Sometimes when you stream, you get House of Cards season 1, but sometimes you get Fuller House. We hope that our rosters are set at this point in the season, but injuries and bad match-ups happen and you may be scrambling around looking for streaming options and hopefully I can at least reach Netflix Arrested Development level with these recommendations for this week.

Quarterback

Josh Allen – 43%

I normally try to avoid back to back week repeats, but it’s playoff time. Rules be damned as all that matters is winning, and Josh Allen has shown he can be one of those players to help. His ownership percentage is climbing, Up 13% from last week, and it should be. The man has the record for most rushing yards by a QB in a 3 game period and doesn’t seem to show any signs that he’s going to stop rushing.

The passing is still pretty suspect as he has yet to throw for over 250 yards and only has one game with a completion percentage over 60%. However, he’s willing to toss it downfield and big plays are possible. Of course, interceptions and incompletions will likely be plentiful as well, but if your league doesn’t punish too harshly, Allen has shown his worth.

The other good news, he’s facing the punchless Lions. Over the last 4 games, the Lions have allowed Cam to throw for 357 and a TD, Chase Daniel threw for 230 and 2 TDs, Goff didn’t do much because Gurley handled it, and Josh Rosen just had one of his 2 best games of the season. That is to say that the Lions pass defense, and the team in general, have not performed.

Even over the course of the season, they’ve been sub par coming in as the 11th worst team against the pass, and they are tied for the 2nd lowest interception total on the year at 6. They are 3rd worst in yards per attempt and 4th worst in yards per completion. Even if I don’t expect the passing game to carry his value, there is the opportunity for him to do so.

 

Derek Carr – 62%

Over the last 4 games, Derek Carr has the 13th most fantasy points among QB with the 4th most points over the last 2 games. The problem, from a fantasy aspect, is that Carr hasn’t been able to finish drives off with a passing touchdown. However, over the last 2 games, he’s had 5 passing touchdowns, 7th in yards with 607, and the offense has shown signs of life.

This week the Raiders face one of the teams looking to take their place as the worst in the league, the Bengals. The Bengals have been hit hard by the injury bug and aren’t going anywhere. Over their 5 game losing streak, the Bungals have allowed the most points with a grand total of 2 takeaways and 7 sacks (3rd worst in that time).

While they have been really bad over this 5 game streak, it’s been pretty bad all season. They have the 29th ranked passing defense by way of allowing the 5th most touchdowns and 4th most yards. To be fair to the Bengals, 29th ranked passing defense is better than their 32nd ranked rushing defense.

Honorable Mentions: Marcus Mariota, Case Keenum

 

Tight End

Ian Thomas – 18%

Hope that you found a tight end earlier in the season because it’s not a good week for streaming options. Ian Thomas falls into a job due to the loss of Greg Olsen. Thomas didn’t show well in his first opportunity this season when Olsen missed some time, but has come on in the last couple weeks. Thomas isn’t overly impressive in any one thing, but is solid in many.

The Saints have been the 3rd best against the tight end, so, the match-up is not ideal. Wow, this does not sound like much of a recommendation, but it is a tough week for streaming. On to the good news, Thomas had 11 targets last week and 5 targets the prior week since replacing the injured Olsen. He also has all of the receiving work at this point for the Panthers from the tight end position as the next closest tight end in targets on the season has 3. If you’re looking for a deep streaming option, it’s not an ideal situation, but I think Thomas gets enough targets in this one to be worth a start if you’re looking down in this range.

 

Vernon Davis – 26%

My biggest concern on this one is the offense keeping the ball long enough for anyone to have much value, but with Jordan Reed doubtful for the week, Vernon Davis might be the only piece I’d feel semi-comfortable starting this week. Reed lead the team in targets before the injury and I expect that the tight end is still going to be a heavy part of the offense.

The match-up is average as the Jaguars are right in the middle of the pack in fantasy points allowed to the tight end position, but they have given up the 6th most touchdowns to the position.

Honorable Mentions: C.J. Uzomah, Benjamin Watson

 

Defense/Special Teams

Tennessee – 62%

While the Titans have only managed to be the 15th best fantasy defense on the season, they are the 4th best defense overall. They’ve allowed the 4th fewest points and the 9th fewest yards along with the 5th best scoring percentage. They haven’t created much in the way of turnovers, which is why the defense hasn’t always translated to fantasy points.

The Giants put on a show last week, but that was against a dejected Washington team. The Titans are still in the playoff race and are coming off a strong showing against division opponent, Jacksonville. For the season, the Giants are 16th in points and 18th in yardage, and have shown signs of life in the last 2 weeks, but I still like the match-up for the Titans defense. As the regime in Tennessee is NE south, I believe the game plan will be to take the Giants primary weapon away in Saquon and force Eli to beat them. The Titans passing defense is the 6th best on the season and I expect them to perform well in this game.

Buffalo – 58%

I will maintain that the Bills defense isn’t bad, but has just been put in bad situations all year with an offense struggling to find itself, like the 13 year old version of yourself that was just trying to find your place in the world. While the Bills are 20th in points allowed, they have given up the fewest yards on the season, and are 1st in passing defense and 9th in rushing defense. They are also the 13th in turnover percentage giving some fantasy upside as well.

The Bills also get the Lions this week. On the season the Lions have scored the 25th fewest points and the 24th fewest yards. Over the last 7 games, the Lions have not scored over 23 points in a single game and have failed to score at least 20 points in 6 of them. If that wasn’t enough, the Lions have the 9th worst turnover percentage in the league.

Honorable Mentions: Oakland, Seattle

  1. paul says:
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    Guys, need your help. As the number 1 seed i can pick my opponent. Which team would you want to face:

    Mahomes
    Mack
    Henry
    Antonio
    Hopkins
    Conley
    Gronk
    Dotson
    Eagles

    or

    Russ Wilson
    Kamara
    Howard
    Adams
    Godwin
    Stills
    Cook
    Kittle
    Bears

    I’ll pick who you guys select. please help

  2. JC says:
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    1. If Gordon does not play tonight, which two are you starting among Jackson (Chiefs) , Martin (Bengals), Ingram (Panthers)?

    2. Please rank these WRs….. Moore (Saints), Samuels (Saints), Humphries (Ravens).

    THanks.

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @JC: 1. Jackson. Only act in town, has looked good in limited work, and in a nice matchup.
      2. Moore, Samuel, Humphries.

      Good luck!

  3. Bob says:
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    I own ware but was able to get Damien Williams. Would you start williams over j howard? .5 ppr. Thanks

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @Bob: Give me Damien Williams, but I’ll admit I don’t feel great about it.

  4. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    newest AD better than the 1st season AD in netflix (i obtain mine elsewhere but i know where it would’ve came from had a person been so inclined as to pay for it)

  5. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    what kind of line can i get that t-benj just got a multi-week concussion on that play?

  6. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    good god KC paid some refs in this game.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: ok they did call the m-will end zone arm deal. but about 3-4 big other no calls or bad calls.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: and that’s why KC’s D is ranked that low no matter how decent their line might be, why guard the guy who’s already got 3 TD’s on the 2 pt.

  7. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    actually if i.thomas is available in your league this proves it IS a good week for streaming options. if not, well yeah not great. firkser for those guys. well i guess “option” doesn’t mean the same thing as “options” to be fair.

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: Even if he is available, it’s not an ideal matchup. Granted tight end defensive numbers are not the strongest correlation.

  8. 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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    BUF not only not bad, they’re the 3rd best D from outsiders (better than DAL, MIN, BAL, JAX). that is how bad constantly being in horrible situations will do to your surface stats. it might just show up for reals in the surface stats this week.

  9. miles proudfoot says:
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    Would you start McGuire over Coleman?
    How about Allen Robinson over Godwin and Reynolds?
    Lastly, Cam or Matty Ice?
    Thanks!

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @miles proudfoot: My guy says Tevin. I know the Falcons haven’t been strong recently, but it’s still a better offense than the Jets in a plus matchup. I’m also not sure that the Jets keep it close enough for McGuire to get work even being one of the last healthy RBs on the Jets roster.

      I’d play Robinson over Godwin and Reynolds.

      Tough one, but I’m going with Cam.

  10. Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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    half PPR dynasty. i had dropped d-jax for MVS, somebody just dropped reynolds. while it appears unless say they traded away cooks or somebody else his role won’t be great next year i’ve watched a bunch of matt waldman (free football guys weekly emailed stuff, very good) weekly videos and he’s quite good. i’m guessing GB moves on from cobb and MVS (while right now playing being e-st. brown) is their highest ranked prospect WR so he could easily be their #2 next year (or more likely they bring in some FA and he’s 3rd). which way to go here? also these others are options (this is for my worst WR spot 5th unless you count j.brown as l-jax doesn’t really make for a functioning WR crew): crowder, gallup, TT (TEN). i do have m.lee in an IR slot and he might be kept over this spot entirely next year.

    • B_Don

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      @Yr Never Too Old For Balloons: Out of Djax, Reynolds, MVS, I want MVS in a keeper/dynasty format. Good offense and as you mentioned, MVS can take on the 2 or 3 WR role assuming the Packers move on from Cobb who will be an UFA. They do have Allison coming back next year who will compete for the job, as well as, St. Brown and J’Mon Moore (who I actually like the college tape on the most of the group but has reportedly not picked up the playbook well).

      • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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        @B_Don: crap, i did forget about allison

        • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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          @Yr Never Too Old For Balloons: somebody just dropped watkins, guessing this is an easy nab here, i’m about to go out (had a bye last week) after season long top 2 team (ended up first), with mahomes/rodgers not doing much, k.allen getting a zero, thielen doing almost nothing etc.

          • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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            @Yr Never Too Old For Balloons: seems like it’s time to drop j.brown too right, l-jax likely next year BAL starter.

  11. Bob says:
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    Damien Williams did well. Thanks. Would you start j Howard over Aaron Jones or David Johnson? I hate the gb matchup and also the AZ offense. Not a fan of Howard either. I am already starting Cohen. .5 ppr. Thanks

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @Bob: Agree with everything you said. Bad matchup for Jones, AZ offense has been hideous, but I still think I’d go with Jones and DJ.

  12. Scott says:
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    Please pick a wr: a robinson, pettis or Humphries. .5 ppr. Thanks

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @Scott: ARob for me.

  13. rainking99 says:
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    I need help with QB and RB. Yahoo standard scoring.

    Pick 1 to start:

    Trubisky vs GB
    Cousins vs MIA
    Mayfield @ DEN

    Pick 1 to bench:

    Lindsay vs CLE
    Chubb @ DEN
    Fournette vs WAS

    Thanks for any and all advice!

  14. The sportsguy says:
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    Can only play each QB 1x for each week of the season (we play team QB)

    Which combo is the best?

    15- Balt , Luck,Dak,Mayfield, Watson
    16- Luck (NYGj, Watson (at philly), Mayfield (Cincy)
    17- Balt, (cle),luck (at Tenn), Watson (Jax), Allen (mia)

    Also have Trubisky available

    Leaning towards Balt, Mayfield, Luck

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