Fantasy players will have to decide whether last week’s high-scoring running back is a sign of things to come or a fluke. However, the most critical part of the waiver wire is finding the right players to stream for the upcoming matchup. Whether you need an injury replacement or your current starter has a bad matchup, it is critical to find the right player to stream. With that in mind, here are eight potential streaming options for Week 15.
The following players are own in under 50 percent of ESPN leagues. All stats are based on four-point per passing touchdown and PPR scoring.
Tua Tagovailoa vs New York Jets (38.7%)
Since returning from a rib injury, Tua has averaged 18.4 fantasy points per game, making him the QB9 during that span. Furthermore, he has averaged 16.5 fantasy points per game over his past three starts, scoring 17.5 or more in two of them. Tua has at least two passing touchdowns in four of his past six starts, including two of the past three games. This week he takes on the Jets, who gave up 26.3 fantasy points to Taysom Hill last week. More importantly, they have given up an average of 19 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season. In the Week 11 matchup, Tua had 273 passing yards, two touchdowns, and 17.5 fantasy points against the Jets. Fantasy owners should expect similar production this weekend.
Jimmy Garoppolo vs Atlanta Falcons (13.8%)
Despite playing on a run-heavy offense, Garoppolo has been an excellent streaming option for fantasy owners recently. Over the past seven weeks, he has averaged 18.4 fantasy points per game, making him the QB5 during that span, ahead of superstars like Aaron Rodgers, Dak Prescott, and Patrick Mahomes. Garoppolo has scored at least two touchdowns in six of the past seven games. More importantly, he has thrown for over 295 yards in back-to-back weeks. Coming off a 20.1 fantasy point performance last week, Garoppolo has a great matchup to kick off the fantasy football playoffs. The Falcons have surrendered the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, giving up 20.6 fantasy points per game to the position. Given the matchup, Garoppolo has top-10 upside against the Falcons.
Austin Hooper vs Las Vegas Raiders (34.1%)
With David Njoku and Harrison Bryant out last week, Hooper made the sleepers list and had his best game this season. He finished the game with five catches on seven targets for 30 receiving yards, a touchdown, and a season-high 14 fantasy points. More importantly, he has averaged 5.5 targets per game over the past four games. Meanwhile, the Raiders have given up the second-most fantasy points to tight ends this season, giving up over 16.5 fantasy points per game to the position. They have also given up an average of 18.7 fantasy points per game to tight ends since Week 3. While Njoku and Bryant could return this week, Hooper is still an excellent streaming option against a struggling Las Vegas defense.
Ricky Seals-Jones at Philadelphia Eagles (14.1%)
Nothing went according to plan for the Washington Football Team last week, as the entire offense struggled. In his first game back from a hip injury, Seals-Jones played only 46 percent of the snaps. However, expect him to return to his full-time role starting this week. Filling in for Logan Thomas earlier this season, Seals-Jones averaged six targets and nine fantasy points per game. He also played 88.8 percent of the snaps per game during that span. This week RSJ takes on a struggling Philadelphia defense. They have surrendered the most fantasy points to tight ends this season, giving up 18.7 fantasy points per game to the position. With several Washington players banged up, Seals-Jones might see double-digit targets in this matchup.
Miami Dolphins D/ST vs New York Jets (45.2%)
Heading into their Week 14 bye, no defense was playing better than the Dolphins. Over the final five games before the bye week, the Dolphins D/ST was averaging 14.8 fantasy points per game, scoring double-digits in all but one game. They had 19 sacks, 11 forced turnovers and held their opponents to only 11 points per game during that span. Meanwhile, opposing D/STs have averaged 7.9 fantasy points per game against the Jets this season. They have scored double-digit fantasy points against the Jets in almost 40 percent of the matchups. Furthermore, the Jets will be down several offensive weapons, including Elijah Moore and Corey Davis, for this game. Given how well the Dolphins D/ST has played lately, they are a top-three option this week.
Minnesota Vikings D/ST at Chicago Bears (30.4%)
Over the past three weeks, opposing teams have averaged 30.3 points per game against the Vikings. However, the Vikings D/ST has averaged 5.3 fantasy points per game during that span, scoring at least five fantasy points in every contest. They have averaged five fantasy points per game this season, scoring under four fantasy points only twice. Furthermore, they have averaged 1.5 turnovers and four sacks per game over the past two weeks despite missing some key players. This week, they face a Chicago offense that has been inconsistent all season long. Opposing D/STs have averaged 8.5 fantasy points per game against the Bears this season, scoring 11 or more fantasy points four times. While it’s not a great matchup this week, the Vikings D/ST is a top-10 option.
Matt Prater at Detroit Lions (45.0%)
Entering last night’s game, Prater averaged a productive 7.9 fantasy points per game this season. He had scored seven or more fantasy points in over half the games this season, including 15 fantasy points twice. More importantly, Prater has made 77.3 percent of his field-goal attempts this season, including four of six from 50 plus yards away. This week, Prater takes on his former team in Detroit. The Lions have given up the most fantasy points to kickers this season, giving up over 10 fantasy points per game to the position. Furthermore, kickers have scored 10 fantasy points against the Lions in three straight games. The Cardinals will score at will on the Lions, leading to plenty of scoring opportunities for Prater in a revenge game.
Jason Sanders vs New York Jets (31.9%)
The four-year veteran kicker has played well this season, averaging 6.2 fantasy points per game. However, Sanders has averaged 8.5 fantasy points per game over the past four games, scoring nine or more fantasy points in three of them. More importantly, he has made 73.9 percent of his field-goal attempts this season, including eight of the past 10. Meanwhile, the Jets have given up the second-most fantasy points to kickers this season, giving up an average of 10.3 fantasy points per game to the position. They have given up 11 or more fantasy points to kickers in over half of their games, including a season-high 12 fantasy points to Brett Maher last week. With the Dolphins’ offense clicking, expect Sanders to see plenty of scoring opportunities in this contest.
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