Crossing the Streams- Week 16

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: 30 for 32 (93.8%), 4 for 4 in Week 15

Kickers: 24 for 32 (75.0%)3 for 4 in Week 15

Defences/Special Teams (Start’em)

Indianapolis Colts vs. ATL

The Colts have been on fire as of late and will soon be ranked too high to qualify for my list. Their hot streak has seen them rise all the way to DST13. This week they face a terrible Falcons offence led by Arthur Smith that allows 7.6 fantasy points per game to opposing DSTs. That’s the 12th most in the NFL. Indianapolis has 79 tackles, 46 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, 9 fumble recoveries, 15 interceptions and 4 touchdowns this season.

Denver Broncos vs. NE

The Broncos have been an increasingly stingy unit as the season has progressed. They are still very much matchup-dependent, but a favourable schedule has allowed them to rise from the DST depths all the way to DST14 on the season. The Patriots are allowing 10.7 fantasy points per game to opposing DSTs, the 5th most in the NFL. Denver has 62 tackles, 36 sacks, 15 forced fumbles, 11 fumble recoveries, 11 interceptions and 1 touchdown this season.

Seattle Seahawks vs. NYG

The Seahawks have been a DST to avoid for much of the season and are only an option this week in a prime matchup with the Giants. Seattle currently sits as DST18 and that is their highest rank on the season. The Giants are allowing 12.9 fantasy points per game to opposing DSTs, the 2nd most in the NFL. The Giants have become scarce on offence and are an easy opponent. Seattle has 74 tackles, 39 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, 8 fumble recoveries, 11 interceptions and 3 touchdowns this season.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. LV

The Chiefs have been a must-start defence this season even when their offence has struggled. They rank as DST15. This week, they have a prime matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders who are starting Aidan O’Connell at quarterback. The Raiders are allowing 8.3 fantasy points per game to opposing DSTs, the 9th most in the NFL. Kansas City has 67 tackles, 46 sacks, 12 forced fumbles, 8 fumble recoveries, 8 interceptions and 1 touchdown this season.

Kickers (Start’em)

Matt Gay, Colts vs. ATL

Gay has been a weekly streamer turned must-start as he finds his way to the edge of the PK1s at PK13 overall. He faces the Falcons this week who have been the 3rd best matchup for opposing kickers. The Falcons are allowing 10.0 fantasy points per game. Gay is 32 for 33 on field goals, 26 for 33 on extra points and has added in 6 field goals from 40+ yards, and 7 from 50+ yards.

Blake Grupe, Saints vs. LAR

Grupe has been a rising kicker in the ranking and his rise has gone silently unnoticed. He currently sits as PK14 on the year. Grupe faces the Rams this week who have been the 6th best matchup for opposing kickers. The Rams are allowing 9.3 fantasy points per game. Grupe is 30 for 30 on field goals, 25 for 32 on extra points and has added in 7 field goals from 40+ yards, and 6 from 50+ yards.

Will Lutz, Broncos vs. NE

Lutz has been inconsistent all year but has managed to stay in the hunt as a PK2, sitting at PK16 overall. Lutz faces the Broncos this week who have been the 9th best matchup for opposing kickers. The Patriots are allowing 8.8 fantasy points per game. Lutz is 25 for 27 on field goals, 27 for 29 on extra points and has added in 3 field goals from 40+ yards, and 3 from 50+ yards.

Greg Zuerlein, Jets vs. WSH

Zuerlein has been terrible for most of the season and is a kicker I have rarely chosen to put in my lineups as he currently ranks as PK19 overall. Zuerlein faces the Commanders this week who have been the 2nd best matchup for opposing kickers. The Commanders are allowing 10.6 fantasy points per game. Zuerlein is 10 for 11 on field goals, 27 for 28 on extra points and has added in 10 field goals from 40+ yards, and 4 from 50+ yards.

Week 15 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)

New Orleans Saints- 21.10 points HIT

Kansas City Chiefs- 10.30 points HIT

Atlanta Falcons- 12.20 points HIT

Las Vegas Raiders- 29.90 points HIT

Kickers (3 hits, 1 miss)

Chris Boswell, PIT- 1.00 point MISS

Jason Sanders, MIA- 12.90 points HIT

Harrison Butker, KC- 11.30 points HIT

Evan McPherson, CIN- 9.30 points HIT

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