Stream Starters: Week 16

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With a rough Week 15 behind us, we’re ready for what’s likely the final week of your fantasy season. For some, a sweet chance at a title, for most, a time to reflect on mistakes made. In any case, I’m here to provide some final streamers for the year to maximize your team’s production regardless of the situation:

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins (@ Las Vegas Raiders) – 31.3 Percent Owned
The rookie quarterback looked great in the second half of the Dolphins Week 15 matchup, once Stephon Gilmore sat due to injury. The Raiders lack any player near the talent of Gilmore, and have given up the second most passing yards to opposing quarterbacks at home this year. Additionally, the Raiders have given up the fourth most points to opposing teams this year (and the second most in the last three games). This isn’t a stream to overthink, listen to the numbers, remember that this team came within seconds of losing to the Jets, and profit accordingly.

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (@ New York Jets) – 35.1 Percent Owned
Mayfield has looked revitalized the past few weeks, even against some strong defensive units. This week, the Browns face a Jets team that are desperate to lose, and are almost completely devoid of talent on the defensive side of the ball. Conversely, the AFC playoff picture is tightening up, and the Browns need to win to retain control of their playoff destiny. Mayfield has built excellent rapport with his receivers, as well as his trio of pass-catching tight ends, and I expect these connections to flourish further against the Jets. As a final benefit, this is the Browns second matchup in a row at Metlife Field, which should provide a small boost this week.

There’s plenty of potential quarterback streamers this week due to some very appealing matchups. Depending on availability in your league,  I’d also consider Jalen Hurts (@ Dallas Cowboys) and Mitchell Trubisky (@ Jacksonville Jaguars) as worthy streaming candidates.

Los Angeles Chargers  D/ST (vs. Denver Broncos) – 21.2 Percent Owned
Don’t be fooled by last Thursday’s poor performance from the Chargers defense against the Raiders, that was a fluke fueled by the unexpected replacement of Derek Carr for Marcus Mariota. The Chargers shouldn’t be forced to play flat-footed against an unexpected offensive scheme with the Broncos this week. Drew Lock has either thrown an interception or given up a fumble in every single game he’s played this year after Week One. I don’t expect this trend to break against a talented Chargers pass rush unit.

Arizona Cardinals D/ST (vs. San Francisco 49ers) – 39.7 Percent Owned
San Francisco backup quarterback Nick Mullens is out for the season, replacing him is third string quarterback C.J. Beathard. As a 49ers fan I can tell you that Beathard is not an improvement, and yes, Mullens has thrown ten interceptions in six games. At this point in the season, motivation means everything, and the Cardinals are very motivated to win to keep their playoff spot. On the other hand, the 49ers are clearly playing for next season at this point, not having their starting QB since week eight. Start the Arizona defense with confidence and expect one or two turnovers to go in your favor. 

Tyler Eifert, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Chicago) – 43.2 Percent Owned
This is a pick based off of matchup and what appears to be an upward trend in usage for the former Bengals tight end. While the Bears have an imposing front, they’ve actually surrendered the second most fantasy points to tight ends this year. Eifert has been an athletic and dynamic weapon when healthy, which he appears to be at the moment. Further, I like his usage as a safety valve this week against a strong Bears pass rush that will surely break through a leaky Jaguars offensive line. I like the matchup, I like Eifert’s fairly strong hold of his team’s tight end group, and I believe the Jaguars tight end could be deployed this week to favorable results. 

If you have any other questions beyond these players and who to stream this week, follow me on twitter @Nealiohelio. Always happy to field specific questions from our readers! 

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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