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Fantasy Football Week 12: Stream Team

Welcome back to the Stream Team we create a superteam from Frankenstein parts compiled entirely of players under 50% ownership. The Stream Team rolls on after another great Week 11, watching the team score over 75 points for the sixth consecutive week. Last week could have been our best week ever if not for concussions to our QB and kicker (Jay Cutler  and Jake Elliott combined to score just 5.42 points, yawn). Even still, four of our five skill positions scored double figures, with high-risk, high-reward running back Latavius Murray leading the way with 22.10 points. You could just tell the Vikings would keep the ball on the ground against a Rams team struggling against the run.  Also, if I knew the Bills were going to (stupidly) start rookie Nathan Peterman a few days prior, I would have suggested the Los Angeles Chargers DST (which I started in every league they were available). I am hopeful that our success here continues as the better we do here, the better you do in your leagues. In Week 12 we have a plethora of playable, flex-worthy running backs, so anything less than our A game in the research department could cost us dearly. So let’s go to the tape and scout the matchups for Week 12.

 

Quarterback

QB: Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts (17% Yahoo ownership)

Allowing over 20 points per game to opposing quarterbacks the past three weeks, the Tennessee Titans travel to Indianapolis to face Jacoby Brissett and the very inept Colts offense. Very rarely will I admit one of my streamers is part of an inept squad, but not doing so would be like saying I do not have a nose on my face. It just is so. But while the Colts have struggled scoring points, Brissett continues piling up solid fantasy stats scoring at least 16.5 fantasy points in his past three outings. But that is just three outings, surely his season long numbers really stink? No, they do not. Since Week 3, Brissett has averaged 16.93 fantasy points per game. If we rather arbitrarily drew the line at quaterbacks with at least 6 starts, and confined the field to currently active quarterbacks, Brissett’s 16.93 would rank 11th. Also known as a QB1! How about that! If he cannot pass concussion protocol, Case Keenum on Turkey Day makes for a solid streamer as well.

Running Back

RB1: Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins (35% Yahoo ownership)

Undoubtedly the number one waiver claim this upcoming Week 12Samaje Perine looks to be the late season flier that springs his claimers to a fantasy championship. With Chris Thompson suffering a season ending leg injury in Week 11, Perine is locked in as their lead dog, ready to feast in both the passing and running games. As the ace back in Week 11, Perine rush 23 times for a robust 117 yards and one touchdown, adding a nine yard catch to the delicious box score. With his volume and usage rate due to spike, a floor of 20-25 touches per games is not out of the question given the Redskins dearth of options. As a touchdown favorite on Thanksgiving, look for the Redskins to play from in front against a Giant team allowing the third most rushing yards per game.

RB2: J.D. McKissic, RB, Seattle Seahawks (8% Yahoo ownership)

Once C.J. Prosise went down for the year, I screamed J.D. McKissic‘s name from the mountaintops. And I absolutely nailed it. Eddie Lacy continues to be fat, unimpressive and useless. Thomas Rawls was a healthy scratch on Monday night. Even Mike Davis, recently called up from the practice squad and who actually made the start for the Seahawks Monday night, showed some promise…before going out with an injury. With all these dead carcasses, McKissic looked like the lead Seattle back Monday night, playing 50 of 74 snaps and touching the ball 12 times (5 receptions) for 53 total yards. In Week 12, McKissic faces a Niners defense allowing the most fantasy points to opposing running backs. With no true threat at the position in front of McKissic, he should remain actively involved in all facets of the Seahawks’ offensive attack, making for a solid floor, high-upside play Week 12.

Wide Receiver

WR1: Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens (25% Yahoo ownership)

Going back to Mike Wallace in consecutive weeks is like going back to your favorite Mexican restaurant the very next day, expecting to have the same normal bowels movements from the night before. It just ain’t gonna happen. But here we are, at the same Mexican restaurant, expecting the same great results. As I said last week, all it takes it one, and Wallace got that one, scoring a touchdown and earning 13.60 fantasy points. This week Wallace faces a Texans defense allowing the third most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Throughout the year, the Texans have been consistently gashed by wide receivers of all types, allowing eight wideouts to score at least 14.80 fantasy points. Most recently, at least one opposing wideout has scored at least 19.10 fantasy points in each of the past four weeks, meaning the Texans are have allowed at least one WR1 performance in every week since Week 8. With that type of futility, Wallace could be the boom you need to win Week 12.

WR2: Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (31% Yahoo ownership)

I was correct in holding off the love for Dede Westbrook in Week 11. But the small success he had gives me a boatload of hope in Week 12. After returning from surgery and in his first professional game action, Westbrook ranked second on the Jaguars in targets, receptions and yards, proving that the Jags view him as a vital cog to their offense. With Marqise Lee getting the Patrick Peterson treatment, Blake Bortles will likely look elsewhere all afternoon against a Cardinals team allowing the 6th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. If his volume and snap count increase as it should Week 12, Westbrook and his breakout speed could be in line for a huge Sunday.

Tight End

TE: Tyler Kroft, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (45% Yahoo ownership)

Another injury-watch pick, Tyler Kroft gets a Browns team allowing the third most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. And not only that, but Kroft enjoyed his best game as a professional against this same Cleveland team, torching the Browns to the tune of a 6/68/2 touchdown line. Scoring at least 7.10 fantasy points in four of his past five games, Kroft profiles as a safe floor, back end TE1 option as long as he gets the thumbs up to play after injuring his hand in Week 11. If he cannot go, let’s go back to the Charles Clay well, who should be back to full speed after two games.

Flex

Flex: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers (36% Yahoo ownership)

In what should be a ground-and-pound, tightly contested affair, Carolina would be wise to keep the ball on the ground in New York against a Jets team ranking in the bottom half of the league in almost every defensive rushing metric. And while the Panthers “running attack” looks more like 100 baby horses, Jonathan Stewart recently got things going in Week 10, rushing for 110 yards. The Jets profile as a better pass defense team, so Stewart may receive an uptick in volume, with TD upside around the goal line. If the Panthers pull away (as they should) they will ride their bowling ball to victory as they ice away the game.

Kicker

K: Blair Walsh, K, Seattle Seahawks (33% Yahoo ownership)

Playing against the team allowing the fourth most points per game, Seattle should have plenty of scoring opportunities Sunday. And while Blair Walsh has not exactly turned the corner in the kicking game this season, he does have six 9+ fantasy point performances this year. Expect a rout by the Seahawks and multiple scoring opportunities for Blair Walsh Project.

Defense

D:  Cincinnati Bengals DST (41% Yahoo ownership)

With the Browns clocking in at a lowly 15.25 implied team total this Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals DST looks primed for a big game. The Browns allow the second most points to opposing defenses and have only allowed the opposing defense to score lower than 8 fantasy points just once this season. Over the past five weeks, opposing defenses are averaging a WR1-esque 16.2 fantasy points per game against Cleveland’s miserable offense. The Bengals D scored 8 in their first meeting with the Browns, and that appears to be their floor Week 12. Don’t overthink it, the Browns suck.

And that’s a wrap for Week 12 of the Fantasy Football Streamers. Be sure to check back every Tuesday to see where to turn to next and get the early leg up on your opponent. Until next time, good luck and godspeed, and may the fantasy football gods forever be in your favor.

To contact me with any questions or general fantasy football discussion, please email me at redsocker45@gmail.com or tweet me @AJGamballer.

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