We’re almost through bye season! After this week, only Week 13 features two teams off. Looking back at Week Ten, I knew Drew Lock wasn’t the best quarterback in the league. However, I didn’t think he’d attempt 47 passes and only generate seven points of fantasy value for owners due to four terrible interceptions (and a rushing touchdown called back from a hold). Let me try for some better options this week for your streaming needs:
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins (@ Denver Broncos) – 35.0 Percent Owned
This spot was meant to go to Jameis Winston, however, it seems the Saints are either playing elite level mind games by saying they’ll start Taysom Hill, or they may actually do it. Keep your eye on that situation, as if Jameis does start, I think he’s an excellent streaming option this week.
The Dolphins didn’t have to rely on their rookie signal caller in their Week Ten victory against the Chargers due to an early lead, fortuitous turnovers, and a fairly effective rushing game. The Broncos don’t have as strong of a pass rush unit, ranking in the bottom third of the league, and this has gotten worse as the year has progressed. I think Tua will be in an excellent position to continue his hot streak and help to propel the Dolphins in their playoff push.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings (vs. Dallas Cowboys) – 21.6 Percent Owned
This Vikings team is surging, having won their last three games, they now have a chance at the playoffs in the NFC. While Cousins mainly plays a complementary piece to Dalvin Cook on this offense, I have a feeling there’s plenty of potential for passing touchdowns, with the Cowboys allowing the second most passing touchdowns in the league. On the other side of the ball, the Cowboys are somehow still in the playoff race themselves due to a woeful NFC East. They return Andy Dalton to their full complement of offensive weapons. This 1 PM game has the rumblings of an ugly shootout, with Cousins and your fantasy team as the benefactor.
Washington Football Team D/ST (vs. Cincinnati Bengals) – 43.5 Percent Owned
If you weren’t able to secure the Miami Dolphins D/ST against the Jets, there are still some solid options to explore. Washington has allowed the least passing yards of any defense thus far this year. Playing against a Bungles team trending to be without their best rusher Joe Mixon, the Washington defense should be able to focus on the pass. While Joe Burrow is one of the best rookie quarterbacks we’ve seen, the deck is stacked against him on the road against an elite (and well-coached) pass defense.
Kansas City Chiefs D/ST (@ Las Vegas Raiders) – 49.2 Percent Owned
The Chiefs got exposed by the Raiders in their last match up this year, and I don’t anticipate this happening again. Las Vegas leans into Josh Jacobs/their rushing game, and in games where Jacobs rushes effectively, the Raiders tend to win. The Chiefs are much stouter against the run than the pass, and I don’t see the Chiefs getting swept this year. Fresh legs off the bye, and a primetime Sunday Night Football game to remind the nation that they’re the defending champions? I dig it.
Starting next week (when byes calm down), I will try to reinstate my weekly tight end recommendations. Until then, I’ll have some strong leans here for your perusal. If you play in an ESPN league, Taysom Hill can be had as a tight end, in this capacity, I actually like the overrated backup quarterback. If Irv Smith Jr. sits out again, then Kyle Rudolph would be an acceptable start against the Dallas Cowboys. Lastly, Logan Thomas has seen a steady uptick in usage, finally getting over the four target hump. He plays the Bungles this week, who are particularly bad against the tight end position, allowing the second most points to tight ends this year.