QB2 Streamers: Week 11
Week 10 came to a fitting conclusion by featuring Nick Mullens and Eli Manning battle for football greatness. The air quality might have been hazardous, but the back-and-forth between the two signal-callers was a thing of beauty. The diatribe from the Monday Night Football booth on the other hand…
Heading into Week 11, the fantasy football regular season is winding down rapidly. Fortunately, bye weeks are also coming to a conclusion. Funnily enough, with the exception of Tom Brady and Baker Mayfield, this week won’t have a significant talent void despite six teams being on bye.
For transparency sake, here are last week’s results: my “Fishing Upstream” recommendations were Mayfield (22.64 fantasy points, QB5) and Marcus Mariota (21.32 fantasy points, QB11), and my “Fishing Downstream” recommendation was Russell Wilson (28.24 fantasy points, QB4).
In the case of streaming quarterbacks, and for the sake of this article, my focus is highlighting signal-callers to stream in the second quarterback slot in your 2QB or Superflex leagues (in the event you went with a Studs & Streaming approach to the position in drafts this offseason). I will also highlight one quarterback you would normally start in your QB1 slot to potentially reconsider due to a bad matchup.
FISHING UPSTREAM: TWO QB2S TO STREAM IN WEEK 11
Josh Rosen vs. Oakland Raiders
Josh Rosen has certainly looked like a rookie quarterback so far this season. The opportunity has been there, but his effectiveness rivals that of Bluto Blutarsky in the classroom.
Over the last three weeks, Rosen has the seventh-most pass attempts in the NFL but ranks 27th in passing yards. His six interceptions during that span trail only Sam Darnold. A big issue for Rosen has been how he’s handled the blitz. Suffice to say, it hasn’t been good.
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Enter the Raiders, who make every opposing offense immensely better. “Bluto” Rosen is about to host a toga party against Oakland’s floundering defense. With the exception of Case Keenum in Week 2, the Raiders have allowed every opposing quarterback to throw for at least 220 yards and two touchdowns. The Raiders have a total of five interceptions on the season. A defense unable to pressure the quarterback and one that can’t create turnovers? Sounds nice, even for a rookie.
Dak Prescott vs. Atlanta Falcons
Yeah, the Falcons defense is pretty much a lock to stream against at this point. Injuries have taken their toll, and it shows. Atlanta allows 294.44 passing yards per game, 30th in the NFL. Enter a Cowboys offense ranked 28th in passing yards, now featuring a new shiny toy in Amari Cooper. Dallas should be able to take the training wheels off their offense and get aggressive.
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) November 13, 2018
Even though Cooper has only been with the team for two games, Dak Prescott has posted three of his season’s four highest passing yardage totals over his last three games. Prescott also has a rushing touchdown in three of his last four games, and he’s averaging 34 passing attempts per game in that span. Finally, Jason Garrett has something to clap about.
FISHING DOWNSTREAM: ONE QB1 TO AVOID STREAMING IN WEEK 11
Mitchell Trubisky vs. Minnesota Vikings
That’s right. We have reached the point in the season where Mitchell Trubisky is a QB1. The new Konami Code King resides in Soldier Field, as 15 percent of Trubisky’s fantasy points have come from rushing yards. Those 320 rushing yards rank second to Cam Newton among quarterbacks. It might be difficult to find such production against the Vikings, however.
From the start of last season, only three quarterbacks have rushed for more than 30 yards in a game against Minnesota. Trubisky, to his credit, had 22 in his first meeting with them last season. Unfortunately, as a passer, he failed to eclipse 200 passing yards in both games against the Vikings. So far this season, only Carson Wentz and Jared Goff have thrown for more than 300 yards against the Vikings.
Keeping drives going will be paramount for Trubisky and the Bears. They convert third downs 42.9 percent of the time, 11th in the NFL. The Vikings however allow only 25.7 percent of third downs to be converted, best in the NFL by nearly eight percent.
Being at home should help Trubisky, but the jury is still deliberating how good he is. In prime time, he’s going to have an opportunity to prove the losers and the haters wrong. Against a Vikings defense coming off the bye? It just doesn’t seem very likely.