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Mercifully, Week 11 is the last week of byes on the NFL schedule this year. Four teams are idle, with the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers taking their week off. Those teams are not exactly flush with great fantasy options as a whole, but streaming is still on the table as a lineup strategy.
With that, here are my quarterback, tight end and team defense streamers for Week 11.
Quarterback: Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns
Bortles set a season-high for pass attempts in Week 10, going 28-for-51 for 273 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions along with 34 rushing yards against the Los Angeles Chargers. He has put up more than 16 fantasy points (Yahoo! scoring) in four straight games, and he gets a nice matchup in Week 11.
The Cleveland Browns have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season (19.0 per game; ESPN scoring), including multiple passing touchdowns in seven of nine games and multiple total touchdowns to the position in eight of nine contests.
Bortles has a very favorable upcoming schedule, so he may be featured here prominently going forward. In a week where streaming options look light at quarterback, the Jaguars’ signal caller stands out.
Yahoo! Ownership: 31%
ESPN Ownership: 15.4%
Others To Consider: Eli Manning, New York Giants vs. Kansas City Chiefs; Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Blaine Gabbert, Arizona Cardinals at Houston Texans (check status of Drew Stanton); Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos; Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins
Tight End: Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos
Kroft had just one catch for four yards against the Tennessee Titans, but he did have six targets for the second time in the last three games and he has at least four targets in six of the last seven games.
The Denver Broncos have been something less than a “No Fly Zone” for opposing passing games in recent week, and they’ve allowed a tight end touchdown in four of their last five games. Overall this season they have allowed the second-most fantasy points to tight ends (18.4 per game; ESPN PPR scoring), including the second-most targets (82) and the third-most receptions (55) to the position.
Kroft delivered over 7.5 fantasy points (Yahoo! PPR scoring) in five straight games prior to last week. Based on target volume and a favorable matchup, a rebound can practically be booked this week.
Yahoo! Ownership: 52%
ESPN Ownership: 56.2%
Others To Consider: Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints vs. Washington Redskins; Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks (Monday night-check ownership); Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Chargers
Team Defense: Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos
The Broncos have been bad offensively, spanning multiple starts for two quarterbacks now. Not surprisingly, opposing defenses have delivered double-digit fantasy points (ESPN scoring) in five straight games with at least three sacks allowed four times in that span. Now the Bengals get their turn against Brock Osweiler, who will get another start in Week 11.
The Bengals have allowed 23 or more points in four straight games, but they have four sacks in two of their last three and multiple sacks in five of their last seven contests. Turnovers, or lack thereof, have been a thing for Cincinnati’s defense, but Osweiler should provide ample opportunities on Sunday.
Yahoo! Ownership: 26%
ESPN Ownership: 37.5
Others To Consider: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (check ownership); Los Angeles Chargers vs. Buffalo Bills; Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Chargers (check status of Philip Rivers); Kansas City Chiefs at New York Giants (check ownership)