Week 10 was another example of why you shouldn’t draft a quarterback high in fantasy football. Three of the top five scorers at the position last week were all streaming quarterback options, as C.J. Beathard, Case Keenum and DeShone Kizer finished ahead of established players like Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and Matthew Stafford.
Having a consistent quarterback is nice, but not necessarily the key to winning your league.
So if you’re looking for the best streaming option this week, check out the Week 11 start/sit suggestions for quarterbacks (and defense/special teams).
Good Calls for Week 10...
Start Jared Goff (26.5 fantasy points) — Is Goff now matchup-proof? He’s definitely a QB1 moving forward.
Start Matthew Stafford (21.66 FP) — All Stafford does is throw the ball. And why not keep doing so when it’s working so well?
Bad Calls for Week 10...
Sit Kirk Cousins (27.58 FP) — Even though the Redskins lost to the Vikings, it wasn’t Cousins’ fault. He’s a true gamer.
Start Josh McCown (12.48 FP) — McCown should have had a better day against Tampa Bay’s bottom-of-the-barrel pass defense.
Teams on bye: Carolina, Indianapolis, New York Jets, San Francisco
START THESE QBs...
Alex Smith, KC (at NYG)
The New York Football Giants are, at this point, one of the worst defenses in the league and it’s translating to huge points for opposing offenses. Smith has not been producing his massive point totals from earlier in the season, but if there’s one week to expect one of those Tyreek Hill or Kareem Hunt plays, this is it. Smith should coast into the top five in Week 11.
Derek Carr, OAK (vs. NE, Mexico City)
He’s an obvious start to some, but Carr is on most 10-12-team rosters typically as a committee QB, especially after his injury. In Week 11 he has the Patriots, and he might be the start of the week. Only the Colts are giving up more passing yards. Chances for a perfect game script are likely.
Kirk Cousins, WAS (at NO)
Cousins will be the best quarterback the Saints have faced since Tom Brady in Week 2. He will figure their defense out and make things happen, even if he has to run for two touchdowns like he did against Minnesota. The Redskins need to win this game so look for Cousins to do his part with more than 300 yards, three touchdowns, and maybe two interceptions for good measure.
MIGHT BE WORTH THE RISK...
Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB (at MIA)
Fitzpatrick was a big letdown last week against the Jets, but have faith that he will put it together this week against Miami. The Dolphins have a bottom-third fantasy defense against quarterbacks and they will have to defend Mike Evans and the full complement of Buccaneer weapons, something the Jets did not have to worry about. Fitzpatrick loves tall receivers. Put him down for 280 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Evans and Cameron Brate are his favorite targets.
SIT THESE QBs...
Dak Prescott, DAL (vs. PHI)
The guy went from Russell Wilson lite to Russell Wilson heavy in the span of 12 months, officially becoming a real, top-10 QB that everyone should start. But in his one game without Ezekiel Elliott, and more importantly left tackle Tyron Smith, Prescott was sacked eight times and was only blitzed by the Falcons on 12 percent of drop backs. It may be worth staying away from Prescott if you have other options. The Cowboys and Eagles might put up plenty of points, but there’s a chance only Jason Witten comes away from this game as a confident fantasy football start for Dallas.
Andy Dalton, CIN (at DEN)
The Broncos are clearly not the defense we thought they were, or think they should be, getting 41 and 51 points dropped on them over the last two weeks by the Eagles and the Patriots, respectively. The Bengals aren’t those offenses, and while the Bengals might score a touchdown or two, why play with fire?
Matthew Stafford, DET (at CHI)
Stafford has been really good lately, but the Bears have a sneaky-good pass defense. The Bears have allowed just four touchdown passes and an average of 12.9 fantasy points a game to quarterbacks on their home field this season. Plus, Stafford just doesn’t play well in Chicago, as he's recorded fewer than 15 fantasy points in all but two of his eight career games there.
YOU’VE BEEN WARNED...
Philip Rivers, LAC (vs. BUF)
The Bills are still one of the better passing defenses in the league, and even though the Chargers snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against a tough Jacksonville squad, it doesn’t mean they won’t lay an egg again. Rivers is about to enter a sweet stretch of good matchups, but this isn’t one of them, especially if the Bills follow the game plan the Saints just laid out. The Bills are giving up massive yards on the ground since trading Marcell Dareus and the Chargers could lean heavily on Melvin Gordon. If the Chargers put up big points through the air on the Bills, feel comfy starting QBs against Buffalo again. If they don’t, maintain and just roll out RBs.
Defense/Special Teams (DSTs)
START THESE DSTs...
Detroit Lions (at CHI)
Detroit has racked up seven sacks in its past two games and added two takeaways and a touchdown against the Browns last week. Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears haven't turned it over much in his four starts (one per game), but they've allowed 15 sacks and scored an average of 13.5 points per game in that span. The Lions should be able to get a good amount of fantasy points here.
Baltimore Ravens (at GB)
Brett Hundley and the Packers have only turned it over once in his past three starts, so this might not be as bad of a matchup as originally thought. But the Packers have given up three sacks in each of the past two games and are averaging only 19 points per contest.
SIT THESE DSTs...
Buffalo Bills (at LAC)
The Bills were one of the most consistent DSTs up until Week 9, posting multiple takeaways in all but one of the first seven games. In the past two weeks, they’ve managed just one sack and one takeaway while allowing 81 points. Which defense is going to show up in Week 11? The Chargers don't allow much to fantasy DSTs, but they're coming off a multiple-turnover game and have scored 17 or fewer points in three of their past four contests.
Washington Redskins (at NO)
The ‘Skins head to New Orleans this week to play the Saints, historically not a good spot for opposing DSTs. The Saints are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now and Washington really hasn’t lived up to any of the preseason hype. Look for the Saints to come out and hammer the Redskins this week on the ground and via the air.
— Written by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.