
    RB – Carson, Coleman, Richard
    TE – Engram

    WW – KDrake, AJeffrey, Coutee, JBrown

    Thanks!

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @miles proudfoot: I would drop Reynolds for Alshon. I’d also let go of Richard for Drake.

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @B_Don: thanks! Was thinking that, needed the assurance. What do you think about Houston d (jets and Philly) or Jax (wash and Miami) for weeks 15 and 16?

        • B_Don

          B_Don says:
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          @miles proudfoot: I think this is probably more assurance after watching the game last night, but Houston.

  2. mike says:
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    Need some flex help: Have to choose from Fitz, Josh Gordon, Jared Cook, or Jordan Howard (keeping in mind I am already starting Tarik Cohen). 1/2 point PPR. Any gut feelings beyond the rankings?

    • B_Don

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      @mike: I’d rule out Jared Cook of this group. Projections probably like Fitz, but just feels like there’s not the upside with that play. If you feel confident in the rest of your lineup, I’d go with Howard because he’s pretty assured to get some work and likely the goal line touches. Or Josh Gordon is my gut call.

  3. Fundle Bundle Life says:
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    late week OBJ rule out complicates things here, have these starting:
    QB wentz (but allen is possible start maybe)
    RB (2) chubb, barkley
    WR (2) k.allen, shepard (i’m guessing this becomes easy with him for WR #2 here, he’s always done well when OBJ is out, usually HAD done well (till just lately) when engram was out)
    TE (1) brate, herndon
    util (1) options:
    – richard,
    – barber (@ NO horrible matchup should be million passing yards game for TB),
    – jeffery (horrible matchup, been horrible since tate steals so many targets now),
    – a.miller (pretty good matchup, LAR 13th vs WR #2, 21st vs WR #1’s, 27th vs other WR depending on how miller is used),
    – j.jackson (good matchup, but worried ekeler might get enough to make this not the play)
    – coleman (good matchup, but ATL’s offense has been horrible for at least 3 weeks now, GB 27th rush D)

    1. wentz @ DAL (bad matchup), or j.allen vs NYJ (great one)
    2. best flex?

    • Fundle Bundle Life says:
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      @Fundle Bundle Life: richard vs PIT would seem like good game script but PIT is 6th vs RB receiving, which is what richard is more likely to get. in case richard were to be used as a standard rusher though PIT is 10th for rushing D.

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @Fundle Bundle Life: I think the play is actually Allen with his base of rushing yards that he’s shown since coming back. He’s been running like crazy.

      Flex for me is Justin Jackson with Melvin out. He’ll split with Ekeler, but confident in the matchup and Ekeler is a bigger part of the plan when melvin comes back and expect him to get some rest in a blow out game script. Game script is always iffy, but the Bengals have been horrid. Tevin would be my 2nd chioce.

      • Fundle Bundle Life says:
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        @B_Don: allen/wentz back to back ranked at FP’s top 30 for QB’s, closer than i’d thought. meanwhile rudy has him 10th to wentz’s 22nd so this looks easy actually. jackson also highest ranked, what IS weird is that for SOOO many weeks shepard hadn’t been adjusted (was TOO high) but this week he’s far too low, even after i only left in the rankers that put in ranks today, not earlier (OBJ ruled out late).

        somebody just dropped baldwin in this league, who’s my drop for tuesday’s waivers (we aren’t locked if eliminated here, final standings means nothing for draft slot, so i try to win all weeks and there’s no reason not to)

        • Fundle Bundle Life says:
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          @Fundle Bundle Life: a.miller might be a candidate or herndon (NYJ earlier in year could support HIM but mostly nobody else for catches, now maybe only r.anderson, who is their most talented guy, but he appeared to be hurt nearly all year till lately)

  4. Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins) says:
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    12 team dynasty standard, start 3 WR, no flex. have hilton, AB and the 2 thomas’, trying to improve on the old one. also have kirk in an IR slot. drop DT for any of: coutee, crowder, samuel, zay jones, reynolds?

  5. Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins) says:
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    DEN or JAX for next week, was loving DEN but now harris-less and SF tore them up pretty well in yards.

    DEN vs CLE
    @ OAK

    JAX vs WAS
    @ MIA

    i could include ATL vs ARI next week but i’m not dropping an actually good D for a shit one just due to matchup in playoffs. it’s not like DEN or JAX have bad matchups either.

    2. different league than above, have these options (this one below a dynasty as well, and the D’s score quite a bit lower than above)
    JAX (already have) vs WAS
    BUF vs DET
    TEN @ NYG

      • Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins) says:
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        @B_Don: so wouldn’t the answer in #1 be JAX as well
        in #1 i have DEN, in #2 i have JAX.
        or it could just be DEN > JAX > BUF > TEN

          • Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins) says:
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            @B_Don: i could certainly drop herndon (backup to brate) to attempt obtaining JAX in #1. was trying to get crowder or another WR outside of that for herndon’s spot, options were: crowder, baldwin (recently dropped). my WR #2/flex options are jeffery (shepard goes back to bench with OBJ likely back), a.miller, barber, coleman, jackson (he’s an easy start if melgor stays out and at least we’ll know that early in week thurs), richard.

  6. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    12 team redraft standardish (.2 PPR, so close to). keep 6. going into this year my keepers were fairly easy (drake, jeffery, ertz, howard, mccoy, julio), now even with JJSS and probably michel joining the list still a lot of guys weaker than their expected value a few months ago (howard, mccoy (we knew this one going into year probably, jeffery maybe (maybe not when tate goes away) drake not being used properly due to MIA’s idiot disease). max 6 RB and WR here is why the multiple QB’s.
    QB (1) wentz, keenum, l-jax
    RB (2) michel, adams, mccoy, howard, j.jackson, drake
    WR (2) julio, JJSS, funchess, t.smith, MVS, jeffery
    TE (1) ertz, herndon
    3 R/W/T utils
    t.smith barely used (again, and this time for much longer), MVS’s value appears low this year, funchess’ back thing is keeping him from targets now as well. drop all/any of those 3 for what order of: r.anderson (i owned earlier, but he finally seems healthy), crowder (same, but even more hurt for longer), z.jones, doctson, ellington, TT (TEN), roberts, ateman, conley, mckenzie (i hear he might be used as a RB if ivory is out along with mccoy), d-ham (DEN)

  7. The Harrow says:
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    SOB! wentz ruled out (likely) about 6 hours ago, i got blocked to dak attack. good work on that guy’s part for being at internet during that time.
    QB wentz/j.allen (did start him over wentz last week, it was near wash)
    RB (2) barkley, chubb, coleman, jackson (hoping melgor is ruled out so i can flex him), richard, barber
    WR (2) k.allen, jeffery (gotta think is a bench again now with foles), shepard (hoping OBJ misses another, but that’s not likely), crowder, baldwin (these 2 recently obtained)
    TE (1) brate
    1 flex
    1. start which WR along with k.allen? (clearly this is jeffery IF wentz plays, or shepard IF OBJ is out)
    2. l.jax or j.allen this week? or carr (can’t believe his name just got typed here)

  8. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    12 team standard, sounds like i lost wentz this week. j.allen out there to nab, but i gotta likely drop 2 if i want to secure him since wentz probably won’t be ruled out till late (sunday night game, if i’m lucky he gets ruled out earlier, but i can’t assume that). dynasty here
    QB wentz
    RB (1) AAron jones, michel, howard, drake, mack (mack’s probably the drop for breida if healthy but even breida doesn’t play till mid day sunday)
    WR (2) thielen, nuke, MT, hilton, jeffery
    TE (1) samuels (RB), cook
    1 WR/TE flex
    1 RB/WR flex (and due to it being standard this is mostly always a RB, EXCEPT for what hilton has been doing lately)
    IR (5) breida

    so to get j.allen i’d have to drop 2 people, OR just wait and hope wentz gets ruled out before noon games on sunday (when allen plays) and also hope nobody picks him up before then, which is likely or they already would’ve for the most part. one possible thing is to drop samuels late in week (so nobody else can use him this week) and somebody else. but a starting RB in TE slot seems too good to pass up (even though cook did better than samuels last week due to ridley vulturing)

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