Oh yeah baby we’re back, and we’re ready to rip through some streamers for week 3. I apologize for getting this up a little late this week, I’m gonna try to get it up on Tuesday or Wednesday in the future, but we’ll see what happens.Hopefully you had a good week 2 (it was a f*cking weird week of football), and you’re feeling good moving forward. Before we get into week 3 though, let’s take a look back at my week 2 streaming options.
QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets, 17.36 fantasy points, QB21.
Like I said (in parenthesis) in the intro, week 2 was weird. Fitzpatrick had a very solid week for a streamer, but QB production was absolutely everywhere this week. There were a staggering 15 QB’s that posted 20 or more fantasy points, including potential streamers Tyrod Taylor (my number 2 recommendation), Derek Carr, Andy Dalton and Blake Bortles. So similar to last week, we got solid production from the streamer QB, but not a top-12 performance, which is what I’m really look for. Playing Fitzpatrick certainly wasn’t a week killer, so I’m ok with the pick.
TE: Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers, 9.7 PPR points, TE19.
Similar to quarterback, we had a lot of above-average TE performances this week. It turns out I was a week too early on week-1 picks Jacob Tamme and Crockett Gilmore (25 points!), but that doesn’t really help you. Green was another pick who didn’t kill you, but didn’t put you at an advantage either. Despite being down at TE19, he finished with only 3.1 points less than TE12 Larry Donnell. So yeah, Green could’ve done worse.
D/ST: Tennessee Titans, 1 fantasy point, D/ST28.
This absolutely did not work out. Hindsight says we shouldn’t have trusted the Titans defense after just one week of looking playable. I think the actionable advice going forward is that maybe we should look to the home defense in games like this. Vegas had the Titans as a favorite, but they were on the road in Cleveland. This also shows that defenses are volatile from week to week and often difficult to predict. Hopefully the Titans D didn’t cost you week, and I’m going to learn something from this pick and keep moving forward.
Alright, let’s get into the week 3 options. Like the previous weeks, I’ll give you three options at each position with the top choice being the one we’re gonna track. All of these options are under 50% on Yahoo! Fantasy Football. I’ll also give you a few bonus options that are slightly higher owned but still may be available in your league, if I like them better than the available streamers.
Nick Foles, St. Louis Rams, VS PIT
Foles and the Rams take on the Steelers at home this week, and there are several reasons to like him as a fantasy starter. Firstly, the Steelers style of play is conducive to fantasy production for opposing QB’s. They like to pass the ball a bunch and put up points, which forces the other team to pass the ball to keep up. Secondly, their pass defense is subpar. Tom Brady put up 27 points in week 1 against the Steelers, while Colin Kaepernick put up 26 on them in week 2. I wouldn’t expect those numbers from Foles, but he’s a great play this week.
Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills, AT MIA
We haven’t seen the Dolphins defense at home yet this year, but they just gave up 21 fantasy points to one Blake Bortles. TyGod’s rushing ability gives him a higher floor than most QB’s and the matchup doesn’t scare me at all. I honestly don’t understand why he’s still only 31% owned.
Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs, AT GB
The Chiefs will likely be down in this game, which means they’ll need to be passing the ball. Dom Capers defenses have also historically struggled against mobile QB’s, which the majority of America forgets that Alex Smith is. He makes for an interesting start in deep leagues.
Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams, VS PIT
If you know me at all and saw the first QB recommendation, you probably should have seen this coming. Jared Cook has been an extremely usable tight end this year, and this matchup is great for him for all the same reasons it’s great for Foles. Roll him out there and watch him eat.
Larry Donnell, New York Giants, VS WAS
Donnell’s not an exciting option, but he’s seen 5 targets per game so far and Eli Manning likes him in the red zone. The Redskins have allowed Jordan Cameron and Jared Cook to have usable weeks against them in the first two weeks, and I don’t see why Donnell can’t continue this trend. The Giants also cut starting slot receiver, Preston Parker, after the week, so it stands to reason that Donnell could pick up some of those targets in the middle of the field.
Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns, VS OAK
Wait, where are you going? No, please, don’t stop reading. I swear I can explain my reasoning for picking Gary Barnidge here. Let’s take a look at what the Raiders have given up to tight ends over the first two weeks: 14 catches, 192 yards, 4 TDs. Gary Barnidge is not good, but he is the starting tight end for the team playing the Raiders, and that intrigues me. This is a desperation play, but you could do worse.
Teams who might be available and are worth playing: New York Jets, New England Patriots
Cleveland Browns, VS OAK
The Browns defense, despite giving up 31 to the Jets week 1, is definitely a defense we should be targeting in good matchups. They’ve tallied 7 sacks through two games, and getting pressure on the quarterback generally correlates to forcing turnovers. That, combined with being favorites in a low over/under matchup, is a good reason to start the Browns this week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, AT HOU
We don’t like the fact that they’re on the road, but we do like the fact that they’re playing Ryan Mallett, an inefficient quarterback who isn’t afraid to make throws that he shouldn’t. There’s a chance that the Texans, with Arian Foster supposed to make his return, just stomp the Bucs. There’s also a good chance that the Bucs, with their strong defensive line, get a couple sacks and a turnover out of this matchup.
New York Giants, VS WAS
The Giants haven’t looked stellar on defense this year, but they’re at home against a quarterback who really seems like he enjoys turning the ball over. If the NY defense can force the Skins to stop handing the ball off to the Morris/Jones tandem, there’s a good chance that they can force an interception or two.
That does it for week 3! Hopefully we all have a nice relaxing float down the stream and end up winning our matchups. Agree with me? Disagree with me? Have Questions? Hit me up in the comments or on twitter @nwalshington.
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