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Fantasy Football Week 16: Stream Team

Welcome back to the Stream Team where we assemble an entire fantasy football starting lineup from spare parts owned in under 50% of leagues. At least we nailed it with Blake Bortles????? With every other player on the Week 15 Stream Team scoring single digits, our lone savior hopefully carried you through the semifinals and into your fantasy football finals. And if you are there, congratulations. Hopefully these articles have helped you achieve such massive success this season, and hopefully I can come through one final time for you and get you that ‘ship. With key injuries Week 15 likely to play a large role Week 16 (here’s to looking at you, Antonio Brown) you will likely need at least one streamer for the finals. So let’s get crackin’ as we delve into the Week 16 picks.

Quarterback

QB: Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (26% Yahoo ownership)

Did we make enough dick jokes for you last week to convince you he was the right play? Because, huge cock jokes asides, we were all very serious about Dick Folds potential in Week 15. In his first start in over a year, Nick Foles came out draping that dong…I mean slinging that dick…I mean tossing that pigskin all over the Giants hapless secondary for 237 yards, 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Vegas has no confidence in the Oakland Raiders being able to stop the girthy one Monday night as they have the Eagles penciled in for an implied team total over 28 points. He may not be Carson Wentz, but Foles is no slouch, so you can confidently roll his dick out Week 16 for your fantasy football championship and expect huge returns. Pun intended everywhere.

Running Back

RB1: Kerwynn Williams, RB, Arizona Cardinals (35% Yahoo ownership)

For the time being, let’s assume Kerwynn Williams‘ quad injury is minor and he will not miss Week 16. Because this is the type of sneaky play that wins people titles. With upper-tier RB2 type running-duty volume, Williams has seen at least 16 carries in each of his past three weeks. With Adrian Peterson out of the picture now, and no capable runner behind him, Williams could easily see 20-25 carries Week 16 against a Giants team allowing the fourth most fantasy points and second most rushing yards per game to opposing running backs.

RB2: Mike Davis, RB, Seattle Seahawks (48% Yahoo ownership)

Anyone else think the Seahawks going down 40-0 at home ruined the game script for Mike Davis? Yeah, me too. Digging themselves quite the early-game hole, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks quickly abandoned any and all running plans Week 15, watching Davis get glued to the bench for pass catcher extraordinaire J.D. McKissic. Davis still turned his 8 touches into 39 yards, so with more volume he could have enjoyed a productive day. Even with a touch matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, Davis remains one of the only lead running backs on the waiver wire that is owned in under 50% of fantasy leagues. His standing in that backfield and (usually) consistent volume gives him a solid floor each week.

Wide Receiver

WR1: Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens (40% Yahoo ownership)

With over 7.2 fantasy points in each of his past 6 contests and at least 72 receiving yards or a touchdown in five of his last six games, Mike Wallace is shaping up to be a late season, consistent flex play that can win you a championship. And with the Indianapolis Colts depleted secondary on deck for this speedster, Wallace could feast again against a team allowing the 9th most fantasy points to opposing wideouts.

WR2: Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (44% Yahoo ownership)

Five weeks in a row!!!!!! You guys are killing me. Sure, he finally failed to live up to the hype Week 15 catching just two balls on two targets for 21 yards, but Marqise Lee suffered a sprained ankle that should keep him out until the playoffs, meaning Dede Westbrook could be seeing an uptick in volume and usage Week 16. Keenan Cole (one receiving touchdown in 3 straight games) has the flash, but do not buy into this recency bias. Westbrook has the consistent volume and the build of a true X wide receiver. Look for him to lead the Jags wide receiving corps this week.

Tight End

TE: Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (24% Yahoo ownership)

A play that will live in infamy, and one that may define the remainder of the 2017 NFL Season. I am not sure how you come back from a “non-catch” like that (and yes, Pittsburgh fans, I may be a Pats fan but that was a non-catch by the definition of the rule), but here’s to hoping Jesse James can capitalize on one final matchup this year. As already mentioned, Antonio Brown is out for the remainder of the regular season with a partially torn calf muscle, so 12+ targets are about to be dispersed by Ben Roethlisberger. The Texans have allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this year, and just two weeks ago James caught 10 of 12 targets for 97 yards. Just complete your catches this week.

*If Hunter Henry cannot play Sunday due to his lacerated kidney, I would recommend streaming Antonio Gates (14% Yahoo ownership) over James. However, due to the lovely picture below, I just cannot take the Jesse James reference out of this article. Sorry, not sorry.*

Flex

Flex: Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets (35% Yahoo ownership)

Allowing the third most rushing yards per game and second most rushing yards per attempt, the Achilles’ Heel of the Los Angeles Chargers continues to be their poor run defense. And with Bilal Powell continuing to underperform and un-impress each and every single week, Matt Forte has more than earned an equal, if not greater, role in the Jets offensive “attack”. In Week 15, we saw somewhat competent quarterbacking from Bryce Petty, so the passing game cannot be completely written off. With Forte having consistent double digit touch usage, he can easily turn his looks into a double digit fantasy day, especially if the Jets abandon the run early and play from behind as the game script suggests.

Kicker

K: Josh Lambo, K, Jacksonville Jaguars (27% Yahoo ownership)

Averaging 11 fantasy points over his past 3 games, Josh Lambo looks primed for a big Sunday in San Francisco. On the year, Lambo has missed just one field goal, going 17/18 (94.4%), while also knocking home 19/20 (95%) extra points. With a low over under (just 42.5) these teams should struggle putting the ball in the end zone, having to settle for field goals.

Defense

Chicago Bears DST (25% Yahoo ownership)

Allowing the second most fantasy points to opposing defenses, the Cleveland Browns travel to Chicago as 6.5 point underdogs, with a mere 16 point implied team total. From a fantasy perspective, the Chicago Bears DST has been playing much better recently, averaging 3 sacks, 14 points allowed and just under 10 fantasy points per game over their past three weeks. With the Browns allowing double digit fantasy performances in 6 of their last 9 games, the Bears profile as a solid floor play Week 16, with plenty of upside.

And that’s a wrap for Week 16 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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