Normally, I open this article with something peppy expressing how I’m happy to have you back and looking forward to the next week. This week, I thought the exclamation above was a far more appropriate introduction to the article. Week 3 was a rough week for streaming. It was not good. I did not do well, and if you listened to me you did not do well either. However, after a long bout of screaming, moaning, punching my couch, and sobbing in the fetal position on a hardwood floor, I think I’m ready to buckle up, try to learn from my mistakes and get into week 4.
We’re going to go through this quickly, but here’s how I did in week 3.
QB: Nick Foles, St. Louis Rams, 7.88 Fantasy Points, QB29
This was bad. I assumed this would be a high-scoring game, and the Steelers pass defense would not be able to stop Foles. I was wrong on both accounts. The game finished with a score of 12-6, and the Steelers mediocre defense was able to stop an even more mediocre quarterback. The lesson here: bad quarterbacks are bad quarterbacks, and sometimes even bad defenses can make plays. Hopefully you went with my number 2 play, Tyrod Taylor.
TE: Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams, 1.7 PPR Points, TE47
This was worse. After getting 22% of the Rams targets through the first two weeks, Cooks saw 11% this week. That’s 3 targets. And with those 3 targets he got 1 catch for 7 yards. I thought Cooks was a lock for at least 4 catches against a bad defense. Once again, I was wrong.
D/ST: Cleveland Browns, 2.0 Fantasy Points, D/ST26
Another whiff on my part. The Raiders offense is better than we all thought, and the Browns weren’t able to get pressure on Derek Carr to force turnovers.
Alright, let’s get into the week 4 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% owned 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.
Quarterbacks who might be available and are worth playing: Andy Dalton, Tyrod Taylor
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders, AT CHI
Carr has been good, putting up 46 total fantasy points in the last two weeks, and Chicago’s defense has been terrible. Carr is a high-floor quarterback that is available in a ton of leagues.
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars, AT IND
Bortles will be forced to pass against a bad defense, and, like Carr, he’s been surprisingly good the past two weeks. He should have plenty of garbage time to produce in this game, and he should have no issue doing so against the Colts.
Jimmy Clausen, Chicago Bears, VS OAK
Look, I expect Oakland to win this game. That being said, Oakland has given up a ton of fantasy points to quarterbacks over the past few weeks. Jimmy Clausen is very bad, but he’s in a good matchup for fantasy production.
Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills, VS NYG
Clay has been an integral part of the Buffalo offense this year, and it looks like Sammy Watkins won’t play this week. This should open up even more targets for Clay against a defense that has struggled against the tight end this year. Roll out the Claymaker week 4.
Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts, VS JAC
With Dwayne Allen out in week 3, Coby Fleener caught 4 balls on 6 targets for 51 yards. He’s got a solid matchup against Jacksonville this week and I would expect him to see a good amount of targets from Andrew Luck.
Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers, VS CLE
Green is questionable with a concussion right now, but he’s a great play if he goes. The Cleveland defense is easy to exploit, and Green has seen roughly 5 targets a game when healthy.
Teams who might be available and are worth playing: New York Jets, Green Bay Packers
Cincinnati Bengals, VS KC
Normally when we look at streamers, we’re choosing from bad defenses in good matchups. The Bengals are a good defense in an ok matchup, and it’s weird that they aren’t higher-owned. The Chiefs offensive line has been pretty bad, and the Bengals have a strong enough pass rush to get to Alex Smith. Hopefully this leads to some turnovers.
Oakland Raiders, AT CHI
The Raiders have given up a lot of points and yards this year, but their run defense isn’t terrible and their pass rush continues to get better each week. They should be able to force Jimmy Clausen into a couple mistakes.
Washington Redskins, VS PHI
The Eagles were able to put it their offense together last week by running the ball, but the Redskins have a very solid run defense. This should force Sam Bradford to make some plays, which I don’t think he can do. I’d expect a couple interceptions from him.
That does it for week 4! 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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