Stream Starters: Week 15

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BANG, after an amazing week of recommendations featuring the top two defensive units it’s going to be hard to match. However, the show goes on, and there’s some of you out there who need some last minute streamers to fuel your playoff matchups. Hopefully these streamers get you to the promised land:

Gardner Minshew, QB, Tanksonville Jaguars (@ Baltimore Ravens) – 9.3 Percent Owned

As the saying goes ,”Throw the ball where the receiver is going, not where they are”, and we’re truly embracing the spirit of that statement here. While Baltimore features one of the league’s most talented defenses, they are on a short week against an opponent they’re likely to look past (especially after an emotional comeback victory on Monday night). Even if the Ravens safely win this game, fantasy knows no score, and touchdowns cutting a deficit from 19 to 13 in the fourth quarter still count. Plug in Minshew, don’t watch this game, and you should end the weekend with 18 to 25 solid fantasy points from the Jaguars signal caller.

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (@ New York Giants) – 26.7 Percent Owned

If you ask me, I’m fully bought into the OBJ Ewing Theory occurring on the Browns right now. It just feels as if the entire offense has played much looser since he’s been sidelined for injury. Further, teams have needed to stack their defenders in the box in attempts to slow down the wildly devastating tandem of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, leaving Mayfield with exploitable coverages. I think the Browns continue their hot streak to secure their playoff spot with a statement win against the Giants.

New England Patriots D/ST (@ Miami Dolphins) – 49.0 Percent Owned

If this was in snowy Foxboro I’d like it even more, however, I still love Bill Belichick against rookie quarterbacks. In his time as Head Coach of the Patriots, Bellichick has gone 21-5 against first year signal callers, and I don’t see that streak ending against the streaky Tua Tagovailoa. Further, the Dolphins receiving corps looks to be limited with Mike Gesicki and Jakeem Grant both questionable to play on Sunday. Between the Patriots coaching edge, and a limited arsenal of receivers for Miami, this should be a great unit to stream this week.

Arizona Cardinals D/ST (vs. Philadelphia Eagles) – 31.0 Percent Owned
The Cardinals face an Eagles team coming off an excellent win against the former NFC-leading New Orleans Saints last week. Even more impressively, this came off of a phenomenal first start for rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts. The Saints looked wholly unprepared for the Eagles rush-first attack, however the Cardinals should be much better prepared as they receive the benefit of not being the first team to play Hurts as a starter. The Cardinals also have the requisite speed needed on the defensive side to limit the Eagles offense which should prove fruitful for your fantasy matchup.

Irv Smith Jr., TE (vs. Chicago Bears) – 5.6 Percent Owned
While the Chicago Bears have had one the better defensive units in the league this year, their weakness tends to be the tight end position. The Bears have allowed the fourth most points to opposing tight ends this year. Even better for Smith, his colleague Kyle Rudolph is expected to sit this week, granting additional upside and potential targets. Given the increased attention for the Vikings tight end, and the advantageous matchup, Smith should prove to be an effective streamer this week.    

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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