Streaming Spotlight – Week 15 QB & TE
December 15, 2016 | Chris Manni
Welcome back my friends to the semifinal version of the Streaming Spotlight! If your team is still alive, congratulations and let’s discuss some options to get you to the promised land. If your team is swimming with the fishes, there is daily fantasy to enjoy for the next few weeks. After suffering a major upset, if there is such a thing in fantasy football land, in my first round of the playoffs, that how I’m looking at it. As we do each and every week, here are the Week 15 deeper QB and TE streaming options with players who are less than 50% owned on NFL.com. Good luck this week my good people; I’ll talk to you next week as we aim for the ultimate fantasy football glory.
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Joe Flacco (Ownership on NFL.com 19.2%) vs PHI
I’ve written about Colin Kaepernick enough the last few weeks as a risky but upside streamer. This remains the case in Week 15, but I want to focus on two other options who are playing their best ball of the year. In case you haven’t noticed or simply don’t want to believe it, “Wacko” Flacco is playing good football. In each of the last two weeks, he has scored more than 20 points as he tries to push the Ravens into the playoffs. In Week 15, he faces an Eagles’ defense that is allowing the second highest fantasy production to quarterbacks over the last four weeks. The Eagles sport one of the league’s worst secondaries, and the Ravens’ weapons, while unspectacular, are deep. Additionally, the Ravens haven’t run the ball well, so I look for Flacco to put the ball in the air another 35-40 times in this one. Flacco has been a good streaming option all year, and I expect him to pay off for us in Week 15.
Bottom Line: Consider Flacco a high end QB2 this week. I would play him over Marcus Mariota vs KC, Matt Stafford at NYG, and another popular streaming option, Sam Bradford vs IND.
Trevor Siemian (8.9%) vs NE
In the two games Siemian has played since the Broncos’ bye week, he has averaged more than 350 passing yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. This week, the Patriots travel to Denver with their pass funnel defense. They rank as the second best rushing defense, but a bottom six passing defense. We call that a “pass funnel” defense because you are unlikely to be successful on the ground so you are forced to move the ball through the air. To that point, the Broncos have become a pass-first offense simply because their rushing attack has been non-existent. Similar to my expectations for Flacco last week, look for Siemian to challenge the Patriots on the outside with those two talented wide receivers in a must-win game for the defending Super Bowl champions.
Bottom Line: Consider Siemian a mid-range QB2 with QB1 upside. I would play him over the options mentioned above, Eli Manning vs DET, and Andy Dalton at PIT.
Ladarius Green (26.3%) at CIN
As mentioned in this article last week, it should have been a priority to pick up Green with an eye to this Week 15 matchup versus the Bengals’ defense. The Bengals have allowed the third most fantasy points to tight ends in 2016 and the most receiving yards with 926. For most defenses playing the Steelers, they need to focus on containing the Killer “Bs” in Brown and Bell. I don’t expect another historic performance from Le’Veon Bell in this heated rivalry game, so Ben will need to push the ball downfield. Therefore, expect Green to be given opportunities to make plays down the seam.
Bottom Line: I rank Green as the eighth best tight end option this week. He has a lower floor than other mid-range TE1 options like Antonio Gates and Kyle Rudolph but also has matchup winning upside. As I cautioned last week, I would play him over Delanie Walker at KC, who has routinely shut down tight ends all year.
Jermaine Gresham (3.2%) vs NO
I would never have thought I would be recommending starting Jermaine Gresham in Week 15. As we know, things change quickly in fantasy football; we can no longer ignore Gresham. He has caught five balls in each of his last three games ,and, in Week 15, the Saints are coming to town. Unfortunately, the tight end position has developed into a bit of a wasteland in 2016, so getting a uninspiring but stable 5 catches for 45 yards is useful. Additionally, two recent developments make playing Gresham more interesting to me: the release of Michael Floyd and the absence of Kenny Vaccaro. Carson Palmer has been trusting Gresham to produce for the Cards, so I expect him to pick up a few more targets against a weaker pass defender. I’m not looking to stream Gresham if I have a quality option, but I am willing to roll with him as a desperation option in the playoffs and a cheap option in daily lineups.
Bottom Line: Consider Gresham a decent floor option with a slightly higher chance for a touchdown. If you can get his 5 catches for 45 yards and a touchdown, you found TE1 production for little cost.
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