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2018 Fantasy Football Week 12: Stream Team

Welcome back to the Stream Team, the best place to scour the waiver wire and assemble a team of players owned in 50% or less of leagues. Well, I knew it would happen eventually. The Stream Team had been on such a roll in 2018, we were predictability bound to plummet back down to planet Earth. And plummet we did in Week 11. Although getting 14+ fantasy point performances from Josh Adams and Dak Prescott, no other Stream Teamer generated more than 6.5 points, leading to an incomprehensible 56 points performance. I guess you can only score 100+ so many times before the fantasy gods smite you and make you question your religion. But after taking our lickings Week 11, the Week 12 landscape looks extremely promising on the waiver wire. So let’s get a lobotomy and move on to the Week 12 Steam Team picks.

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Quarterback

QB: Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens (18% Yahoo ownership)

We knew it was Lamar Jackson time in Baltimore. Did you? With nothing but fantasy upside oozing from Jackson’s mobility, the rookie quarterback looked more than competent as a starting quarterback Week 11 leading the Ravens to a 24-21 victory over the division rival Bengals. Jackson played as we thought, relying on short passes and efficiency (13/19 for 150 yards) when he had to throw, but mostly doing his damage on the ground with his legs as he led all runners with 117 rushing yards on a whopping 27 carries. With rushing yards worth more than double passing yards, Jackson possesses QB1 upside the rest of the season, especially if he can maintain such a heavy rushing volume. In Week 12, Baltimore faces the hapless Oakland Raiders, who have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in every game in 2018, except one, so Jackson has a chance to generate oodles of points through the air.

Running Back

RB1: Josh Adams, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (32% Yahoo ownership)

Even in a game where the script did not play to his advantage, Josh Adams still dominated the Eagles backfield in terms of usage and productivity. RSJ’s #1 waiver wire pickup Week 11 proved to be worth every FAAB dollar you spent, scoring a touchdown on 10 touches, totaling 72 yards. His involvement in the passing game (3 receptions on 6 targets for 19 yards) only further strengthens my rest-of-season love for this player, as he has the capabilities and talent to be a weekly RB2 from here on out. In Week 12, the Eagles square off against the Giants, who have allowed a rusher to score a touchdown and total 100+ rushing yards in each of the past three weeks. In a must win game, look for Philadelphia’s most skilled back to continue dominating touches out of the backfield.

RB2: Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets (14% Yahoo ownership)

You loyal readers know my love for Elijah McGuire. Even before he played a single snap I shouted my love from on top of a mountain for his ability to make plays in the passing game out of the Jets backfield, especially after New York placed Bilal Powell on IR (neck). His involvement in the passing game has been promising in the two games since his return (6 catches on 11 targets for 64 yards), but his usage in the running game (13 rushes for 60 yards) has been a welcome addition to his repertoire. The Jets play host to an angry Patriot squad Sunday as projected 9.5 points underdogs, so look for New York to abandon the run early and rely more on their passing attack, which will only benefit McGuire’s Week 12 outlook.

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Wide Receiver

WR1: Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears (42% Yahoo ownership) 

After breaking out Week 10 with a 5-122-1 TD line, Anthony Miller scored again Week 11, although posting a somewhat disappointing 2-23-1 TD line. While the targets (3) were not there for Miller Sunday night, Miller still scored a touchdown for the fourth time in six weeks as the Bears continued their domination of the NFC North. Miller again gets a difficult matchup Week 12 on Thanksgiving day in Detroit against a stingy Lions secondary, but his nose for the end zone makes him a more than viable Flex option.

WR2: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons (43% Yahoo ownership)

Targeting the highest scoring game is one surefire way to guarantee a solid floor total from a fantasy player. With the Falcons and Saints locked into a high-flying shootout Week 12 (59.5 projected total), Mohamed Sanu should at least provide a solid floor worthy of WR3/Flex consideration, with the potential for much, much more. The Saints are on quite a roll, winning 9 straight, and look to be the best team in the NFL. Projected as 13 point road underdogs, the Falcons will likely rely more on the arm of Matt Ryan than their two headed running duo of Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith, and Sanu could see increased volume with the Saints intent on stopping all world wide receiver Julio Jones.

Tight End

TE: C.J. Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (20% Yahoo ownership)

With a dearth of tight end options, this choice is more of a dart throw than a confidence pick. C.J. Uzomah has let me down so many times I feel like I need to write him an official breakup letter. But after disappointing again Week 11, I am going back for one more fling. Uzomah faces a Browns defense that has recently been torn apart by opposing tight ends Austin Hooper and Travis Kelce. If A.J. Green misses Sunday’s contest, Uzomah should garner a steady flow of targets that will make him a back end TE1 play.

Flex

Flex: Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions (32% Yahoo ownership)

The early news on Kerryon Johnson‘s knee appears promising, but he will still miss Thursday’s annual Thanksgiving contest in Detroit, this time against the Bears. LeGarrette Blount (2.3 YPC, 7 rushes for 1 yard Week 11) and Zach Zenner (1 carry in 2018) have failed to produce for the Lions in any way this season, so look for Detroit to go with a pass heavy approach and rely on the pass catching prowess of Theo Riddick. Riddick has 18 catches for 126 yards over his past three contests, and should help Matthew Stafford move the chains via the short passing attack, so look for Riddick to be used early and often to get the Lions offense rolling.

Kicker

K: Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons (46% Yahoo ownership)

Welcome back to fantasy lineups, Matt Bryant! After missing 3 weeks with a hamstring injury, Bryant connected on all 5 of his kicks Week 10, including 4/4 on field goal tries, including one bomb from 53 yards out. In Week 12, Bryant brings his leg to the Superdome where the points will be flowing like the Salmon of Capistrano.

Defense

DST: Indianapolis Colts DST (26% Yahoo ownership)

Projected as a 10 point home favorite, the Indianapolis Colts DST will look to stifle either Brock Osweiler or Ryan Tannehill (does it really matter?) in what should be a Colts blowout. Just last week, the Colts racked up 13 fantasy points, hold the streaking Titans to 10 points, while forcing 2 turnovers and sacking the brutal combination of Marcus Mariota and Blaine Gabbert 5 times. This Sunday looks no different against a sputtering Dolphins team in similar disarray at the quarterback position.

And that’s a wrap for Week 12 of the Fantasy Football Streamers. Be sure to check back every Tuesday to see where to turn to next and get the early leg up on your opponent. Until next time, good luck and godspeed, and may the fantasy football gods forever be in your favor.

To contact me with any questions or general fantasy football discussion, please email me at [email protected] or tweet me @AJGamballer.

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