Quarterback & Tight End Streamers: Week 16 (2019 Fantasy Football)
This is it. You’ve made it to the finals. You are prepped, primed, and pumped. Either you have gone against the grain and have streamed the two most streamable positions in football, or you are at a place where your stud has lost his mojo or has suffered a season-ending injury. Whatever the case, you need to know what choices are out there and which of those choices will benefit you the most. You know your team better than anyone. Therefore, this week I am altering the categories specifically for this one last game on the line. One will be the high ceiling streamer of the week with a couple of choices; one will be the safe floor streamer of the week that you can rely on more than others.
High Ceiling Quarterback Streamer of the Week No. 1: Mitchell Trubisky (CHI) vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Love him or hate him, Mitchell Trubisky could be the quarterback that makes or breaks your final playoff week. He’s been as bad as scoring just over three fantasy points for two weeks in a row (Week 8 – Chargers, Week 9 – Eagles), and he’s been as good as scoring over 30 fantasy points for two weeks in a row (Week 13 – Lions, Week 14 – Dallas). He’s been better lately. He’s fighting to keep his job. Kansas City has been a much-improved defense over the past six games, but they are still vulnerable and could fall off the wagon at any time. If you are in a position that demands mega-points from your quarterback, then Trubisky could be your Mega Man.
High Ceiling Quarterback Streamer of the Week No. 2: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA) vs. Cincinnati Bengals
In the 12 games that Ryan Fitzpatrick has started and finished this year, he has surpassed 20 fantasy points five times. He seems allergic to scoring between 12-20 fantasy points. Out of the seven remaining games, he has scored between 10-12 fantasy points five times. Then he was horrible in his other two games, including a minus five performance against the Patriots in Week 2. The good news? He’s been less erratic and more consistent in the past four games. He’s also not playing the Patriots this week. The Bengals are a gift for those who still believe in the beard. I also think that Fitzmagic will continue to go out and have fun. He plays like every game is his last. That kind of swashbuckling attitude makes him endearing and fun to watch. And he’s got DeVante Parker, who has morphed into a superhero.
Safe Floor Quarterback Streamer of the Week: Gardner Minshew (JAC) at Atlanta Falcons
Gardner Minshew has proven this season that he is better than Nick Foles. He’s like a younger Fitzmagic. Fearless, fashionable, and just plain fun to watch. He has nine games in which he has scored between 13-25 fantasy points. He has only two games that were bad. For most of the season, Minshew and Jacoby Brissett were the two most consistent safe plays. Unfortunately, Brissett has hit a wall lately. Therefore, go with the man, the myth, the mustache. If he can win you your championship, then he will earn legendary status.
No Guts, No Glory Dart Throw: Will Grier (CAR) at Indianapolis Colts
There are many Will Grier truthers out there who have patiently watched Kyle Allen throw himself into relegation. Grier is a lot like Minshew in many ways. Both loved to chuck the ball in college. Both have that Baker Mayfield attitude. Both are born leaders, and both were longshots ever to do anything in the NFL. Minshew has been able to carve out an identity, and now it is time for Grier. If you have the cajones to start a rookie who has never played an NFL game, then go for it. In any other year of football fantasy, I would have said you were nuts. This year is different. There have been so many surprises. The positive thing is apart from Ryan Finley, almost every backup has come in and played well at first in 2019. It is a kamikaze move, but if you did win it all with Grier, it would be one of the stories of the year!
(interesting note: after finishing Will Grier’s paragraph, I noticed that I am currently at 666 words. Take that for whichever way you want)
High Ceiling Tight End Streamer of the Week No. 1: Noah Fant (DEN) vs. Detroit Lions
Noah Fant has been great. Noah Fant has been terrible. Noah Fant symbolizes tight end streaming. He’s had a couple of boom games — scoring over 20 fantasy points. There are not many left in the scrap heap of tight end streamers to have that on their resume. He’s also got you less than five fantasy points six times. Let that sink in. Why I still think he’s worth taking a shot on at this point in the season is his upside. He is involved with the Broncos offense and has solidified himself as the team’s second-best receiver, next to Courtland Sutton. He’s seen fewer targets of late, but he has been very efficient with those touches. If anyone can take the top of a Detroit Lions’ defense, it is the athletic phenom, Noah Fant.
High Ceiling Tight End Streamer of the Week No. 2: Jonnu Smith (TEN) vs. New Orleans Saints
Jonnu Smith has failed to live up to expectations time after time. We all know he’s athletic and was productive in college. He just hasn’t been able to become that consistent top-8 tight end yet. In the last seven games, though, Smith has had 12 fantasy points or better in three, including one game in which he reached 20. The Saints are in the middle of the pack when it comes to covering tight ends. Jonnu has burned so many people often, but he has also delivered when those same people gave up on him too quickly. If you need that boom/bust tight end to help you win, Smith is your guy. He’s on a team that has a good offense and needs to win.
Safe Floor Tight End Streamer of the Week: Mike Gesicki (MIA) vs. Cincinnati Bengals
First of all, there is no such thing as a safe floor tight end. It is one of the best “under the radar” oxymorons out there. Way better than jumbo shrimp! Mike Gesicki is as close as consistent as any, which is not saying much. However, we need to stay with the process. Targets are what you follow, not touchdowns. You are looking for many targets; you are looking for consistent targets. Gesicki has had 5-8 targets in the last seven games. Some have translated to touchdowns, high yardage, and fantasy points. Some have not. But the targets are there. He’s an integral part of the Dolphins’ offense. DeVante Parker is the alpha dog. Gesicki is his younger, bigger brother. The Bengals are a terrific matchup. If you want someone you can trust, never look at your tight end not named Kelce-Kittle-Ertz. However, out of the three I’ve recommended this week, Gesicki comes with statistically the safest floor and has as much upside. And this is either weirdly normal or painfully beautiful… or both.
Best of luck in your final week. I hope you win, and if you do, gloat. Nothing wrong with being proud of what you accomplished. Hopefully, I’ve helped ease your ride to the end, and maybe even helped you dominate here and there. Thanks for all of your support and constructive feedback during the season.