Streaming Fantasy Football Defenses Week 11
Ever watch Sesame Street? They always do a letter of the day. Well, today I am doing a number of the day and that number is 3. There are officially only 3 weeks left in the regular season of most fantasy football leagues. I am hoping for your sake that you are still in the hunt for the playoffs or have clinched a spot already. As is the case with every week, I am going to tell you how important streaming can be at valuable positions like Defense, Quarterback and Tight End. Streaming the right defense or player in these positions could be the difference between a winning week and losing week and at this point in the season, we all need wins.
I started writing this streaming article in week 5 and now that I have provided you with 6 weeks of streaming options it seems like a good time for some reflection. Reviewing my selections and numbers, finding streaming defenses has been my strongest spot, followed by quarterbacks and tight ends has been a rough spot.
Out of the 12 streaming options I have given over 6 weeks there have only been 2 teams that have failed to reach 10 points. Those two teams scored 7 and 8 points. I also provided the Eagles in week 5 (35 points), Kansas City in week 7 (24 points), Dallas in week 9 (18 points), and Baltimore last week (24 points). The average of the streaming defense options has been 15.75 points.
The quarterback position has had a few more misses than my defenses, however, it has still been solid. Only 3 of the 11 picks given have scored under 17 points. I have also had hits on Kirk Cousins in week 6 (28.32 points), Josh Allen (21.28 points) and Jacoby Brissett (27.64 points) in week 7, and Daniel Jones last week (30.32 points). Overall my streaming options at the position have averaged 19.38 points.
As I said, Tight End streaming has been tough. The position itself is barren and any tight end with value was picked up a long time ago. My best 3 plays of the season have come over the last 3 weeks. Darren Fells in weeks 8 and 9 (17.8 points and 6.1 points) and O.J. Howard last week (10.7 points). For the season my tight end picks have averaged 4.8 points.
Now that the reflection has come and gone, let’s dive into the week. Week 11 will move back to 4 teams being on bye. Those teams are the Packers, Giants, Seahawks, and Titans.
New York Jets
22% owned Yahoo/21% owned ESPN
The Jets have not been a great option for most of the season, however, picking a streaming defense this week is going to be a tough one. There are not a lot of great matchups with solid defenses. The best matchups feature weaker defenses, so here I am, offering the Jets. Fresh off a 6 sack game, the Jets are squaring off with the Dwayne Haskins and the Redskins. Haskins will be making his 2nd start and has yet to throw for a touchdown while tossing 4 interceptions. Add that to the fact that over the last 3 games, opposing defenses are averaging 11.67 points against the Redskins and it puts the Jets in a strong position to score well.
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Oakland has had 2 games over 10 points and 2 games scoring negative points. So this pick could blow up in my face like Antonio Brown blew up while playing for the Raiders. The reason to consider the Raiders as an option this week is because of one player, Ryan Finley. He is the quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals and like Haskins, is making the second start of his career. Finley only threw for 167 yards and had an interception and fumble. The Raiders are in playoff contention and need to come out and dominate this matchup. With the Raiders playing at home, against a Bengals team that is the worst in the NFL, they are primed to have a solid performance.
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Derek Carr is ready to feast on the Bengals and their non-existent defense in week 11. The Bengals are allowing the 3rd most points to quarterbacks on the season and the most points over their last 4 games. In 3 of the last 4 games, Carr has thrown for over 280 yards and 2 or more touchdowns. The Bengals provide the perfect opportunity to nab Carr and use as a strong streaming option.
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Kyle Allen just topped 300 passing yards for the first time in his career in week 10. Week 11 will bring the Atlanta Falcons to town. The Falcons offense is good enough to keep the game close which should keep Allen throwing the ball. With the Falcons allowing 4th most points to quarterbacks on the season, Allen is in a prime spot to top 300 yards passing again this week.
Streaming Tight End
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Kyle Rudolph has become more involved in the offense in recent weeks and his ownership has not started to adjust. In 3 of the last 4 games, Rudolph has seen 5 or more targets and caught a touchdown. He is seeing enough volume and high-quality targets to remain a strong option at such a weak position. At the time of the writing, Adam Thielen’s status for week 11 is unknown. If he misses again, Rudolph should be featured again. If he plays, Rudolph could still see the end zone targets that he has received over the last 4 weeks.
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Ryan Griffin has been the starting tight end with Chris Herndon sidelined. Well, Herndon is injured again which should mean Griffin slots back into the starting role. Prior to week 10, Griffin was utilized as a key component of the offense. In week 8, Griffin had 4 catches for 66 yards and 2 touchdowns. In week 9, Griffin had 6 catches on 8 targets for 50 yards. Now that Herndon is out again, Griffin could very easily return to this same role and be a solid option for week 11.