By: Hunter Skoczylas (@HunterSkoczylas)
The fantasy playoffs have arrived but with the amount of injuries and COVID-19 news, chances are you’ll still need to stream some positions to make it past the first round. Since we’re in Week 14, it’s slim pickings on the waiver wire, but there are a few hidden gems with favorable matchups.
With that being said, here are my top streaming options at both the quarterback and tight end positions. In order to be a streaming option, players have to be owned in less than 60 percent of ESPN leagues and are chosen based on their Week 14 matchup.
It’s hard to trust a quarterback like Mitch Trubisky on an offense like the Bears but the matchup here is too enticing to pass up. Houston has allowed 19.2 fantasy points per game (FPPG) to opposing quarterbacks this season and has struggled to force turnovers with only three interceptions, which should benefit Trubisky tremendously. Since being named starter again, he’s thrown four touchdowns and two interceptions but should be able to add to that touchdown total against a poor Texans defense.
Rivers has posted four straight games of double-digit fantasy points and has another vulnerable defense to face this week. Las Vegas allows 19.3 FPPG to opposing quarterbacks this season and almost just lost to the winless Jets last Sunday. The Colts will continue their strong play with the AFC South in a tight race for top of the division between Tennessee and Indianapolis. If you’re weak at the quarterback position this week, Rivers could be a big move since he’s only owned in 16.5 percent of ESPN leagues right now. He has a relatively safe floor because the Colts offense can always move the ball one way or another.
Another team that is hard to trust in fantasy now, especially the playoffs is the Cowboys, but Schultz’s volume is too hard to pass up. The tight end position has been a dumpster fire all season unless you own Kelce or Waller, but for a safe and dependable option for volume and opportunities, Schultz does the job. The Bengals are third-worst in the league against opposing tight ends allowing 10.5 FPPG thus far. Cincinnati losing Joe Burrow to a torn ACL has dampened the team mood and this should be an easy game for Schultz to return some solid fantasy value to his owners.
Firsker has been under-the-radar all season because the Titans utilize the tight end position a lot offensively this season. But, he’s always been shoved behind Jonnu Smith on the depth chart. With Smith dealing with a knee injury, Firsker filled in and saw seven targets for five catches and 51 yards against the Browns. Jacksonville allows 9.4 FPPG to opposing tight ends this season and if Smith were to miss more time, Firsker could be a huge play for your team in the first round of the playoffs. He’s owned in less than 6 percent of ESPN leagues and could return some solid fantasy value, especially if Smith’s injury is more serious than expected.