We’ve made it. Unless you’re playing in a Week 17 final (you shouldn’t be), this is it. Since the only key injuries we saw in Week 15 were Chris Godwin and Dalvin Cook, I’m putting together a streaming article instead of the normal weekly waiver wire. These are guys in either favorable matchups or are looking at increased opportunities. I’ll stick with my benchmark of less than 60% ownership across Yahoo! leagues to try to help the most amount of people possible. Let’s look at my favorite Week 16 fantasy streamers.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick vs CIN
- Mitchell Trubisky vs KC
- Gardner Minshew at ATL
- Andy Dalton at MIA
- Drew Lock vs DET
Hopefully you don’t have to go further than the top two options here, but just in case you’re in a deeper league, Gardner Minshew, Andy Dalton, and Drew Lock all have matchups against teams giving up top-6 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. Ryan Fitzpatrick gets a Bengals defense allowing the third-most yards per attempt as well as third-most yards per catch. FitzMagic has at least 275 yards and multiple scores in two of his last three games. With Dalton on the other side, we’re looking at a game that opened up with a 46-point Over/Under. #ShootOutCity? Let’s hope. It never feels great counting on Mitchell Trubisky, but he’s quietly been the QB2 over the last three weeks, sandwiched between Jameis Winston and Drew Brees. I think we’ll see a game script similar to Week 15 where Chicago falls behind and we get all of the
Blake Bortles Trubisky garbage time production. Trubisky had the second-most passing attempts of his career with 53 last week and put up 334/1 with 2 interceptions, finishing as QB9 for the week.
- Alexander Mattison/Mike Boone vs GB
- Adrian Peterson vs NYG
- Patrick Laird vs CIN
- Jordan Wilkins/Nyheim Hines vs CAR
This list can be summed up by this: MichaelScottYikes.Gif. If you have to stream one of these options, I’m pulling for you. Alexander Mattison is the clear-cut top option here, facing off against a Packers defense allowing the 8th-most half-PPR fantasy points per game. The only issue is he was ruled out for Week 15 with an ankle injury so we obviously have to monitor practice reports as the week goes on. If he’s unable to go, Mike Boone is the next guy up. Boone handled 13 carries to Ameer Abdullah’s 5 this past week. We know what we’re getting with old man Adrian Peterson and the Washington offense. This game against the G-Men shouldn’t get out of hand which will mean a steady dose of Peterson. The Giants have allowed the 11th-most rushing yards on the season (1611) along with being tied for the sixth-most rushing touchdowns (14). Patrick Laird gets one of the worst rush defenses in the league, but Myles Gaskin was more involved last week, getting 9 carries and 3 targets to Laird’s 12 and 5. As bad as the Bengals have been, the Panthers have somehow been worse. Carolina is allowing the most fantasy points per game to running backs, so if you’re super desperate, Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines offer some touchdown or bust potential.
- Anthony Miller vs KC
- Breshad Perriman vs HOU
- Chris Conley at ATL
- James Washington at NYJ
- Justin Watson vs HOU
Anthony Miller has been balling the past several weeks. Over his last three games, Miller is third in catches and fourth in yards, good for the WR7 over that time. The Chiefs’ strength in the secondary is on the perimeter and Miller has been lined up in the slot on over 76% of his snaps. Weird things happen late in the year in the NFL. Breshad Perriman as a team’s WR1 is among those things. Perriman went off last week putting up a 5/113/3 line against Detroit’s woeful secondary. With Mike Evans and Chris Godwin done for the year, Perriman slides in as the defacto numero uno with Justin Watson and Ishmael Hyman behind him. Chris Conley and the Jags will travel to Atlanta to face a defense giving up the 10th-most passing yards and carrying PFF’s 7th-worst coverage grade. Even if Chark is able to return this week, Conley still holds streamer value in this matchup. We’ve all seen and heard the “Duck Hodges goes hunting with James Washington!” narratives so here we are again. Washington led the Steelers in targets and yards last week in a difficult matchup against the Bills. The Jets have allowed the 12th-most completed air yards and rank 22nd in PFF’s pass rush grade. Hodges should have the time to find Washington downfield and makes for a boom-bust fantasy option for your finals.
- O.J. Howard/Cameron Brate vs HOU
- Noah Fant vs DET
The Tampa Bay tandem of O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate headline the streamers this week given the matchup against Houston and the injuries at wide receiver. Howard led the Bucs in targets last week while Brate caught one of Winston’s four touchdowns. Noah Fant remains an athletic freak who for whatever reason isn’t getting the volume he deserves, especially consideri\ng Denver’s lack of weapons. Fant makes the most of his opportunities, however, and should have no trouble busting some big plays against a defense allowing 337 passing yards per game over their last three contests.