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Fantasy Football Week 17: 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. Led by Father Time…I mean Antonio Gates (17.10), the Stream Team found fantasy success in championship week scoring nearly 80 fantasy points. Sure, Nick Foles ruined real big success like the big dick he is, but solid plays across the board helped you (hopefully) stream yourself to a fantasy championship. HOWEVER, as I type this I realize there may be a small segment of the fantasy population that includes Week 17 in their fantasy schedule. Always a tricky week with benchings and short playing time for superstars, these guys below will help you navigate the Week 17 murky waters. So let’s get crackin’ as we delve into the Week 17 picks.

UPDATE December 28th @ 2:30: With Todd Gurley out for this week’s contest against a 49er team allowing the fourth most fantasy points to opposing running backs, Malcolm Brown (1% Yahoo ownership) makes for a verrrrry intriguing play. He housed get the Gurley treatment, and will see plenty of balls in both the pass and run game, so move Brown up to the RB 1, bump Bernard down to the Flex, and see ya later to Kerwynn Williams. Also, with DeAndre Hopkins likely out Wee 17, we turn our attention to the artist formerly known as the Touchdown Machine Will Fuller (40% Yahoo ownership) as the WR2, so adios Josh Doctson.

Quarterback

QB: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers (29% Yahoo ownership)

With at least 293 passing yards or two passing touchdowns in each of his four starts this season, Jimmy Garoppolo‘s fantasy point totals have risen in each of those four wins (need I remind you he is 6-0 as an NFL starter in his career). Most recently, Garoppolo faced a historic Jacksonville pass defense and all he did was hang 44 points in a winning effort, throwing for two touchdowns and adding another on the ground. This week, Jimmy G has a similarly difficult test against a Rams team attempting to hold onto the three seed in the NFC. At this point, you’d be foolish to not trust Garoppolo.

Running Back

RB1: Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (32% Yahoo ownership)

After the Bucs benched Doug Martin Week 15, Peyton Barber outgained Martin Week 16 51 to 7 on seven more carries. With Martin’s ineffectiveness opening the door to Barber, look for a large volume for this power back as the turnover prone Jameis Winston takes some time to figure out how to hold on to the football.

RB2: Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (45% Yahoo ownership)

Playing his best football of the season over the past few weeks, Joe Mixon‘s chronic injuries have allowed Giovani Bernard to post at double digit fantasy points in each of the past four weeks. In Week 16, Bernard had his best game of the season scoring 26.3 points, compiling 168 total yards and scoring one touchdown. With Mixon status uncertain Week 17, Bernard could be in line for a large workload against a Ravens defense struggling against pass catching running backs.

Wide Receiver

WR1: Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (46% Yahoo ownership) 

For the 6th week in a row, Dede Westbrook makes an appearance on the Stream Team. If there were 100 weeks in an NFL season, it appears he would make this team each week. I understand Keelan Cole (double digit fantasy points in 4 straight weeks) appears to be Blake Bortles  favorite target, but RSJ’s love affair with Westbrook began before the season and still burns with the passion of 1,000 suns.

WR2: Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins (36% Yahoo ownership)

With a touchdown in three of his last five games, Josh Doctson has proven to be a true boom or bust play this season. However, in Week 17 the Skins face an undermanned and porous Giants squad allowing the 8th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. The Redskins are looking to reach .500 on the year, so while you may think they have nothing to play for, I am sure Captain Kirk Cousins will use this final game as an opportunity to showcase his talents.

Tight End

TE: Antonio Gates, TE, Los Angeles Chargers (24% Yahoo ownership)

Arguably my easiest streamer of the year, once the Los Angeles Chargers ruled Hunter Henry out for the remainder of the season I knew Antonio Gates would turn back time and find immediate success with Philip Rivers. Naturally, Gates led the team in targets (8), receptions (6) and yards (81), while catching the Chargers only receiving touchdown. In Week 17, Gates faces a Raider squad allowing the 5th most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, and one that allowed Henry to post a 5/90 line Week 6.

Flex

Flex: Kerwynn Williams, RB, Arizona Cardinals (32% Yahoo ownership)

While the matchup appears poor on paper, the Seattle Seahawks have allowed a 100 yard rusher in two of their last three games, only holding Ezekiel Elliott (97 yards) in Week 16 under such benchmark. And while Kerwynn Williams has yet to have the impact game the Stream Team would like, he has at least 16 carries in each of his past four games, proving he has the consistent volume and usage to give us a solid floor.

Kicker

K: Kai Forbath, K, Minnesota Vikings (46% Yahoo ownership)

With double digit fantasy points in each of his last three games, Kai Forbath finds himself back in his early season groove. Kicking in the friendly confines of the U.S. Bank Stadium, Forbath looks to help the Vikings lock up the 2 seed in the NFC.

Defense

Washington Redskins DST (39% Yahoo ownership)

Allowing at least 8 fantasy points per game in each of their past five weeks, and an average of over 12 points per game over that timeframe, the New York Giants have been allowing opposing fantasy defense to score in bunches. The Washington Redskins DST has scored at least 9 fantasy points in 4 of their last 5 games, having scored 13 just a few weeks ago against this same Giants squad. With nothing to play for, the hapless Giants could be in for a long day against a hot Redskins defense.

And that’s a wrap for Week 17 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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