Welcome back, welcome back, to your weekly supply of fantasy streamers, the best options on your waiver wire at quarterback, tight end, and defense! The fantasy playoffs are rolling, and hopefully you’re still surviving. So who can you use to carry you to the fantasy championships this week? Well, you’ve got some options. Let’s dive right into them.
Eli Manning, New York Giants (VS WAS)
Eli was disappointing this past week, but that was mostly due to game flow. The Giants went up early and didn’t need Eli to throw the ball downfield. This week, I’d expect the Giants to have a much more prolific passing attack. Washington’s run defense has been solid as of late, which means Eli will be forced to throw the ball more. That, combined with the fact that Washington’s secondary is terrible, should lead to a good day for Manning.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (VS PIT)
I think Matt Ryan qualifies as a streamer? I mean, he’s certainly not an every-week starter anymore. That being said, he’s definitely a starter this week. He’ll be back at home in the dome and facing the 8th worst pass defense in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. Expect Ryan and Julio Jones to continue their hot streak this week.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (VS JAC)
I’m slightly on the fence about this one, as I expect to see a heavy dose of Justin Forsett in this game, and Torrey Smith is currently questionable. Flacco, though, has been very good lately, and the matchup is too good to pass up. He has to be considered a low-end QB1/high-end QB2 this week.
Larry Donnell, New York Giants (VS WAS)
Donnell certainly hasn’t been his early-season self recently, but he’s seen 7 targets in each of the past two games. With Rueben Randle being his disappointing self, Donnell has become the bona fide number two target in what should be a prolific passing offense this week. In the thin tight end market, that’s more than enough to warrant a start.
Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (AT NYG)
This pick hinges on the health of Colt McCoy, as tight end targets within the Redskins offense increase significantly with him at the helm. If McCoy is cleared and ready to go, though, Reed is a great option this week. He’s seen 18 targets over the past two, and the Giants have struggled against tight ends this year.
Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (VS NYJ)
Walker was a popular pick this past week, and he underperformed pretty significantly. However, the entire Titans offense was a mess this past week. Walker has had success with Jake Locker in the past, and the matchup against the Jets is a favorable one. Don’t let recency bias fool you! Start Delanie Walker!
Baltimore Ravens (VS JAC)
Sure, Baltimore’s pass defense is bad, but the Jaguars can’t pass the ball to save their lives. Expect Bortles to be his typical, turnover-prone self, and expect a solid outing from the Ravens defense.
Kansas City Chiefs (VS OAK)
As a Raider fan, this one hurt. Oakland beat Kansas City just a couple weeks ago, and they’re coming off a nice win against the 49ers. This is Arrowhead, though, and I don’t expect the Chiefs to let the Raiders dictate this game. The Chiefs excel at getting pressure on the quarterback, so this should be a rare game where Derek Carr gets sacked multiple times.
Carolina Panthers (VS TB)
The Panthers don't have a good defense, but Tampa Bay doesn't have a good offense. Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson will certainly get what's theirs, but the run game will be stymied and McCown will likely turn the ball over. The Panthers should make for a solid play this week.
Well, that about does it for this week, guys. If you’ve got streaming questions, lineup questions, or you’d just like to talk some fantasy football, ask me in the comments or use @nwalshington on the twitters. I’ll hopefully see you on the podcast later this week, and if not, right back here for the best week 16 streamers.