Streaming. If you play fantasy sports, you’ve probably occasionally heard the term thrown around. Fantasywired.com provides a great definition: “In short, streaming is the strategy of plucking a player at a specific position (usually QB, DEF, K, or TE) off the waiver wire ahead of a favorable matchup the following week.” Many people criticize the strategy claiming it uses hindsight to validate it, but I’ve been a successful streamer in several leagues at several positions over the last 20-ish years of playing fantasy football. Each week I will provide you with a few options at Quarterback, Tight End and Defense, with my top pick at each position. I can assure you I’ll be using these picks myself on at least one of my nearly 30 fantasy teams.
If you’d like to see my methodology or the player pool I’ll be choosing from, I covered both extensively in the week 1 installment. You can find the detailed breakdown here.
WEEK 11 STREAMER OPTIONS
Lamar Jackson (or Joe Flacco… or RGIII), Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore has a bit of a mystery at QB this week. Flacco is a little banged up coming out of the bye, Jackson is the presumed heir apparent, and RGIII has looked decent enough in his short time with the team that he may warrant a shot if they don’t feel Jackson is ready. Regardless of who gets the nod here, they’re worth a late minute add to your roster because the Bengals’ defense is atrocious. They’re on pace to set the record for most yards allowed in a season, and opposing fantasy quarterbacks have averaged over 24 points per game.
Eli Manning, New York Giants
You never feel good trotting Eli out there, but this may be the rare exception. The Tampa Bay defense is a goldmine for opposing signal callers. The laughable Buccaneers secondary has given up 23 touchdowns (the most in the NFL) while simultaneously only securing a single interception (the least in the NFL). They’re allowing 24.1 fantasy points to opposing QBs. And that’s all coming through the air as they’ve only allowed 173 rushing yards and no rushing touchdowns.
James O’Shaughnessy, Jacksonville Jaguars
For no particular reason, I’ve been a fan of O’Shaughnessy since he was a rookie. However, as a rookie, he was buried behind Travis Kelce in KC, and there was little hope for fantasy relevance. Now healthy in Jacksonville, he’s got an opportunity to make a splash to close out the season. He can start with a great match up against the Steelers who have been among the worst teams defending opposing tight ends all year. Pittsburgh has allowed nearly 16 fantasy points to per game to tight ends.
Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams
I actually like Tyler Higbee more as a player, but Everett seems to be getting more looks from Jared Goff. He faces a Chiefs defense that’s allowing 14.4 points to tight ends on the back of 52 receptions and 7oo yards. They’ve only allowed 3 scores, so we should expect to see more as the season progresses given the volume they allow to the position.
They host an Oakland Raiders team who seems to have completely given up on the season. That’s it. Really. I can’t see them mustering up anything on offense.
New York Giants
The Buccaneers put up a ton of yards and periodically hang a bunch of points too, but they’re also prone to turnovers. In case you missed it, Head Coach Dirk Koetter took over play calling duties last week, and the team (unexpectedly) was terrible and scored 3 points. You can’t go wrong going against Dirk.
Alex Smith was a disappointing QB21 last week with 12.7 points. I anticipated a little more of a shootout against Tampa Bay, but a typical pedestrian Smith outing of 178 yards and one touchdown wasn’t enough. My backup option of Josh Rosen was even more disappointing, as he only tallied 8.2 fantasy points. The Cards should’ve been (and were) trailing the Chiefs all game, they just don’t have the weapons to help Rosen put up numbers even as they get blown out. (Streaming Quarterback ranking on the season: QB 12, 177 points)
This was just plain ole awful across the board. My backup option was Vernon Davis who got you a nice goose egg. My primary choice Benjamin Watson who got you an amazing, incredible, outstanding 1.1 fantasy points. The opportunity was there. He only had two targets; one in the end zone and another on the 2-yard line. The one in the end zone was dropped, and the pass from the 2 was initially called a touchdown and overturned. Close doesn’t count, but we were inches away from a 14 point day. (Streaming Tight End ranking on the season: TE 19, 61 points)
Humblebrag, but I’ve been killing defensive streaming all season. I had to crash back to earth at some point, and this was it. The Jets got murdered by the Bills and put up a negative-6. My apologies if you used them. The thought process was still good, as they faced, ya know, the Bills. My backup Giants would have at least gotten you 3 points. (Streaming Defense ranking on the season: Dst 2, 96 points)