How many times have you heard someone telling you to “stream” a position? Whether it be quarterback, tight end, or defense, the idea of streaming is great, provided you get the players you want off the waiver wire. The issue with streaming week-to-week is that everyone knows who you’ll be targeting in those good matchups and you might have that player swiped from underneath you, or even worse, your opponent that week may snag a player just to ensure you don’t get them.
We started this article so you don’t have to worry about that anymore. Each Saturday morning, you’ll head over to your waiver wire and snag the players who are lined up for good matchups the following week. They may have a brutal matchup for that current week. Great, even better. That just means they’re more likely to be available for you. By snagging them a week prior, you eliminate the need to spend a lot of FAAB dollars on the top tier defense that everyone is chasing. Here are the players who have solid Week 11 matchups on tap and are less than 40 percent owned.
Kyle Allen (CAR) vs ATL
Now that Cam Newton is on injured reserve, we can actively target Allen as a streamer in good matchups. The Falcons have been gone for a week, so maybe you need a refresher on just how bad they’ve been. The 7.63 percent touchdown-rate and 8.46 yards per attempt both ranks as bottom-five marks in the league. Going back to last year, the Falcons have now allowed 17 of the last 23 quarterbacks they’ve played to finish as the QB13 or better.
Nick Foles (JAX) at IND
Whether it be right or wrong, the Jaguars are going back to Foles after the bye week. The matchup is a good one, too. The Colts have been a brick wall against the run since Matt Eberflus took over as the defensive coordinator at the start of last year, as no running back has hit the 100-yard mark. The pass will be the primary means of moving the ball, which is why we’ve seen 5-of-8 quarterbacks finish with at least 15.5 fantasy points against the Colts this year.
Kalen Ballage (MIA) vs BUF
It’s funny to see fantasy owners avoiding Ballage. Despite having the starting job, he’s just 34 percent owned as of the time I’m writing this. While I’m proud that everyone has taken notice of his inefficiency, he’s the type of player who should be picked up through bye week hell. Is he inefficient? Sure is. Is he going to be used a whole lot in the passing game? Probably not. Should he get 12-plus touches with all the goal-line work? Yep. In a matchup with the Bills who’ve allowed 42 rushing touchdowns in the 40 games under Sean McDermott, he’s worthy of an add if you need a streaming running back.
Ito Smith (ATL) at CAR
He’s dealing with a neck injury right now, but if he’s able to make it back for this game, he has streaming appeal. He’s generally in the 6-12 touch range when on the field and one interesting stat that I came across this week was that he’s received four of the five carries inside the five-yard-line available to Falcons running backs this year. That’s an important tidbit against a Panthers team that’s allowed a rushing touchdown every 15.6 carries, which is more often than any other team in the league. They also allow the most fantasy points per opportunity (carries and targets), making it a game where Smith should offer a decent fantasy floor.
Alternative option: Ty Johnson (DET) vs DAL
Phillip Dorsett (NE) at PHI
The Patriots have barely been able to run the ball against bad teams, let alone the Eagles shutdown run defense. Tom Brady is averaging nearly 40 pass attempts per game despite blowing out their opponents nearly every game. Against the Eagles, we should be expecting over 40 pass attempts, so why not attach yourself to a starting wide receiver? There have been eight wide receivers who’ve topped 15 PPR points against the Eagles, and none of them were slot-heavy receivers, which bodes well for Dorsett who was kicked out to the perimeter with Edelman/Sanu getting the slot snaps.
Ted Ginn (NO) at TB
He was in this article last week, so hopefully he’s already on your roster if you’re streaming wide receivers. He has another plus-matchup next week when the Saints head to Tampa Bay. They’ve allowed 45.5 PPR points per game to wide receivers, which is the most in the league, while the closest team has allowed just 42.2 points per game. Guys, there’s only so much that Michael Thomas can do.
Cole Beasley (BUF) at MIA
He continually gets the job done for streamers, as his tally is now up to 9.0 or more PPR points in 7-of-8 games. He’s scored in three straight games, which won’t keep up, but against the Dolphins, anything is possible. They’ve allowed a touchdown every 10.1 targets (most-often in the NFL) while also allowing a rather-high 9.23 yards per target. He’s not a high-upside play, but if you’re looking for a stable floor, he should offer it.
Chris Herndon (NYJ) at WAS
We have to assume he’ll be back for this game, right? He did practice the whole week, which is a step in the right direction. The Redskins have provided a stable floor for streamers, as 6-of-9 starters have finished as top-18 options, including two top-eight performances. With Sam Darnold struggling to find his groove, maybe the safety value in Herndon is the answer.
Dallas Goedert (PHI) vs NE
He’s been the TE8 since Week 6, and while touchdowns have certainly played a big part in that, he also ranks fifth among tight ends in targets over that time. Now that DeSean Jackson is officially on injured reserve, we should see the big role continue. The Patriots do a great job defending wide receivers but have allowed some production over the middle of the field. Chase targets with tight ends, and it’s clear that Goedert will see enough to deserve streamer consideration.
If available: Jason Witten (DAL) at DET
Washington Redskins vs NYJ
Some may see the Redskins and think, “how can I trust a team with one win?” It’s a fair question, but the defense hasn’t been the biggest problem. They’ve offered a solid floor while averaging 2.7 sacks over the last seven games, including at least two sacks in each of the last five games. Meanwhile, the Jets offense has been horrendous, scoring more than 16 points just one time all season. They’ve also allowed 37 sacks on the season, an average of 4.6 sacks per game. There has not been a better matchup for fantasy defenses, and yes, that includes the Dolphins.
New York Jets at WAS
As of now, we don’t know which quarterback will be under center for the Redskins in Week 11, but we do know that they’ve allowed at least three sacks in six of the last seven games. The Jets have pressured quarterbacks an average of 35.9 percent, which is the 13th-highest mark in the league, but they’ve managed to sack quarterbacks on just 4.1 percent of dropbacks, which ranks as the third-lowest mark. The Redskins should be the key to getting that number up, and if Dwayne Haskins starts, they should have a good shot at some turnovers.
Viable alternative option: Cleveland Browns vs PIT