Hello friends, how did you fare in week16? With only two weeks left in the NFL regular season RushNation the stakes have never been higher, and the trash-talking has never been more potent.
If you are still alive and thriving in your playoffs and making a championship run, let’s cap off your season with a win with some less than likely heroes.
Underdogs are the theme this week; a few highlighted are getting their starts due to injury; however, seeing their film and stats, you cannot help but agree they were due for a display of their talent.
Before we dive into the Streamers, I found a few notes and odd stats when looking for the streamers this week and thought I would share. (Stats/notes are all per PFF)
- Through 16 weeks, the Titans and Falcons have two linemen a piece in the top 10 in total sacks allowed.
- Trevon Diggs leads all defensive backs in penalties with eleven on the year. Eleven just so happens to be the same number of times he intercepted the opposing quarterback.
- 49ers linebacker Marcell Harris has been targeted nineteen times and has allowed a one-hundred percent catch rate.
- The Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore leads the league in pass breakups with eighteen.
- No defensive lineman has more than one interception this season. Of the defensive linemen, Andrew Van Ginkel has been the most targeted in coverage twenty-three times, allowing nineteen catches and a single touchdown with two pass breakups.
With that said, friends welcome back to my Individual Defensive Player (IDP) arcadia. If you are competing in the playoffs again, allow me to give you congratulations and your much-deserved props. Let us keep the good times rolling with this week’s streamers.
My weekly purpose is to find you the top defensive fantasy streamers. Shedding light on different players that could potentially give you the edge on a position you may have been otherwise doubtful of is my aim.
Nothing is worse than reading a streaming column and realizing most of the players in the article are already rostered. To avoid this, I select players under 8% rostered (via Yahoo).
Together, we will help your IDP roster, shock your leagues, and expand our knowledge of players otherwise forgotten in the “Fantasy Realm.”
(DL) Joe Tryon-Shoyinka – TB @ NYJ – 0% Rostered- (2.17 projection)
The rookie has logged four hundred and forty-two snaps in his first season. Four sacks and six quarterback hits on thirty-two pressures were added as well.
Despite being thirteenth in total defensive snaps, Joe’s thirty-two pressures make him rank sixth most on his team. Sixty-one percent of those snaps are in the pass rush.
The Jets’ rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, although talented, has made a lot of friends on the defensive side of the ball being sacked thirty-six times in his eleven games played. I anticipate the Jets will be playing from behind early, thus giving Tryon a heavy dose of pass rush this week.
It is also worth noting that the team’s pressure leader Shaquil Barrett was injured last week, and in his absence, Joe Tryon is the next man up. Breakout is written all over this one, my friend.
(DL) Poona Ford – SEA @ DET – 0% Rostered- (3.00 projection)
Poona strictly plays on the defensive line and only has dropped into coverage nine times this season. However, he is pretty fairly split down the middle between his pass rushing and run rushing defensive plays(seven hundred and fourteen snaps this season).
Poona is having his best year to date, as he is currently at thirty-three solo tackles(tied for the most in his career). Ford has hurried the opposing quarterback twenty-two times this season. Detroit averages ten more offensive plays per contest than Seattle.
Seattle was just eliminated from playoff contention, as is Detroit, so we may see some fresh faces in this game as well. I think Poona considers the opportunity to top his personal best in a big way this weekend.
(LB) Travin Howard – LAR @ BAL – 0% Rostered- (4.86 projection)
Howard has been active for only three games this season. The 2018 7th round selection did farewell after Ernest Jones went down due to injury. Howard intercepted the ball once, broke up a pass, and finished week 16 with a few tackles to add.
Give this man a week to prepare, and he could sink into the position and perform above average for your IDP roster this week. In Travin’s small sample size of thirty-six snaps this season, he has mainly been utilized in coverage. Ernest Jones did log almost double the snaps in coverage that he did in run defense.
That could also just be due to the output of the Rams offense; either way, Travin is a smash play in deeper leagues, my friends.
(LB) Jalen Reeves-Maybin – DET vs. SEA – 0% Rostered- (5.83 projection)
This season, Jalen has been targeted thirty-nine times in the passing game, resulting in a seventy-four percent catch rate with 9.4 yards per reception and two touchdowns.
Maybin has not allowed a passing touchdown since week 6. Seattle has struggled on offense this season; however, I see this weekend as an opportunity for Russ Wilson and the Seattle slot receivers.
In the past two weeks, Jalen has been responsible for guarding the TE1, WR2, and RB1 for the opposing offense. Jalen is a solid player from a consistency standpoint.
He will receive a decent amount of work, and that should result in fair points for your roster this week.
(DB) Brandon Jones – MIA @ TEN – 3% Rostered- (5.45 projection)
The second-year safety out of Texas is used quite aggressively in this strong Miami defense. This season, his five sacks are the most in his two-year career(no sacks last season).
Despite the injury to D. Henry mid-season, the Titans are an offense that is still committed to the run. Jones has been at strong safety all season and can play in coverage and create havoc in the backfield.
Sneaky play indeed, but also know the Dolphins have four safeties with over twenty snaps logged in week 16, and three of them are strong safeties(Nik Needham / Eric Rowe).
If you are one for rolling the dice, or you are in a deep enough league my friends, Jones is a stellar play.
- (DL) Zach Allen – ARI @ DAL – 2% Rostered – (2.16 projection)
- (LB) Pete Werner – NO vs. CAR – 1% Rostered- (2.40 projection)
- (DB) Bobby McCain- WFT vs. PHI – 1% Rostered- (4.29 projection)
That is all I have for this upcoming week, my friends; a thousand thank yous for sticking with me and reading. If you didn’t get enough streamers here, you could always look at last week’s streamers HERE.
Good luck this week, and I hope to see you again next week. My line is always open; via Twitter, I always welcome feedback of any sort! Here’s to week17, and as always, happy streaming Rush Nation. Cheers. Bring it home.