Before I unveil my Week 16 streamers, let’s look back to Week 15 (Yahoo! PPR scoring, four points per passing touchdown).
After a rough week last week, here are my quarterback, tight end and team defense streamers for Week 16.
Quarterback: Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots
Allen completed half of his passes against the Detroit Lions in Week 15 (13-for-26) for 204 yards and a touchdown, and he had a rushing touchdown for the third time in four games as he has now topped 19.5 fantasy points (Yahoo! scoring) in all four of those contests. Maybe most importantly, the rookie signal caller did not turn the ball over against the Lions after throwing four interceptions in the previous two games.
Next up for Allen is the New England Patriots, who have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks (ESPN scoring) with multiple passing touchdowns allowed in back-to-back games and in four of their last six. Allen should produce with his legs anyway, but New England is also in the bottom-10 of the league in rushing yards allowed to quarterbacks.
Allen had 36 pass attempts against the New York Jets in Week 14, and he’s in line to at least reach that mark this week if the game script goes negative for the Bills. If the quarterback that got you to this point has a tough matchup, or there’s a question if they will be shut down (Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton), Allen is a league-winning streamer for Week 16.
ESPN Ownership: 31.4%
Yahoo! Ownership: 23%
Others To Consider: Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals; Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Chargers (Saturday night); Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans vs. Washington Redskins (Saturday); Sam Darnold, New York Jets vs. Green Bay Packers; Case Keenum, Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders (Monday night)
Tight End: Ian Thomas, Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons
After a nice two-game run, Thomas came back down to Earth with two catches for 14 yards (on three targets) against the New Orleans Saints in Week 15. All three of his targets came within Carolina’s first 10 plays, and then backup tight end Chris Manhertz vultured a touchdown on a trick play. But Thomas has an opportunity to get back in the good graces of fantasy owners in Week 16.
The Atlanta Falcons are firmly in the middle of the pack against tight end (ESPN PPR scoring), including just one touchdown allowed to the position in their last eight games. But good tight ends have had some success against them, and Thomas is more toward that caliber then what they’ve faced lately.
If Cam Newton is shut down as he deals with a lingering shoulder issue, and Taylor Heinicke starts, that would be bad news for Carolina’s passing game. But Thomas should remain as a primary target regardless, and I like him as my tight end streamer atop a thin group of options for Week 16
ESPN Ownership: 50.7%
Yahoo! Ownership: 42%
Team Defense: Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Giants
The Colts shut out the Dallas Cowboys in Week 15, sacking Dak Prescott three times while holding Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper in check. They have allowed six or fewer points in two of their last three games, delivered at least eight fantasy points (Yahoo! scoring) in five of their last six games with at least three sacks in four of their last five contests.
The Indianapolis defense has little to worry about in Week 16. The New York Giants were shut out themselves in Week 15, by the Tennessee Titans, and Eli Manning has been sacked multiple times in five straight games with an interception thrown in four straight. If wide receiver Odell Beckham (quad) is out again on Sunday, as it remains a possibility he’s shut down for the season, then the Colts will have an even easier time of it.
After a few very top-end options, the list of streaming defenses for Week 16 gets short quickly. Based partly on an ownership rate that says they’re way off the radar, the Colts get the edge.
ESPN Ownership: 17.7%
Yahoo! Ownership: 27%
Others To Consider: Tennessee Titans vs. Washington Redskins (Saturday); Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals; Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars; Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers
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