Week 11 Rankings (2019): Top 25 Quarterbacks: Identifying Intriguing Streaming Options, Big Names To Avoid & More

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There are only four teams on bye this week so you would think that decisions would be fairly easy, but after the elite options there’s a distinct falloff. Whether it is injuries or difficult matchups, there aren’t as many dependable options as you would’ve thought. Who are the quarterbacks you should be trusting? Who is too risky to use? Let’s take a look at how things stack up:

  1. Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Houston
  2. Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – at Los Angeles Chargers
  3. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at Detroit
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  5. Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – at Baltimore
  6. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Philadelphia
  7. Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
  8. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Cincinnati
  9. Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills – at Miami
  10. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Kansas City
  11. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
  12. Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Denver
  13. Kyle Allen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta
  14. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
  15. Jacoby Brissett – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
  16. Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
  17. Sam Darnold – New York Jets – at Washington
  18. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Chicago
  19. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New England
  20. Nick Foles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Indianapolis
  21. Mason Rudolph – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
  22. Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns – vs. Pittsburgh
  23. Ryan Finley – Cincinnati Bengals – at Oakland
  24. Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – at Los Angeles Rams
  25. Brandon Allen – Denver Broncos – at Minnesota

Thoughts:

  • After sitting nearly a month with an injury Patrick Mahomes returned with a bang, torching the Titans for 446 yards, 3 TD and 0 INT.  While it was in a losing effort, the fact that Mahomes didn’t miss a beat is telling.  The matchup with the Chargers isn’t necessarily the easiest, but there’s simply too much upside (especially with the questions about the running game) not to have Mahomes right back among the elite.
  • Tampa Bay has allowed the second most points per week to opposing quarterbacks, and they’ve been particularly bad as of late.  They’ve given up at least 3 TD in each of their past three games, with 11 TD vs. 1 INT over this stretch.  Considering Drew Brees has thrown for 660 yards while completing 66 of 89 pass attempts in two games since returning, it’s impossible not to believe.  The Saints can sometimes be viewed as a run first offense, but not this week.
  • Over their past four games the Detroit Lions have allowed 13 TD vs. 0 INT to opposing quarterbacks, including two games with 4 TD.  While they didn’t allow many yards in Week 10 (173), they did allow Mitch Trubisky to throw for 3 TD.  What does that say about the upside of Dak Prescott this week?  He torched the Vikings for 397 yards, 3 TD and 1 INT in Week 10 and has 6 TD over his past two games. 
  • The easy answer would be to dub Josh Allen a must start against the Miami Dolphins, and while he was solid against them earlier this season (202 yards and 2 TD) the bulk of his value has come with his legs (3 rushing TD over his past two games, 6 TD overall).  Miami has actually been fairly good against opposing quarterbacks the past few weeks and haven’t been burned by quarterbacks who could run this season.  That seems to make Allen a riskier option than you may have expected.
  • A healthy Matt Stafford would’ve likely been a QB2 against a stingy Dallas defense.  One who would be playing through broken bones in his back, if he’s able to play?  It’s impossible to recommend using him as anything more than a desperation play (and if it’s Jeff Driskel under center he’d be completely unusable).
  • Since Week 4 the Cincinnati Bengals have 10 TD vs. 1 INT (14 TD vs. 3 INT overall this season).  Derek Carr has been finding his footing as well, with 6 TD vs. 0 INT over his past three games (14 TD vs. 4 INT overall) and with this matchup is there a better streaming quarterback option?  He’s surprising a viable QB1, especially with some difficult matchups for other borderline options, and well worth using as an injury/bye week fill-in.
  • Nick Foles is set to replace Gardner Minshew II as the Jaguars starting quarterback, but does that make him a strong choice in his first game back?  We’d be more comfortable if it was a favorable matchup, so fantasy owners in one-quarterback formats need to take a wait and see approach.
  • There have already been questions about the Eagles’ passing attack, so will Carson Wentz be able to shine in a matchup against the Patriots?  That certainly appears to be a difficult matchup to try and exploit, making him a hard sell.
  • Speaking of difficult matchups, Kirk Cousins gets one himself against the Denver Broncos but is he really someone you want to sit?  He has 10 TD vs. 1 INT over his past four games, throwing for nearly 1,400 yards in the process.  With the way he’s played he’s a borderline QB1 and worth considering depending on your alternative.

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com

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Quarterbacks
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Wide Receivers
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15 COMMENTS

  1. So would you go with Kyler vs SF or Drop Kyler and go with Kyle Allen? I can only have 2 Qb’s at a time on roster. That’s the reason I would have to drop Murray to make the move

    • It’s close enough that I’d keep Murray (even though I like Allen better this week, he’s hardly a guarantee and he’d be a one week play). Part of it is a matter of how desperate you are

    • I’d go Garapollo

      I guess I’d drop Walton, because he won’t return until the playoffs and who knows what his role will be (though either one is droppable)

  2. hey roto! i have murray and stafford… im thinking of picking up kyle allen for this week… i was hoping stafford would be healthy this week but it doesn’t look like it. should i pull the trigger on kyle or roll the dice on murray?!

  3. I have Jimmy but Carr is available. Sell me on jimmy because I don’t know who’s going to catch his passes in my opinion.

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