This is the second time in four weeks that I’ve had to apologize for missing a week of streamers, and I really hate that. It sucks, and it definitely won’t happen again. I hope those of you who are working the stream this year found some solid streamers of your own this past week, and I hope the strategy continued to work for you. There’s a plethora of solid options around the NFL this week, particularly at quarterback, so let’s get right into them.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (AT NYJ)
Here’s a stat that might surprise you: Ryan Tannehill, based on ESPN.com scoring, is QB8 this year. That’s higher than the likes of Colin Kaepernick, Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan, and Matt Stafford. His lowest point total of the year is 10 points, and his median point total for 2014 is 16. The Jets have a below-average pass defense, which makes Tannehill is a high-floor, high-ceiling option for week 13.
Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia Eagles (AT DAL)
The over/under for Thursday’s Philadelphia/Dallas game is 54.5, which is huge. It should be a shootout, so you should want to get as many players from this game in your lineup as possible. Sanchez hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire since his insertion into the starting lineup, but he’s been a serviceable fantasy quarterback, posting a low of 12 points. He’s another safe option with a high ceiling this week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Houston Texans (VS TEN)
Fitzpatrick’s a bit more of a wildcard than the other two, seeing as he’s being reinserted into the starting lineup this week after two weeks on the bench, but he should be a solid play this week as well. He put up 14 points in his last outing against Tennessee, and I would expect a similar result this time out. Don’t expect the world of Fitzpatrick, though, seeing as his highest point total of the year is only 18 points.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (VS CAR)
Rudolph officially came back Week 11, but he didn’t play a significant amount of snaps until this past week against Green Bay. He only got three targets in the game, but, Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t have a ton of viable targets to throw to, and Carolina has a bad pass defense. With the current, thin state of the tight end position, Rudolph is a viable starter this week.
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (VS PHI)
The majority of people, including myself, wrote Witten off after a slow start to the year. Over the past four games, though, Witten has averaged 5 catches and 7 targets per game, which is nothing to scoff at for a tight end. I would expect that kind of volume to continue against Philadelphia this week, making Witten a solid start for week 13.
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers (AT NO)
As a precursor to this, I’m not very comfortable at all starting Heath Miller this week. That being said, when he has put up a big game this year, it’s been against a bad pass defense, and “bad pass defense” is pretty much synonymous with New Orleans these days. Playing Miller is basically throwing a dart against a wall and hoping it sticks, but this seems like as good a week as any to do it.
New York Giants (AT JAC)
The Giants don’t have a great defense, and I’d expect Denard Robinson to have himself quite the day. Blake Bortles, however, has thrown at least one interception in every game he’s started this year. Every game! That, alone, should be enough to make the G-men a convincing play this week.
Minnesota Vikings (VS CAR)
You know who else seems to love turning the ball over? Cam Newton. Over the past 7 weeks, he’s averaged 2 turnovers per game, which should lead to good things for the Minnesota defense. If you’re worried about the Carolina run game taking over, don’t be. According to Pro Football Focus, Minnesota actually has the 8th best run defense in the league this year.
Indianapolis Colts (VS WAS)
The advent of Colt McCoy as the starter this week makes me slightly less confident in this (I can’t believe I just wrote that), but a solid week should still be in the cards for the Indy defense. The Redskins passing offense has been abysmal of late, and, according the RotoViz Game Splits app, Alfred Morris has historically been less effective with RGIII out of the lineup. I would trust the Colts this week.
Don’t believe in Tannehill? Overwhelmingly confident in Heath Miller? Think the tight end position is deep as hell? Let me know! I’d love to talk fantasy football.