Welcome to the Week 11 edition of QB and DST Streaming Options from The Fantasy Authority. For the second time this year, fantasy managers will have to deal with six teams on bye.
It’s most important to make wise decisions when choosing the correct quarterback/defensive streamer. Above all, it can lead to either fantasy victory or soul-crushing defeat.
Let’s check out my QB and DST Streaming Options for this week!
Teams on bye: Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers
Week 10 Recap
As for last week’s results, Alex Smith was solid in a road victory against the Buccaneers. Baker Mayfield was uber-efficient with three touchdowns on only 20 pass attempts. Nick Mullins had an up-and-down performance in a loss to the Giants Monday night.
Here are the complete numbers from my Week 10 quarterback selections:
Alex Smith– 178 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 16 Rushing Yards= 12.7 FP
Baker Mayfield– 216 Passing Yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, 20 Rushing Yards= 22.6 FP
Nick Mullens– 250 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 1 Rushing Yards= 10.1 FP
Josh Rosen | Arizona Cardinals
Current ESPN Ownership: 2.5%
Rosen was a little disappointing in Week 10 against the Chiefs throwing one touchdown and two interceptions. But in a week where six teams are on bye, Rosen could make for a solid desperation streamer in 2 QB/Superflex leagues. Arizona learned last week that they need to feed David Johnson and new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich is making sure that he’s heavily involved in the passing game. Along with Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, and Ricky Seals-Jones, Rosen should have enough weapons to be effective.
The Raiders come into Week 11 ranked 32nd in defensive pass efficiency, 32nd in total pass efficiency, and 26th in opponent rank versus quarterbacks. Rosen likely won’t have an explosive, week-winning performance, but he can get owners through a bye week in deep leagues.
Lamar Jackson | Baltimore Ravens
Current ESPN Ownership: 7.7%
Jackson was added in some leagues ahead of Sunday’s action as it was revealed that Joe Flacco might miss Week 11. Flacco was on crutches during the bye week, and as of this writing, we have not received any official timetable for a return. Until an official diagnosis is revealed, Flacco should be considered questionable at best. Therefore, Jackson should be considered an interesting quarterback streamer in 2 QB/Superflex leagues and deep leagues.
After Week 10, Cincinnati has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and New Orleans hung 51 points on the Bengals. Drew Brees had as many touchdown passes (three) as incompletions. Lamar Jackson is no Drew Brees, but he’s still facing a terrible defense.
The Ravens may focus more on the running game if Jackson is named the starter, but his running ability gives him a higher ceiling than Flacco.
Dak Prescott | Dallas Cowboys
Current ESPN Ownership: 30.2%
Since Week 6, Prescott has averaged 21.6 points per game—a remarkable feat when considering all of the defenses faced during that stretch. All but the Redskins rank in the top-10 fewest average fantasy points to quarterbacks. He’s eclipsed 20 points in three of his last four games and had another solid showing Sunday night against the Eagles.
In Week 11, Dak faces the Atlanta Falcons porous secondary, which has allowed 23.9 points per game to opposing quarterbacks (4th worst in the league). Atlanta has also allowed at least 250 yards passing in all but two games this season. This unit is bottom-five in just about every measurable way (28th in pass efficiency defense, 30th in total defensive efficiency).
Prescott has a great matchup this week and should be an excellent quarterback streaming option.
Case Keenum | Denver Broncos
Current ESPN Ownership: 9.3%
Coming off the bye, the Broncos will have to figure a way to get Courtland Sutton more involved—along with their remaining receivers now that Demaryius Thomas is in Houston. Keenum has come under fire for his performance lately, but he’s averaging 30 more yards per game this season. It’s the higher interception rate (10 INTs in nine games) and lower TD% (3.3% in 2018 vs 4.6% in 2017) that have limited his fantasy ceiling.
To be fair to Keenum, he has played better the last five weeks totaling eight touchdowns against four interceptions to go with four games of 260 passing yards or more.
Their Week 11 opponent in the Los Angeles Chargers allow an average of 254 passing yards per game at home—although it has come against some inferior competition like the Raiders and Niners. Having the 20th best opponent rank versus quarterbacks may give Keenum a chance to be a competent streaming option for 2QB/Superflex leagues.
Marcus Mariota | Tennessee Titans
Current ESPN Ownership: 15.5%
Before the Titans Week 8 bye, Mariota was dealing with a nerve issue which affected his ability to throw deep—he averaged 181 passing yards per game. Back-to-back strong performances (22.8 and 22.3) has revived his fantasy value to the point he’s a viable high-end QB2/streaming option. At the moment, Mariota appears healthy and has a good matchup in Week 11 against Indianapolis.
The Colts are allowing 18 points to opposing quarterbacks this season (19th overall) but that number is inflated thanks to Derek Anderson’s minus one point effort in Week 7. Remove that game and the Colts are allowing 20.7 points per game to quarterbacks.
Mariota is a worthy quarterback streaming option this week.
Eli Manning | New York Giants
Current ESPN Ownership: 11.9%
Despite the Giants poor record, Manning warrants consideration as a streaming option this week. He’s averaging at least 12 fantasy points in four of his last five games.
Manning’s opponent in Week 11, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, come into this game with a defense that gives up the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Suffice it to say, this sets up as an excellent matchup for Eli Manning and the Giants.
Current ESPN Ownership: 15.5%
Holding a Chiefs offense that’s averaging 34 points to only 26 points at Arrowhead is a small victory. In addition, they managed to sack Patrick Mahomes five times. Arizona’s next opponent, the Oakland Raiders has struggled recently on offense. Over their last two games, Oakland has a total of nine points and allowed eleven sacks.
On the season, the Cardinals only have 12 takeaways (18th in the league). But, they are 6th in sacks (29).
I expect Arizona to be the top streaming option for defenses for Week 11.
Current ESPN Ownership: 31.4%
Pittsburgh is coming off an outstanding defensive effort Thursday night against the Panthers (5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 defensive touchdown). They’ll look to continue their momentum in a Week 11 road contest with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The expectation is that the Steelers will look to stop Leonard Fournette in the run game and get after Blake Bortles.
The Jags 19 giveaways are tied for 4th in the league. Add in 31 sacks by the Steelers (tied for 1st), and that’s a recipe for a useful streaming option if needed.
Current ESPN Ownership: 53.4%
The Panthers look to bounce back with a contest with the Detroit Lions in Week 11. The 22nd ranked Lions offense simply doesn’t have the firepower to decimate anyone at the moment. Carolina’s pass rush will face an offensive line which has allowed the seventh most sacks in the league (29).
Two more statistics are in the Panthers factor: 10th in takeaways (15) and 5th in interceptions (11).
A solid defensive streaming option if you’re looking for a high-floor selection.
Good Luck to all fantasy managers in Week 11! And remember: #FortuneFavorsTheBold
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