Koerner’s Fantasy Football Streaming Targets for Week 15: QB, TE, Defense & Kicker
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- Need a replacement quarterback, tight end, defense or kicker for Week 15?
- 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: QB6 (269.46)
- Tight End: TE17 (76.5)
- Kicker: K3 (131)
- Defense: DEF4 (146)
Now let’s dig into my top fantasy streaming options at quarterback, tight end, kicker and defense for Week 15.
Note: All ownership data via Yahoo Fantasy and as of early Tuesday.
Week 15 Fantasy Football Streaming Targets
QB: Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans
Matchup: vs. Houston Texans
Tannehill was a huge hit as a Week 14 streamer. Those of us who streamed him last week don’t need to worry about putting in a waiver wire bid for him this week, but he’s still available in roughly half of leagues. He opens the week as my QB9 thanks to his home matchup against the Texans, who just gave up a 309-yard and three-touchdown game to Drew Lock in his second career start.
Derrick Henry saw his typical massive workload in Week 14, but his hamstring injury appeared to be nagging him during the game. His last carry was in the third quarter when it was only 28-21. If Henry is limited or is flat out ruled out, it would only boost Tannehill’s stock.
It was also encouraging to see Tannehill form chemistry with second-round pick A.J. Brown as the two hooked up for 5/153/2 line last week. The Texans pass defense isn’t likely to slow them down this week.
TE: Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins
Matchup: at New York Giants
Gesicki makes it three straight weeks as my TE streamer. He rewarded Week 13 streamers with a 5/79/1 game only to follow it up with a dud last week, going for 1/6/0.
The life of streaming tight ends is an ugly one — it means you don’t have access to studs like Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, George Kittle, etc. Duds are part of the game, and it’s important to not overreact to one box score as it will usually lead to a frustrating game of whack-a-mole. But the fact is that Gesicki still ran an elite percentage of routes on QB dropbacks with 83%. He’s averaged 87% over the past four games, which means I’ll absolutely continue to bet on him while he’s still underpriced.
There’s also a chance DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson could miss Week 15. Gesicki’s target share and projection would only go up if either were to miss. He opens this week as my TE14.
Kicker: Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers
Matchup: vs. Atlanta Falcons
Gould was likely dropped a few weeks ago when he was injured and forced to miss a couple games. Now he’s in an ideal spot at home against the Falcons. The 49ers have the second-highest team total of the week and are favored by 11 points — factors that have Gould popping in my kicker model, which has him projected fourth.
Defense: Kansas City Chiefs
Matchup: vs. Denver Broncos
Lock carved up the Texans defense last week, but should face a much stiffer test this week in the tough environment at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs defense has improved this year under coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, specifically against the pass. They’re a run funnel defense as their run defense ranks 30th in DVOA (Football Outsiders) while their pass defense ranks sixth. As 10-point favorites, the Chiefs are likely to get Lock into an obvious pass-heavy game plan in the second half that will only increase the chances for sacks and turnovers.
The Chiefs open the week as my fifth-ranked defense.