Quarterback and Tight End Streamers: Week 11
November 14, 2017 | Matt Terelle
Hey there Fake Footballers! In this space each week, we will be taking a look at some of the top streaming options at quarterback and tight end. With more and more fantasy owners opting to wait on the quarterback and tight end positions in drafts, streaming each position has become a viable option in most 10-12 person fantasy leagues. This is made easier by the fact that there are usually solid options on the waiver wire. Each week for this column I will scour the waiver wire and look for quarterbacks and tight ends who are owned in around 50% or fewer of Yahoo! leagues and also a deep sleeper at each position who is owned in 20% of leagues or less and could be useful in deeper leagues or two-quarterback formats (for the QB position, of course).
Generally, several factors go into selecting a streamer, including recent performance, overall upside, talent, opponent matchup, and Vegas totals. I like to use Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric as a reference point to compare opposing defenses to identify plus matchups for players. All references to DVOA (Defense-Adjusted Value Over Average) come from rankings on www.footballoutsiders.com. A detailed explanation of DVOA can be found here. All references to quarterback scoring assumes you are getting six points per passing touchdown and all tight end scoring is based on PPR scoring.
Week 11 Quarterback Streamers
Listed in order of preference.
Blake Bortles (JAX): 31% ownership @ Cleveland Browns
Bortles didn’t have a good real-life game in Week 10 against the Chargers as he threw two interceptions within :27 seconds of one another late in the fourth quarter. That being said, Bortles was perfectly fine for fantasy purposes, finishing with 273 passing yards, one touchdown, 34 rushing yards, and a two-point conversion. He also finished the game with a season-high 51 pass attempts as the Jags deviated from their run-heavy approach in Week 10. They may be forced to do so again in Week 11 against a Browns run defense that was ranked first in the league in DVOA before Week 10’s action. Couple that with a Cleveland pass defense that is 28th in DVOA and allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks and you have a perfect setup for a pass-heavy Jacksonville attack in Week 11.
Eli Manning (NYG): 51% ownership vs. Kansas City Chiefs
It has been a disastrous 2017 season for the Giants but Manning remains a decent fantasy quarterback. The veteran signal caller has passed for multiple touchdowns in five of his past seven contests. The only two games over that span he failed to pass for at least two scores came against the elite pass defenses of Denver and Seattle. Manning pulls a fantastic Week 11 matchup against a Kansas City Chiefs pass defense that has been shredded by opposing quarterbacks this season, allowing the fifth-most fantasy points per game to the position. Manning sets up as a solid, low-end QB1 option this week in a game that has sneaky shootout potential.
Deep League/Two-Quarterback League Play
Joe Flacco (BAL): 11% ownership @ Green Bay Packers
Flacco will be fresh coming off his bye and had been showing signs of life in the two previous games before his Week 10 break. In Week 8 against the Dolphins, he was well on his way to his best game of the season before a first-half concussion knocked him out of action. He bounced back from the head injury in Week 9 to post a solid game with 261 passing yards and two touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans. He draws an excellent matchup in Week 11 against a Green Bay pass defense that was ranked just 23rd in DVOA before Week 10. Then, in Week 10, we saw them allow Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky set a career-high with 297 passing yards. Flacco can be trusted as a solid QB2 in all formats this week.
Week 11 Tight End Streamers
Listed in order of preference.
Tyler Kroft (CIN): 52% ownership @ Denver Broncos
Kroft let fantasy owners down in Week 10 with just one catch for four yards against the Titans, despite finishing third on the team with six targets. While that certainly didn’t get the job done, look for him to bounce back in a big way in Week 11 against the Broncos. Outside of the Giants, Denver has been the worst team in the league against fantasy tight ends, allowing the second-most points to the position this season. Kroft, despite his slow game, continues to see plenty of targets from Andy Dalton and he should be one of the few options Cincinnati has for moving the ball against a Broncos defense that is elite against outside receivers and has really improved against the run game as the season goes on.
Martellus Bennett (NE): 33% ownership @ Oakland Raiders
Former Patriot Martellus Bennett struck the fantasy jackpot as he was released by a Packers team that is going nowhere without Aaron Rodgers and landed back with a New England team that is a perennial Super Bowl contender. He was instantly a factor in Week 10, catching three passes for 38 yards with his old team. He draws a fine Week 11 matchup against an Oakland pass defense that is allowing the seventh-most fantasy points per game to tight ends.
Deep League/Two-Tight End League Play
C.J. Fiedorowicz (HOU): 13% ownership vs. Arizona Cardinals
Last week, Fiedorowicz saw his first game action since Week 1, catching just 2-of-6 passes for 10 yards. While the results weren’t impressive, the big tight end’s six targets were third on his team. He will take on a Cardinals secondary that has struggled to contain tight ends this season as they are allowing the ninth-most fantasy points per game to the position. With Will Fuller dealing with cracked ribs that are expected to keep him out of action Week 11, and DeAndre Hopkins likely to be shut down by Patrick Peterson, Fiedorowicz should be a main part of the Houston offense in Week 11.
Thanks for reading and good luck in your streaming endeavors this week.