Week 12 brings a break from bye weeks, but an injury-riddled Week 11 has surely thinned a lot of fantasy football rosters. So streaming options are clearly viable, and here are your streamers at quarterback, tight end and team defense for this week.
Quarterback: Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins, vs. San Francisco 49ers
Yahoo! Ownership: 24%
It’s faint praise, but Tannehill has thrown two touchdown passes in back-to-back games, with at least 16 fantasy points (ESPN scoring) in three of his last four games and just one interception over his last five games.
A soft stretch of games continues for the Dolphins in Week 12, with the San Francisco 49ers coming to town. The 49ers enter this week allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks (18.3 per game, ESPN scoring), including multiple passing touchdowns and at least 269 yard through the air in three of their last four games. And that was mostly with safety Eric Reid, who is now out for the season with a torn bicep.
Tannehill is not a particularly good quarterback, and he’s regularly been an underachiever in fantasy terms. But things are set up for him to succeed in Week 12, and if you’re seeking a streamer Tannehill stands out.
Others To Consider: Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions (Thanksgiving Day); Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers, at Miami Dolphins; Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens, vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Tight End: Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles, vs. Green Bay Packers
Yahoo! Ownership: 58%
Ertz has underachieved for most of the season. But over the last three games, he has 20 receptions (26 targets) for 187 yards with one touchdown, and if not for a long catch and run for a touchdown called back due to a penalty in Week 11 those numbrs would be even better.
The Eagles’ Week 12 opponent, the Green Bay Packers enter Week 12 allowing 8.8 fantasy points per game to tight ends (tied for sixth-most in the league). Over their last four games they’ve allowed 29 receptions to the position and a least 60 yards in all four games.
Ertz is available enough to make the cut as a streamer, and he’s trending in the right direction. After next Monday night, I don’t expect Ertz to even closely qualify as at tight end streaming option anymore.
Others To Consider: Jared Cook, Green Bay Packers, at Philadelphia Eagles; Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Team Defense: New York Giants, at Cleveland Browns
Yahoo! Ownership: 48%
I had the Giants as my streaming defense in this space last week, and after a solid performance against the Chicago Bears (16 points allowed, four sacks, one interception) I’m going back to the well in Week 12. The Giants have registered multiple sacks in five straight games now (14 total) with eight interceptions (four in one game) over their last four contests.
With Cody Kessler sidelined by a concussion again, the Cleveland Browns will start Josh McCown under center against the Giants on Sunday. Over their last three games, Cleveland has allowed 16 sacks and they’ve turned the ball over multiple times in four of their last five games.
The Giants’ defense has no downside as a fantasy option this week, with obviously tremendous upside. When it comes to streaming options, that’s all you need.
Others To Consider: Tennessee Titans, at Chicago Bears; Baltimore Ravens, vs. Cincinnati Bengals; Buffalo Bills, vs Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, at Indianapolis Colts (Thanksgiving night, Andrew Luck in concussion protocol)
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