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Fantasy Football Week 13: Stream Team

Welcome back to the Stream Team, our ragtag team of fantasy football gents owned in under 50% of leagues. While our top streamer hopefully guided you to a Week 12 win (thank you, Samaje Perine), the rest of the group provided respectable, middling performances, good enough for our seventh consecutive week over 70 half point PPR points. What a bum that Jacoby Brissett is (if I started my other QB suggestion, the starter for this week, we score over 90 points *sigh*)! He could not crack an egg or even 8 fantasy points Sunday against the horrific Titans pass defense.  We still did well, but we cannot have performances like that ruining our Stream Team. With the final week of the regular season (for most of us) looming in Week 13, these could be the streamers that launch you into the playoffs or toss you out of the club. And in Week 13 we find more than a handful of playable, potential breakout performers at the WR position. So let’s get crackin’ and scout the matchups for Week 13.

Quarterback

QB: Case Keenum, QB, Minnesota Vikings (46% Yahoo ownership)

I turned my back on Case Keenum last week in favor of Brissett. Feel me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, can’t fool me again! Even though the matchup is not great (Atlanta ranks right in the middle of the pack, allowing the 16th most fantasy points to opposing QBs), Keenum’s recent tear should not go unnoticed. Averaging over 23.50 fantasy points per game over his past three weeks and throwing for at least 280 yards in each of those contests, Keenum provides a solid floor in a potential shootout Sunday (Vegas’ current total stands at 47.5 points). He may not be sexy, but Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen are turning Keenum into a legitimate QB1.

Running Back

RB1: Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (34% Yahoo ownership)

I am one of the bigger proponents of Melvin Gordon, so I do not want this to be interpreted the wrong way. As you will see below, this game should be an absolute massacre, one in which the Chargers should sleepwalk to victory. And in Week 11’s blowout of the Buffalo Bills, the Chargers benched Gordon the entire fourth quarter, watching Austin Ekeler take over the rushing and pass catching duties from there on out. Ekeler provides some standalone value behind Gordon, and gets more than just mop-up action as evidenced by his scoring at least 8.50 fantasy points in 4 of his last 5 contests. With the Browns boasting a strong run defense, Ekeler’s contribution in the pass game could become more valuable. With the blowout looming, look for an uptick in Ekeler’s usage.

RB2: J.D. McKissic, RB, Seattle Seahawks (31% Yahoo ownership)

Does the sound of Mike Davis potentially returning in Week 13 worry me? No. Does the sound of Eddie Lacy‘s fat footsteps turn me away? Absolutely not. J.D. McKissic proved to be the Seahawks best, most dynamic running back Week 12 against the 49ers, even if Head Coach Pete Carroll still cannot figure out a way to consistently get him the ball. For some reason Carroll allowed Lacy (17 carries for 46 yards, 2.7 yards per attempt, and 60 total yards on 21 total touches) to out touch and out gain McKissic (4 carries for 22 yards, 5.5 yards per attempt, and 46 total yards on just 8 touches). McKissic outgained that fat slob by 2.70 yards per effing touch, and Carroll continued trotting Lacy out there. With a game against the Eagles strong run defense Week 13, I expect Carroll to display some brains and abandon the run early, put the ball in the hands of his superstar quarterback and have him target his playmaking running back out of the backfield. Although profiling better in PPR leagues, McKissic should provide a strong floor even in half point as Carroll uses him in spread sets.

Wide Receiver

WR1: Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (25% Yahoo ownership)

Soooooooo clooooooseeeee to a breakout performance in Week 12. Dede Westbrook dominated the looks in the Jaguars wide receiving corps, receiving the most targets (10), receptions and yardage. Sure, Patrick Peterson blanketed Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns could return in Week 13, which could cut into Westbrook’s usage, but with 16 targets over his past two games Jacksonville Head Coach Doug Marrone clearly desires to get his rookie playmaker involved early and often. In Week 13 Westbrook faces a Colts defense allowing the 7th most fantasy points to opposing wideouts. Expect his usage and targets to continue to rise as we all at RSJ expect big things from Dede these final few weeks.

WR2: Jermaine Kease, WR, New York Jets (36% Yahoo ownership)

In Week 13, Josh McCown and the Jets offense hosts a Kansas City team that has lost 5 of its past 6 games. The Chiefs allow the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, but they hope to patch that weakness up with the living corpse of Darelle Revis. Um, sorry guys, that just ain’t gonna work, even in a rivalry game against his former team. So with McCown expected to throw early and often, let’s focus on Jermaine Kearse. Coming off his best game of the year, Kearse totaled 20 fantasy points, recording the most targets (11), receptions (7) and yards (105) on the year. He even scored his first TD since Week 7. With passes aplenty Week 13 and the Chiefs struggling to contain opposing wideouts, expect a solid floor from the consistent Kearse.

Tight End

TE: Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills (32% Yahoo ownership)

With Kelvin Benjamin likely riding the pine again Week 13 due to a torn meniscus in his knee, and the Bill Belichick gameplan to focus around shutting down LeSean McCoy, expect Tyrod Taylor to have to make plays Week 13. The biggest beneficiary should be Charles Clay, who has improved his catch percentage and receiving yardage total in each week since his return from injury. With the Pats looking better and better each week on the perimeter, look for Taylor to lock in on his security blanket early and often.

Flex

Flex: Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins (43% Yahoo ownership)

With the Dallas Cowboys defense reeling, I expect Kirk Cousins and crew to sling it all Thursday night in Jerry World. And while Jamison Crowder will receive the lions share of targets, do not sleep on big play threat Josh Doctson. Over his past seven week Doctson has either scored a touchdown or received at least 5 targets, proving that he can provide fantasy points in a multitude of ways. As Cousin’s second best option I expect Kirk to look Doctson’s way often as Dallas continues its freefall without Ezekiel Elliott.

*Note: The Wide Receiver and Flex selections here could change drastically depending on what happens to the Raiders wide receiver tandem. After brawling with Denver’s Aqib Talib, the NFL could suspend Michael Crabtree for Week 13 (as it currently stands, Crabtree is suspended for two games, likely to be reduced to one, so he should miss Week 13 at the very least). As for Amari Cooper, he suffered a viscous hit and concussion Week 12, as well as an ankle injury, either of which could hold him out Week 13. In case either misses Sunday’s game against the Giants, and especially if both miss it, move Cordarrelle Patterson (4% Yahoo ownership) to the WR1 slot in this article, bump Dede down to the WR2 and Kearse into the Flex (sorry Doctson!), as Derek Carr will look for Patterson’s big playmaking abilities to move the ball down the field. The Giants may only allow the 12th most fantasy points to opposing wideouts, but volume alone will make Patterson a borderline Flex play in any league. Without Crabtree and Cooper, his ceiling could be that of a back end WR2.

Kicker

K: Graham Gano, K, Carolina Panthers (29% Yahoo ownership)

Gimme that dome kicker in a high scoring projected game every day of the week. With a divisional battle for control of the NFC South taking place in the Superdome, I expect both the Saints and the Panthers to be at the top of their game Week 13. Graham Gano has scored at least 8 fantasy points in 9 of 11 games this year, and is averaging double digit fantasy points over his last three contests. Expect the hobbled Panthers to move the ball over an overrated Saints defense but struggle to put it in the end zone consistently.

Defense

D:  Los Angeles Chargers DST (33% Yahoo ownership)

With double digit performances in three straight games, and four of their last five overall, the Los Angeles Chargers DST finds itself in prime position to potentially be the #1 DST Week 13. The Chargers opened as a 13 point home favorite against a Browns team allowing the most fantasy points to opposing defenses, having an implied team total under 15 points Week 13. The Chargers have forced 10 turnovers over the past three weeks and boast arguably the best sack combination in the league between Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa. Ride the hot streak as the Chargers could provide a monster Week 13 performance.

And that’s a wrap for Week 13 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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