Streaming Spotlight – Week 16 QB & TE
December 22, 2016 | Chris Manni
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m not talking the holiday season folks; its Fantasy Football Championship time! For most leagues, Week 16 represents Championship Week and the culmination of all of your hard work researching players around the league and reading articles such as this one. If you reached your fantasy football pinnacle, congrats and continue to make decisions that you have been all year. It is not time to overreact to the situation. Just simply continue the good decision making process that has gotten you to this point. If you unfortunately did not make your league championship, the good people with daily fantasy football sites give you the opportunity to play over the holidays. Fantasy football is the gift that keeps on giving all year…I’m being serious for a moment as I want to wish you all a great holiday season. It is a pleasure providing you streaming options, and I really enjoying chatting with you on Twitter. One more piece of advice, don’t get in too much trouble watching all these games on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day. I know, I will. As we have done each and every week, here are the Week 16 deeper QB and TE streaming options with players who are less than 50% owned on NFL.com. Good luck this week my good people. Go grab that championship trophy by the horns!
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Matt Barkley (Ownership on NFL.com 0.3%) vs WAS
Every year, we have the opportunity to look back at players that become irrelevant (busts) through bad play or injury and those who become relevant through similar circumstances (surprises). Let me present to you a pleasant 2016 surprise: Matt Barkley. The Bears’ third starting quarterback has been playing surprisingly competent football. In his four starts, Barkley has averaged over 270 passing yards and 1.5 touchdowns, including two games over 300 yards. In Week 16, Barkley and the Bears host Washington, and that creates more optimism for success. Washington has been the fifth most generous defense in the last four weeks to signal callers and the sixth most generous all year. Armed with a good running game and receivers that Barkley has shown chemistry with, Barkley is a viable option in Week 16.
Bottom Line: I have Barkley ranked as the 18th quarterback this week. He is more of a two-QB/DFS option than a standard league option, but you could do worse. Another streaming option could be RGIII vs SD, who has been productive for fantasy but may be benched at any time so the risk is very high. I cannot get myself to recommend him. For his sake, at least he crossed our minds again.
Cameron Brate (42.9%) at NO
I’ve talked up Brate many times this year, and, for the most part, it has worked out handsomely. If you listened to my advice and acquired Brate weeks ago, you have enjoyed matchup advantages most weeks as many of the top tight end options have disappointed or have been unavailable. For this reason, it is surprising to me that his NFL.com ownership is still under 50%. Therefore, if he is available in your league, grab him. In Week 16, Brate and the Buccaneers travel to New Orleans in a projected shootout. The Vegas over/under is 52.5 right now, which represents the third highest of the week. There are points to be scored and I want red zone scoring options in those games. Brate is tied for the second most tight end red zone targets with 15 and tied for the most—with seven—inside the ten. He is currently the sixth highest scoring tight end in 2016 and third highest over the last four weeks. Brate has proven to be a reliable fantasy option with a good floor and top-five tight end potential each week. The New Orleans defense is not the sieve that most people believe they are, but they are not a scary matchup either.
Bottom Line: Brate is my second highest ranked tight end in Week 16. If that type of option is available in your league, you need to grab him and play him in your most important game of the year.
Hunter Henry (17.3%) at CLE
Onto another personal favorite of mine, rookie tight end Hunter Henry. Henry has been very impressive this year as he has shown excellent movement skills, and Philip Rivers has repeatedly looked for him in the money area. Henry has the same amount of red zone targets (15) and targets inside the 10 (7) as Brate in two fewer games. To increase my optimism for Henry in Week 16, the Chargers take the cross-country trip to Cleveland to face the league’s most generous defense to tight ends. The Browns’ defense has allowed a league leading 12 touchdowns in 14 games to tight ends. Henry’s floor is not as high as Brate’s, which makes me rank him lower. His upside, however, is the same.
Bottom Line: Consider Henry a low-end TE1 option with a decent floor and top-five potential. I would play Henry over Jordan Reed at CHI (if he plays), Eric Ebron at DAL, and Jason Witten vs DET.
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