With Week 14 completed, it’s time for Week 15 Streaming Options! If you managed to win your first round matchup in the fantasy playoffs thanks to my article, congratulations!!! But there’s much to be done if you want to advance further.
It’s imperative to make the right decisions when choosing the correct quarterback and total defense. So, let my article be your compass to another playoff victory!!
Before we move on to the QB and DST Week 15 streaming options, I’ll review the complete results at the quarterback position from last week’s article:
Blake Bortles– 268 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, -2 Rushing Yards= 18.52 FP
Jimmy Garoppolo– 334 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, -3 Rushing Yards= 16.06 FP
Case Keenum– 280 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, 40 Rushing Yards= 21.20 FP
Blaine Gabbert– 178 Passing Yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 12 Rushing Yards= 8.32 FP
Josh McCown– 46 Passing Yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 7 Rushing Yards= -0.46 FP
Deshone Kizer– 214 Passing Yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs, 7 Rushing Yards= 19.26 FP
Blake Bortles | Jacksonville Jaguars
Bortles came up big in what appeared to be a tough matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. Although Seattle is pretty banged up on defense, they still have been doing a decent job of limiting opposing quarterbacks. That was, up until they squared off against Bortles in Week 14. The much-maligned signal caller passed for 268 yards and two touchdowns to help propel his team to victory.
Whether you trusted Bortles or not in Week 14, he’s one of the top quarterback streaming options in Week 15 in a home contest against the Texans. Houston has been one of the top teams to target with quarterbacks in fantasy, having allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to the position this season. Add in Bortles’ above-average rushing production and this is a no-brainer stream for those in need of a Week 15 quarterback. Carson Wentz owners would be wise to go all-in on Bortles, who will be usable as a streamer in Week 16 against the Titans as well.
Jimmy Garoppolo | San Francisco 49ers
Garoppolo is just #goodatfootball. In just his second start with the 49ers, Jimmy G led his team to just their third win of the season, with two of those victories coming in his two starts. Despite heading an offense that lacks weapons, Garoppolo managed to throw for 334 yards, one touchdown, and one interception against the Texans.
He draws another fine matchup in Week 15 as he will face off against the Titans at home. Tennessee’s 22nd ranked pass defense per Pro-Football-Reference allows Garoppolo to have a solid outing. He’s a solid streaming option in two-quarterback leagues.
Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens
Flacco has passed for at least 260 yards and two touchdowns in three of his past five games. He draws a beautiful matchup against a Browns pass defense that made Brett Hundley look like Aaron Rodgers in Week 14. Okay, maybe that’s a bit bold, but Hundley did pass for 265 yards and three touchdowns on Cleveland.
The Browns have been an extreme pass funnel defense this season as they rank 6th in run defense and 21st in pass defense per Pro-Football-Reference. They’ve also allowed 26 passing touchdowns, tied for the most in the NFL. Flacco is a better option in two-quarterback leagues this weekend.
Blaine Gabbert | Arizona Cardinals
Gabbert was a popular sleeper in Week 14 against the Titans but he failed to do much, passing for 178 scoreless yards. The veteran signal-caller certainly hasn’t inspired much from quarterback streamers over the past two weeks but he remains in play as a deep QB2 option. Gabbert faces the Washington Redskins in Week 15. The Washington pass defense has really slipped this season, having allowed two or more passing touchdowns in six of the past eight games. Overall, Washington is allowing the 14th-most fantasy PPG to opposing quarterbacks.
Case Keenum | Minnesota Vikings
Can we now allow ourselves to say Keenum has been an excellent fantasy quarterback this season? He produced at least 16 fantasy points in six straight games now and reached the 20-plus mark twice. Even in a tough matchup on the road against Carolina last week, Keenum managed another solid fantasy performance. In Week 15, he gets a home matchup against a Bengals team that have the U-Hauls out ready for the off-season to begin. Keenum has a high ceiling as a streaming option regardless of format.
Nick Foles | Philadelphia Eagles
The most depressing news in the aftermath of Week 14 is Carson Wentz’s season-ending injury. Now, Nick Foles will attempt to keep the Eagles’ stellar season afloat. From Alshon Jeffery to Nelson Agholor to Zach Ertz, Foles has a plethora of options to help him produce. This week’s matchup against the Giants is rather an attractive one for Foles and the Eagles offensive stars. New York’s defense has just seven interceptions the entire season and has allowed a league-worst 26 passing touchdowns.
DeShone Kizer | Cleveland Browns
Kizer played the best game of his short NFL career in Week 14, passing for three touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers. The rookie has definitely benefited from the return of Josh Gordon, which has given him a bonafide stud wide receiver to target in the passing game.
Coming off a cake matchup with the Packers in Week 14, Kizer gets a matchup downgrade as he’ll take on the Ravens this weekend. Baltimore’s pass defense has been excellent this season, ranking second in DVOA, despite losing top corner Jimmy Smith. In their first game without Smith (Week 14), they allowed Ben Roethlisberger to shred them for 506 passing yards. Now, Kizer has yet to reach even a 300-yard passing game but he does bring some rushing upside to the table which gives him a workable floor. He’s fine as a streamer in two-quarterback leagues.
Dallas’ defense failed to accumulate any sacks but managed to hold the Giants to 10 points and force two turnovers in Week 14. They’re once again a streaming option as a road favorite against the mediocre-or-worse offense of the Raiders. They’re tied for the tenth-worst scoring offense in the NFL (20.3 PPG). The Raiders have done a poor job taking care of the football, ranking seventh in most turnovers (20). The Cowboys are a thoroughly average defense across the board. They’re not a high-ceiling selection, but their floor is rock solid.
The Bills DST couldn’t get their footing in the snow on Sunday, disappointing with one sack and zero interceptions. That had to do with the ultra-conservative playcalling by both teams.
They should have more success against the Dolphins in Week 15. The Dolphins offense is one of the worst in the NFL averaging 292.6, the fourth-fewest total yards per game. Additionally, they rank 4th in turnovers (23) and are 27th in scoring offense (17.4 PPG). The Dolphins are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game (11.17) to opposing DST units this season. Miami is a team to target when streaming defenses.
After a hot start, the Detroit DST has not been consistent for fantasy purposes in recent weeks. But they did get back on track against the Buccaneers last Sunday with five turnovers and three sacks.
Now they get a home matchup against the struggling Chicago Bears. In terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing defenses on the season, Chicago is in the bottom tier. Despite the recent performance of rookie Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago is averaging the third-lowest offensive yardage total in the league (291.6). The big concern here is how the Lions’ 21st-ranked run defense can stand up to Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. I have a belief that they can at least contain them enough to get the victory. Detroit has a decent floor but limited upside in this contest, but they are a worthy streaming option this week.
Over their last three games, the Titans DST are averaging 6.7 sacks and allowing a meager 13.6 PPG. It’s a drastic improvement from their earlier performances and perhaps they feel the sense of urgency to make the playoffs. In Week 15, they travel to the Bay Area to face Jimmy Garoppolo and the Niners. San Francisco ranks 27th in total offense despite the presence of Jimmy G. Tennessee is a very deep streaming option.
Quitely, the Falcons have the 9th best scoring defense (20.1), 11th in sacks (34), 6th in passing defense, and 9th in total defense. They’ll take that DST on the road for a Monday night contest against Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers. We all know that a Winston meltdown is a possibility, so Atlanta is another deep streaming option.
Good Luck and Remember: #FortuneFavorsTheBold
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