Crossing the Streams- Week 14

As Week 14 arrives, we are right in the heart of the fantasy season. Our decisions are never more critical than they are right now. One wrong decision in the middle of the season can be the difference between missing or making the playoffs. Crossing the Streams is here to help!

This article aims to help you with those tough decisions at kicker and D/ST. For this column, I will avoid any options ranked inside the top 12 by Fantasy Pros ECR. Those options are easy calls and are unlikely to be helpful. I’m going to look into the deeper options to help those hampered by matchup or bye-week issues.

Season-to-Date Scorecard

D/STs: 22 for 24 (91.7%), 4 for 4 in Week 13

Kickers: 19 for 24 (79.2%), 4 for 4 in Week 13

Defences/Special Teams (Start’em)

Minnesota Vikings vs. LV

The Vikings currently rank as DST13 and have been moving up in the rankings as of late. They are a team that is definitely better for fantasy than real life and are as matchup-dependent as they come. This week they face a terrible Raiders offence that allows 7.6 fantasy points per game to opposing DSTs. That’s the 10th most in the NFL. Minnesota has 51 tackles, 32 sacks, 17 forced fumbles, 7 fumble recoveries, 9 interceptions and 2 touchdowns this season.

Houston Texans vs. NYJ

The Texans have been a bad defence this season and are relying on their offence to win high-scoring shootouts. they currently rank as DST20. The Jets are allowing 12.6 fantasy points per game to opposing DSTs, the most in the NFL. Houston has 64 tackles, 27 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, 6 fumble recoveries, 11 interceptions and 0 touchdowns this season.

Green Bay Packers vs. NYG

The Packers have been inconsistent as a D/ST this season and are strictly a matchup play at this time. Luckily for them, they have a great matchup this week with the Giants. The Giants are allowing 12.5 fantasy points per game to opposing DSTs, the 2nd most in the NFL. New York has 53 tackles, 29 sacks, 7 forced fumbles, 7 fumble recoveries, 6 interceptions and 2 touchdowns this season.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. CLE

The Jaguars have been mediocre this season and have been a matchup-dependent D/ST that has been inconsistent at best and is relying on their offence. They rank as DST17 and have been unable to stop most teams from scoring at will. This week though, they have a prime matchup with the Cleveland Browns who are starting Joe Flacco at quarterback. The Browns are allowing 10.2 fantasy points per game to opposing DSTs, the 6th most in the NFL. Cleveland has 47 tackles, 26 sacks, 9 forced fumbles, 7 fumble recoveries, 12 interceptions and 2 touchdowns this season.

Kickers (Start’em)

Cameron Dicker, LAC vs. DEN

Dicker has been consistently on the PK1/2 borderline for much of the season. He currently ranks as PK15 on the season and is a solid streamer. He faces the Broncos this week who have been the 9th best matchup for opposing kickers. The Broncos are allowing 8.9 fantasy points per game. Joseph is 19 for 20 on field goals, 30 for 30 on extra points and has added in 3 field goals from 40+ yards, and 4 from 50+ yards.

Jake Moody, SF vs. SEA

Moody started off hot in his rookie season but has been inconsistent since. He currently ranks as PK16 and has weekly upside. He always has potential in the high-scoring San Francisco offence. Moody faces the Seahawks this week who have been the 8th best matchup for opposing kickers. The Seahawks are allowing 9.1 fantasy points per game. He is 17 for 20 on field goals, 43 for 43 on extra points and has added in 2 field goals from 40+ yards, and 2 from 50+ yards.

Jason Sanders, MIA vs. TEN

Sanders has been disappointing this season as the high-flying Dolphins offence has scored early and often, leaving him with few opportunities for field goals. At this point, Sanders is living off of multiple extra points each week. Sanders faces the Titans this week who have been the 4th best matchup for opposing kickers. The Titans are allowing 10.5 fantasy points per game. He is 12 for 15 on field goals, 48 for 49 on extra points and has added in 6 field goals from 40+ yards, and 2 from 50+ yards.

Evan McPherson, CIN vs. IND

McPherson has been on the fringe of a top-12 kicker for the majority of the season and now sits as PK13 on the season. McPherson faces the Colts this week who have been the 2nd best matchup for opposing kickers. The Colts are allowing 10.8 fantasy points per game. He is 19 for 24 on field goals, 27 for 27 on extra points and has added in 7 field goals from 40+ yards, and 7 from 50+ yards.

Week 13 Report Card

For the purposes of this article, I think it is fair to set the line at 8.0 fantasy points. Any total of 8.0 or higher will be deemed a hit, and a total of 7.9 and lower will be called a miss.

D/ST (4 hits, 0 miss)

Miami Dolphins- 12.70 points HIT

Indianapolis Colts- 22.80 points HIT

Jacksonville Jaguars- 9.10 points HIT

Los Angeles Chargers- 22.50 points HIT

Kickers (4 hits, 0 miss)

Matt Gay, IND- 13.10 points HIT

Younghoe Koo, ATL- 8.10 points HIT

Jason Sanders, MIA- 10.90 points HIT

Cameron Dicker, LAC- 8.20 points HIT

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