Week 11 streaming options are a mixed bag of some recent good and some recent average. Hey, what can I tell you? It’s the last of the bye weeks for fantasy owners, so let’s get you through one more week. Some of these picks may make you a little sick to your stomach, but they hold some upside. The QBs are worth a look in both one and two quarterback leagues for this week. Remember, the focus is always winning THIS WEEK’S matchup and hopefully, my choices will be fruitful in your potential victorious matchup!!
Before looking forward to the QB and DST Week 11 streaming options, let’s review the complete results at the quarterback position from last week’s article:
Andy Dalton– 265 Passing Yards, 2 TDS, 0 INT, 0 Rushing Yards= 14.60 FP
Eli Manning– 273 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, 0 Rushing Yards= 16.92 FP
Josh McCown– 262 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 0 Rushing Yards= 13.48 FP
Case Keenum– 304 Passing Yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs, -1 Rushing Yards= 26.06 FP
C.J. Beathard– 288 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 15 Rushing Yards, 1 TD= 26.02 FP
Eli Manning | New York Giants
Manning performed well against the 49ers in Week 10, passing for 273 yards and two touchdowns on the road. The veteran signal-caller remained a solid fantasy option throughout the season, despite the fact the Giants are a complete disaster in 2017. Manning passed for two or more touchdowns in five of his past seven games.
He draws a great matchup against a Chiefs pass defense that made fantasy stars out of opposing quarterbacks all season long. Kansas City allowed multiple passing touchdowns in five of the last six games. Trevor Siemian, now benched, represented the only one that failed to reach this threshold over that span. Furthermore, the explosive Chiefs offense should be able to do whatever it wants against the weak Giants defense, giving this game sneaky shootout potential. That is, if Eli is able to hold up his end of the bargain. Consider Eli Manning as a solid streamer in both one and two quarterback leagues.
Blake Bortles | Jacksonville Jaguars
Bortles didn’t impress in Week 10 against the Chargers. But, he threw a season-high 51 passes and connected with Marqise Lee for his lone touchdown. The Jaguars tried to hide Bortles with their run game this season but they strangely swung to a very pass-heavy approach last week.
The Browns may force Jacksonville to go pass-heavy for a second consecutive week. They are tough against the run this season, ranking first in DVOA before this week. Their pass defense, however, isn’t as stout, ranking 28th. If this game’s script goes to plan, the Jaguars running game may struggle, leaving Bortles to do the heavy lifting again. Bortles should be on your streaming radar in one and two quarterback leagues as a decent option.
Jay Cutler | Miami Dolphins
Cutler is one week removed from his best game of the season in which he threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders. He now looks to keep it rolling in the game previously scheduled for Week 1, but Hurricane Irma forced the NFL to reschedule.
The matchup for Cutler helps, as everyone roasted the Tampa Bay pass defense this season. Though Josh McCown didn’t do much in Week 10, before that the Bucs were allowing the ninth-most fantasy points per game to the position. Cutler’s 2017 performance proved to be more bad than good so far, but a matchup against Tampa Bay is simply too good to ignore.
Case Keenum | Minnesota Vikings
Keenum came to play in Week 10 against Washington, tossing four touchdowns and racking up 304 passing yards in a difficult matchup. Things get tougher for Keenum in Week 11 as he’ll do battle at home against a red-hot Rams team. The Rams have not been kind to opposing quarterbacks this season, allowing the ninth-fewest fantasy points per game to quarterbacks heading into Week 10. That being said, the entire Vikings offense is looking fantastic right now, with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen balling and the running game with Jerick McKinnon and Latavius Murray clicking. The quality of the Vikings’ offense upgrades Keenum’s outlook for Week 11, making him a rock-solid QB2.
Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens come out of their bye week to take on a Green Bay pass defense that has struggled to contain opposing quarterbacks this season. Before Week 10’s action, the Packers ranked just 23rd in the league in pass defense DVOA. Flacco, on the other hand, has been showing signs of improvement over his past two games. He was well on his way to a great game back in Week 8 against the Dolphins before a concussion forced him to leave before halftime. He bounced back from the injury in Week 9 to pass for 261 yards and two touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans. Flacco and the entire Baltimore offense has limited upside, but he’s a good choice as a QB2 this weekend.
Ryan Fitzpatrick | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Look for Fitzpatrick to run the Tampa Bay offense for the next few weeks and possibly the rest of the season. Jameis Winston continues to be sidelined due to an injury to his throwing shoulder. Fitzmagic wasn’t great at home against the Jets in Week 10. It was a windy game but he managed to do just enough to help his team get the win. The veteran quarterback finds himself in an excellent spot in Week 11 when the team travels to Miami to take on the Dolphins.
Miami employs a tough run defense that funnels extra work to the passing game, where they ranked 30th in the league in DVOA before this week’s action. With Fitzpatrick getting star wide receiver Mike Evans back from a one-game suspension, he’s squarely on the streaming radar in two-quarterback formats.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Bills are reeling coming off two straight losses, the most recent of which was a beatdown at the hands of the New Orleans Saints. Buffalo coughed up 492 yards rushing in those two games. Their inability to stop the run elevates the Chargers defense’s floor. Buffalo’s offense has struggled, too. They’ve scored 31 points combined in the last two games and were held under 20 points in two of four road tilts. Furthermore, one of the four road games they bested 20 points, they scored only 23 and a defensive touchdown pushed them to that total.
This lack of offensive production is probably the reason that HC Sean McDermott replaced the incumbent starter, Tyrod Taylor, early Wednesday morning. Nathan Peterman, the rookie 5th round pick out of the University of Pittsburgh, gets the start in week 11. With this sudden news, the Chargers DST instantly jump to the top of the list of streaming options. Buffalo travels to the west coast to face a defense that turned things around in the last month. LA averaged 3.4 sacks and 1.8 turnovers in their last five games. With a rookie QB making his 1st career start on the road, this has all of the ingredients for a plus matchup for the Chargers defense.
The Bengals DST has been disappointing since their Week 6 bye, but this should be exactly the matchup they need to get back on track. The one thing Cincinnati’s defense does well is the pass rush, as evidenced by their rank in sacks (tied for 7th with 26). Their skill to pressure quarterbacks pairs well with Denver’s shortcomings in pass protection.
The Broncos are tied for the seventh most sacks allowed (28). They are also the second most turnover prone offense (21). Denver offense scores a pedestrian 18.4 point per game which is 24th overall. At the moment, Vegas predicts this game to total 40 points, which makes this a potential low-scoring affair. So, you can use the Bengals DST as a decent streaming option with some upside.
Arizona’s defense is the weakest of the streaming options for Week 11 due to their below average stats across the board. However, the Deshaun Watson-less Texans are completely inept offensively. In Tom Savage’s three starts, the Texans scored a total of 28 points. Houston is tied for third-most turnovers (17) and yielded the fourth-most sacks (31). It’s all about the opponent for this streaming option. Though the Cardinals are owned in 69% of leagues, I wanted to mention them just in case they were your best option and still available.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints DST thrashed the Bills (IN Buffalo no less) and posted their fifth double-digit performance in their last seven games. They’re tied for 10th in the NFL in sacks, seventh in interceptions, and fifth in forced fumbles. In addition, they rank fifth in scoring defense and ninth in total defense. This is a rock-solid unit, plain and simple. Somehow their ownership rate is STILL below 50% in NFL.COM leagues (31.4), and barely above that line in ESPN.COM leagues (51.0). Owners in YAHOO.COM leagues have wised up and pushed the Saints ownership to 60%.
Maybe after this week’s performance, their ownership rate will be at appropriate levels given their efforts during this 7-game winning streak. For one more week, though, the Saints represent a strong streaming option against a Washington team that has the ninth most turnovers (15) this season. Add in the fact that New Orleans is playing at home and will be leaning heavily on the 1-2 punch of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. This gives the New Orleans DST a rather high ceiling in Week 11.
This a selection completely based on the matchup. If Ryan Fitzpatrick struggles and the Dolphins gets their pass rush going, Miami defense could be a good spot start. The Dolphins won’t have to deal with the Bucs running attack which is ranked fifth-worst in the NFL (82.8 yards per game). An added bonus for Miami (if you can really call it that) is they play at home. Being this is such a topsy-turvy league, it wouldn’t surprise me if Miami puts out a huge defensive effort and comes out with the win. Therefore, I’m considering the Dolphins defense as a very deep Week 11 streaming option.
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