Crossing the Streams- Week 15

As Week 15 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: 26 for 28 (92.9%), 4 for 4 in Week 14

Kickers: 21 for 28 (75.0%), 2 for 4 in Week 14

Defences/Special Teams (Start’em)

New Orleans Saints vs. NYG

The Saints currently rank as DST13 and have been a matchup-dependent, up-and-down squad all season. This week they face a terrible Giants offence that will be rolling out Tommy DeVito at quarterback and that allows 12.5 fantasy points per game to opposing DSTs. That’s the most in the NFL. New York has 49 tackles, 23 sacks, 7 forced fumbles, 7 fumble recoveries, 14 interceptions and 2 touchdowns this season.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. NE

The Chiefs have been an increasingly stingy unit as the season has progressed. They are nearly impossible to pass against and limit opposing offences to running the ball. They currently rank as DST15. The Patriots are allowing 11.0 fantasy points per game to opposing DSTs, the 4th most in the NFL. Kansas City has 60 tackles, 42 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, 8 fumble recoveries, 7 interceptions and 1 touchdown this season.

Atlanta Falcons vs. CAR

The Falcons have been unplayable for most of the season and are simply a matchup play here. The Panthers are allowing 11.5 fantasy points per game to opposing DSTs, the 3rd most in the NFL. The Panthers have become inept on offence and are a mess. Atlanta has 56 tackles, 27 sacks, 13 forced fumbles, 8 fumble recoveries, 7 interceptions and 1 touchdown this season.

Las Vegas Raiders vs. LAC

The Raiders have been mediocre at best this season and have been a matchup-dependent D/ST that has been inconsistent. If their defence was even average they would likely be a Super Bowl contender. They rank as DST22 and have been unable to stop most teams from scoring at will. This week though, they have a prime matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers who are starting Easton Stick at quarterback. The Chargers are allowing 9.20 fantasy points per game to opposing DSTs, the 8th most in the NFL. Las Vegas has 61 tackles, 33 sacks, 7 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, 10 interceptions and 1 touchdown this season.

Kickers (Start’em)

Chris Boswell, Steelers vs. IND

Boswell has been consistently average this season and is always in the mix as a mediocre streamer. He faces the Colts this week who have been the 17th best matchup for opposing kickers. The Colts are allowing 10.7 fantasy points per game. Boswell is 23 for 25 on field goals, 17 for 17 on extra points and has added in 7 field goals from 40+ yards, and 5 from 50+ yards.

Jason Sanders, Dolphins vs. NYJ

Sanders has been disappointing given his potential upside in this elite offence. He has failed to produce at a reliable level but he always has potential in the high-scoring Miami offence. Sanders faces the Jets this week who have been the 20th best matchup for opposing kickers. The Jets are allowing 9.8 fantasy points per game. Sanders is 14 for 18 on field goals, 51 for 52 on extra points and has added in 6 field goals from 40+ yards, and 2 from 50+ yards.

Harrison Butker, Chiefs vs. NE

Butker has been a solid low-end PK1 this season and will look to continue his solid production in an elite matchup. Butker faces the Patriots this week who have been the 11th best matchup for opposing kickers. The Patriots are allowing 8.6 fantasy points per game. Butker is 23 for 23 on field goals, 31 for 31 on extra points and has added in 3 field goals from 40+ yards, and 3 from 50+ yards.

Evan McPherson, Bengals vs. MIN

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 Vikings this week who have been the 8th best matchup for opposing kickers. The Vikings are allowing 9.2 fantasy points per game. McPherson is 21 for 26 on field goals, 31 for 31 on extra points and has added in 7 field goals from 40+ yards, and 7 from 50+ yards.

Week 14 Report Card

I think it is fair to set the line at 8.0 fantasy points for this article. 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)

Minnesota Vikings- 27.90 points HIT

Houston Texans- 8.20 points HIT

Green Bay Packers- 8.40 points HIT

Jacksonville Jaguars- 15.70 points HIT

Kickers (2 hits, 2 misses)

Cameron Dicker, LAC- 1.00 points MISS

Jake Moody, SF- 4.00 points MISS

Jason Sanders, MIA- 8.90 points HIT

Evan McPherson, CIN- 10.70 points HIT

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