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Fantasy Football Week 14: Stream Team

Welcome back to the Stream Team where we scour the depths of hell to find the best fantasy players owned in under 50% of leagues. For the eighth consecutive week the Stream Team goes over 70 fantasy points, this time with 90+ points led by wideouts Cordarrelle Patterson (11.80), Dede Westbrook (10.80), and Jermaine Kearse (20.20). With the playoffs beginning Week 14, we all know how important streamers are to moving on in your quest to capture that fantasy football trophy. This is the time of year that any and everyone is droppable. For those underperforming fringe players you think could turn into stars, it is time for a reality check. Cut bait with anyone providing roadblocks to your championship dreams and pick up these sneaky studs in plus matchups Week 14. As U2 would say, this is no time not to be alive. It’s win or go home until August/September 2018, so let’s get to the picks.

Quarterback

QB: Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (49% Yahoo ownership)

In Jameis Winston‘s first game back to game action since Week 9, he proved to us why many experts ranked him in their top 6 fantasy QBs for the 2017 fantasy football season. Against a hobbled and overmatched Green Bay pass defense, Winston completed over 65% of his passes for 270 yards, throwing for 2 TDs and 0 interceptions while adding 18 rushing yards. That is how a quarterback fills up the box score. Sure his connection with Mike Evans seemed off but his love affair with Cameron Brate continued as he caught both touchdown passes. And while the Lions rank in the middle of the pack in terms of points allowed to fantasy quarterbacks, the Lions have allowed at least 18.00 fantasy points in four of their past five games to a list of QBs that includes Brett HundleyDeShone Kizer, and Joe Flacco. Winston’s upside alone vaults him into the backend QB1 conversation, with the potential for much more. We eatin’ the W Week 14.

Running Back

RB1: Mike Davis, RB, Seattle Seahawks (8% Yahoo ownership)

With the Jaguars stellar pass defense, Russell Wilson may have to reel back the pass game Week 14 and focus more on their ground attack a Jacksonville team allowing over 115 yards per game on the ground and giving up the fifth most yards per carry at 4.5. So look for RSJ’s #1 Waiver Pickup Mike Davis to continue to lead the Seahawks backfield in touches Week 14. In Week 13 against a tough Eagles run defense, Davis averaged 4 yards per carry and was the only Seahawks running back with more than one carry (he actually had 16 total runs). Also, Wilson does not mind targeting him in the passing game either as Davis scooped all 4 of his targets for 37 yards. With no other Seattle running back really challenging Davis for lead role duties, Davis’ volume and usage should remain consistently high enough to warrant a back end RB2 ranking.

RB2: Danny Woodhead, RB, Baltimore Ravens (49% Yahoo ownership)

While Alex Collins recent success concerns me, and Javorius Allen‘s continued involvement is troubling, I still love the prospects of Danny Woodhead for the stretch run. First, the Ravens clearly use a multi-back system even with Collins leading the charge. Second, Allen has recored exactly one catch in each of the past three games, while Woodhead has caught 11 total. And third, Collins’ migraine issues could keep him out longer than expected. Sure Woodhead’s involvement has not been impressive thus far, but with the Ravens vying for a Wild Card spot in the AFC you have to figure these finals weeks are the reasons why the Ravens signed Woodhead in the offseason.

Wide Receiver

WR1: Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers (32% Yahoo ownership)

The Jimmy Garoppolo era has begun! Sure, it did not all go swimmingly as the 49ers only scored 15 points, but they won. And Jimmy G completed over 70% of his passes and threw for 293 yards. Impressive given the new playbook and system, on the road, and in his home town. And it looks like Garoppolo already has a favorite target in Marquise Goodwin. Goodwin caught all 8 of his targets for 99 yards (all of which were team highs) and has now scored at least 7.80 fantasy points in 4 consecutive weeks, and at least 9.80 in his last three. Facing a Texans team struggling to contain speedy wideouts and allowing the 6th most points to opposing wide receivers, look for the Garoppolo-Goodwin connection to continue to thrive.

WR2: Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (28% Yahoo ownership)

If you guys will continue to not pick up Dede Westbrook I will continue picking him as a member on the Stream Team. For the third consecutive week Westbrook occupies one of the top two wideout spots, and can now officially be ordained as a Stream Team Hall of Famer. With 15 catches on 25 targets since returning from injury, Dede receives the volume as a top tier WR3. And with the Seahawks’ Legion of Boom looking like the Legion of Bust due to all their injures, Seattle’s pass defense no longer appears as formidable as it has in past year. With Marqise Lee garnering most of the attention amount the Jags wide receiver corps, look for Westbrook to remain heavily involved in the pass game each week as he is a clear favorite of Blake Bortles.

Tight End

TE: Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Arizona Cardinals (28% Yahoo ownership)

With at least five targets in each of his last three games and 170 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns over that span, Ricky Seals-Jones appears to be making a case as a consistent, backend TE1. And while we all thumb our noses at Blaine Gabbert (and rightfully so) he does have 6 touchdown passes in his three starts this year. And in Week 14, the Cardinals face a porous Titans defense ranking in the bottom third of the NFL in terms of passing yards allowed per game. We all know inexperienced and, for a lack of a better word, sucky quarterbacks tend to focus on their tight ends, so I expect Seals-Jones’s volume to remain consistent and his potential to remain high. With Rob Gronkowski unlikely to win his appeal on his one game suspension, Seal-Jones makes for a great one week replacement.

Flex

Flex: Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions (40% Yahoo ownership)

With Ameer Abdullah‘s Week 14 status currently unknown due to a neck injury, Theo Riddick could be in line for another big game against a horrendous Bucs defense. In Week 13, Riddick took control of lead back duties against a solid Baltimore run defense, but Riddick’s volume and evasiveness proved to be too much for the Ravens as he totaled 62 yards on 14 touches, adding one touchdown. Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half of the league in terms of yards allowed per game and per carry, and have allowed the 4th most rushing touchdowns this year, an important note since Riddick converted a goal line opportunity from the 4 yard line last week. If Abdullah plays, Riddick’s success will be a little more limited to the passing game, profiling as a low end Flex option. If Abdullah cannot go, Riddick could make an appearance as a back end RB2.

Kicker

K: Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys (25% Yahoo ownership)

I am breaking my Golden Rules for kickers in the fantasy playoffs! Say it ain’t so! Yes, I am. And there are a few reasons. One, there are no good kickers playing in domes that are owned in under 50% of leagues. Sure, I could suggest K’aimi Fairbairn, but I don’t trust him as far as I can throw him, and certainly do not want my playoff hopes hinging on some guy who first half of his last name rhymes with the last half of his last name. Second, Dan Bailey finally recovered from a groin injury that kept him out multiple weeks, converting his lone field goal attempt and all five of his extra points in Thursday’s win over the Redskins. In his career, Bailey ranks as the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history, making just under 90% of his kicks at an outstanding 89.95% clip. If I am going to stray away from a Golden Rule, its for someone historic like Bailey.

Defense

D:  Cincinnati Bengals DST (33% Yahoo ownership)

Yet to really break out this year, the Cincinnati Bengals DST has provided us middling performances all year due to its lack of turnovers forced. However, in Week 14 the Bengals get a juicy home matchup against a Chicago Bears team ranked 30th in points per game at just 15.9. Also, the Bears allow the fifth most point to opposing fantasy defenses and have allowed at least 8 points in six of their past seven games. The Bengals can get after the quarterback as they rank in the top five in the NFL in team sacks. With the the Bears ineptitude on offense, the Bengals should provide a solid floor Week 14.

And that’s a wrap for Week 14 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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