With waiver candidates snatched up this morning, I’m back in my weekly spot checking in with my top fantasy football streamers for Week 11. This week, my free agency deep dive will include favorites (my locks) and honorable mentions (more risk, or reliant on an injury update).
Disclaimer: As always, I will try and look past the most obvious waiver candidates, targeting Week 11 Streamers that are available in less than 40 percent of all ESPN leagues. My selections will be based on their matchups, recent play, and upside potential in deeper PPR formats. I recommend checking weather and injury/Covid updates for each streamer in the days leading up to each game.
Your Week 11 Byes:
- Buffalo Bills
- Chicago Bears
- New York Giants
- San Francisco 49ers
Week 11 Fantasy Streamers: QB
After a Week 9 high for us at quarterback, Week 10 was back to mixed results. Despite getting the win, Jared Goff was a relative fantasy bust, sealing the deal on my promise to never trust him again (or at least until the end of 2020). Drew Lock was also injured in his attempt at a streamer double down, and the only QB that ended up being worthy of the status was veteran Alex Smith.
Jameis Winston (NO) – 1.4% (vsATL)
Depending on the depth of your league, Winston is a definite waiver candidate in certain leagues. In others however, he should still be available come Wednesday. If there was ever a slam dunk first game for Jameis as the NOLA starter, this is it at home against a horrid Falcons secondary. Winston was a top fantasy QB in 2019 despite his propensity for turnovers, and that was in an average Buccaneers offense. The Saints have a top offensive line, running back, and wide receiver core, not to mention Sean Payton. Do not be afraid to stream Famous Jameis in his first start of 2020.
Kirk Cousins (MIN) – 18.1% (vsDAL)
I’ve listed Cousins a few times this year, usually as an honorable mention, and for the most part he hasn’t let me down. The problem with Cousins is generally whether or not he gets to actually throw the ball. Sometimes Dalvin Cook steals the entire offense, but that also plays to Kirk’s advantage off the play-action. Minnesota is hot, and so is Cousins with five touchdowns and just one lone interception in his past two games.
Teddy Bridgewater (CAR) – 37.9% (vsDET)
Teddy has hovered around the 40 percent threshold all season, and now he’s under it again after an injury in Week 10. This one is only an honorable mention because of Bridgewater’s injury status, but if he plays I’d start him any day against a Lions defense that has been easy to move the ball on.
(DEEP DIVE/DOUBLE DOWN) Alex Smith (WSH) – 5.8% (vsCIN)
I can’t help but go right back to Smith in Week 11 after his inspiring second half performance. I’ll still only list him as a desperation play, but if you need to take a chance at quarterback you can do worse than Alex Smith against the Bengals.
(DEEP DIVE) Joe Flacco (NYJ) – 1.0% (@LAC)
Another wily vet that was a surprising fantasy asset during his last game. Flacco threw three touchdowns against the Patriots on Monday Night Football in Week 9, and the Chargers have been up and down defensively. Like Smith, this a real last resort type streamer, but Joe Cool may just overperform again in sunny SoFi Stadium.
Week 11 Fantasy Streamers: RB
For all the top waiver wire running back’s of Week 11, check out my colleague Rich King’s article. Some of the main candidates I won’t be including are Rex Burkhead, Matt Breida and Gus Edwards. Burkhead was my number one streamer in Week 10, and I would recommend him again if you can still get your hands on him against the 30th ranked Houston run D. Otherwise, here are my best RB streamers of the week.
Salvon Ahmed (MIA) – 12.9% (@DEN)
Ahmed might be considered a waiver candidate as well, but if his lack of name value and long-term relevance keeps him on the market, he’s probably the top Week 11 stream out there. It’s not even the matchup, it’s the way Miami has operated their backfield all season. The Dolphins like to use a bell-cow for some reason, and while Breida could finally return from injury, I’m not positive that Ahmed won’t dominate the touches this weekend anyway after 21 solid carries a week ago.
La’Mical Perine (NYJ) – 23.1% (@LAC)
In my opinion, Perine has already come and gone off most waiver lists. The rookie still splits carries with Frank Gore, and being that the Jets offensive line isn’t great to begin with, Perine hasn’t gained much traction in fantasy. Even so, the Jets offense actually moved the ball pretty well with all their receivers healthy in Week 9. It’ll probably take a touchdown to get him over the top, but you could do worse than Perine against the Chargers this week.
(DOUBLE DOWN) Jordan Wilkins (IND) – 14.7% (vsGB)
I missed on Wilkins last week, with Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Taylor stealing the show, but this Green Bay matchup really slants towards a downhill runner like Wilkins. The Packers have had a hard time guarding a ground game that attacks head-on, and that’s exactly what we may see from Indy in Week 11. This is more of a deep dive streamer, but with very few non-waiver options left this time around, Wilkins is the player I would most likely take a shot with.
Week 11 Fantasy Streamers: WR
Darnell Mooney put up a dud for me Monday night, but a few of my other Week 10 WR streamers performed well (like Tim Patrick, Josh Reynolds and Michael Pittman Jr. in particular). Avoiding waiver wire stars like Jakobi Meyers, Allen Lazard and Jalen Reagor among others, let’s dive into the Week 11 streamers at wide-out.
(DOUBLE DOWN) Michael Pittman Jr. (IND) – 6.8% (vsGB)
We finally saw just how the Colts want to use Pittman Jr. against the Titans in Week 10, as an open-space receiver off the play action. They got the rookie the ball eight times (one rush) in the Thursday night victory, and Pittman did the rest finishing with 122 total yards. He was easily one of my biggest Week 10 hits, and I’m doubling down with Mike against a Packers secondary that will likely have Jaire Alexander focused on the outside.
Denzel Mims (NYJ) – 4.9% (@LAC)
I don’t hate Breshad Perriman as a streamer here either, especially after seeing his former Ravens connection on full display with Flacco two weeks ago, but for me Mims is the smarter play. Perriman will garner more attention from Casey Hayward after his two touchdown performance in Week 9, leaving the rookie to clean up on targets. The Jets best offensive prospect caught four passes for 62 yards off eight targets in NY’s last outing.
David Moore (SEA) – 6.2% (vsARI)
Moore is a boom or bust play that I like to go to on certain weeks, and he actually comes through for me a majority of the time. Tyler Lockett torched the Cardinals in their first meeting, but Moore wasn’t bad either as Arizona shadowed D.K. Metcalf with Patrick Peterson. They have to adjust the gameplan to account for Lockett this time, while still leaving Peterson with Metcalf, which leads me to believe that this is a stream-week for Moore. All the big-play threat really needs is one deep ball or touchdown to cash in after all, that is if you’re willing to take the risk… Another boom or bust play I considered was Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who’s on yet another random tear the last two weeks. The problem with MVS is that Lazard might be returning to action. I recommend the Seahawk over the Packer in this case.
Willie Snead IV (BAL) – 0.8% (vsTEN)
If you look at Snead’s past three games, it’s easy to notice that he has become a large part of this Ravens offense again. The more Lamar Jackson struggles to move the ball on the ground, the more he needs to throw. Against a 31st ranked Titans secondary vs wide receivers, Baltimore may see themselves get pass-happy again in Week 11, and that makes Snead a streamer option in PPR leagues. P.S. His two TD’s last week and his 100-yard game two weeks prior are both obvious stats to like, but it’s his average six targets per game over the last three weeks that I’m most interested in.
(DEEP DIVE) Jalen Guyton (LAC) – 0.4% (vsNYJ)
The Jets don’t have the cornerbacks to keep up with Keenan Allen, but you can bet that their focus will be on him anyway. That leaves a wide receiver like Guyton to find himself on the end of a Justin Herbert touchdown, or at least a few extra targets.
(DEEP DIVE) Steven Sims Jr./Cam Sims (WSH) – 1.9/0.3% (vsCIN)
Both Washington weapons named Sims worked well with Alex Smith in Week 10, and there should be targets to go around again in Week 11 against Cincy. I mean, who knows how much defense will actually be played in this game between bottom-feeders (which is always promising for fantasy purposes). Steven is the more established name and PPR type, but Cam has big-play potential with 164 yards off seven receptions in the past two weeks.
Week 11 Fantasy Streamers: TE
I can’t even lie, the one streamer position I seem to strike out at week after week in 2020 is tight end. The crop of available free agents is generally touchdown-dependent, and that’s like playing darts blindfolded most weeks. Even so, I’ll give it another go here in Week 11.
Gerald Everett (LAR) – 9.9% (@TB)
Even with Higbee in the TE1 role on LAR, Everett is constantly involved in this offense. From a PPR sense, he’s very unlikely to put up a total bust, but he doesn’t generally blow you away either. I like him here in what should be a highly competitive game facing a Bucs D ranked 21st against the tight end position.
(DEEP DIVE) Drew Sample (CIN) – 1.3% (@WSH)
If you’ve read my articles all season, you’d know that Sample is a PPR deep dive that I’ve gone to before. Similar to Everett, Sample probably won’t put up a monster game, but he does command a large volume of targets when Joe Burrow is under pressure. Against a ferocious Washington pass rush, this is the type of game that Sample could go six for 50-plus off dump-offs.
Week 11 Fantasy Streamers: D/ST
Hey! Readers must have actually listened to my rant last week because the Dolphins D is finally up over 40 percent rostered (or managers just finally admitted this unit can play). Saints D was our main Week 10 streamer either way, and New Orleans ended up being a walk in the park. For Week 11, I see only two options that could produce a similar home run type play.
Minnesota Vikings – 36.7% (vsDAL)
Who would of thought that the Vikings D would have improved after trading away Yannick Ngakoue, but it has. Part of the reason is that this offense (centered around Cook) has kept them off the field for large portions of the game. I said to avoid Minnesota last week, and they did well enough against the Bears to prove me wrong. Now I’m flipping and saying they’re worth a start against Dallas, who’s still deciding between Andy Dalton and Garrett Gilbert at QB.
Carolina Panthers/Detroit Lions – 2.7/11.4% ([email protected])
I mentioned two clear options above, and the other was the Chargers D (33.4%) at home against the Jets. It’s likely that NYJ will produce at least one turnover, but I’m not so sure it’ll be a low-scoring affair with the Jets receiving core healthy. Personally, I wouldn’t waste a waiver on LAC this week. Instead, my honorable mention will go to Carolina or Detroit, but ONLY if Stafford or Bridgewater misses time. It seems likelier that Stafford sits at this point, so I’ll lean towards the home-team Panthers… but Minnesota is really the lone sub-40 percent defense that I can get behind going after in Week 11.
Week 11 Fantasy Streamers: K
Now I know it’s not the most important position, but in terms of streaming it’s one of the most common positions that’s changed on a weekly basis, and last week we hit BIG three for three with Gano, Sanders and Bass. The key for me is