Swimming Upstream: Week 11

Swimming Upstream: Week 11

Lineup Management

Swimming Upstream: Week 11

A popular tactic in fantasy football is known as “streaming,” where owners cycle through the best available matchups among waiver wire options from week to week. This strategy is most commonly used with defensive teams, place kickers, tight ends and sometimes even quarterbacks.

Week 11 bye teams: Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers

Quarterbacks to consider

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens at Dallas Cowboys

“But the Cowboys have the 12th best defense of quarterbacks in the last five weeks … you must have lost your mind!” Perhaps. Perhaps.

The Dallas defense has been good against the position, but last week’s meeting with Pittsburgh showed they can be beaten through the air. Big Ben > Joe Flacco. Agreed. Yet, I’m intrigued by the combination of Flacco’s weapons against the injury-depleted secondary of the ‘Boys.

More or less a gut feeling, so don’t put a wealth of confidence in this one … The Cowboys have intercepted one pass in the last 158 attempts faced, which is the third worst since Week 5. Dallas has given up averages of 276.8 aerial yards and 1.5 touchdowns in this time frame — this isn’t all too far off from becoming a favorably rated matchup.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Buffalo Bills

In the past five weeks, the Bills have struggled to stop the big play, giving up the most yards per completion and fantasy points per play. Quarterbacks have completed the fewest passes versus any defense over that span, but the Bills have surrendered touchdown throws at the second most generous clip.

There is a legitimate fear that Dalton barely has to throw because Buffalo has struggled to contain running backs. This one comes down to how you feel the Bengals are best suited to attack. I see the points coming easiest through the air, so disregard this recommendation if you feel to the contrary.

Tight end to trust

Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers

The Redskins have a fair amount of weapons in the passing game, but Davis has remained involved even when Jordan Reed plays well.In his last four appearances, Davis has caught 16 of his 18 targets for 288 yards (72/game) and a pair of scores.

The position has proven successful Green Bay over the past five weeks, averaging six catches for 71 yards. Tight ends have scored twice in the last 30 receptions surrendered by the Packers. Green Bay ranks as the ninth weakest defense in terms of receptions, yards and PPR fantasy points allowed per game since Week 5.

Cozy up with a kicker

Matt Prater, Detroit Lions at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars offer fantasy’s top matchup for kickers over the course of the season when looking at per-game data. The position has kicked 17 field goal attempts, of which 15 went through, and 29 total kicks since Week 5 against Jacksonville.

Get daring with a defense

New York Giants vs. Chicago Bears

Chicago has been a dumpster fire in the past three weeks, allowing the third most fantasy points per game — primarily fueled by a Jay Cutler meltdown in Week 10.

The Bears have turned over the ball twice per game, giving up 2.5 sacks, on average. Toss in a safety and a defensive touchdown to formulate a fine time to take a chance on the home team. New York has seven interceptions, 10 sacks and a defensive score to its most recent four-game credit.

Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Rams

The Dolphins are in a great form for streaming purposes a week after intercepting Philip Rivers four times. The Rams have finally made the switch to the No. 1 overall pick of this year’s draft, Jared Goff, at quarterback.

In the last five weeks, only Philadelphia, KC and the Chargers are higher ranked. This unit has 12 sacks, eight interceptions, a defensive score and a special teams TD in its last four appearances.

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