Koerner’s Fantasy Football Streaming Targets for Week 13: QB, TE, Defense & Kicker
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- Sean Koerner finds the best fantasy football streaming targets at each.
Don’t underestimate the value of streaming in fantasy.
Streaming quarterbacks, kickers and defenses each week allows you to take advantage of the best available options. And if you missed out on a high-caliber tight end in drafts, you can even stream that position with some success.
Each week I highlight the best streaming options at all four of those positions. Here’s how those recommendations would rank with each position through three weeks:
- Quarterback: QB5 (241.9)
- Tight End: TE23 (59)
- Kicker: K1 (116)
- Defense: DEF3 (133)
Now let’s dig into my top fantasy streaming options at quarterback, tight end, kicker and defense for Week 13.
Note: All ownership data via Yahoo Fantasy and as of early Tuesday.
Week 13 Fantasy Football Streaming Targets
QB: Nick Foles, Jacksonville Jaguars
Matchup: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Now 0-2 since his return from IR, there’s been some calls for the Jaguars to turn the offense back over to rookie Gardner Minshew. Head coach Doug Marrone shot down these rumors by stating he isn’t considering a QB change. This makes sense as Foles was an $88 million free-agent signing this past offseason, so we can assume his job is safe — for now.
Foles has a juicy matchup at home against the ultimate pass funnel defense. It would be ideal, for his sake, to have a solid game here to quiet the “put Minshew back in!” crowd.
Foles has a great trio of wide receivers in D.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley who he’s able to target at all areas of the field. Averaging eight receptions a game in Foles’ two starts, Leonard Fournette should be heavily involved in the passing game again to avoid the Bucs strong run defense, which would only boost Foles’ outlook that much more.
Foles is a fringe QB1 this week. I’m projecting him for 270 passing yards and 1.8 passing touchdowns. I consider him a fairly high-floor, safe option this week, which is why he’s my top QB streamer.
TE: Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins
Matchup: vs. Philadelphia Eagles
With no more byes remaining, we have a full TE position this week. It makes streaming the position that much tougher if you’ve been relying on that strategy.
Gesicki is currently my TE18, but he has the upside to become a reliable low-end TE1 for the rest of the season. He’s been more involved in the passing game over the past three weeks since Preston Williams was placed on IR.
Over the past three weeks, Gesicki is running a route on 87% of the Dolphins’ dropbacks — a clear sign we can expect him to continue seeing 6-7 targets a game the rest of the way. That’s pretty much all you can ask for from a TE.
This week’s matchup is good as the Eagles have been a pass funnel defense all season. Do you really think the Dolphins will try to run Kalen Ballage into Philly’s stout run defense? Highly unlikely.
I have Gesicki projected for a 3/30/.20 line this week, but his upside makes him my favorite TE flier for Week 13 and beyond.
Kicker: Josh Lambo, Jacksonville Jaguars
Matchup: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lambo is quickly becoming one of the best kickers in the game.
He’s made 96% of his attempts this season, and while we can expect him to regress in his accuracy, it might not be as much as we think. He’s had field goal percentage of 95% and 90.5% over the past two seasons, so I think it’s safe to say he is #good. That three-year span also includes making 8-of-9 field goal attempts from 50 yards or further, so he’s also shown he can handle longer kicks, giving him more fantasy value.
The Jaguars have the 10th-highest team total of the week and should move the ball through the air with ease against Tampa Bay. They could struggle running the ball and converting red-zone drives to touchdowns as a result, so Lambo’s field goal attempt potential has some upside in this matchup. He’s my top streamer this week and it’s worth noting that we have streamed the No. 1 overall kicker so far this season! A clear example that the best way to handle the K position is to simply take the top available K every week.
Defense: Carolina Panthers
Matchup: vs. Washington Redskins
When it comes to projecting a defense, sacks and points allowed are essentially the most predictive — and to a certain extent, so are interceptions. Unfortunately, these stats can only move the needle so much.
Fumble recoveries and touchdowns are much more random and ultimately have just as much impact (if not more) as to where a defense ends up actually ranking at the end of the week. It’s what makes the position so volatile and hard to predict.
The Panthers host Washington, and by far have the lowest team total against (15.3) for this week. They also rank near the top in my model for sacks and interceptions. Because of this, they are currently my No. 1 ranked defense. And while that does not necessarily mean I think they’ll finish as the week’s top-scoring defense, I so feel they have the highest floor and are the top option to stream for Week 13.
The Redskins are 10-point underdogs, which should force Dwayne Haskins into dropping back at a higher rate and taking more chances. It’s worth noting that Haskins ranks 41st (dead last) among qualified quarterbacks for QB rating when under pressure with a 20.0 rating (per Pro Football Focus).Expect the Panthers to take advantage of this and try to pressure him as much as possible. It gives them upside to have multiple turnovers and sacks this week.