I was seriously considering copying and pasting my Week Nine article as quite frankly all of those picks are still quite nice. However, there’s still much to discuss as leagues really start to solidify and playoff pushes are made:
Drew Lock, QB, Denver Broncos (@ Las Vegas Raiders) – 18.3 Percent Owned
I will start this week by copying my first pick from last week, as he’s still unowned in the majority of leagues. Lock had an excellent performance last week against the Falcons, and the Raiders aren’t much better on the defensive end. Further, playing in a dome should maximize both teams’ strengths: offense. Don’t be fooled by the lack of name recognition from the Broncos’ receivers, as they have been seen developing great chemistry with their quarterback, and the Raiders’ shoddy defense should help as well. Overall, there should be an excellent game script for Lock as he looks to build on a couple strong performances.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins (vs. Los Angeles Chargers) – 30.5 Percent Owned
The Dolphins’ rookie quarterback looked great against a good Cardinals defense, making timely plays to keep his team ahead for the entirety of the game. This week, the Dolphins face a Chargers defense that has surrendered an average of 32 points over the last five weeks. Traveling to Florida likely won’t help their struggling unit, which Tagovailoa should benefit from. The Alabama product also looked willing to gain yardage with his legs, which adds to this already appealing stream. Lastly, this may be a multiple week affair if you’re able to snag Tua now, as his next several weeks are very appealing.
Miami Dolphins D/ST (vs. Los Angeles Chargers) – 30.0 Percent Owned
The Dolphins are the fourth best scoring defense this year, due in large to their ability at forcing turnovers this season. Against a rookie quarterback I feel comfortable that they’ll be able to add to their already impressive metrics. This is the Chargers’ first game on the east coast in a while, which increases the chances of a slow start for Herbert and the Bolts to start the game. I feel like the Dolphins see that their playoff window is wide open with the expanded format and downfall of the Patriots. Along with their favorable schedule, I anticipate this to be a strong unit to stream in following weeks as well.
Washington Football Team D/ST (vs. Detroit Lions) – 47.1 Percent Owned
This defense currently owns the third most sacks of all defenses in the league. Against a bottom third offensive line in terms of allowing sacks, it’s already an appealing matchup. Even better, the Lions’ best wide receiver, Kenny Golladay, is expected to miss his second straight game. To make matters worse for Matt Stafford, it looks like Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson may miss this game as well. Between a limited offense, and a well-coached defense that has been the main reason for Washington’s limited success, stream this unit with confidence.
Tight End Blues
Another lackluster week for tight end streaming, where there’s no particularly appealing options below 50 percent ownership. I want to see Jordan Reed do well in his second game back from injury, and he should have an opportunity with George Kittle missing more time. However, he only played 13 snaps in last week’s blowout loss to the Packers. Reed has a lower floor than I’d like as he simply won’t see the field as much as other options, but memories of his prime performances intrigue me. With Kittle out, fellow 49ers tight end Ross Dwelley will also see an expanded role, so he may be a worthy dart throw as well as the team plays against the New Orleans Saints, who are vulnerable against the tight end. Robert Tonyan (if healthy) and Irv. Smith Jr. are other widely available options, however, due to their reduced offensive loads, they look to be touchdown-or-bust options.