Stream Starters: Week 13

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YOU LIKE THAT? I hope you followed my recommendations from last week as all streaming options offered provided great value. We’re looking to keep the hot streak going in Week 13, the last of this year’s bye weeks. If you’ve been riding Tom Brady or Teddy Bridgewater, you’ve come to the right place:  

Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings (vs. Tanksonville Jaguars) – 28.7 Percent Owned
I’ve been banging the drum for Kirk Cousins the last three weeks, and it’s produced good results thus far. This week, Cousins gets a Jaguars team that has allowed an average of 29.5 points per game this year, with an even sadder 31.8 points allowed on the road (good for near-league highs). Even more importantly, this Jaguars team should want to lose, as a win at this point all but eliminates them from the race to the bottom to get Trevor Lawrence. With this incredibly inviting matchup (as well as the byes), Cousins’ roster percentage has somehow decreased since Week 12. I’m not sure who everyone else is taking, but Cousins should have immense value against the Jags here. Start him with confidence.

Baker Mayfield, Progressive/Hulu Spokesman QB, Cleveland Browns (@ Tennessee Titans) – 23.6 Percent Owned
I’ll admit it, if you look through my Twitter, you’ll find more than a couple mentions regarding my disdain of the Browns’ quarterback. However, I think this is quite a good matchup. The Titans have had one of the worst pass defenses in the league, giving up the fifth most passing yards per game this year, slumming it in the rankings with the likes of the Jets and Jaguars. Don’t be fooled by the Titans’ excellent defensive effort against the Colts last week. I chalk that one up to a divisional revenge game, and Phillip Rivers always being good for a turnover. This Titans defense will fall back to earth this week against the Browns. 

On the other side of the ball, the Titans score in bunches between Derrick Henry and their bevy of underrated receivers. The Browns won’t be able to rely on grinding out low scoring wins like they did against the Texans or Eagles, which will push Mayfield into a more favorable game script for fantasy owners. He’s shown great chemistry with Jarvis Landry, and I expect this to be featured against a porous Titans pass defense. 

I have to take a moment from our regularly scheduled programming to drop a mention for the timeless Ryan Fitzpatrick. At the time of this writing, Tua Tagovailoa’s thumb makes him a game time decision. If he sits, I’d start Fitzmagic over either of the two options above against a Bungles defense that struggled against a terrible New York Giants offense.

Los Angeles Chargers D/ST (vs. New England Patriots) – 34.6 Percent Owned
The Patriots have one of the worst offenses in the league. They’re led by a washed Cam Newton (or Scam Newton as I’ve been calling him) who may still be experiencing lingering COVID-19 side effects. Don’t even get me started on the ineptitude of the skill positions, particularly first round busts Sony Michel and N’Keal Harry. I really could just leave this one at ,“the Patriots are bad at offense”, however, that would discount the defensive talent on the Chargers. Joey Bosa lived in the Bills backfield last week, as this unit forced three turnovers and three sacks against an offensive line that’s about as good as the Patriots. While I think the Pats will ultimately win this game due to a vast coaching mismatch, I peg this a grindy-low-scoring affair, with plenty of value for the Chargers defense.

Kansas City Chiefs D/ST (vs. Denver Broncos) – 46.7 Percent Owned
Even if Drew Lock starts at quarterback I am not worried about this defensive unit posting points on Sunday Night Football. The Chiefs have a bend, but don’t break approach, allowing about the league average in terms of total yardage for opposing teams. However, they’ve allowed the sixth fewest points per game this year.  The only concerning piece of the Chiefs’ defense is they tend to let their foot off the pedal in garbage time, but I have so little faith in the Broncos offense that it’s unquantifiable. Don’t overthink this one, play the defense of the team that’s favored by 14 points and thank me later.

Kyle Rudolph, TE (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars) – 18.6 Percent Owned
It looks like Irv. Smith will miss another game, which should put Rudolph in line for some additional targets against a poor Jacksonville defense. This has been a very bad season for tight ends, so finding one with solid volume to stream is your best bet. Rudolph was targeted a season-high eight times last week, and while I think that may decrease slightly with the return of Adam Thielen, Rudolph should still have good streaming value as a Gronk replacement if needed. 

Neal Chuenprateep

Neal has been playing fantasy football for about a decade now. He was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and after a short stint in Rhode Island for college, he returned to the Bay Area where he currently resides. I'm a devout 49ers fan, and enjoy consuming most sports. Prior to writing for Fantasy Guru Bros., I wrote Fantasy advice at sbnation.com. I also blog about my sports wagers (and other random thoughts) at blogofthebus.com. I'm always happy to chat about anything football, so feel free to drop me an @ or DM!

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