Week 12 has been completed and that means it’s time for Week 13 Streaming Options! For many of you, this signals the end of the regular fantasy football season with the playoffs starting in Week 14. For others, there’s still some time left to make that final playoff push. It’s imperative to make those important weekly decisions that could tilt the scales in your favor and lead to a victorious week.
Before we move on to the QB and DST Week 13 streaming options, I’ll review the complete results at the quarterback position from last week’s article:
Andy Dalton– 214 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, 26 Rushing Yards= 19.16 FP
Blake Bortles– 160 Passing Yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 62 Rushing Yards, 2 TDs= 23.60 FP
Jacoby Brissett– 196 Passing Yards, 0 TDs, 0 INT, 16 Rushing Yards= 7.44 FP
Joe Flacco– 141 Passing Yards, 0 TDs, 0 INT, 42 Rushing Yards= 9.84 FP
Case Keenum– 282 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, 20 Rushing Yards, 1 TD= 27.28 FP
Case Keenum | Minnesota Vikings
It’s time to fully buy in on Keenum as a viable weekly fantasy starter, at least for as long as he remains the real-life starter. The veteran quarterback continues to impress for the Vikings, despite never being the team’s first choice at the position at any point during this season. Most recently, he went on the road on Thanksgiving and passed for 282 yards and two scores while adding another on the ground.
This week, Keenum will travel to Atlanta to take on a middling Falcons pass defense that is allowing the 17th-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks and ranked 17th in DVOA according to Football Outsiders. With all of the weapons at Keenum’s disposal, he remains a solid streaming option this week in one-quarterback leagues.
Josh McCown | New York Jets
McCown turned in a surprise performance against a tough Panthers pass defense in Week 12, passing for 302 yards and three touchdowns. While it never feels all that comfortable to start McCown in fantasy, he’s been a QB1 more often than not this season. Look for the well-traveled veteran to keep up the hot play in Week 13 against Kansas City. It helps that the Chiefs are all of a sudden watching their season spiral out of control. The Kansas City pass defense is allowing the 12th-most fantasy points per game to the position. McCown remains a strong streaming option in all formats.
Blake Bortles | Jacksonville Jaguars
While Bortles’ real-life performance in Week 12 against the Cardinals didn’t match his fantasy output, he ended up as a viable streamer. While he failed to throw a touchdown, the signal caller did rush for 62 yards and two scores.
Bortles draws another solid matchup in Week 13 against a weak Colts pass defense at home. Before Week 12, the Colts pass defense ranked 27th in DVOA. These two teams met in Week 7 with Bortles passing for 330 yards and a touchdown. He sets up as a solid QB2 this weekend.
Brett Hundley | Green Bay Packers
Hundley turned in one of the bigger surprise performances last Sunday night in Week 12. He posted a career game against a stout Steelers pass defense. The young quarterback completed 17-of-26 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns. He’ll get to face a Tampa Bay pass defense that’s ranked 32nd in the NFL per Pro-Football-Reference. Despite Hundley’s strong fantasy performance, he’s still only worth a QB2 in Week 13.
Geno Smith | New York Giants
I must be some sort of fantasy sicko to suggest using Geno Smith as a viable streamer (in two-quarterback leagues ONLY) but here we are. It’s all due to the Giants decision to start evaluating their younger players, especially at the quarterback position. The only reason he’s on the streaming radar is the pristine matchup against a soft Oakland Raiders pass defense. Oakland is allowing the 10th-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks and ranked dead last in the league in pass defense DVOA.
Jimmy Garoppolo |San Francisco 49ers
Garoppolo will get his first start of the year in Week 13 when the Niners travel to Chicago. They’ll face a depleted Bears defense who’ll be without pass rusher Leonard Floyd. Because of that, they’ve allowed five passing scores over the last two weeks, compared to just eight passing scores through the first 10 weeks of the season. Considering the lack of passing options, it’s reasonable to temper expectations but he does have upside due to his running ability. If you’re in a two-quarterback league, he’s a solid streaming option as a QB2.
Tyrod Taylor | Buffalo Bills
In his return as the Bills starter, Taylor led the team to an improbable road win over the Chiefs. Tyrod didn’t have a huge game, passing for 183 yards and a touchdown, but he did enough to get the win. Taylor faces the New England Patriots at home in Week 13. He still carries streamer value due to the likelihood of a high volume of pass attempts. As always, Taylor’s rushing ability gives him a solid floor; he’s rushed for at least 25 yards and scored two touchdowns in each of his last four games played. While the Patriots defense has tightened up after some early-season mistakes, Tyrod is still a solid QB1 streaming option.
New Orleans Saints
The previously resurgent Saints DST came crashing down to Earth posting single-digit scores the last two weeks. Against the Redskins, they were without starting corners, Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crowley.
Obviously, the Saints make for a better streaming option if both players return to action for Week 13. Carolina ranks 15th in scoring offense (22.5 points per game), 11th in most offensive turnovers (16), and 15th in most sacks allowed (26). Carolina’s offense, while inconsistent, is capable of big scoring outputs—so tempering expectations is a prudent choice of action.
The Bears were thoroughly beaten by the Eagles last week in Philadelphia, despite getting 3 takeaways. This week, they return home to host the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners are ranked 28th in scoring offense (17.0 points per game), have committed the eighth most turnovers (17), and are tied for the sixth most sacks allowed (35). They’ll be led by trade-deadline acquisition Jimmy Garoppolo who’ll be making his 1st start for San Francisco. The outlook remains favorable for the Bears defense as a decent streaming option. Chicago is ranked 15th in points allowed per game (22.9), and are tied ninth in sacks (30). So there is some hidden upside if you’re looking for a reason to use the Bears for Week 13.
The Broncos are a mystery wrapped in an enigma—or maybe they are just bad. Their offense sits at 26th in the NFL and is averaging fewer than 18 points scored per game. The Dolphins being included in this streaming options article is ENTIRELY based on the matchup. In their last five games, the Dolphins have tallied three total sacks and forced only four turnovers.
New York Jets
This might be an unusual choice for a streamer but there’s some merit behind the madness. The Chiefs have been unable to generate offensive production in recent weeks. In their last six games, the Chiefs averaged just 18 points per game and 312 yards of total offense. In that span, Kansas City scored just eight touchdowns and had seven giveaways. Again, there’s nothing earth-shattering about starting the Jets defense in fantasy, but they could post a solid line.
With the recent news that the Giants decided to sit Eli Manning and go with Geno Smith as their starter, the Raiders defense all of a sudden becomes a deep streaming option. Smith holds a rather dubious track record—a penchant for having multiple turnovers whenever he has been a starter.
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