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Week 17 Streamers: Defense and Kickers

12/27/2018Charlie Wright

We're gifted another Blake Bortles start in Week 17 after on of the most inept possessions of all time last week. This wasn't entirely Cody Kessler's fault, but he certainly didn't help. Bortles would soon step in and take the offense down the field for a go-ahead field goal.

In Miami's first possession of the second half, Branden Bolden fumbled and Jacksonville recovered at the Dolphins' 17. Note that the Jaguars begin this drive in the red zone. The first play is an incompletion by wide receiver Dede Westbrook. This gadget play would be the most productive of the drive.

Second down brought us a decent gain by Leonard Fournette taken away by a holding penalty. Fournette gets another crack the next play and loses eight yards. So now it's third-and-28 at the edge of field goal range, and Kessler is sacked. But wait! Another holding penalty makes it third-and-38. Kessler gets another chance to at least give Kai Forbath a manageable field goal, but instead he's sacked again.

So here we are, fourth-and-46 at the Jacksonville 47, and Logan Cooke mercifully punts the ball away. The drive is officially three plays, minus-36 yards. A drive that started in the red zone ended with a punt from Jacksonville territory.

This isn't particularly fantasy relevant, unless you have the Houston defense this week. It's just fascinating in a sad way.

Last week's picks featured two great performances and one clunker. Miami benefited from the aforementioned laughable Jacksonville offense, piling up six sacks along with a fumble recovery. Atlanta forced four turnovers against Carolina in Taylor Heinicke's first career start, finishing as D/ST3. Indianapolis was a big disappointment, giving up 27 points to the Giants.

Defenses

New Orleans and Seattle are in great spots this week, but their ownership has risen over 60% so I'm going to exclude them. Definitely grab them if available.

Philadelphia (@WSH)

Washington has allowed double-digit fantasy points to opposing defenses in 5-of-6 games, including to this very squad in Week 13. The Redskins have also given up defensive touchdowns in three straight. Those are hard to replicate, but it's still amazing. Philadelphia has struggled as a unit for much of this year but this matchup is too good to resist.

Buffalo and Miami (vs. each other)

This game pits two underrated defenses against two woeful offenses. It has the lowest projected point total on the slate and it should be quite chilly in Buffalo. Both units represent safe, useful options with a bit of turnover upside. I'd give the edge to Miami facing a careless Josh Allen, but either choice is a solid one.

New York Giants (vs.DAL)

This is a risky one, but I'm enticed by three quarters of Cooper Rush-led offense. I'm banking on Dallas resting their starters for much of the game, which the team has not indicated but remains a firm possibility. The Giants are at home, the game has a low projected point total and the unit put up 37 combined fantasy points in Weeks 13-14. If you're desperate, look here.

Kickers

My Week 16 picks performed well, two top-10 outings and one decent showing. Daniel Carlson led the way as K6, hitting two field goals and three extra points. Robbie Gould was close behind at K9, making three field goals. Sebastian Janikowski missed a 36-yard field goal, but made a 28-yarder, along with five extra points.

Aldrick Rosas, New York Giants

Rosas got right back at it last week after getting shut out in Week 15, putting up double-digit fantasy points for the eighth time this season. He's still only missed one field goal, a 51-yarder on a bad quad. Like I've said many times, Rosas is an excellent player and it's crazy hes owned in only about 20% of ESPN leagues.

Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers

Gould stayed hot last week, and hasn't missed a field goal since Week 5. He leads the league in made field goal percentage and Sunday's matchup with the Los Angeles Rams has the second-highest project point total on the board. San Francisco struggles mightily in the red zone, so GOuld should be called upon plenty.

Mike Badgley, Los Angeles Chargers

Badgley has had limited opportunities since taking over in Week 5, but he's only missed one field goal and one extra point. Los Angeles travels to the kicker haven of Denver this week, and Badgley has already made a 59-yarder this year, so there's plenty of upside here. He could certainly drop a couple bombs and have a big fantasy day.

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