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Quarterback & Tight End Streamers: Week 12 (2021 Fantasy Football)

by Marc Mathyk | @Masterjune70 | Featured Writer
Nov 23, 2021
Evan Engram

Another odd week in the world of fantasy football. Strange is the new normal. This season has been less and less predictable. A case in point – the Tennessee Titans. They beat the Buffalo Bills, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the LA Rams, three of arguably the best teams in the NFL. This week they lost to arguably the worst team, the Houston Texans. Buffalo got trounced by the Colts. The week’s most anticipated shootout involving the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs was a complete dud. Even the Ravens/Bears game ended up with more total points – and that was with essentially two backup quarterbacks with both teams missing their top wide receivers. So if you are looking for patterns at all, don’t waste your time. This is a season that defies analytics. There is simply no guarantee except for Jonathan Taylor.

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Quarterback Streamer of the Week: Cam Newton (CAR) vs. Miami Dolphins

I’m cheating a little bit. Cam Newton is 51% rostered in Yahoo leagues. That’s only 1% more than my usual limit, but he will be out of the streaming conversation after this week. All it seems is that Cam needed to find his way home. He lost last week but played well, and to be honest. He hasn’t played in a while but came out this good this quickly…as they say – Wheels Up! Miami has a decent defense, but they did allow Joe Flacco to look like a gunslinger last week and almost lost the game. I see this game as a fun one and perhaps even a shootout.

Alternate Streamer of the Week: Mac Jones (NE) vs. Tennessee Titans 

Mac Jones had a lackluster fantasy game versus the Falcons last week. They ran the ball to victory. However, this game will be closer. The Titans are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Texans, so they will be poised to rebound. The Patriots are flying at the moment, but these teams are pretty even-steven. This means it should be a nice back and forth battle that should force Jones to pass more. Jones is looking like a vet out there. He seldom makes bone-headed plays, and despite a prosaic wide receiving corps, they are playing with purpose. Jacobi Meyers and Hunter Henry have been excellent all season, and guys like Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor have been better than most people ever expected.

Dark Horse: Tyrod Taylor (HOU) vs. New York Jets

Apart from an abysmal game against the Dolphins, Tyrod Taylor has averaged over 20 fantasy points in the other three games he has started. He now faces perhaps the worst defense in the league. It is hard not to like the quarterback that is as dangerous at running the ball as he is throwing it. It is hard to figure out what Houston wants to do as a franchise. You’d think that they are trying to lose, but honestly, they have played competitively for the most part. These are arguably the worst two teams, but both have the potential to light it up. It is probably too late for Taylor to play out of his mind to secure a future starting role. Now he is just playing for pride these days. But he’s still one of the most underrated quarterbacks ever. You cannot help but cheer for him.

Optimistic Dice Roll: Trevor Lawrence (JAX) vs. Atlanta Falcons

Trevor Lawrence has not been good in his rookie season. This is true. He is missing D.J. Chark and has just lost Jamal Agnew. However, if there ever was a game that could somehow right T-Law, it is this one. Atlanta is the second-worst against quarterbacks in fantasy. I’m optimistic that this could be a game that Lawrence could put up decent fantasy numbers. He’s also been better at committing fewer turnovers, elevating his fantasy floor. I also have my fingers crossed for Laviska Shenault to start being the alpha I had hoped at the beginning of the season.

Logan Thomas or Ricky Seals-Jones

Regarding tight ends, if one of Logan Thomas or Ricky Seals-Jones plays, I like them to top the list. However, I am not sure if either will be ready to play the Seattle Seahawks. The good news is it is on Monday night, which may be enough time for one of them to suit up. Logan Thomas would be the top priority, but if he cannot go, and RSJ can, he’s been almost as dependable. Check to see if either is available.

Tight End Streamer of the Week: Evan Engram (NYG) vs. Philadelphia Eagles

There are a lot of mouths to feed in New York, with almost everyone healthy. However, the Eagles have been a better defense this season than anticipated. However, there is one position the Eagles have a difficult time covering – the tight end position. They are the league’s worst. Evan Engram may not be the target hog of old, but he is still a viable option for Daniel Jones. It is also a divisional match in a division that is close and competitive, and up-for-grabs. I like Engram’s floor and think he could reach his ceiling this week.

Alternate Streamer of the Week: Austin Hooper (CLE) @ Baltimore Ravens

Austin Hooper has quietly been productive in recent weeks. With Odell Beckham Jr. gone and Kareem Hunt hurt, no one acts as an alpha in Cleveland. The odds are Jarvis Landry is the top receiver, but Hooper has been a close second. His numbers have not been overly exciting in the yards department, but he sees consistent targets. The Baltimore Ravens have given up the third-most fantasy points to tight ends, so it appears that Hooper may be one of your best options, even if it doesn’t seem to be overly sexy. And he’s due for a touchdown.

Dark Horse: Dan Arnold (JAX) vs. Atlanta Falcons

What happened to Dan Arnold last week? He was consistently the most targeted option on the Jaguars for weeks only to get absolutely nothing. I am banking on the fact that last week was more of an anomaly. Atlanta’s defense is terrible, but surprisingly they have been better than most teams versus tight ends. Still, I cannot help but expect Arnold to be more active to the point that he makes a healthy contribution to your lineup.

Be Weary of  The Trap: Adam Trautman (NO) vs. Buffalo Bills

I advocated Adam Trautman last week, and it paid off. He was tied with Mark Ingram and Tre’Quan Smith with eight targets and converted five for 58 yards and a touchdown. I still like him as a player, but unfortunately, he faces a Bills’ defense that is one of the toughest against tight ends. I don’t see him dominating this week as he did in Week 11.

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Marc Mathyk is a featured writer at FantasyPros and co-founder of Veridian Global, a fantasy football apparel company. For more from Marc, check out his archive and follow him @Masterjune70.

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