Week 17 of the 2016 NFL Season is upon us, and with it comes the last round of fantasy championship matchups. While many leagues end in week 16, some leagues play their final match in the final game of the season. That presents problems for fantasy rosters, as teams begin to rest starters in preparation for the playoffs. I'm losing Le'Veon Bell for my title game this week because the Steelers are giving him a week off (but if you listened to me a few back and grabbed DeAngelo Williams...). Most of the names I list here are desperation plays; you want to roll with the guys who got you to the dance for the most part. However, if you're this late in the season and need some help, here are some thoughts. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!!--Mike B.
P.S. Thank you for following this column this season, and hopefully my posts have been useful! This is the final post of the second season of my Weekly Streamer series, and I look forward to continuing it next year. Best of luck in your title games and in the off-season, and I'll see you on the draft section of the site, along with some random updates here during the offseason!
Matt Barkley, QB, Chicago Bears. I still believe that Barkley can be a solid fantasy quarterback with the Bears. If you lost Carr due to injury and need a quick replacement, he might not be a bad option, even against the Vikings.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers. Kaepernick is always a decent fantasy option just because of his ability as a runner. If you need a desperation plug-in at QB, you could do far worse than Kaepernick this week.
Matt McGloin, QB, Oakland Raiders. Matt McGloin had a nice preseason for the Raiders, and gets the start following the injury to Carr. He's also not afraid to take shots down the field. He's a gamble this week (especially against Denver), but crazier things have happened in the past. He could be worth a desperation start from a fantasy perspective.
Matt Moore, QB, Miami Dolphins. Is it just me, or does Matt Moore look like a fantasy starter right now? Six touchdowns and two interceptions in two games? I'll take that, especially if I'm struggling with injuries. Worth a desperation start.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys could continue to roll with Dak Prescott again this week, but there's also the potential that they might toss in Romo for the start instead. If you're riding Prescott and the waiver wire looks dead, Romo might be a nice insurance policy for you. Then again, he does present an injury risk, so prepare accordingly.
Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans. With Lamar Miller recovering from injury and the Texans already in the playoffs, Blue could see the start for Houston in week 17. He's worth stashing and monitoring through the week.
Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys may rest Zeke Elliot this week (same with Dak Prescott). McFadden is worth a speculative add at this point just in case. Don't plan on starting him, but if you (or your opponent) has Zeke or Le'Veon Bell, McFadden becomes valuable.
Jacquizz Rogers, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Doug Martin missed last week due to injury. If he misses again this week, Rogers becomes a fantasy asset. Worth a stash.
DeAndre Washington, RB, Oakland Raiders. Washington had a great game against the Colts. The Raiders should rely heavily on the run this week with Carr out due to injury, so Washington could have another big game. Worth holding onto.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers. This could be the pickup that wins your title game; DeAngelo Williams gets to start against the Browns? Yes please! Easily a starter.
Anquan Boldin, WR, Detroit Lions. Boldin isn't a guy that's going to put up a ton of yards, but he scores touchdowns. If you want to gamble on big play potential, then Boldin is your man.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins. Garcon has been productive again recently, and if DeSean Jackson or Janoris Jenkins miss week 17, he could have a nice game, especially in PPR leagues.
JJ Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals. With Michael Floyd out of town, Nelson becomes a must own in fantasy leagues. If you can get him and need help at the position, go for it.
Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens. Smith had a great game against the Steelers, and should show up strong against the Bengals in week 17. He's worth a start in most formats this week.
Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings. Guess what? This kid is better than anyone thought; he's 40 yards shy of 1,000 yards entering week 17. This week he gets it, and helps your team compete for a title.
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills. Charles Clay has suddenly found his rhythm, with zero touchdowns until week 14, and 4 receiving touchdowns since. Against the Jets, he's start-worthy in all formats this week.
Houston Texans D/ST. Some owners may have cut the Texans defense after losing JJ Watt. However, this week, the unit gets to face a Titans offense led by Matt Cassel. That makes for a nice matchup play.
Indianapolis Colts D/ST. Bortles is still coughing up the football regularly, and that makes the Colts, who face the Jaguars this week, relevant for fantasy purposes.
Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST. This week the Steelers face the Browns. Enjoy.
Week 16 of the 2016 NFL regular season is upon us. If you're still competing, congratulations on making it to the championship round of your league. You're not likely depending on the waiver wire to get you a win at this point; this late in the year, you roll with who you brought to the dance. That being said, sometimes you can get a value off of waivers this late in the season. If you're looking to roll the dice on a guy or two, maybe you can find someone worth rolling with. Who do I like this week? Here are some thoughts. Hope this helps and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Matt Barkley, QB, Chicago Bears. In a deep or 2 QB league? Give Barkley a shot this week. He's been surprisingly decent for Chicago so far this year, and could put enough fantasy points on the board against the Redskins to be worth a starting role for your team if you're in an extremely deep league.
Matt Moore, QB, Miami Dolphins. Anyone else notice the big game that Moore put up against the Jets? If he can provide another performance of similar caliber this week, he's starter-worthy. As a career backup, note that this is a gamble of course.
Tom Savage, QB, Houston Texans. Savage looked surprisingly good for the Texans in week 15. The Bengals are hit or miss as far as facing opposing quarterbacks, but Savage could put up a nice game against them. Worth a shot if you're desperate for a QB2, or more after he led the Texans to a win against one of the best passing defenses in the NFL.
Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots. Did anyone else see Dion Lewis' big day for the Patriots? While he may not be the answer every week (or even this week) in the Patriots backfield, Bill Belichick could rely on him heavily again this week. If you need to fill one last spot on your roster, Lewis could be worth a look.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings. I don't know what AP has left in the tank; we could be witnessing the end of a Hall of Fame career right now. That being said, if you're needy at RB, he could still be floating around on waivers after a rough 22 yard 1 fumble game in his first action since his injury. Take a look and if you want to gamble, give him a shot.
Ty Montgomery, RB/WR, Green Bay Packers. Montgomery had a huge game in week 15. Will that continue in week 16? There are no guarantees this late in the year, but Montgomery is one of the best under-owned options out there, especially as a flex play.
Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets. Anderson has been on a hot streak lately, and has a good relationship with Jets quarterback Bryce Petty. If you need a desperation option at WR, Anderson has been consistent as of late and could help you win a title.
AJ Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals. Green should be back in the Cincinnati Bengals lineup in week 16. If he's available on waivers, give him a look and get him into your lineup if he's healthy.
Alshonn Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears. Jeffery got cut in your league because of his suspension and nobody picked him up? Go get him, plug him in, and ride him to a win!
Tyler Lockette, WR, Seattle Seahawks. Lockette is extremely big play dependent, but could be an intriguing spot start against a Cardinals team who has been struggling as of late. You'll need a big play or two out of him for starting him to pay off, but if you're in a gambling mood, he could be worth it.
Ryan Griffin, TE, Houston Texans. Griffin had a great game for the Texans in week 15. If he draws the start this week due to Fiedorowicz's injury, he has a great matchup against a Bengals defense that is terrible against TEs.
San Diego Chargers D/ST. The Chargers face the Cleveland Browns this week, and if you're desperate for a D/ST unit this week, the Chargers could be worth a look.
Tennessee Titans D/ST. This week the Titans get to face the Jaguars. This unit has shown lots of potential at times, and the Jaguars are a team in transition after firing head coach Gus Bradley. Start the Titans D/ST this week and enjoy.
Week fifteen of the 2016 NFL Season is upon us! If you're still looking for fantasy help this late in the season, congratulations on making it this far. The playoffs are here, and if you're looking to add one or two players, that means that you are likely in the playoffs. The waiver wire is fairly barren at this point, but there are still some players out there that can help. Who do I like this week? Here are some thoughts. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Sam Bradford, QB, Minnesota Vikings. Last week, Bradford was a top 5 fantasy quarterback. This week, he gets to play against the Colts. Could he repeat his performance as a top 5 fantasy option against Indy? It's a possibility. Give him a look this week.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens. This week, Flacco has a nice matchup coming against the Eagles. He performed better than expected against the Patriots, and could put up big numbers against a weak Philadelphia roster.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers will likely get behind early against the Atlanta Falcons. That means lots of passing attempts to catch up. This could be a good week to start Colin Kaepernick if you're desperate at QB.
Matt Moore, QB, Miami Dolphins. Want to do something crazy? Is your season over but are you still playing for a consolation game? Plug Matt Moore in and see what he does. He once showed potential as a quarterback, but became relegated to a career backup role. He could put up some surprising numbers this week.
Kenneth Farrow, RB, San Diego Chargers. Farrow hasn't put enough on tape to allow for a true evaluation at the NFL level. Still, if Melvin Gordon doesn't play this week, Farrow is the starter for the Chargers in week 15. He's worth a grab and potential start depending on how the injury report plays out.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings. If your championship game is in week 17, grab Peterson just in case he plays in the final week of the season. He's worth a stash, but may not play unless the Vikings clinch a playoff berth.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets. Powell is always a flex option, but with Matt Forte injuring his knee in week 14, Powell could have an extremely big game this week. He's worth a look in all leagues this week.
Dwayne Washington, RB, Detroit Lions. If Riddick is out this week, then Washington will likely be the top RB in the Detroit offense. Worth a stash, especially if you're a Riddick owner.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers. I never root for an injury, but there is the real potential for Le'Veon Bell to get dinged up heading down the stretch. If it's going to happen, it might be most likely against the Bengals in what should be an intensely physical game. Williams is a worthwhile stash right now.
Taylor Gabriel, WR, Atlanta Falcons. Gabriel is a boom or bust type of prospect, but with the Falcons WRs dealing with injuries, this could be a good game to start Gabriel. He's always a big play threat, but could receive a significant proportion of targets this week.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins. Garcon is gone in most leagues, but check your waiver wire. If you're in a PPR league, he's even more valuable. He's been exceedingly productive the past few weeks, and should put up starter worthy numbers again this week in PPR formats. Well worth a grab.
AJ Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals. Did a desperate AJ Green owner cut AJ in your league when he got injured? Grab him now before he returns. AJ Green could be back in action in time for a week 15 matchup against Pittsburgh.
Ty Montgomery, WR/RB, Green Bay Packers. Montgomery has earned a large number of carries with the Packers in recent weeks. This week, he gets to face the Bears, a team he broke out against in a big way in week 7. Worth an add and start in all formats.
JJ Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals. Nelson is a classic boom-or-bust receiver. He's dependent on big plays to put up fantasy value, but if he gets them, he will be a huge help to your team. If you need a flex play, Nelson against the Saints could have a really nice game. He could also put up a dud, so be prepared for either option.
Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings. Thielen has been the Vikings leading receiver the past five weeks. That makes him a sneaky option in all formats, but an especially good one in PPR ones. Against a weak Colts secondary, he could have a big game.
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills. First time I've recommended Clay in a while, but against a Browns team that is exceedingly generous to opposing TEs, Clay could be a worthwhile spot start this week.
Atlanta Falcons D/ST. This week the Falcons play the 49ers. Enjoy.
Baltimore Ravens D/ST. If the Ravens defense is still somehow available in your league, you want them against the Eagles. This is a great matchup for this unit.
Buffalo Bills D/ST. The Bills play the Browns in Buffalo, and RGIII is a pick machine this week. Enjoy.
Miami Dolphins D/ST. The Dolphins pull a nice matchup against the New York Jets this week. The Jets offense has struggled lately, and with Forte potentially out, this could be a great matchup for the Dolphins.
Week 14 of the 2016 NFL season is upon us. Bye weeks are over, and some lucky teams are headed to the fantasy playoffs. Are you looking for an extra bit of help to put your team over the edge, or a replacement for an injured player on your team? There's still help available. Who do I like? Here are some thoughts. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!!-Mike B.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers. I may dislike Colin Kaepernick's way of pushing his political views, but I can't deny his value as a fantasy option at QB. He's probably on waivers after a terrible week last week, and could be start-worthy this week once again if the 49ers can get back on track. He's a bit of a gamble but has some upside.
Brock Osweiler, QB, Houston Texans. I know you're thinking "Osweiler?" However, the Colts have been very generous to opposing QBs. He could be a nice spot start this week.
Rex Burkhead, RB, Cincinnati Bengals. He's not Jeremy Hill. However, Burkhead did outproduce him on fewer carries this week. He could be a sneaky play this week against the Browns.
Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons. Coleman earned a nice role for the Falcons last week. He has the talent to succeed, and if you're hurting at RB, Coleman could be the answer. The Falcons didn't draft him to sit him on the bench forever, and he's finally starting to see more touches.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings. Peterson is on waivers in many leagues because of his injury. That being said, he is planning on returning to the Vikings at some point this season. Might as well be for your team! Grab him and hold him just in case. He could help you win a title.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets. Powell is the ultimate waiver wire RB. Snag him off waivers, start him as a flex play, cut him, pick him up when you need him again. Good fantasy piece, but gets no respect amongst owners.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers. Handcuff alert. Le'Veon Bell has struggled with injuries in recent years, and if he goes down, Williams will be in line for a huge role in the Steelers offense, and huge fantasy production.
AJ Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals. Green should not be available on waivers, but he is in some smaller leagues. I snagged him up in one of my leagues because the guy that had him dropped him for Tyler Boyd. If you have room on your roster to take a chance on an injured player who might not help this year but who could help you win a title, grab and hold Green.
Dontrelle Inman, WR, San Diego Chargers. Inman is one of the key receivers in one of the best passing attacks in football right now, and he sits on waivers in some leagues. He's worth a grab in all formats, especially PPR.
Malcolm Mitchell, WR, New England Patriots. Mitchell has emerged as a key part of the Patriots passing attack, and with Gronk out for the year and Danny Amendola struggling with an ankle injury, Mitchell needs to be on your radar. He's a worthwhile start as a WR3 or Flex play, at least.
Seth Roberts, WR, Oakland Raiders. Roberts is a boom or bust player at WR, but he's made some big plays in the redzone lately. He may flame out entirely for you, or he could pay big dividends. He's a gamble, but if you're desperate, he's a decent one.
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This kid is the real deal. First he passed Austin Seferian-Jenkins in camp. Then he took over the starting role. Now he's been on fire from a fantasy perspective. Well worth adding and starting.
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins. Davis is a worthwhile start as long as Jordan Reed remains injured.
LaDarius Green, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers. Green had a big game for Pittsburgh now that he is healthy. Big things should continue to follow. He's extremely talented when he's on the field, and he could help take your team to a title this season.
Lance Kendricks, TE, LA Rams. Kendricks has been productive all season for the Rams, and continues to ride the waiver wire in many leagues. He could be a nice spot start this week.
Cincinnati Bengals D/ST. This week, the Bengals face off against the Browns. Unless Marvin Lewis entirely drops the ball this week, this should be a great matchup for your fantasy team.
Minnesota Vikings D/ST. The Vikings could be on waivers in some leagues given the fact that the team has struggled in recent weeks. If that's the case, scoop this unit up and start it against Jacksonville.
Week 13 of the NFL season is upon us. In many fantasy leagues, Week 13 is the final week of the regular season. The Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans are on byes this week, so their players won't help you. That being said, there is still help to be found. Who am I considering this week? Here are some thoughts. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!!--Mike B.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers. I'm not a Kaepernick fan by any stretch of the imagination, but the guy puts up points. He had a huge week against Miami, and gets to face the Bears this week. He could be a surprisingly good start this week.
Jared Goff, QB, LA Rams. Goff is a bit of a desperation start, but he has the potential for a big week. He looked good in his second start, and may continue to improve. If you're stuck at the position, give him consideration in a deeper league. He faces the Patriots this week, so there's some garbage time point potential here.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans. Made the playoffs but the guy with Mariota has no backup plan and needs to drop him? Take a look and see if you can snag Mariota off of waivers if your QB is your weakest link. If you haven't clinched yet, don't put off getting a guy that can get you in to get Mariota, however.
Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens. It feels like I recommend Dixon every week lately. That's because he's still un-owned in far too many leagues. He's a waiver wire RB that can come in and help you win NOW. If you need that, then Dixon is your guy.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings. Do you want Adrian Peterson on your team for your championship game matchup if he's healthy? Then go get him now! He's on track for the end of the season, so he needs to be added if you have any chance of making the post season as a playoff weapon.
Rex Burkhead, RB, Cincinnati Bengals. Yes, Jeremy Hill is the #1 RB in this offense, but with Gio Bernard out, Burkhead will get looks as a chance of pace back. He's a potential flex play.
Alfred Morris, RB, Dallas Cowboys. A speculative add, but does Zeke Elliot make it through the season on fire or does he hit the rookie wall? If he hits the wall and/or faces injury, you want Morris on your team.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers. Don't forget Le'Veon Bell's recent history of late-season injuries. Williams is an insurance policy, but if Bell goes down, Williams is the best backup RB in the league. Worth a speculative stash if you have room.
Tyreek Hill, WR, KC Chiefs. Hill has continued to be surprisingly productive in Kansas City. If you need help at the receiver position this week, he's a must add.
Taylor Gabriel, WR, Atlanta Falcons. Gabriel is hugely touchdown dependent, but if you don't mind gambling on a score, he's worth a speculative start. He could pay off nicely if he scores.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins. Monitor Jackson's health and Patrick Peterson's health closely. if Jackson remains healthy this week and Peterson is ruled out, you will absolutely want to start Jackson against the Cardinals.
Marquess Wilson, WR, Chicago Bears. Wilson has emerged as the #1 receiver in the Chicago offense, and will likely hold that spot until Alshonn Jeffery returns from suspension. He may not put up a huge game this week, but he could do well enough to help you compete.
Quincy Enumwa, WR, New York Jets. Did someone in your league cut Enumwa at some point this season? Do you need help at WR? Then what are you waiting for? Go out and get him for his matchup against the Colts!
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Philadelphia Eagles. Is Green-Beckham finally finding his stride in the NFL? If he is, he could put up a nice game for Philly this week. Then again, we're talking about an offensive unit where Vince Papale could win the #1 receiver role, so Green-Beckham has a good chance for lots of looks.
Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals. Another week without AJ Green is another week with Tyler Boyd. He looked good last week for the Bengals and continue to produce as the #1 receiver in that offense until Green is healthy.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills. Is Watkins still sitting on waivers in your league? Then what are you waiting for? Go get him. NOW.
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins. If Jordan Reed is out this week, then Davis becomes almost a must start. Enough said.
Vance McDonald, TE, San Francisco 49ers. McDonald and Kaepernick have been on a bit of a hot streak together lately. If the wire is barren at TE and McDonald is available, go get him. He's a great streaming option against the Bears.
San Diego Chargers D/ST. The Chargers defense has made me believe! This unit is looking surprisingly good to everyone except huge Denzel Perryman and Joey Bosa groupies. They could be a useful streamer start this week against Tampa Bay.
Chicago Bears D/ST. Remember when the Bears used to be a dominant defense every week a few years back? This week's matchup against the 49ers might bring back memories of those days. This is a great unit to stream this week, even with Chicago's uncertainty on offense.
Week 12 of the NFL season is upon us, and injuries are hitting hard. Andrew Luck is dealing with a concussion, and Jay Cutler is out for the season. So is Gio Bernard. AJ Green is dealing with a hamstring injury, LeSean McCoy is injured, and so is Ryan Mathews. Mercifully, there are no bye weeks this week, but this late in the season, every injury hurts, and every advantage helps. Speaking of advantages, Adrian Peterson might be returning in mid-December. He's worth a speculative add...NOW...in all formats. Go get him. Who are some guys I'm looking at? Here are some thoughts. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Matt Barkley, QB, Chicago Bears. With Cutler and Hoyer both injured, it's Barkley's turn to take the reigns for the season. Barkley's not a long-term answer for your fantasy team, but he's an intriguing hold right now. He might struggle given some of the holes in Chicago's team; he struggled in his first stint under center as a Bear. That being said, with more experience in the offense, he could put up a decent week.
Jared Goff, QB, LA Rams. Don't let Goff's lackluster first start scare you off. I think the upside is there for him to put up good numbers down the stretch. The kid has Matt Ryan-type talent, and that talent could show up when everything clicks for him in the NFL. He's worth a speculative add.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins. I've never been a huge Tannehill fan, but he has a nice matchup against the 49ers this week. If you're grasping at straws, he's a good one to latch onto. You could do much worse this week.
Scott Tolzien, QB, Indianapolis Colts. Tolzien is a bit of a desperation play in the Indy offense, but if the waiver wire is barren and you're a gambling type, he's worth a roll of the dice since he will likely be starting in Indy this week.
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz is still available in a lot of leagues, especially small leagues. If you're dealing with uncertainty under center and Wentz is available, he might be your best option this week.
Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens. Sooner or later, Dixon is going to break out in a huge way with a monster game. Pick him up before that happens against you.
Mike Gillisee, RB, Buffalo Bills. Gillisee is a speculative add in that he might not see much of an increase in workload this week, but watch the situation closely in Buffalo as we near game day. Gillisee could put up a nice game if he emerges with a large workload.
Tim Hightower, RB, New Orleans Saints. Hightower seems to have established himself as the top RB in New Orleans. Go get him now if he's still available.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings. Peterson is targeting a return from injury to the Vikings in December. If he's available in your league, he needs to be rostered immediately. He might not take another snap this season, but if he does, you want it to be for your team.
Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles. Smallwood should see a sizeable number of looks this week thanks to injuries in Philly. That makes him an enticing fantasy option in all scoring formats. Pick him up now.
Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals. Andy Dalton has to throw to someone this week, and Tyler Boyd should be his main WR target. Boyd should put up solid numbers as the de facto #1 receiver in this unit. He's worth starting.
Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs. Hill is looking solid in Kansas City. He's put up some fantastic numbers the past few weeks, and should continue that trend this week. If you're hurting at WR and miss out on Boyd, Hill could be your guy this week.
Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans. Sharpe finally had a breakout game this week. Will it continue? If it does, he could put up some great fantasy numbers down the stretch. If you need a flex start or want to fill a roster spot, Sharpe is your guy.
Jared Cook, TE, Green Bay Packers. Cook had a huge game against the Redskins, and that bodes well for his future production with Green Bay. If things are clicking for him, then now is the time to have him on your roster.
Buffalo Bills D/ST. This week, the Bills face the Jaguars. As solid as this Bills unit has been, they should put up a nice game against Jacksonville.
New York Giants D/ST. This week, the Giants get to play the Browns. Enough said.
Tennessee Titans D/ST. This is a unit that could put up some sneaky good numbers against a Bears offense on their third starting quarterback for the year. Worth a spot start.
Week 11 of the NFL season is upon us. This week, the Atlanta Falcons, the Denver Broncos, the NY Jets, and the San Diego Chargers take the week off. Tony Romo returns to the active roster for the Cowboys, but Dak Prescott will continue to start. In other news, Rob Gronkowski is injured again, and may miss this week with a lung injury. Jared Goff will make his first NFL start this week. With fantasy regular seasons nearly ending, it's time to make that last final push for a playoff spot. Who am I streaming this week? Here are some thoughts. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers. While I don't like Kaepernick's personal choices on how to communicate his personal views, I do like him as a potential fantasy streamer at quarterback. His talent in the run game gives him added value for your team. He's worth a spot start as needed, as long as he stays healthy.
Jared Goff, QB, LA Rams. I think Goff could put together at least middle of the pack numbers for the Rams this week, but there's the potential for even more upside against the Dolphins. He's a risky start, but he could pay off nicely for you this week. Well worth a roll of the dice if you need an option.
Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens. Dixon was one of the top RBs in this year's draft class and should continue to put up useable numbers as he acclimatizes to the NFL. He's a player on the rise.
Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans. If Henry is available in your league, now is the time to snag him. The Titans offense is on the rise and he should see more looks as the year goes on.
Rob Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins. As of now, Kelley appears to have taken the top role in the Redskins backfield and should be owned accordingly. Well worth a grab if he's available.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets. Every week, Powell gets no respect, but every week, he puts up respectable stats. If you need a fill-in or a flex guy, Powell is always worth a look. He's never flashy but he generally won't put up a complete dud either.
CJ Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks. Prosise looked great in the passing game, and that should give him value even if/when Thomas Rawls returns (note, Rawls is also a guy you could stash right now especially if you have room on your roster). He should be owned in most formats.
Jeremy Kerley, WR, San Francisco 49ers. I'm not a Kaepernick fan at all, but that won't stop me from praising Jeremy Kerley here. He had another huge game this week, and in PPR formats, he's well worth a risk-reward start. Sometimes he won't do much, but other weeks he'll put up 20 points. Worth a look.
Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans. The Titans offense has finally found its stride. If you haven't bought in yet and Matthews or Wright are still on the waiver wire, go get them. NOW.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills. If you're in a small league, Watkins' owner may have dropped him because of his injury. Now is the time to snag him in case he returns from IR if you have room.
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans. As I said with Rishard Matthews, the Titans are finally rolling on all cylinders. Go get Wright especially in PPR leagues. You won't regret it.
Martellus Bennett, TE, New England Patriots. If Gronk doesn't play this week, then Bennett becomes a must start at the position.
Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts. Doyle has emerged as a key cog in the Colts offense this year. He's worth a grab in all formats if he is somehow available on waivers.
Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions. Ebron is quietly putting together a solid year. He should be a top ten option at the position this week. He also might be on waivers in your league. Take a look.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Houston Texans. The Raiders have gotten better at covering tight ends since last season, but Fiedorowicz could still be in line for a big game. He's worth a look if you need some help at the position.
Detroit Lions D/ST. The Jaguars are giving up a lot of turnovers right now, which is good for opposing fantasy defenses. If you need a streamer with high upside, this unit is worth a shot.
Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST. This week the Steelers play the Cleveland Browns. Enjoy.
Week 10 of the 2016 NFL season is upon us. This week, the Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, and Indianapolis Colts take the week off. Today is also election day in the US, and regardless of your political stance, if you are able to vote, please do so. Voting is a privilege we take for granted all too often, but let's take a moment to remember the sacrifices made by so many so that we are able to vote. I'd like to say thank you to all who have made sacrifices for our nation to ensure the rights that we hold dear as Americans. That being said, the fantasy regular season is quickly nearing its conclusion, which means that you want to make a strong final push towards the playoffs. You might need some streamers to help you towards the postseason, either to cover injuries or to fill in on bye. Who am I considering this week? Here are some thoughts. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens. While Average Joe isn't a guy you want to depend on as an every week starter, against the Browns, he will put up above average numbers. Get that man into your lineup this week.
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz is emerging as a solid option on a seemingly weekly basis. He's not quite an every week fantasy starter, but he is a guy that will keep you competitive as a fill in. If you're current quarterback is on bye, give Wentz a long look this week. He faces the Falcons, who give up tons of points to opposing quarterbacks.
Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens. Dixon is starting to earn a bigger workload for the Ravens. That means you should start paying more attention to him as a fantasy player. He's one of the best RBs of his draft class, and will only improve with more looks.
DuJuan Harris, RB, San Francisco 49ers. With Carlos Hyde once again injured, Harris stepped in and had a phenomenal game. He's worth an add even if you're just holding onto him as an insurance policy for Hyde. If he starts, you should start him.
Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars. Ivory finally broke out in a big way for the Jaguars this week. Their new offensive coordinator has found ways to use him, and he could put up some solid points totals down the stretch. Well worth a grab, especially if you're thin at the position.
Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots. Lewis has a very good chance of being back for New England this week. That means he should be owned in your league, especially in a PPR setting. If he's on waivers, go get him.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets. Powell always has flex potential. If you're thin at RB and need a one week fill in, he's worth a look.
Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks. Rawls could be back in time for week 11. Especially if you're in a small league with small rosters, Rawls could be a guy sitting on waivers due to his injury. Don't be too slow to pick him up. Grab him now before it's too late.
Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals. Marvin Lewis likes to bring along his rookies slowly. Now, 10 weeks into the season and after the bye, Boyd should start seeing a bigger role in the Bengals offense. Back in week 8, he had 5 catches. With no surefire #2 established in Cincinnati, Boyd could emerge in that role soon.
Taylor Gabriel, WR, Atlanta Falcons. In a deep league and desperate at the position? Gabriel is a player for you. He had a surprisingly big week 9, and could build off of that this week. Not a guy you need in smaller leagues, but in large leagues, he is definitely worth monitoring.
Adam Humphries, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Humphries is a surprisingly important piece of the Bucs offense. Mike Evans is the #1 WR there, but Humphries has the potential to be the #2 guy in that offense on any given week. He's flashed some this year and is worth a gamble if you're thin at the position this week. Also, if Evans misses time this week due to his concussion-like symptoms, Humphries becomes almost a must-start.
Marquise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars. Lee has taken on a bigger role in the Jacksonville offense lately. While he's only worth starting in deeper leagues right now, he is a player that should be squarely on your radar. At least monitor his situation.
Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans. While Wright is looking like the #1 in Tennessee, Matthews had a really nice week 9. He's worth a grab as well if you're thin at the position.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings. I've had Patterson here before, but he had a pretty nice game week 9 in a PPR setting. He's always going to be big-play dependent, but if you need a miracle in a deep league, Patterson could be worth a roll of the dice.
Eli Rogers, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers. Rogers had a really good week in week 9. Can he build off of it? He's worth a speculative grab at least.
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans. I'm a huge fan of Wright right now, especially in PPR leagues. He's becoming the most productive WR in the Titans offense, and can put up sneaky-good numbers especially in PPR formats. If you're thin at WR, Wright could be your answer.
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brate is finally seeing his role increase with the Buccaneers. He's not going to singlehandedly win you a matchup, but he certainly won't lose you one either. If you're hurting at the position, give him a look this week.
Lance Kendricks, TE, LA Rams. Kendricks is seeing lots of targets for the Rams lately, and gets to face the Jets this week. The Jets have been relatively generous towards tight ends this week, making Kendricks a worthwhile streamer.
Baltimore Ravens D/ST. This week the Ravens play the Browns. Enough said.
Kansas City Chiefs D/ST. The Chiefs get to play the Panthers this week. Why is that important? Because the Panthers have given up a ton of turnovers. That means that they could provide lots of points for the Chiefs D/ST from a fantasy perspective. This could be a semi-risky start, but this is a matchup that I like.
Week nine of the NFL regular season is upon us, which means that your fantasy season is more than halfway over. This week, the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, and Washington Redskins all take the week off. That means that for many teams, there is a real need to turn to the waiver wire to cover bye weeks. Who do I like this week? Here are some ideas. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Sam Bradford, QB, Minnesota Vikings. Bradford had a horrible Monday night game against the Bears, which means he may have gotten cut in your league. If that's the case, grab him for this week. He's not going to win your matchup for you, but he won't lose it either.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets. I'm not a huge Fitzpatrick fan, but he may be on waivers in your league given his rough start to the season. If nothing else, he's useful in deeper leagues as a one-week fill in.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers. The Saints have no defense, and Kaepernick has the potential to put up decent stats this week thanks to his mobility. He's not a great quarterback, but as a fill-in, you could do much worse this week.
Case Keenum, QB, LA Rams. As long as Keenum is still starting for the Rams, he's a guy that should be rostered in your leagues. Don't let a single rough game scare you away from what has been a pretty productive season.
Josh McCown, QB, Cleveland Browns. I'm not a huge McCown fan, but he's the Browns best option under center. He also can be useful from a fantasy perspective. If the QB market is slim, McCown is a possibility this week.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers. Roethlisberger may have gotten cut in your league due to injury especially if it's a small league. If you're hurting at quarterback, now's a good time to grab him, he could return this week.
Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Barber has developed into a key part of the Buccaneers offense. If you need a one week flex play, he's an option.
Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans. Henry is starting to earn more of a role in the Tennessee offense. Grab him now before it's too late. His value should skyrocket if his carries continue to increase.
Tim Hightower, RB, New Orleans Saints. If you spent a high draft pick on Ingram, you're likely unhappy. Hightower keeps building a bigger role in the Saints backfield. That means he should have a spot on your fantasy roster. If he's available, get him now.
Robert Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins. Kelley has the week off, so he's not going to help you this week. However, he appears to have carved out a nice role for himself in the Redskins offense. He's a guy that should be stashed on your roster.
Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots. The Patriots are on bye this week, but Lewis will be returning very soon. Stash him.
Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles. Sproles is starting to look like the #1 RB in Philly, which means lots of fantasy points. He's not available in all leagues, but if he is in yours, grab him now.
Charcandrick West, RB, KC Chiefs. With Jamaal Charles dinged up, West is a must add in all formats if he's available. Pick him up.
Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns. Coleman will soon be healthy again. He is back in practice and could play as early as this week. That means he needs to be on your team. If he's a free agent, grab him.
Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins. Crowder had a dry stretch in the middle of the season which may have led his owner in your league to drop him. He's picking up consistency again, so now is the time to pounce if he's available. Grab him now.
Percy Harvin, WR, Buffalo Bills. Harvin might struggle a little this week as he learns a new offense in Buffalo, but someone has to fill the void left by Sammy Watkins. If nothing else, Harvin has big play potential this week and is at least a desperation start if needed.
JJ Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals. Injuries have given Nelson a much bigger role in the Arizona offense. They have a week off to get healthy, but he could be a useful option down the stretch. Pick him up now.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins. Stills has finally found a role in the Miami offense. That makes him an intriguing fantasy sleeper. Well worth a roster spot, and he's even a potential starting option this week depending on what your receivers look like.
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans. I started Kendall Wright in week 8 and he won my matchup for me. Wright is the #1 WR in the Titans offense and could very well still be available in your league. Grab him while you still can.
Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions. Ebron is always an intriguing option at tight end, and he has flashed at times with the Lions. Now that he's healthy again he's a must add.
Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens. As long as Pitta is healthy, he's a must-own in fantasy. Each week he's a borderline starter which makes him a useful one-week fill in if needed to cover byes.
Dallas Cowboys D/ST. This week the Cowboys play the Browns. I like defenses that face the Browns. The Cowboys could have a big week this week.
San Diego Chargers D/ST. The Chargers have a very good defensive core with a lot of talent. This unit could put together a really nice game against the Titans this week.
Week 8 of the NFL season is upon us. With the regular season nearly halfway over, we can get a good look at how teams look from a playoff perspective. If the season ended today, the Patriots, Bills, Raiders, Broncos, Steelers, Texans, Cowboys, Seahawks, Vikings, Falcons, Packers, and Eagles would be your playoff teams. The NFC East is as close as ever, with 1 5 win team (the Cowboys) and 3 4 win teams. The Vikings, and not the Packers, are leading the NFC North. If the season ended today, the Bengals would miss the playoffs for the first time in years. If the season ended today, things would be interesting.
But the season doesn't end today. The regular season (and your fantasy season) goes on. In week 8, the Ravens, Rams, Dolphins, Giants, Steelers, and 49ers take the week off. Eddie Lacy is on IR. Brian Hoyer is injured. Arian Foster has retired. This week, as always, fantasy owners will need to look to the waiver wire for answers in some fashion or another. Who am I targeting this week? Here are some thoughts. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Jared Goff, QB, LA Rams. Is Jared Goff's time to shine now? Following a horrid game by Case Keenum against the Giants in England, Goff could be inserted into the starting role after the Rams bye this week. Worth a stash or at least monitoring.
Kevin Hogan, QB, Cleveland Browns. Hogan isn't an every game starter in any format. That being said, he was one of the most underrated quarterbacks in this year's draft class, and can do a huge amount of damage with his legs. He's not going to win you a game on his own, but if you're stuck at QB this week, he's a top 15 quarterback option in my opinion from a fantasy perspective with top 10 potential depending on carries in the run game.
Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers. Rivers is a guy that is overlooked on an annual basis. He's available in a lot of smaller leagues right now, even though he can put up top ten numbers on a regular basis. Take a look at your waiver wire if you have a glaring need at QB. He just might be there.
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs. Smith is as boring as they come, but he could put up at least passable numbers if you need a starting quarterback this week. Give him a look.
Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos. Sooner or later, Booker will be the top RB in Denver. If it's this season, he had better be on your team. Grab him if he's available in your league.
Knile Davis, RB, Green Bay Packers. Somebody has to get carries for the Packers. Might as well be Davis. He's a guy that is a borderline must add just given the uncertainty in Green Bay right now.
Jacquizz Rogers, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rogers is looking strong in a relief role in Tampa. This makes him well worth rostering until Doug Martin is healthy.
Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins. Thompson would be a nice sleeper especially in PPR leagues; he's outscored Latavius Murray, Eddie Lacy, Bilal Powell, TJ Yeldon, Thomas Rawls, Devin Funchess, Danny Amendola, and DeVante Parker this year in PPR formats. He gets streaky at times, but he's well worth a roster spot in all PPR leagues.
Zach Zenner, RB, Detroit Lions. Zach Zenner finally had his first big game as a fantasy option. If he continues to get looks in the Detroit backfield, that will continue. Go get him if he's out there.
Kenny Britt, WR, LA Rams. Did you see Britt's game this past week? He had a huge one. He's a guy that is more than worth a flier in most leagues, especially if you're weak at receiver. Well worth a look especially in deeper leagues.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, Buffalo Bills. With Sammy Watkins down, Goodwin has had some big games. He's streaky, but has the potential for some big games. If you're struggling at WR he's worth a look.
Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars. Marqise Lee leads the Jaguars in receptions. This makes him worthy of a spot start here and there and a roster add in all formats, but especially in PPR leagues.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts. Sooner or later, Donte Moncrief will be healthy. When he is, you want it to be on your team. Grab him and sit on him until he heals.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings. Patterson finally found the endzone this past week. That allowed him to put together a pretty nice game from a fantasy perspective. He's another risky start, but he's not without upside. Worth grabbing if you have an extra spot.
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans. I'm still a big Kendall Wright fan. He had a big week 2 weeks back, and while last week wasn't quite as good, Wright is a player that will help you through a bye week or two if needed. Go get him.
AJ Derby, TE, Denver Broncos. AJ Derby looked really good with the Patriots in the preseason, but was buried on the Patriots depth chart. He was just traded to the Broncos. The Broncos depth chart is not nearly as deep. Derby could be a worthwhile add. Don't start him this week, but grab him, bench him, and see what happens.
Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts. With Dwayne Allen again dealing with injures, Doyle is worth being on your roster, even if it's as your backup. If you have Allen, he's must-have. He could put up some solid numbers moving forward depending on Allen's health. He broke out in a big way against the Titans in week 7.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Houston Texans. Fiedorowicz is seeing lots of targets right now for Houston. That makes him worth a look, especially against the Detroit Lions, who allow lots and lots of fantasy points against tight ends.
Lance Kendricks, TE, LA Rams. Kendricks is headed into his bye, but once he returns, he has some great matchups. If you're looking for a TE to start for a few weeks, he's a guy to keep on your radar.
New York Jets D/ST. The Jets face the Cleveland Browns this week. Start and enjoy the show.
Tennessee Titans D/ST. Blake Bortles is struggling with interceptions right meow. That opens up the door for potential fantasy relevance for the Titans defense, especially if your scoring format heavily rewards turnovers.
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