Sneaky Starts: NFL Week 12 Streaming Options
Nick Raducanu lays out his favorite Week 12 streaming options to help us keep up the playoff push.
Welcome to Week 12.
We’re without our Chiefs and Cardinals this week, so that means there are quite a few notable fantasy stars we need to get by without.
And with that, let’s do what we do every week and see if we can find some sneaky streaming options...
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Week 12 Streamers
Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins
Tua has finished as a top-15 fantasy quarterback in the last four full games that he’s played and is coming off a QB12 performance last week. The Panthers defense isn’t a pushover, but they can be beaten too. Tua is worth a look if you’re without Patrick Mahomes or Kyler Murray this week.
Tyrod Taylor, Houston Texans
We’re mostly banking on Tyrod’s rushing ability here, but there’s nothing wrong with that. He has two rushing touchdowns in three of his four starts this season, and while I highly doubt he’ll equal that feat again this season, just one rushing touchdown would be enough to justify starting Taylor against a bad Jets defense.
Rex Burkhead, Houston Texans
I’m honestly not sure why, but the Texans seem to be into Rex Burkhead as their lead back -- as evidenced by his 18 carries last week. I wouldn’t expect much, but I also think he’s worth a flier against the aforementioned bad Jets defense.
Ty Johnson, New York Jets
Tevin Coleman is an option too, but I like Johnson for having a higher floor with Michael Carter out this week. Until last week, Johnson was seeing a ton of usage as a pass-catcher, and I think we’ll see him go back to providing that type of value in ppr leagues this week.
Jeff Wilson Jr., San Francisco 49ers
While it looks like Elijah Mitchell will be back this week, I wouldn’t be surprised if the 49ers lean on Wilson more this week after giving him 20 touches last week. He’s much more of a flier than anything, but hey -- that’s what we’re here for.
Laviska Shenault Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars
The preseason darling was written off by most, but he’s seeing a resurgence with some of the injuries the Jaguars have suffered at receiver. He’s seen 13 targets in his past two games and is definitely worth a start against a bad Falcons secondary this week.
Kendrick Bourne, New England Patriots
Though Bourne is still third in the Patriots receiver pecking order, he’s still seeing an uptick in usage lately. He’s seen at least four targets in five straight games and has rushed the ball four times in his past two games. He’s very much a lottery ticket, but Bourne is an interesting flier against the Titans.
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Tennessee Titans
Were you burned by NWI earlier this season? Me too. But there’s a chance A.J. Brown might join Julio Jones on the sidelines this week, and Westbrook-Ikhine looks like the guy who might benefit after seeing eight targets last week. He may not too, but it’s worth the risk.
Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns
With Odell Beckham Jr. gone, Hooper has benefitted the most. He’s seen 12 targets over his last two games and has found the end zone once. While he’s unlikely to be a week-winner, Hooper is a very solid option at a very un-solid fantasy position.
Gerald Everett, Seattle Seahawks
We’re getting desperate here, but I’m mostly looking at Everett’s 12 targets over his past two games that have led to 100 yards combined in those two games. Again, nothing that’s going to win your week for you, but we’re mostly looking to avoid goose eggs (and maybe luck into a touchdown) once we get back the top 10-12 tight ends.
Alright, my friends. That’ll do it for this week.
I wish you all the best of luck in Week 12, and I’ll see you back here next week to see if we can find some hidden gems for Week 13!
As always, don’t hesitate to hit me up on Twitter (@RadRoto) if you have any questions.