Once again, we are in the midst of an exciting NFL season. Now begins the process of setting the best lineup possible in hopes of nailing down a playoff spot. Each week, we have you covered as we go through options at both the quarterback and tight end positions. Let us dig into some Week 12 Quarterback Sleepers and Streamers along with some Week 13 Tight End Sleepers and Streamers.
Week 13 Quarterback Sleepers and Streamers
Jake Browning, Cincinnati Bengals
While he is clearly not Joe Burrow, Jake Browning had a solid first start last week. Browning threw for 227 yards and a touchdown although it wasn’t enough to lead the Bengals to victory. This week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he may have the same problem, but from a fantasy perspective, that is not our concern.
The Jaguars struggle defensively against the passing game, and their secondary is one Browning should be able to exploit. We know he has the weapons to do it and the lack of resistance should also help.
Bryce Young, Carolina Panthers
It is too early to refer to Bryce Young as a bust, but we also can’t compare him to CJ Stroud just yet. After the Carolina Panthers fired their head coach, perhaps we will see a spark out of Young with an offense better suited to him.
While Young has only gone three games without a touchdown pass, there is only one game in which he has reached the end zone multiple times. Young hasn’t passed for more than 247 yards in a game while also failing to make an impact on the ground. Now that Frank Reich is out, it’s possible we see a spark in the Carolina offense that will be a positive for Young. This week though, it also helps to have a good matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Derek Carr, New Orleans Saints
As we go through the season, it feels like Derek Carr should just take up permanent residence here. If you find yourself in need of a quarterback, the dependable veteran is here. Carr presents a viable sleepers and streamers option, but there is also a reason why he is generally available in most leagues.
This week, Carr does have a solid matchup. He faces a Detroit defense that looked very human against Jordan Love last week. On the season, the Lions are in the top five of most fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, so the logic plays. While Carr didn’t throw a touchdown pass last week, he did get back over the 300-yard mark. The Detroit defense this week should help with his issues in the red zone as he clearly doesn’t have an issue moving the ball down the field.
Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Steelers
You do remember what we said about the lack of options, right? Entering the season, Kenny Pickett wasn’t supposed to be in this territory, but the NFL is difficult and here we are. After four straight games in which Pickett didn’t have a game with more than 160 passing yards, he showed some life last week. Pickett still didn’t throw a touchdown pass, but 278 passing yards certainly works.
While Pickett may have trouble finding the end zone, he has also avoided mistakes. The Pittsburgh quarterback has yet to throw an interception since Week 4. Pickett gets a good matchup this week against Arizona as he looks to build on last week’s performance.
Week 13 Tight End Sleepers and Streamers
Tight End Sleepers
Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams
Tyler Higbee has some pedigree and name recognition going for him, so that helps. This season hasn’t been great for Higbee though, and he has a tough matchup against the Browns in his way for this week.
The problem though, is that Higbee is coming off his best game of the season. While Higbee only caught five passes for 29 yards, two of those catches were for touchdowns. Proceed with some caution here.
Juwan Johnson, New Orleans Saints
To take advantage of a good matchup against the Detroit Lions, we are already targeting Derek Carr, so let’s look to Juwan Johnson as well. They form a potential sleepers and streamers duo this week as Johnson might be one of the last men left standing.
Michael Thomas is on injured reserve and there are questions on Chris Olave and Rashid Shaheed, so we could see a lot of Johnson. Last week, the tight end was targeted seven times and turned that into four catches for 45 yards. It wasn’t the first time we have seen Johnson step up either, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see it again on Sunday.
Tight End Streamers
Cade Otton, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With only three touchdowns on the season, Cade Otton might not have the same upside as others. However, those “others” are likely already on rosters. So, if you are looking for sleepers and streamers options, it is the volume we are after.
Otton continues to have a legitimate role locked down in the Tampa Bay offense. Being efficient with his targets also helps as Otton caught all four of his targets last week for 45 yards. There is nothing to suggest that this floor won’t continue.
Chigoziem Okonkwo, Tennessee Titans
We have been seemingly waiting for this all season out of Chigoziem Okonkwo, but we still can’t go too crazy. Instead, it is more of a reflection on the state of the tight end position across the league. Okonkwo has yet to catch a touchdown pass, so maybe the law of averages says that one comes in a good matchup against the Indianapolis Colts?
I know that isn’t cutting-edge analysis, but we do have to target the favorable matchups. Of greater emphasis is the fact that Okonkwo had his best receiving game of the year last week with four catches for 45 yards. That is truly a step in the right direction for increased value.