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2018 Fantasy Football Week 15: 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. While all the pieces were there for a huge Stream Team week (both Jaylen Samuels and Jeff Wilson Jr. did their part in taking over lead RB duties for their respective teams), the wide receivers (Chris Godwin, Courtland Sutton, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling) turned in absolutely frightful performances, leading us to a sub 75 fantasy point total. When not one wideout cracks the 3 point “ceiling” you know it was a particularly ugly week for the Stream Team wideouts. So now I am picking up the pieces of my fantasy self and putting them back together in a Humpty Dumpty type fashion. Hopefully Week 15’s Stream Team doesn’t lead to another shell cracking.

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Quarterback

QB: Lamar Jackson, RB, Baltimore Ravens (45% Yahoo ownership)

Lamar Jackson suffered his first loss as a starting quarterback last week in Arrowhead against the Chiefs, but put forth another strong fantasy performance, tossing 2 touchdown passes and adding  71 rushing yards on the ground. And while his status is questionable entering Week 15, all signs from Head Coach John Harbaugh indicate that he should be good to go against Tampa. Tampa has allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, and have struggled containing mobile quarterbacks, so Jackson could have a field day.

Running Back

RB1: Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets (7% Yahoo ownership)

Isaiah Crowell left Week 14 with a foot injury, ceding carries to Elijah McGuire. McGuire typically profiles more as a pass catching specialist, but logged 17 carries and 20 total touches for 83 yards and a touchdown. His pass catching prowess makes him particularly great play this week against Houston’s tough run defense. With no other competition in the backfield, McGuire should be guaranteed for 20+ touches.

RB2: Chris Ivory, RB, Buffalo Bills (4% Yahoo ownership)

With LeSean McCoy (hamstring) unlikely to play Week 15, Chris Ivory will handle lead back duties in the Buffalo backfield. Ivory’s plodding style does not really play well in fantasy, but his occasional involvement in the pass game helps to balance that out. In Week 15, the Bills host the Lions, who allow the ninth most fantasy points to opposing running backs.

Wide Receiver

WR1: Dante Pettis, WR, San Fransisco 49ers (46% Yahoo ownership)

RJS’s #1 waiver claim Week 15Dante Pettis has scored in 3 straight games, recording 4 total touchdowns over that span. He and Nick Mullens have developed quite the connection recently, and the targets should only increase as their trust grows stronger. Just two weeks ago Pettis torched these same Seahawks for 129 yards and 2 scores. While that type of production will be tough to repeat, the scoring streak should continue.

WR2: Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers (30% Yahoo ownership)

With 80+ receiving yards or a touchdown in 5 of his last 6 gamesCurtis Samuel should find plenty of space to operate against New Orleans porous secondary. The Panthers currently project as a 6.5 point underdog against the Saints on Monday Night Football, so Cam Newton and company should be chucking it all night. Samuel’s consistent volume and nose for the end zone, combined with his plus matchup, make him a high-end Flex option.

Tight End

TE: Ian Thomas, TE, Carolina Panthers (7% Yahoo ownership)

This is going quite a bit differently than last time. With the Panthers placing Greg Olsen (foot) on IR, Carolina again turned to its rookie tight end Ian Thomas for offensive output. And unlike last time, Thomas is providing Carolina with Greg Olsen-esque levels of productivity. Thomas led all Panthers in targets (11) and receptions (9), and came in second to the above mentioned Samuel for receiving yards (77). It looks like a passing game versus the Saints, so Thomas should log a similar volume in this one.

Flex

Flex: Jordy Nelson, WR, Oakland Raiders (46% Yahoo ownership)

With 16 catches on 18 targets the past two weeks, Jordy Nelson is finding his old school stride just in time to provide fantasy relevance during the fantasy football playoffs. His batterymate Derek Carr has also found his old self as well, with 5 touchdowns and 0 interceptions over his past two starts, throwing for over 600 total yards during that span. With consistent volume and a dearth of offensive talent, Nelson should continue providing Flex value in a pass heavy offense.

Kicker

K: Brett Maher, K, Dallas Cowboys (21% Yahoo ownership)

With a shootout brewing in Indianapolis, Brett Maher should get plenty of opportunities to light up the scoreboard. Maher did miss his first indoor field goal this year last week, but made up for it by booming a 62 yarder before halftime against Philly.

Defense

DST: New York Giants DST (29% Yahoo ownership)

The New York Giants DST is absolutely rolling right now, with 10 sacks, 6 turnovers and 2 defensive touchdowns over their past two contests, scoring a combined 35 fantasy points during that time. In Week 15, the Giants welcome the Tennessee Titans, who rank 27th in the NFL in scoring and have allowed the third most sacks in the NFL this season.

And that’s a wrap for Week 15 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 redsocker45@gmail.com or tweet me @AJGamballer.

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