Week 17 of the NFL season is here, and after this week, we'll know who is in the playoffs and with what seed, we'll know who has the 1st pick of the 2016 draft, and we'll know who plays who in 2016. For now, some leagues still play in week 17, although that is a massive minority of leagues. Other people participate in daily fantasy leagues. My focus will remain on traditional fantasy football formats since that's what I know, and hopefully I'll be able to help you out a bit if your league is still active. Good luck, and hope this helps!
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets. The Jets are playing for a playoff spot and Fitzpatrick is unowned in far too many leagues. I've been on the Fitzpatrick bandwagon all season, and if you need quarterback help this week, go get him! He's the best option on waivers if he's there in your league.
Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles offense has a lot of holes right now. However, Bradford's play isn't one of them. Even with his supporting cast struggling around him, Bradford has put up quietly decent numbers. He could put up a huge game against the Giants defense.
AJ McCarron, QB, Cincinnati Bengals. Check McCarron's injury status before biting on him this week; he's dealing with a hand injury following the Bengals loss to the Broncos. If McCarron is healthy, he could have a big game against the Baltimore Ravens; he had a decent game against Denver, and should only look better against a far worse defense.
James White, RB, New England Patriots. Assuming White plays the entire game this week, he should be a solid streaming option for your league. Also, he's owned in less than 60% of leagues, so he should be available. Worth a spot start if your starter is injured.
Donald Brown, RB, San Diego Chargers. Brown will get RB1 looks again this week with Melvin Gordon on IR. He won't be a season savior, but he could put up decent numbers and help your team if you're desperate.
Marvin Jones, WR, Cincinnati Bengals. Jones looks great with AJ McCarron throwing him the football, and performed well against a dominant Denver Broncos defense. Expect a far better game this week against the Ravens.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans. Somebody in your league might have dropped Green-Beckham out of frustration over last week's game. However, Green-Beckham nearly had a touchdown last week, and looks to be a key part of the Tennessee offense moving forward. If you want to gamble on someone with big-time upside, Green-Beckham could be a great start. Just be prepared for the possibility of a letdown as well.
Reuben Randle, WR, New York Giants. Randle is picking up steam again with the Giants, and even with Odell Beckham Jr. coming back from suspension, Randle should still put up decent numbers for your team. If you're sitting on Amendola or Edelman and are afraid that Belichick might bench one of them, Randle is a nice fallback option.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins. If Rishard Matthews doesn't play this week, then DeVante Parker is a solid streaming option for your fantasy team. If Matthews does play, then Parker is a much bigger gamble, albeit a gamble with some chance of success. If you want to roll the dice a bit this week, Parker could be your guy.
Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles. Ertz is a solid option here; he's finally had a few good weeks, and with the Giants being one of the worst teams in the NFL at stopping tight ends, Ertz should be in line for another good week.
Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears. Miller is a borderline TE-1 in all fantasy leagues right now, even with Jeffery potentially returning from injury. Add that to the fact that Detroit has been bad against tight ends all season, and Miller makes a nice starting option in week 17.
Minnesota Vikings D/ST. Yes, the Vikings face Green Bay at Lambeau Field. However, did you see that Green Bay-Arizona game? Did you watch the Minnesota-New York Giants game? This unit has upside written all over it, and could come through with a surprisingly good game against the Packers. Well worth a roll of the dice.
Indianapolis Colts D/ST. This is a bit of a deeper gamble given the sad state of Indianapolis' quarterback health (turnovers could lead to points which could lead to a lower scoring D/ST unit). However, the Colts do get to face the Tennessee Titans this week, and that in itself is enough to potentially help this unit put up some nice numbers. Worth a shot if there aren't better options.
New York Jets D/ST. How is the Jets defense not owned in all leagues yet?! I expect them to put up a solid game against the Bills, and this is potentially the best streaming option this week. The Jets need to win this week to make the playoffs, so expect this unit to be on fire. Highly recommended.
Washington Redskins D/ST. The Redskins defense has put up good numbers when they have had decent matchups this season. No matchup is juicier than the Cowboys with Kellen Moore under center. Add that to the fact that Dez Bryant could be limited this week, and this unit should put up some great numbers.
Good luck this week, and happy streaming! Thank you for making me a part of your fantasy routine! My focus will shift almost entirely to the NFL draft following week 17 with the Shrine Game and Senior Bowl coming up, but I plan on more fantasy coverage for next year as well as some potential fantasy baseball columns. I'll also make sure to at least get a few posts up during the offseason as well, since fantasy material can be tough to come by in spring. Thank you again for reading, and good luck to your teams! --Mike B.
Welcome to week 16 of the NFL fantasy season. If you're still looking to compete in your league, congratulations, because that means that you are either in the playoffs or (more likely) in the championship game this week. That being said, maybe you're dealing with uncertainty following Drew Brees' injury. Maybe you're streaming running backs and missed a gamble last week. Or maybe you were riding Odell Beckham Jr. until the NFL sentenced him to a spot riding the bench this week. Rolling the dice can be difficult especially this late in the season, as your opponent likely has a strong team, just like you. However, some favorable matchups are always helpful, and can make a difference for your fantasy team. Everybody might be injured, but in the NFL, it's next man up and business as usual every week. Looking for some streamers this late in the year? Here are some options. Just be sure to not overthink your lineups and remember to start your studs! Good luck!
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets. Quarterbacks are tough to find on the waiver wire this time of year, especially with continued injuries at the position. Fitzpatrick is still criminally unowned, and will put up reasonable numbers in all scoring formats consistently. Start accordingly if needed.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings. Bridgewater is finally heating up, just like most people expected him to at the beginning of the season. It's a bit late, but just soon enough to potentially help your fantasy team. Especially if AP is limited this week, Bridgewater is a good starting option.
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bears are giving up a lot of fantasy points to quarterbacks, especially to mobile quarterbacks. Winston is picking up some consistency as of late, and could have a big game against Chicago.
Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills. With LeSean McCoy out with a torn MCL, Williams should get the start against the Cowboys. Dallas has a habit of allowing a lot of fantasy points to running backs, and Williams should be a strong fantasy play. If you need help at the position, he's an option.
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions. Abdullah is a running back facing the 49ers, who are horrible against running backs. If you're rolling the dice, Abdullah is a worthy gamble.
Christine Michael, RB, Seattle Seahawks. Christine Michael is finally fantasy relevant as the backup to Marshawn Lynch's backup. With Thomas Rawls injured, Michael had a really nice game against Cleveland. I wouldn't put a huge amount of stock in the performance since, as stated, it was against Cleveland, but Michael could be first in line for carries this week in the Seahawks offense. He's worth targeting if needed.
Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Carolina Panthers. Artis-Payne looked decent when he inherited the lead slot in the Panthers backfield last week. This week, against a struggling Falcons run defense, he should put up some solid numbers, especially if he is the starter again.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets. Chris Ivory is allegedly the guy in the Jets backfield, but much like he has in the past, Powell has managed to make himself a sneakily useful fantasy play. He's been on a hot streak over the past few weeks, and could be worth a flex start.
Donald Brown, RB, San Diego Chargers. Danny Woodhead is probably owned in your league, so Brown gets the nod here. Melvin Gordon is on IR and somebody has to inherit his spot in the Chargers offense. Brown could be that guy.
Reuben Randle, WR, New York Giants. With Odell Beckham suspended for week 16, somebody is going to have to catch passes in the Giants offense. Randle is a good bet to pick up the slack. He may be owned in your league, but if he's not, he borders on must-add status, especially with Dwayne Harris banged up. However, with defenses focusing most of their attention on Randle, he could potentially struggle even though this is a good opportunity for him.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins. Garcon put up some great numbers last time he faced the Eagles. He gets another shot at them this week. He could be a decent option, and is worth at least considering.
Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers. Wheaton has scored three touchdowns over the past four weeks. The Ravens have allowed the most points to WRs in fantasy this season. Snag Wheaton if you need a starter at WR.
Ted Ginn, Jr., WR, Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have to lose some time this season, right? Even if they do, Ginn is putting up some great numbers this season. He's been consistent and could put up solid numbers for your team this week. Well worth a shot this week.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins. DeVante Parker is quickly becoming a big play machine. The Colts defense is especially vulnerable to big plays from receivers. That could spell a very effective game for Parker this week. Worth a gamble if needed.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings. With Adrian Peterson dinged up, the Vikings will likely try to throw it more this week against the Giants. The Giants have been known to give up big games to tight ends, and Teddy Bridgewater had a breakout game last week. If he can build off of that, it should be a good week for both Bridgewater and Rudolph.
Richard Rodgers, TE, Green Bay Packers. This week, Rodgers and Rodgers face the Cardinals, who have been giving up a lot of points to tight ends over the past few weeks. This could be a good situational gamble for Rodgers.
Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST. This week, the Steelers face the MASH unit known as the Baltimore Ravens offense. This should be a defensive feast for Pittsburgh. Start accordingly.
Buffalo Bills D/ST. Remember back at the beginning of the year when the Bills defense looked like it could be a defensive powerhouse this season? Man, that seems like years ago. That being said, the Bills get to face a Cowboys offense starting third string quarterback Kellen Moore. Moore had a rough week last week and could struggle again this week, making this unit a nice gamble.
Houston Texans D/ST. This week, the Texans face a Titans offense starting Zach Mettenberger. Mettenberger was competent last season, but isn't nearly as dangerous as Marcus Mariota. This could be a huge game for Houston's defensive unit.
Hope this helps and happy streaming!
We've reached week 15 of the NFL regular season, and one of the final weeks in your fantasy season. Just when we thought we were over the injury bug, fantasy starter Thomas Rawls went down for the season with an ankle injury, Andy Dalton broke his thumb, and Tyler Eifert was diagnosed with a concussion. If you were counting on any of these guys to lead you to a title, then your season hangs in the balance. If you're looking for some advice, or even just a few players who could help keep your roster afloat, here are some suggestions.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets. I hype Fitzpatrick nearly every week as a fantasy asset, and he's still unowned in lots of leagues! If you just lost Andy Dalton and don't feel comfortable with McCarron as a replacement, and if Fitzpatrick is available, go get him. Fitzpatrick has put up solid numbers nearly every week this season, and he should be considered as a starting option for your fantasy team. He's likely the best waiver wire option at the position.
A.J. McCarron, QB, Cincinnati Bengals. Didn't get Brock Osweiler, but still want a shiny young unproven backup to roll the dice on? A.J. McCarron could be your guy. His two interceptions in week 14 were problematic, but McCarron is playing in a stacked offense and did manage to put up at least reasonable numbers. If he can get past the mental mistakes and picks, he could be a sneaky good spot start against the 49ers.
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs. I can't believe I'm suggesting Alex Smith here, but he's a potentially solid starting option against a weak Baltimore Ravens defense. He's not a guy I trust much, but against the right matchup he can put up serviceable numbers. The Ravens are one of those matchups, and he could at least put up enough points to not lose you a matchup.
Denard Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars. Shoelace had some decent games last season for the Jaguars. With TJ Yeldon's knee sprain in week 14, Robinson filled in respectfully. He has taken over more of a role in the Jaguars offense lately, and especially if Yeldon misses time, Robinson could be a good spot start against the struggling Atlanta Falcons.
Tim Hightower, RB, New Orleans Saints. So you lost your backup waiver starting running back Thomas Rawls and want to replace him with another starting waiver wire backup running back? Tim Hightower is worth a look in the Saints offense. This suggestion reminds me a bit of the days of fantasy yore when Hightower was a fantasy sleeper option for the Cardinals between 2008 and 2010. However, Hightower is once again a fantasy waiver option, and one that could help your team this week. Grab him and start him if needed.
Bryce Brown, RB, Seattle Seahawks (UPDATE). It has now been confirmed that Brown, and not DuJuan Harris, will be the starting running back in Seattle to finish out the season. Cancel all waiver claims on DuJuan Harris and grab Brown instead!
Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles. Who is the starting running back in Philadelphia? Is it Ryan Mathews? Nope. Is it DeMarco Murray? Um.....probably not? Is it Sproles? Maybe. The Philadelphia Eagles backfield is a quagmire from a fantasy perspective, and it's nearly impossible to identify a true starter for the team. However, Sproles has been hot lately, and has scored double digit fantasy points in standard leagues in three of the last four games, and scored in two of those games. Sproles is worth a long hard look this week depending on your options.
Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Carolina Panthers. Ginn is another guy I have been in love with all season. He's slowed a little bit in recent weeks, but with Greg Olsen banged up for Carolina, Ginn should see lots of looks this week. Oh, and he's playing against the Giants, one of the worst pass defenses in football this season. Start with confidence.
Marvin Jones, WR, Cincinnati Bengals. Jones looks extremely comfortable with backup quarterback AJ McCarron. Jones is a guy that is capable of putting up big weeks and then disappearing for stretches. That could leave him on your waiver wire this week. If he's there, grab him and give him a shot.
Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks. Lockett is starting to break out just in time for a dream matchup against the MASH Unit that is the Cleveland Browns secondary. With Jimmy Graham injured and Russell Wilson playing some of the best football of his life right now, this could be a huge week for Lockett. Well worth a start if you need a gamble.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans. Ok, Ok, I get it. I talk up Green-Beckham all the time, but he is finally starting to show that he is a quality NFL wide receiver. I think his upside in the future is huge, but I also think he can help your fantasy team now. He's always a slight gamble, but he's a gamble I feel comfortable taking this week, especially if most of my roster is solid.
Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions. Quick statistical question. Who is the only team to allow 1000 receiving yards to tight ends this season? Answer? The New Orleans Saints. Who does Eric Ebron face this week? That's right, the New Orleans Saints! Ebron isn't a consistent starting option in fantasy leagues, but he's a fantastic spot start against the right teams. The Saints are one of those teams, and I'd start him with confidence.
Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears. Miller has been consistently good for Chicago follwing Martellus Bennett's injury. He's emerged as a potential TE1/TE2 type of player, and is start-worthy down the stretch, especially if you're streaming. Great waiver wire option if he is there.
Houston Texans D/ST. The Texans face a depleted Indianapolis offense who will start either Matt Hasselbeck, who age has started to catch up to, or Charlie Whitehurst, who is a career NFL backup who will likely struggle against this defense. Start accordingly.
Minnesota Vikings D/ST. The Vikings face the Bears this week, and although Chicago is an improved team lately, the Vikings defense is scary under head coach Mike Zimmer. This is a unit worth starting if you're streaming.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers D/ST. The Buccaneers face a Rams offense that has been struggling lately. Tampa Bay has finally gotten into a groove, and their defense could be a nice spot start this week. Worth a look, especially in deeper leagues.
Hope this helps, and happy streaming! --Mike B.
Week 14 of the NFL season is upon us, and playoffs are here in most fantasy leagues. If you made the playoffs, congratulations and good luck moving forward. If not, there's always still time to try to win matchups. Either way, this late in the season, you've probably needed to lean on the waiver wire to work your way through the season. There are some decent options available in many leagues this week, and I'll list a few below.
Brock Osweiler, QB, Denver Broncos. Osweiler is 3-0 with Denver and will likely start for the remainder of the season, and he faces a notoriously weak Oakland defense that gives up lots of points to opposing passing attacks. Snag him if you need to roll the dice this week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets. Why aren't people picking up Ryan Fitzpatrick? The guy has been consistently solid this season. With all the injuries occurring this season, some teams in your league likely need an answer at quarterback. If your team is one of those teams, grab Fitzpatrick. Now.
Jameis Winston,QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Winston faces the Saints this week. Enough said from a matchup perspective. If you need a streaming option this week at QB and Winston is available, stream him.
Jarvorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens. Allen is still unowned in lots of leagues. HOW? The guy had a monster game in week 13, and should see plenty of touches in week 14. Oh, and he's also the only surefire #1 RB in an offense likely on your league's waiver wire. Add now if he's there.
Shaun Draughn, RB, San Francisco 49ers. I still don't trust Draughn as a player, but I do trust his numbers as a fantasy player. He has yet to score fewer than 14 points over the past few games in PPR leagues, and has easy matchups against the Lions and Browns coming up. If you need a RB for a playoff push and the top options are gone, Draughn is certainly flex-worthy.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons. I'm throwing this in there mostly for smaller leagues, but if someone in your league dropped Freeman due to injury, pounce now. He should be coming back.
Juwan Thompson, RB, Denver Broncos. Kubiak loved Thompson in training camp, and with CJ Anderson injured and Hillman not delivering, Thompson could see some looks this week. He's worth a gamble.
James White, RB, New England Patriots. White just played his way into more playing time in New England....we think, since it is impossible to figure out what Bill Belichick thinks. White played brilliantly in week 13, delivering over 100 receiving yards, and should see a good amount of looks against Houston this week.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans. Did you listen to me and grab Green-Beckham before his week 13 breakout game? If not, his price in your league just got a lot higher. He played lights out in his last game, and could continue to put up big numbers moving forward. We knew Green-Beckham was going to be a project going into the season, but now that he's delivering, his production could be here to stay. Grab him now.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins. Another rookie beginning to break out, Parker is starting to score consistently now. This should continue, as Parker was one of the top talents in the 2015 draft at WR. He should be worth a WR2/3 or Flex start moving forward.
Brian Hartline, WR, Cleveland Browns. Remember when Hartline was always a PPR machine? He still is. Hartline is starting to pick up consistency in PPR formats especially, and if you need a WR3 or flex play, Hartline is a great option.
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks. Baldwin is once again the #1 receiving option in Seattle, and will be valuable to have through the fantasy playoffs. With Jimmy Graham injured, Russell Wilson needs to throw elsewhere. This translates into production for Baldwin.
Scott Chandler, TE, New England Patriots. Gronk's status is uncertain again this week, and if he doesn't play, Chandler immediately becomes a must start. I hyped him last week and he delivered decent numbers. Expect that to continue for as long as Gronk is injured.
Will Tye, TE, New York Giants. The Giants are dealing with a ton of injuries right now, including at tight end. Tye has developed a nice rapport with Eli Manning, and if he starts this week, he should be worth a start.
Owen Daniels, TE, Denver Broncos. With the injury to Vernon Davis, Daniels is once again the top TE in Denver, and he faces a dismal Raiders defense this week. Worth a spot start.
Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers. This is another injury start at TE. Heath Miller is a very good tight end, but he is also dealing with injury issues. James is a huge gamble; he started in Miller's place last week and responded with 30 yards; not much in a standard league. However, if you want to roll the dice and gamble that the rookie will have a better day against the Bengals defense in his second game, it could pay off. I don't trust him this week, but especially if you're out of the playoffs and just want to roll the dice on a few guys, James could be a good pick.
Kansas City Chiefs D/ST. This week, the Chiefs face the Chargers in Kansas City. This unit has been consistently solid all season, yet is unowned in far too many leagues. They are absolutely worth a stream start this week.
Detroit Lions D/ST. This week, the Lions face the Rams, who's only offensive weapon is running back Todd Gurley. The Lions have been consistently able to shut down the run, and that could translate to solid fantasy numbers against St. Louis this week.
New York Giants D/ST. The Giants have one of the worst defenses in the NFL. However, they also have a surprisingly consistent fantasy defense. This unit won't turn heads on paper, but they could put up numbers for your team. Always worth a gamble.
Hope this helps, and happy streaming! --Mike B.
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