Strong Fantasy streamers for Week 11
We are now in Week 11. The Dolphins, 49ers, Browns, Bills, Patriots and Jets all have the week off. It’s about this time, especially before what is the trade deadline in a majority of leagues next week, where I start to think about claiming the handcuff to my top RB, assuming they are still available. I want to cover myself in case of injury to my star RB going into the stretch run and Fantasy playoffs. So, Jaylen Samuels, Spencer Ware and Malcolm Brown are all on my radar. They are purely “break in case of emergency” players, but better to have and not need, then need and not have. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that Ware and Brown still have to deal with their byes in Week 12. But the longer you wait, the better chance that someone else will swoop in and grab them instead.
Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans: Mariota is finally healthy and playing well. The Titans as a team look like they have finally hit their stride. Mariota is never going to be a QB that throws the ball all over the field. He is more like a poor man’s Russell Wilson; someone who can beat you with his arms and legs.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: A mainstay on this list. Sure, Fitzpatrick had three turnovers last week, but he still threw for over 400 yards. With the Bucs’ season all but over and the team needing to make a final decision on Jameis Winston, it’s a bit surprising that Fitzpatrick has remained the starter, but as long as he is starting for the Bucs, he can start for your Fantasy team.
Eli Manning, New York Giants: It’s rarely pretty with Manning, but Fantasy-wise he has been okay this season, and Monday night we saw what can happen when he makes a conscious effort to get the ball into the hands of Odell Beckham in the end zone. Throw in that Manning is up against one of the worst secondaries in the game in the Bucs, and you can see why he should be a top streaming QB this week.
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans: Henry isn’t putting up big time yardage numbers, but he is scoring TDs. This is more than likely in direct relation to the health of Mariota and the fact that Tennessee has fixed what ailed them on offense. It’s hard to rely on anyone that needs a TD to be Fantasy relevant, but points should be scored Sunday in Indianapolis.
Jaylen Samuels, Pittsburgh Steelers: This one comes down to three factors. First, Le’Veon Bell is ineligible to play this season, so Samuels is the clear backup to James Conner. Second, Conner will play Sunday but is coming off a concussion. Third, peace of mind.
Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos: Freeman should return from his ankle injury Sunday and will once again split the starting role with Phillip Lindsay. Lindsay has shown to be the more explosive runner this season, but Freeman was the back that Denver used at the goal line.
Josh Adams, Philadelphia Eagles: It’s so hard to rely on any Eagle RB. Head coach Doug Pederson believes in rotating the backs and even with Jay Ajayi out for the season, he has done so with Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood and Adams. I’m just willing to bet that Adams ends up leading that committee. This may not be the week, however, as the Eagles are playing New Orleans and will probably have to throw early and often to keep up with the high scoring Saints.
Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams: This is all about the season-ending ACL tear fir Cooper Kupp. Reynolds is not the player that Kupp is, but he should have an opportunity to make plays in that offense. With Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks and Todd Gurley, opposing defenses have plenty to worry about which could lead to Reynolds sneaking under the radar if he can get the attention and trust of Jared Goff.
Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears: Would you believe the Bears are the sixth-best scoring offense in the NFL this season? Yeah, I wouldn’t have either, but they are. With the return of Allen Robinson, the continued development of Mitchell Trubisky and a solid running game, the Bears should continue to score points. Miller was a popular add in FAAB this week, as most are banking on the Bears continuing to light up the scoreboard.
Sterling Shepard, New York Giants: Shepard is a solid second NFL WR, but he may also be Fantasy gold this week. Once again, the Bucs secondary may be historically bad. The Giants should be able to move the ball almost at will through the air, and not every pass can go to Odell Beckham.
Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans: Saying big things were expected of Smith when Delanie Walker went down to injury is saying to much, but more was expected than totals 10 receptions and 122 yards. Still, five of those receptions, 78 of those yards and both TDs have come in the last two weeks.
Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals: You’re not going to get a better matchup than when you’re playing the Raiders, a team that doesn’t seem to want to win this season. With David Njoku, Rob Gronkowski, and George Kittle all out this week, RSJ could make for a sneaky upside play.
Jeff Heuerman, Denver Broncos: Like RSJ, Heuerman could be a replacement for those TEs that are out this week. Heuerman could even see an increase in targets now that the Broncos have had the bye week to adjust to life without Demaryius Thomas.
Arizona Cardinals: This will be everyone’s favorite streaming DST this week. Cardinals are playing the Raiders, the team that has traded away it’s best players and although they don’t admit it, they are tanking. The Cardinals aren’t a great team, but the defense is above average, and the Raiders are likely to have a tough time moving the ball with any regularity.
Houston Texans: If you don’t want to pick on the Raiders, then how about Washington? You know, the team without an OL? I mean, even the Bucs, who may have the worst defense in the NFL, held Washington to only 16 points last week. If you’re wondering why the Texans may be available in your league, it’s because they were on bye last week and may have been sent to the WW for another DST.