A great thing about last week: no major injuries to skill position players. What’s better than that? It's week one of the fantasy football playoffs.
Instead of doing a waiver wire column this week, I'm writing a streaming position column because there weren’t a lot of impact players on the wire this week. Most people in the playoffs have their set roster in regards to running backs and wide receivers also, and it seems pointless to add players you won’t start or your opponents won’t start.
Before I start the Stream Weavers for NFL week 14, there are a few players you should look to add if they are on your waiver wire.
- C.J. Spiller (RB, NO). The news out of NO today is that Mark Ingram has a shoulder injury and has been put on season-ending IR. Go add Spiller now. His season hasn't been memorable, but his value and upside just went through the roof.
- Doug Baldwin (WR, Sea). Don’t look now but the Seahawks have an explosive offense. They play Baltimore, whose defense doesn’t defend the pass well. Baldwin is a WR2 for me going forward.
- James White (RB, NE). He is playing the Dion Lewis role in NE, and it looks like they took the training wheels off last week. He was more highly regarded coming out of Wisconsin than Lewis was out of Pitt. The NE backfield is tough to trust, but he should see a lot of work going forward.
I’m only going to include the 3 most common streaming positions, which are quarterback, tight end, and defense. These are the guys I like this week; and it's the playoffs, so matchups are important.
- Jameis Winston (TB) v NO – This one is pretty easy. Winston has been trending up, and the Saints defense is a slot machine. I have Winston starting in multiple lineups. Don’t over think it. He has scored in double digits all season.
- Tyrod Taylor (Buf) @ Phi – Taylor has also been trending upward. It looks like that stretch in the middle of the season was injury related. He’s starting to throw to Sammy Watkins now also, which is a smart call. He gets to play against that Philly defensive backfield that is in the giving spirit.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick (NYJ) v Tenn – Fitzy is the best fantasy QB that no one knows about. In his last two games, he's scored over 20 points, and he's playing against a defense that ranks 26th against QBs. Expect two or more TDs again this week.
I hope that one of these three players is there for you to consume, however, a shot in the dark QB this week is Blaine Gabbert (SF). Goldylocks has been steady and gets to play against the 28th ranked defense against the QB in Cleveland. I understand its dart throw. Last week, he showed he’s also willing to run. Weather is not an issue in these games as of now.
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TB) v NO – ASJ finally got fed up with Carlos Hyde on their secluded island and returned to play last week. He didn’t do what we would have liked against a bad Atlanta defense, but he did get the second most targets on the team (6), and that should only go up from here. He also gets the slot machine that is NO this week. Easy #1 add at the TE streamer position this week.
- Coby Fleener (Ind) @ Jax – Watching the game last Sunday night wasn’t a whole lot of fun if you were a Colts fan. However, Fleener led the team with 8 targets. He was only able to put together a 4 for 20 line from that, but targets = points. He’s getting Jacksonville this week that ranks 29th against TEs, and Delaney Walker made them look silly.
- Jacob Tamme (Atl) @ Car – I wish I had a third candidate that I was excited about. Tamme is the second option in the Atlanta passing game (maybe the third with Freeman), and Julio gets Josh Norman this week. His target numbers are nothing to write home about, but he should be able to get around 8-10 targets this week with Julio being covered by the best cover corner in the league.
This is an interesting week for TEs because of matchups and injuries. Jordan Cameron (Mia) has a great matchup on Monday Night Football against the Giants, who watch tape from NO to learn new defenses. Cameron is hard to trust. I sure don’t. Clive Walford (Oak) has been getting a steady uptick in playing time, and T.J. Ward and Danny Trevathan are both probably out for Denver. Denver's corners won’t be very giving to the Oakland receivers, so Walford could get a lot of targets. Again, hard to trust. Crockett Gillmore (Bal) is playing Seattle, who, shockingly, gives up a lot of production to tight ends. Gillmore is "Questionable" so keep that in mind before setting and forgetting. The most interesting matchup of the weekend to me is the Denver TEs against Oakland. Oakland has been better against the TE as of late, but Kubiak’s offense is TE heavy. The issue I have is that both Vernon Davis and Owen Daniels have been used. Watch to see if Davis gets out of the concussion protocol. If he doesn’t, play Daniels. He would be #2 on this list for me.
- Lions @ StL – Detroit has been playing very well of late. This week they get to play Case Keenum. Case is a local kid, but you can count on a couple turnovers this week for Detroit. The Rams rank 30th against defenses. Best stream of the week and it’s not close.
- Bears v Was – Chicago has quietly been getting better defensively. They had a stinker last week against a bad 49er offense but still had eight points. I think we all were able to see that atrocious game on MNF. Kirk Cousins is much worse on the road that at home. The Bears should do quite well this week.
- 49ers @ Cle – They get Johnny Football and the 32nd ranked offense in the league. By the way, that’s last. They scored eight points against a much better Chicago offense last week. Travis Benjamin is trending toward being out this week, and Cleveland already has very few weapons. Not an ideal defense for the first week of the playoffs, but it could suffice if you're in a pinch.
I will continue to highlight good matchups in this column for the playoffs. Good luck to everyone in their playoff matchups.