Crossing the Streams- Week 17

As Week 17 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 10 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: 33 for 36 (91.6%), 3 for 4 in Week 16

Kickers: 26 for 36 (72.2%), 2 for 4 in Week 16

Defences/Special Teams (Start’em)

San Francisco 49ers vs. WSH

The 49ers being my selection feels like cheating because they were drafted in many leagues as the first DST off the board but after some inconsistent play, they now find themselves ranked outside the top 10 for the first time this season. San Francisco has fallen to DST11. This week they face a terrible Commanders offence that will be the easiest opponent they’ve seen in weeks and that allows 11.0 fantasy points per game to opposing DSTs. That’s the 3rd most in the NFL. The 49ers have 70 tackles for loss, 45 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries, 19 interceptions and 1 touchdown this season.

New York Jets vs. CLE

The Jets are similar to San Francisco in the sense that they are an elite defence who have struggled with a tough schedule. They are much more matchup-dependent, but a favourable schedule has allowed them to rise from the DST depths to DST12 on the season. The Browns are allowing 10.1 fantasy points per game to opposing DSTs, the 6th most in the NFL. New York has 87 tackles for loss, 40 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, 6 fumble recoveries, 14 interceptions and 2 touchdowns this season.

Houston Texans vs. TEN

The Texans have been a DST to stream only in prime matchups this season. Houston currently sits as DST17 and that is their highest rank on the season. The Titans are allowing 8.5 fantasy points per game to opposing DSTs, the 8th most in the NFL. Houston has 92 tackles for loss, 39 sacks, 12 forced fumbles, 7 fumble recoveries, 14 interceptions and 0 touchdowns this season.

Atlanta Falcons vs. CHI

The Falcons have been a must-start defence this season in prime matchups and Week 17 will be no different. They rank as DST19. This week, they have a favourable matchup with the Chicago bears who are a struggling offence on a good day. The Bears are allowing 9.7 fantasy points per game to opposing DSTs, the 7th most in the NFL. Atlanta has 73 tackles for loss, 46 sacks, 12 forced fumbles, 8 fumble recoveries, 8 interceptions and 1 touchdown this season.

Kickers (Start’em)

Jake Moody, 49ers vs. WSH

Moody has been a middle-of-the-pack kicker for much of the season. He currently sits at PK17 overall. He faces the Commanders this week who have been the best matchup for opposing kickers. The Commanders are allowing 10.9 fantasy points per game. Moody is 19 for 22 on field goals, 55 for 55 on extra points and has added in 4 field goals from 40+ yards, and 2 from 50+ yards.

Cameron Dicker, Chargers vs. DEN

Dicker has been a rising kicker in the ranking and has been as consistent as they come. He currently sits as PK11 on the year. He faces the Chargers this week who have been the 12th best matchup for opposing kickers. The Broncos are allowing 8.3 fantasy points per game. Dicker is 26 for 28 on field goals, 35 for 35 on extra points and has added in 6 field goals from 40+ yards, and 5 from 50+ yards.

Chase McLaughlin, Buccaneers vs. NO

McLaughlin has been consistent all year but has managed to stay out of the PK1 range, sitting at PK12 overall. He faces the Saints this week who have been the 11th best matchup for opposing kickers. The Saints are allowing 8.3 fantasy points per game. McLaughlin is 26 for 28 on field goals, 32 for 32 on extra points and has added in 2 field goals from 40+ yards, and 6 from 50+ yards.

Harrison Butker, Chiefs vs. CIN

Butker has been disappointing for most of the season and is a kicker I have rarely chosen to put in my lineups even though he currently ranks as PK14 overall. Butker faces the Bengals this week who have been the 10th best matchup for opposing kickers. The Bengals are allowing 8.4 fantasy points per game. Butker is 25 for 27 on field goals, 36 for 36 on extra points and has added in 3 field goals from 40+ yards, and 4 from 50+ yards.

Week 16 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 (3 hits, 1 miss)

Indianapolis Colts- 0.00 points MISS

Denver Broncos- 13.80 points HIT

Seattle Seahawks- 14.40 points HIT

Kansas City Chiefs- 14.00 points HIT

Kickers (2 hits, 2 misses)

Blake Grupe, NO- 2.00 point MISS

Will Lutz, DEN- 1.00 points MISS

Matt Gay, IND- 8.30 points HIT

Greg Zuerlein, NYJ- 13.60 points HIT

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