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Mike Tagliere

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Cameron Brate (TE - TB)
Wed, Dec 20
Player Note on Cameron Brate (TE - TB)
It appears unlikely that O.J. Howard will be able to go this week, as he was spotted in a walking boot after Monday night's game against the Falcons, meaning that Brate would see an increased role. That leads to the other issue, which is Brate's knee, as he was forced to miss almost the entire first half, though he returned to the game to finish with four catches for 49 yards. If he's okay and practices for a majority of the week, he's a solid streaming option against the Panthers. They've allowed seven touchdowns to tight ends on the season, including multiple touchdowns to both Zach Ertz and Darren Fells. Brate totaled 64 yards on five targets against them earlier in the season, and that was with Howard playing the majority of snaps. Brate should be played as a low-end TE1 who can surprise. The fact that the Panthers will be without linebacker Thomas Davis also helps matters.
Vernon Davis (TE - WAS)
Wed, Dec 20
Player Note on Vernon Davis (TE - WAS)
What in the world happened to Davis? After totaling 58 or more yards in 7-of-8 games from Week 3-11, he's now failed to record more than two catches or 26 yards over the last four games. His targets have been sporadic, so you have to wonder if there's an injury that he's hiding. Production doesn't just drop-off like that for no reason. The matchup with the Broncos is a good one, too, as they've allowed 10-of-14 tight ends to finish as the TE13 or better against them. Knowing the matchups for the other pass-catchers, Davis needs to step-up this game. I'd definitely consider streaming him as a low-end TE1 this week.
Adam Shaheen (TE - CHI)
Wed, Dec 20
Player Note on Adam Shaheen (TE - CHI)
He had to miss last week with a chest injury, but if he returns to practice and plays this week, he's in the streaming conversation. The Browns have been a great target for streamers all season, as they've now allowed 12-of-14 tight ends to finish inside the top-15 for that particular week. That's extremely hard to do with all of the bad tight ends out there, and Shaheen has shown promise in his limited playing time, hauling in 12 of his 14 targets for 127 yards, including three touchdowns. In his last game, he saw a season-high five targets, so pay attention to the practice reports. If he's forced to miss again, Daniel Brown can be considered a really deep sleeper play at tight end.
Ricky Seals-Jones (TE - ARI)
Wed, Dec 20
Player Note on Ricky Seals-Jones (TE - ARI)
After having a week to establish himself in a great matchup, Seals-Jones failed to impress, totaling just two catches for 11 yards on six targets. He also saw a lot of his targets once Blaine Gabbert took over, so we have no idea about the relationship between him and Stanton. With Jermaine Gresham out, he didn't see much of a snap increase, as Troy Niklas played double the snaps. He does appear to be their No. 1 pass-catching tight end, even with Gresham on the field, so we have to at least consider him against the Giants defense that has now allowed 13 top-15 tight ends against them. In case you've forgotten, they've only played 14 games. There aren't many sure things at tight end, so Seals-Jones definitely belongs in the streaming conversation, though it's about as risky as it gets.
Marcus Mariota (QB - TEN)
Mon, Dec 18
Player Note on Marcus Mariota (QB - TEN)
Outside of one game against Carson Wentz, the Rams have allowed just 15 passing touchdowns in 13 games. It hasn't been a matchup to target for quarterbacks, and Mariota hasn't been a quarterback you could start confidently at any point this season. He's yet to hit 20 fantasy points in one game this season, and that's despite having multiple matchups against the Colts and Texans.
Jameis Winston (QB - TB)
Mon, Dec 18
Player Note on Jameis Winston (QB - TB)
It's often an overlooked factor in a quarterback's outlook, but they often let down in divisional games. I mean, look at what happened with Russell Wilson last week. If you go back and look at the first time these two teams played, Winston finished with just a 55 percent completion rate, 210 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Philip Rivers (QB - LAC)
Mon, Dec 18
Player Note on Philip Rivers (QB - LAC)
Don't worry about the one game against the Chiefs, as Rivers has struggled against them ever since 2014. Seriously, he hasn't scored 15 fantasy points against them since way back in 2013. The Jets have allowed nearly two passing touchdowns per game this season, while intercepting just 10 passes. They also generate very little pressure on the opposing quarterback, while Rivers is one of the least pressured quarterbacks as is.
Matthew Stafford (QB - DET)
Mon, Dec 18
Player Note on Matthew Stafford (QB - DET)
Over the last two weeks, the Bengals "defense" has been tagged for over 500 passing yards and three touchdowns by Mitch Trubisky and Case Keenum, who basically played one half in Week 15. With the Lions run-game continuing to be non-existent, look for them to continue relying on Stafford.
Blake Bortles (QB - JAC)
Mon, Dec 18
Player Note on Blake Bortles (QB - JAC)
If you've watched Bortles the last three weeks, you understand why he's here. He's now completed 65 of his last 91 passes (71.4 percent) for 903 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions. With Leonard Fournette at less than 100 percent, the Jaguars will continue to lean on Bortles on the road against the 49ers defense that has allowed 25 passing touchdowns with just seven interceptions on the year.
Trevor Siemian (QB - DEN)
Sun, Dec 17
Player Note on Trevor Siemian (QB - DEN)
This is going to be tough for me, as I trusted Siemian in a cash-game DFS lineup a few weeks ago against the Dolphins where he completely busted. Knowing he has an amazing matchup against the Colts in Week 15, we must re-visit the possibility of him being a streaming option, because, after all, every week is different. The Colts have lost their top three cornerbacks from the start of the season, as well as their starting free safety, leaving them extremely thin in the secondary. The Broncos have tried to revive their run-game over the last two weeks, totaling 52 carries against the Jets and Dolphins, though it's amounted to just 158 yards and one touchdown (by their fullback). They'll need to Siemian to move the ball in order to win and they couldn't have asked for a better opponent. Consider Siemian a solid QB2 and one that can be streamed if you're in a pinch. Outside of their snow game last week, the Colts have allowed 10-of-13 quarterbacks finish top-15 against them, including at least one passing touchdown in each of their games.
Cameron Brate (TE - TB)
Wed, Dec 20
Player Note on Cameron Brate (TE - TB)
It appears unlikely that O.J. Howard will be able to go this week, as he was spotted in a walking boot after Monday night's game against the Falcons, meaning that Brate would see an increased role. That leads to the other issue, which is Brate's knee, as he was forced to miss almost the entire first half, though he returned to the game to finish with four catches for 49 yards. If he's okay and practices for a majority of the week, he's a solid streaming option against the Panthers. They've allowed seven touchdowns to tight ends on the season, including multiple touchdowns to both Zach Ertz and Darren Fells. Brate totaled 64 yards on five targets against them earlier in the season, and that was with Howard playing the majority of snaps. Brate should be played as a low-end TE1 who can surprise. The fact that the Panthers will be without linebacker Thomas Davis also helps matters.
Vernon Davis (TE - WAS)
Wed, Dec 20
Player Note on Vernon Davis (TE - WAS)
What in the world happened to Davis? After totaling 58 or more yards in 7-of-8 games from Week 3-11, he's now failed to record more than two catches or 26 yards over the last four games. His targets have been sporadic, so you have to wonder if there's an injury that he's hiding. Production doesn't just drop-off like that for no reason. The matchup with the Broncos is a good one, too, as they've allowed 10-of-14 tight ends to finish as the TE13 or better against them. Knowing the matchups for the other pass-catchers, Davis needs to step-up this game. I'd definitely consider streaming him as a low-end TE1 this week.
Adam Shaheen (TE - CHI)
Wed, Dec 20
Player Note on Adam Shaheen (TE - CHI)
He had to miss last week with a chest injury, but if he returns to practice and plays this week, he's in the streaming conversation. The Browns have been a great target for streamers all season, as they've now allowed 12-of-14 tight ends to finish inside the top-15 for that particular week. That's extremely hard to do with all of the bad tight ends out there, and Shaheen has shown promise in his limited playing time, hauling in 12 of his 14 targets for 127 yards, including three touchdowns. In his last game, he saw a season-high five targets, so pay attention to the practice reports. If he's forced to miss again, Daniel Brown can be considered a really deep sleeper play at tight end.
Ricky Seals-Jones (TE - ARI)
Wed, Dec 20
Player Note on Ricky Seals-Jones (TE - ARI)
After having a week to establish himself in a great matchup, Seals-Jones failed to impress, totaling just two catches for 11 yards on six targets. He also saw a lot of his targets once Blaine Gabbert took over, so we have no idea about the relationship between him and Stanton. With Jermaine Gresham out, he didn't see much of a snap increase, as Troy Niklas played double the snaps. He does appear to be their No. 1 pass-catching tight end, even with Gresham on the field, so we have to at least consider him against the Giants defense that has now allowed 13 top-15 tight ends against them. In case you've forgotten, they've only played 14 games. There aren't many sure things at tight end, so Seals-Jones definitely belongs in the streaming conversation, though it's about as risky as it gets.
Marcus Mariota (QB - TEN)
Mon, Dec 18
Player Note on Marcus Mariota (QB - TEN)
Outside of one game against Carson Wentz, the Rams have allowed just 15 passing touchdowns in 13 games. It hasn't been a matchup to target for quarterbacks, and Mariota hasn't been a quarterback you could start confidently at any point this season. He's yet to hit 20 fantasy points in one game this season, and that's despite having multiple matchups against the Colts and Texans.
Jameis Winston (QB - TB)
Mon, Dec 18
Player Note on Jameis Winston (QB - TB)
It's often an overlooked factor in a quarterback's outlook, but they often let down in divisional games. I mean, look at what happened with Russell Wilson last week. If you go back and look at the first time these two teams played, Winston finished with just a 55 percent completion rate, 210 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Philip Rivers (QB - LAC)
Mon, Dec 18
Player Note on Philip Rivers (QB - LAC)
Don't worry about the one game against the Chiefs, as Rivers has struggled against them ever since 2014. Seriously, he hasn't scored 15 fantasy points against them since way back in 2013. The Jets have allowed nearly two passing touchdowns per game this season, while intercepting just 10 passes. They also generate very little pressure on the opposing quarterback, while Rivers is one of the least pressured quarterbacks as is.
Matthew Stafford (QB - DET)
Mon, Dec 18
Player Note on Matthew Stafford (QB - DET)
Over the last two weeks, the Bengals "defense" has been tagged for over 500 passing yards and three touchdowns by Mitch Trubisky and Case Keenum, who basically played one half in Week 15. With the Lions run-game continuing to be non-existent, look for them to continue relying on Stafford.
Blake Bortles (QB - JAC)
Mon, Dec 18
Player Note on Blake Bortles (QB - JAC)
If you've watched Bortles the last three weeks, you understand why he's here. He's now completed 65 of his last 91 passes (71.4 percent) for 903 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions. With Leonard Fournette at less than 100 percent, the Jaguars will continue to lean on Bortles on the road against the 49ers defense that has allowed 25 passing touchdowns with just seven interceptions on the year.
Trevor Siemian (QB - DEN)
Sun, Dec 17
Player Note on Trevor Siemian (QB - DEN)
This is going to be tough for me, as I trusted Siemian in a cash-game DFS lineup a few weeks ago against the Dolphins where he completely busted. Knowing he has an amazing matchup against the Colts in Week 15, we must re-visit the possibility of him being a streaming option, because, after all, every week is different. The Colts have lost their top three cornerbacks from the start of the season, as well as their starting free safety, leaving them extremely thin in the secondary. The Broncos have tried to revive their run-game over the last two weeks, totaling 52 carries against the Jets and Dolphins, though it's amounted to just 158 yards and one touchdown (by their fullback). They'll need to Siemian to move the ball in order to win and they couldn't have asked for a better opponent. Consider Siemian a solid QB2 and one that can be streamed if you're in a pinch. Outside of their snow game last week, the Colts have allowed 10-of-13 quarterbacks finish top-15 against them, including at least one passing touchdown in each of their games.
D'Onta Foreman (RB - HOU) - D'Onta Foreman arrested Sunday
Thu, Nov 16
News Reaction on D'Onta Foreman (RB - HOU) - D'Onta Foreman arrested Sunday
The news solidifies Lamar Miller's status as an RB1 this season.

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