Bye weeks are done now on the NFL schedule for this year. Week 12 has more Thursday games than usual, with three on the slate for Thanksgiving. So more fantasy football decisions will have to be made earlier, and streaming remains an option.
So here are my Week 12 streaming options at quarterback, tight end and team defense.
Quarterback: Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans
Brissett went into the Colts’ bye on a high note, with multiple passing touchdowns in three straight games and a 300-yard game over that span. He suffered a concussion in Week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a was still in concussion protocol as of Monday, but the expectation from head coach Chuck Pagano is that Brissett will play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
The Titans have now edged into the bottom half of the league against quarterbacks (17.8 fantasy points per game, ESPN scoring), with eight touchdown passes allowed over their last three games. Against the Titans back in Week 6, Brissett had 212 passing yards and a touchdown along with 15 rushing yards (15.98 fantasy points, Yahoo! scoring).
In a deep week for streaming options at quarterback, Brissett gets the nod. But make sure he’s good to go before using him, obviously, and be ready to go with another option just in case.
Yahoo! Ownership: 17%
ESPN Ownership: 15.9%
Others To Consider: Case Keenum, Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions (Thanksgiving Day); Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs; Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars at Arizona Cardinals; Eli Manning, New York Giants at Washington Redskins (Thanksgiving night); Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns; Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons; Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (check Jay Cutler’s status)
Tight End: Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns
Kroft had just two catches (on three targets) against the Denver Broncos in Week 11, but he did get a touchdown to give him a solid fantasy day. A right hand injury took him out of the game, but he was able to return and it should not be a major issue heading into Week 12 against the Cleveland Browns.
The Browns have allowed the third-most fantasy points to tight ends this season (ESPN PPR scoring), including a touchdown allowed to the position in three straight games. Back in Week 4 against Cleveland, Kroft had a career day with six receptions for 68 yards and two touchdowns. A full repeat this week is unlikely, but Kroft is in line for another nice day.
A hand injury invites the prospect of drops, but Kroft’s seven targets from Week 4 against the Browns is easily repeatable. And he’s a solid bet to find the end zone.
Yahoo! Ownership: 45%
ESPN Ownership: 44.4%
Others To Consider: Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers at New York Jets (check ownership); Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants (Thanksgiving night, check ownership); Ben Watson, Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans (Monday night); Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars at Arizona Cardinals
Team Defense: Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys (Thanksgiving Day)
The Chargers defense benefitted from the Buffalo Bills’ decision to play rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman, with five first half interceptions, a total of six turnovers forced and two touchdowns. Prior to that, they had at least three sacks and/or multiple takeaways in four out of five games while allowing 20 points or less in all five of those contests.
Over their last two games, without Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith, the Dallas Cowboys have scored just 16 points while allowing 12 sacks. Smith may return to his spot at left tackle on Thanksgiving Day, which will help, but Joey Bosa (10.5 sacks) and Melvin Ingram (8.5 sacks) pose a significant challenge off the edge.
The Chargers are gaining appreciation in fantasy circles, and they’re in a good spot to keep things rolling this week.
Yahoo! Ownership: 35%
ESPN Ownership: 52.5%
Others To Consider: Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns; Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos