It’s the final countdown!!! This is the penultimate version of my Streams of the Week for 2020. This season has been a blast and I want to thank Josh for giving me an outlet for my musings, and thank you, the reader, for, you know, reading them. I’ve been a proponent of streaming, specifically QBs, TEs, and DEFs, for just about as long as I’ve played fantasy football, and it’s been fun sharing this strategy with others. If you’re still reading the article this late in the season, I’m willing to bet you are in your semifinals. I hope that my streams helped you get there (I know my DEF/ST did) and I look forward to helping you win a championship — and winning a few myself. As a reminder, all of my Streams are available in 50% of leagues on Yahoo or ESPN as of Wednesday (when I start this article) so let’s dig into the guys nobody wanted in Week 15.
Hey, I hit on my QBs in Week 14…but, unfortunately, it looks like TE was the needed sacrifice. Only one of my TEs hit last week and it was the guy I had ranked 5th. Three of my QBs hit, including my Stream of the Week, Philip Rivers, finishing as the QB12. What about the DEF, you ask? Well, the Washington Football Team became my 2nd Stream of the Week to finish as the weekly #1 DEF this season, and their performance put my overall Stream of the Week score up to #1 on the season for D/ST. That means that if you took my top pick every week, you’d have the best DEF in fantasy football, all with teams that were under 50% rostered. Let’s hope we can build on that over the last two weeks.
Streams of the Week Recap
|Last Week Wins||2 of 5||1 of 5||3 of 5|
|Season Wins||32 of 78||28 of 80||51 of 80|
|SotW - Last Week Rank/Score||QB17 / 20 fantasy pts||TE8 / 14 fantasy pts||DEF2 / 12 fantasy pts|
|SotW - Season Rank/Score||QB17 / 287 fantasy pts||TE10 / 146 fantasy pts||DEF1 / 157 fantasy pts|
|Best of the Bunch - Season Rank/Score||QB1 / 474 fantasy pts||TE3 / 241 fantasy pts||DEF1 / 214 fantasy pts|
**Best of the Bunch is my best pick each week, regardless if they were SOTW or not**
** Updated thru Week 16**
SOTW – Mitchell Trubisky @ MIN
You know it’s been an insane year when anyone is advising you to place your playoff hopes in the hands of Mitchell Trubisky. The fact of the matter is this: Trubisky has been solid for three straight weeks since taking over this job and scored more than 20 fantasy points in two of those weeks. He was the QB6 last week against Houston. Minnesota’s defense allows the 13th most fantasy points to QBs and has given up seven passing touchdowns in their last four games. On average, they allow 20 fantasy points to opposing QBs and if Trubisky hits 20 again, you’ll be happy you played him this week. Unsurprisingly, he is available in almost 80% of all leagues, Yahoo and ESPN.
2. Jalen Hurts @ ARI
3. Philip Rivers vs HOU
4. Andy Dalton vs SF
5. Teddy Bridgewater @ GB
SOTW – Jordan Reed @ DAL
The pickings are slim as we head down the stretch and Reed finds himself as my Stream of the Week TE for the 2nd time in three weeks. While he did score a TD and finish as the TE12 in Week 13, he was not a very good play last week. Against a tough Washington DEF, Reed managed just two receptions for 13 yards in his revenge game. The good news is that Dallas’ defense does not resemble Washington in any way. Dallas gives up about 11 fantasy points-per-game to TEs and they have allowed six different TEs to score 10+ on them this season. There is one other big reason I love Reed in this game. Do you remember the Thanksgiving hero game? It was way back in 2016 but Reed came back from injury (of course) and scored 31 fantasy points against Dallas. He’s actually scored 63 total fantasy points in his last five games against the Cowboys. He likes this matchup and you should too. Reed can also be added in around 80% of leagues, either platform.
2. Cole Kmet @ MIN
3. Will Dissly @ WAS
4. Jared Cook vs KC
5. Irv Smith vs CHI
SOTW – New England Patriots @ MIA
Almost as crazy as starting Mitchell Trubisky is the fact that we can consider the Patriots DEF a stream. Yes, last year’s #1 DEF is available in 52% of Yahoo and ESPN leagues, despite the fact that they are the #10 D/ST on the season. They have had their ups and downs on the year and have only finished as a top-12 DEF five times this season, but three of those games have something in common: They are killing young QBs. They were the DEF9 in Week 6, picking Drew Lock off twice and allowing no passing touchdowns. They also did not allow a touchdown pass from Kyler Murray in Week 12 (and picked him off once). Murray was the QB27 that week. Finally, in Week 13 against Justin Herbert, they were the #1 fantasy DEF, allowing no passing touchdowns and adding two more INTs. Tua has been solid so far but he hasn’t faced a test like Belichick yet, and I can’t imagine it goes well, especially if Myles Gaskin, DeVante Parker, and/or Mike Gesicki expected to miss this game.
2. Washington Football Team vs SEA
3. Cleveland Browns @ NYG
4. Buffalo Bills @ DEN
5. Arizona Cardinals vs PHI