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Fantasy Football Week 11: Stream Team

Welcome back to the Stream Team where we boldly go where no fantasy experts have gone before and build a team of players under 50% ownership. The heater continues! Five consecutive week over 75 points. Four consecutive weeks over 83.5 points. Three consecutive weeks over 96 points. We keep rising! When you are hot, you are hot, and right now the Stream Team is hotter than Popocatépetl, the active volcano that might destroy the Patriots-Raiders game Sunday in Mexico City. The wide receivers really carried the Stream Team in Week 10, seeing Robert Woods and Marqise Lee combine for 49.60 fantasy points. All-star caliber production there, truly appreciated. Unfortunately the wide receiver pool looks a little think in Week 11, so we need to hit the books and get to research. So let’s go to the tape and scout the matchups for Week 11.

Quarterback

 

QB: Jay Cutler, QB, Miami Dolphins (18% Yahoo ownership)

Playing a tad better recently, the Tampa By pass defense still allows the 6th worst QB rating, 4th most passing yards per game and 4th worst completion percentage. Normally, those type of stats would immediately instill confidence in your selection. That is until you realize your selection is Jay Cutler. However, things appear to be looking up for the aloof Cutler after throwing multiple touchdown passes in 4 consecutive games, providing you a solid floor option. With uncertainty still looming at the Miami running back position (although Kenyan Drake appears to have the inside route), look for the Dolphins to pass all over a wretched Bucs defense.

Running Back

RB1: Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots (11% Yahoo ownership)

The New England backfield is dangerous and somewhat unreliable at times, however it appears as though role are clarifying as the season goes on. Mike Gillislee will ride the pine more often than not as evidence by a healthy inactive Sunday. Dion Lewis is their old-school running back who will handle most of the carries. James White is the Patriots third down back, skilled in the art of catching passes for first downs. And Rex Burkhead is their swiss army knife, a jack of all trades that can run, catch and block punts. And not only can RSJ’s #1 waiver add catch the football, but he appears extremely comfortable as a flanked out wide receiver and someone who can handle, dare I say, a Julian Edelman-esque role? I do not dare go that far, but Belichick loves versatility and Burkhead has that and then some. Catching 10 passes on 10 targets over his past two games and accumulating 146 total yards and scoring one touchdown, expect Burkhead to continue his role as a pivotal chain mover in a potential shootout in Mexico City.

RB2: Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers (8% Yahoo ownership)

The Baltimore Ravens run defense has been gashed for the fifth most rushing yards per game on the year. And while Baltimore will not be afraid of Brett Hundley‘s “passing abilities”, they can still be beaten on the ground. So with Aaron Jones out and Ty Montgomery seemingly doubtful for Week 11, let’s take a peek at Jamaal Williams. In relief of the two aforementioned Packer backs, Williams got a steady diet of carries in Week 10, totaling 20 on the afternoon (for 67 yards), adding one catch. That is the type of volume the Stream Team loves capitalizing on. His effectiveness this game will possibly be limited due to Hundley’s ineffectiveness, but with such high usage he should provide a solid floor play.

Wide Receiver

WR1: Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins (29% Yahoo ownership)

Option 1 of the dearth of wide receivers finds us going to Washington where the Redskins face a surprisingly good Saints defense in the Superdome. Josh Doctson received season high’s in targets (7) and receptions (4) in Week 10. And even with Jamison Crowder definitively in front of him in terms of targets, Terrelle Pryor has completely fallen out of favor, so Doctson’s usage and share of targets should remain relatively high and consistent. With no semblance of a running game to speak of and a Redskin defense allowing the 7th most points per game, expect the gunslinger Kirk Cousins to throw all day Sunday, and hope Doctson’s steady diet of catches and targets continues.

WR2: Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens (24% Yahoo ownership)

I really talked myself into this pick. Mike Wallace has the ability to absolutely ruin your week (as evidenced by him scoring less than 2 fantasy points four times this year), or he can make you look like a genius (two weeks scoring at least 14.50 fantasy points). Do you get Harvey Dent or Two Face? That is the question. Let’s hope for Dent this week as the Ravens face a Packer defense allowing the fifth most fantasy points to opposing receivers. Looking more closely, you see a Packer defense allowing pretty studly performances to opposing WR1’s in every game since Week 2: Dontrelle Inman (6/88), Golden Tate (7/113), Michael Thomas (7/82), Adam Thielen (9/96), Dez Bryant (5/52/1 touchdown), Kendall Wright (4/51/1 touchdown), A.J. Green (10/111/1 touchdown), Julio Jones (5/108). Really, it takes just one catch from Wallace, and I think he gets it.

Tight End

TE: Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills (43% Yahoo ownership)

It was not all lollipops and sunshine for Charles Clay in his return to action in Week 10, catching just 2 of 3 targets for 13 yards. And his outlook against a solid Chargers defense does not really improve. So I am basing this selection off two things: 1) a lack of good alternatives and 2) upside/potential. Before being carted off with a  knee injury in Week 5, Clay recorded three double digit performances in his first four weeks. Tyrod Taylor clearly viewed him as his 1A receiving option and, even with the addition of Kelvin Benjamin, Clay should remain a vital cog in their offense. With one week of in-game action under his belt, look for Clay to receive a solid volume in Week 11 as he reacclimates himself to the offense.

Flex

Flex: Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings (44% Yahoo ownership)

Jerick McKinnon just cannot shake Latavius Murray for the lead dog role in the Minnesota backfield. And Murray continues providing more than enough as the 1B option to McKinnon’s supposed 1A. Since Week 5 after Dalvin Cook‘s season-ending injury, Murray leads the Vikings backfield in carries (81 to McKinnon’s 69) and trails McKinnon by just 14 yards on the ground. True, McKinnon remains consistently and heavily involved in the passing game but Murray has at least 15 carries in each of his past 4 games. In Week 11, Murray squares off against a Rams defense allowing the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs. In what should be a tight game facing two of the NFC’s elite, look for Murray to get his totes and do work against a poor run defense.

Kicker

K: Jake Elliott, K, Philadelphia Eagles (40% Yahoo ownership)

Kicker in a dome in a high scoring game. You had me at hello. But it does not end there. Jake Elliott‘s low point total this year since taking over kicking duties in Week 2 in 9 fantasy points. Nine. You read that right. Playing for the second highest scoring team in the league, Elliott often finds himself in scoring range and Week 11 will be no different against a poor Cowboys defense. Look for the Eagles to light up the scoreboard Sunday night and watch Elliott’s big leg pile up the points.

Defense

D:  Arizona Cardinals DST (46% Yahoo ownership)

Tom Savage is filling in admirably for rookie sensation Deshaun Watson. And by admirably I mean horrendously. In two starts, Savage and the Texans have scored a combined 21 points while giving up 5 turnovers and 5 sacks. And after Head Coach Bill O’Brien already tabbed Savage as the Week 11 starter, look for the Arizona Cardinals DST to reign terror on the Texans inept offense. The Cardinals have recently been getting to the quarterback in the past two games, recording 5 sacks in each contest. Facing a poor, turnover prone offense, look for Arizona to harass Savage in Week 11, providing a solid floor with the potential for much, much more.

And that’s a wrap for Week 11 of the Fantasy Football Streamers. Be sure to check back every Tuesday to see where to turn to next and get the early leg up on your opponent. Until next time, good luck and godspeed, and may the fantasy football gods forever be in your favor.

To contact me with any questions or general fantasy football discussion, please email me at redsocker45@gmail.com or tweet me @AJGamballer.

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