It’s playoff time in fantasy football, in the majority of leagues anyway. So wins are now very important for about half of your league, while the other half may be participating in the consolation bracket. Hopefully there’s still something at stake for everyone, and filling out a lineup is still on the weekly radar.
Here are my quarterback, tight end and team defense streamers for Week 14.
Quarterback: Josh McCown, New York Jets at Denver Broncos
McCown has topped 300 passing yards in two straight games, and he has now accounted for multiple touchdowns in seven of his last eight games. Over his last five games, he has thrown just one interception over 164 pass attempts.
If only based on reputation, Denver Broncos look like a tough matchup for McCown this week. But they have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in five straight games, with just six interceptions all season.
Fantasy owners have been slow to embrace McCown, but all he’s done is deliver solid outings for the last two months without a hiccup. He should have no trouble keeping the positive momentum going against a reeling Broncos’ defense.
Yahoo! Ownership: 42%
ESPN Ownership: 39.4%
Others To Consider: Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit Lions; Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers vs. Houston Texans; Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos vs. New York Jets; Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Seattle Seahawks; Case Keenum, Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers; Blaine Gabbert, Arizona Cardinals vs. Tennessee Titans
Tight End: Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit Lions
After totaling three catches for 28 yards (on eight targets) over the three games Jameis Winston missed, Brate had six targets in Week 13 with both of his catches going for touchdowns.
Brate had a four-game streak with a touchdown catch earlier this season with Winston healthy for most of it. From Week 3-Week 8, he had a touchdown or over 60 yards in all six games with at least five targets in the last five games of that stretch.
The Detroit Lions have allowed four touchdowns to tight ends over their last three games, and they’re in the bottom-10 of the league in yards allowed to the position. That lines Brate up for a productive day on Sunday, as fantasy owners get back on the bandwagon.
Yahoo! Ownership: 56%
ESPN Ownership: 57.3%
Others To Consider: Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Chicago Bears; Benjamin Watson, Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers; Julius Thomas, Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots (Monday night); Dwayne Allen, New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (Monday night-Rob Gronkowski suspended); Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals vs. Tennessee Titans
Team Defense: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Chicago Bears
Prior to Week 13 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bengals had at least three sacks in four of five games with at least 7.5 fantasy points (Yahoo! scoring) in eight of their previous 10 games.
Rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky has thrown for more than 180 yards just once in eight starts, and the Chicago Bears are 30th in the NFL in scoring offense (15.9 points per game) while scoring a total of 17 points over their last two games. That sets the Bengals up to succeed big time at home this week, as a streaming fantasy defense once again.
Yahoo! Ownership: 35%
ESPN Ownership: 46.5%
Others To Consider: Tennessee Titans at Arizona Cardinals; Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis Colts; Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit Lions (check Matthew Stafford’s status)Download the Free GoingFor2 App by Clicking Here...