Streaming Tight Ends, Quarterbacks, and Defenses Week 16
Welcome to week 16, also known as Championship Week! If you’re here for streaming help, I have you covered. I know that it isn’t fun to make it this far and then have to rely on a streamer, especially when there aren’t many options out there, but I will help prepare you for that championship game. Sadly, I was about to move on to the championship game in my home league (where I’ve been streaming Josh Allen), but my fiancee went and beat me by 0.6 points (thanks to Alvin Kamara). I might not be moving on, but I’d love to help you.
This will be the last streaming article of the season. If you play in week 17, please feel free to quit that league, but you can also hit me up with questions (if you play that week for some reason). Now, let’s get on to the streamers, the real reason you’re here.
Ian Thomas, Carolina Panthers
ESPN Ownership: 51%
Yahoo Ownership: 41%
This week, Ian Thomas makes yet another appearance on this streaming list. The Carolina Panthers are taking on the Atlanta Falcons this week, and their defense is one that can be taken advantage of. Cam Newton is not healthy at the moment, but Thomas is still someone he can rely on. I think Newton will get the ball to Thomas more this week than he did in the previous week. Since Greg Olsen went down with yet another injury, Thomas has filled in quite nicely. Look for him to be a good streaming option this week if you’re in a bind.
C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals
ESPN Ownership: 29%
Yahoo Ownership: 34%
Another frequent member of the tight end streaming club is Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah. This week, Uzomah and company take on the Cleveland Browns. A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd are both suffering from the injury bug, so look for Uzomah to take advantage of this. Cleveland is ranked 31st in pass defense, so they can be exploited. If Uzomah is used properly, he should be a solid streamer this week. With Jeff Driskel under center, Uzomah leads Cincinnati in targets, and he should see plenty more this week.
Chris Herndon, New York Jets
ESPN Ownership: 13%
Yahoo Ownership: 12%
Oh yes, here is yet another tight end that is familiar with the streaming article. Chris Herndon is another tight end option to stream in week 16. Currently, Herndon is ranked as the TE15 on the season. He has been putting up consistent numbers this season, and he looks to continue this when the Jets take on Green Bay. If you’re really in a jam, you can always plug Herndon in and feel comfortable knowing he’ll get you at least a few fantasy points. He has not been catching touchdowns as of late, but there aren’t a lot of better options out there. With the injuries piling up on the Jets offense, Herndon should be able to have more passes come his way.
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
ESPN Ownership: 31%
Yahoo Ownership: 23%
Like I’ve already stated, I have been streaming Josh Allen over the last few weeks. Put him in for Kirk Cousins, and he has been helping my team out. If you are in need of a quarterback this week, this is the guy for you. He has that high upside that comes with his rushing ability, and he’s been very solid. His last four games played were all double-digit games. His passing upside isn’t there (only completing 50% of his passes since he came back from his injury), but he’s still getting it done from a running standpoint. New England is the defense Allen is competing against this week. They are allowing the tenth most rushing yards to quarterbacks, so you can go into this game feeling good about starting Allen. I’m surprised his ownership numbers are so low, honestly.
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
ESPN Ownership: 48%
Yahoo Ownership: 60%
Another streaming darling this season has been Baker Mayfield. This week, Mayfield is up against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals defense is allowing the third most points to quarterbacks this year, and Mayfield has already had one great game against them this season. The last time Mayfield competed against the Bengals, he threw for 258 yards while tossing four touchdowns. Every game that Mayfield has started this season has him at double-digit fantasy points. He’s another one you can confidently stream this week.
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
ESPN Ownership: 9%
Yahoo Ownership: 7%
You shouldn’t be relying on a dart throw in the championship, but if you’re in a rough spot, he could be one of your only options. Depending on your league size and how many quarterbacks you start, you might have to roll with Nick Foles this week. Last week, his fantasy numbers weren’t good. The Eagles relied a lot on their run game, and the touchdowns came on the ground. He was up against a tough Rams defense but was still able to hold his own. This week, he gets to take on the Houston Texans at home. Playing at home, he should be able to bounce back from last week. Foles will look to make magic happen in the air this week.
Indianapolis Colts vs New York Giants
ESPN Ownership: 18%
Yahoo Ownership: 27%
The Indianapolis Colts defense shut out the Dallas Cowboys last week, breaking up their five-game winning streak. In week 16, the Colts take on the New York Giants. This is not a scary match-up at all. The Tennessee Titans just destroyed the Giants, so the Colts hope to do the same. Odell Beckham, Jr. has been dealing with an injury over the last few weeks, and he will more than likely sit this game out as well. With no OBJ, look for the Giants offense to be sub-par at best. The Colts are predicted to win this game, and I can see their defense having a great fantasy day.
Miami Dolphins vs Jacksonville Jaguars
ESPN Ownership: 13%
Yahoo Ownership: 18%
Streaming a defense who is playing the Jaguars always looks like a good idea. This week, the Dolphins are taking on the Jags. The Jaguars offense has been looking shoddy lately, and Cody Kessler at the helm has been a defensive dream. Jacksonville is not scoring touchdowns with Kessler under center. Their anemic offense means that the Dolphins defense is worth a look. This season, the Jaguars only have four games where they’ve been able to score multiple touchdowns. Their offensive line is in shambles, and the offense isn’t able to move the ball. Every defense that has gone up against Kessler has taken advantage of the situation, posting top-ten scores each week. Miami is a great stream in week 16.
Dallas Cowboys vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
ESPN Ownership: 37%
Yahoo Ownership: 35%
The Dallas Cowboys defense has been surprisingly good this season. Last week, they had a rough go at it, but they should be able to recover this week when playing the Bucs at home. The Buccaneers are turning the ball over in Buccaneer fashion --- 25 interceptions given up, a league-high. Their offensive line is allowing the man under center to be hurried and take sacks. The Cowboys could get to the quarterback, so look for them to rack up the sacks and turnovers this weekend. The Dallas Cowboys have been struggling on offense when they get down to the red zone, but the Buccaneers have been having a hard time scoring down there as well. Dallas should be able to stall the Bucs this week, especially due to the fact that the Cowboys play better on defense when they’re at home.
These are my streaming suggestions for this final week. I won’t be back with streaming options next week, but never fear --- I am already working on an article that goes over the highs and lows of streaming this season. Look for that to come out soon.
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