QB rankings and streaming advice for Week 11 of the 2018 fantasy football season.
On this week’s episode of “Who is that under center?” we have Matt Barkley, who stunned fantasy owners — and New York — with 232 passing yards and two touchdowns in a complete obliteration of the Jets on their home turf. Barkley and the Bills scored 30 points in the first half; their total 41 points was only five fewer than they scored in their previous six games combined. It would be nice to see Barkley get another start, but the Bills have announced Josh Allen will return to starting duties after their bye.
But the “Who is that under center?” questions don’t stop there. Bengals quarterback Jeff Driskel, who came in for Andy Dalton midway through the fourth quarter of their own obliteration by the Saints, managed to put up more fantasy points in half a quarter than Tom Brady did throughout his entire game against the Titans. New England got beat so bad, it was their first 24-plus-point loss in the last decade.
We now return to our regularly scheduled Patrick Mahomes tracker with our latest update: Mahomes passed the Chiefs franchise record for most passing touchdowns (30) in a season with his 31st touchdown — and that was in Week 10.
In other record-breaking news, Drew Brees surpassed Brett Favre for second all-time with 509 career TD passes and Mitchell Trubisky continued his miraculous fantasy production streak, ranking as the QB1.
I proudly hit the nail on the head with Baker Mayfield as my favorite streamer pick — whose 151.3 passer rating and three touchdown passes knocked the Falcons in a surprising upset. In fact, Mayfield has gone 46 of 62 with 513 yards, five touchdowns and a lone interception in his last two games. Meanwhile, he’s been sacked only twice. Unfortunately this achievement was clouded by my monstrous miss of a Josh McCown bounceback and a nearly as unproductive performance by Nick Mullens.
|Pick||QB||ESPN Points||QB Rank|
With another six teams on bye this week and plenty of questionable starters (is Lamar Jackson starting? Robert Griffin III?) we look to see where opportunity exists in this week’s quarterback rankings.1
Week 11 Quarterback Rankings
|Drew Brees||vs Philadelphia||1|
|Patrick Mahomes||at LA Rams||2|
|Cam Newton||at Detroit||3|
|Jared Goff||vs Kansas City||4|
|Matt Ryan||vs Dallas||5|
|Philip Rivers||vs Denver||6|
|Deshaun Watson||at Washington||7|
|Ben Roethlisberger||at Jacksonville||8|
|Ryan Fitzpatrick||at NY Giants||9|
|Andrew Luck||vs Tennessee||10|
|Aaron Rodgers||at Seattle||11|
|Mitchell Trubisky||vs Minnesota||12|
|Carson Wentz||at New Orleans||13|
|Marcus Mariota||at Indianapolis||14|
|Russell Wilson||vs Green Bay||15|
|Dak Prescott||at Atlanta||16|
|Joe Flacco||vs Cincinatti||17|
|Kirk Cousins||at Chicago||18|
|Blake Bortles||vs Pittsburgh||19|
|Matthew Stafford||vs Carolina||20|
|Eli Manning||vs Tampa Bay||21|
|Case Keenum||at LA Chargers||22|
|Josh Rosen||vs Oakland||23|
|Andy Dalton||at Baltimore||24|
|Alex Smith||vs Houston||25|
|Derek Carr||at Arizona||26|
TwoQB Pick of the Week – Dak Prescott at Atlanta
Dak Prescott doesn’t return to this list just because he had a good Week 10 fantasy performance, or because ever since Amari Cooper became a Cowboy Prescott has had at least 240 passing yards while throwing for four-plus completions of 20-plus yards. Though those stats certainly help, Prescott has returned to this list because he is playing the Atlanta Falcons this week — a team that has provided the second-most passing touchdowns allowed (21) to opposing quarterbacks, allowed an average 27.5 points per game and has had every quarterback but two (Nick Foles and Alex Smith.) put up at least 21 fantasy points against them.
Though the Dallas defense is strong, it’s unlikely they’ll be able to stop Atlanta’s offense who is averaging 31 points per game at home. In order for the Cowboys to stay in the game, Prescott will need to continue to rely on his passing game and should manage sufficient QB2 numbers in this potential shoot out.
Favorite Streamer – Marcus Mariota at Indianapolis
Since he’s returned to near perfect health, Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans have been something to talk about. In Mariota’s past two weeks he has passed for 468 yards and four touchdowns with another 52 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown. In his most recent outing, Mariota’s 228 yards, two scores, 21-yard catch and additional 21 yards on the ground was enough for a surprising win against the Patriots and marked his second straight week as QB7 or better.
His matchup isn’t as ideal as his performance the last two weeks, but in another desperate bye-week situation he’s a high-upside streamer in what should be a high scoring game.
“Bounceback Candidate” – Josh McCown vs Buffalo
I haven’t given up on Ryan Fitzpatrick just yet, and neither has 76.9 percent of ESPN fantasy owners. But if you’re questioning whether to leave Fitzpatrick on your bench after his three turnovers last week, the answer is simple – start him. Despite how the Week 10 matchup against Washington looked, Fitzpatrick still posted his fourth game with 400-plus passing yards this season and has had three games across seven starts where he’s thrown four touchdowns.
Against an inconsistent Giants defense that is averaging 24 points allowed on the season, Fitzpatrick has the potential to regain control of his high-powered offense and return to the great Fitzmagic status we have all grown to admire. Though there is still risk in the Tampa Bay quarterback of the week, Fitzpatrick can easily put up QB1 numbers against a non-threatening Giants defense.
- Ownership and projected points are from ESPN Fantasy. Rankings are based on GSLP, FPPG and matchup. GSLP models were run three times — looking eight weeks back, five weeks back and three weeks back and averaging results. In cases where it doesn’t make sense to look back at eight games for a quarterbacks, those weeks are removed from the average. (back)