If you're smart, you didn't waste an early-round pick on a quarterback in your seasonal fantasy football league unless one was available as a screaming value. If that's the case, you might be looking at the waiver wire for the best option to start at QB in Week 13, and these are our five best streamers to consider.
QBs to Stream for NFL Week 11
Forget streaming Kaepernick, you should probably pick him up and use him each and every week unless you have a truly elite QB that also draws a prime matchup. He might struggle to push the ball outside the numbers against an underrated Bears secondary, but when the play breaks down, he's just as dangerous, as demonstrated by the 113 rushing yards he piled up last Sunday. Kaepernick has finished amongst the top 10 fantasy quarterbacks in four consecutive appearances since the 49ers bye and he draws mostly favorable matchups the rest of the season.
Seemingly healthy after the bye and motivated to prove the doubters wrong, Fitzpatrick played extremely well against a poor Patriots secondary and probably would've led the Jets to victory if the play calling was better from his coaches. He draws a great chance for redemption this Monday against a Colts team that ranks 30th in DVOA pass defense and can't really stop anything on the ground either. If top CB Vontae Davis (groin) is inactive or hobbled, there will be no physical presence on the outside capable of containing huge WRs Brandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa, which would seriously boost Fitzpatrick's stock.
Instead of following his small sample size of work and throwing multiple interceptions or erratic passes, Barkley was very solid last Sunday and it was actually a bunch of drops from his patchwork receiving corps that did him in. The Bears coaching staff clearly trusts him to air it out, as he attempted 54 passes in a losing effort, so he's worth a look in a potentially high-scoring game between struggling NFC teams. The 49ers have really struggled against big-bodied receivers on the boundary while Marquess Wilson flashed plenty of promise last week, so Barkley could have another solid fantasy day targeting the 6-foot-4 wideout.
Playing Alex Smith should make you shudder, because the game-managing QB has a frighteningly low ceiling and he's spearheading the worst red zone attack in the NFL right now. Yet he's still worth a look in a prime spot under the Georgia Dome against a Falcons team that frequently gets into shootouts. Atlanta is giving up the most FPPG to opposing QBs this season along with the third-most TD passes (25), so even a conservative QB like Smith should be able to find holes against a defense that's missing it's best CB in Desmond Trufant.