Week 4 is here and it also means the beginning of bye weeks, so streaming options at the QB and DST positions become even more important for your fantasy leagues. Fortunately, only Carolina and Washington are off this week so you’ll be without the services of both Cam Newton and Alex Smith. In addition, with the season-ending injury to Jimmy Garoppolo, those owners will be scrambling for other options—which could include streaming the quarterback position. Let’s dive into my Week 4 QB and DST Streaming Options!!
Week 3 Recap
As for the Week 3 results, Ryan Fitzpatrick & Joe Flacco were solid, while Dalton, Bortles, & Trubisky struggled. All we can do, like actual NFL teams, is to pick ourselves up and moving forward to Week 4.
Here are the complete results from my Week 3 quarterback selections:
Ryan Fitzpatrick– 411 Passing Yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs, 27 Rushing Yards= 25.1 FP
Andy Dalton– 352 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 4 INTs, 0 Rushing Yards= 14.1 FP
Mitchell Trubisky– 220 Passing Yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 8 Rushing Yards= 5.6 FP
Joe Flacco– 277 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 2 Rushing Yards= 15.3 FP
Blake Bortles– 155 Passing Yards, 0 TDs, 0 INT, 27 Rushing Yards= 8.9 FP
Andy Dalton | Cincinnati Bengals
Current ESPN Ownership: 28.6%
In Week 3, Dalton threw for a whopping 325 yards but only had 2 touchdowns and was dragged down by 4 interceptions. That was good enough for a QB14 finish. Expect Dalton’s passing volume to continue unless the interceptions keep coming in high volumes. Without Joe Mixon, the Bengals showed Sunday that they’ll lean on the passing game. This makes sense with only two healthy running backs, especially when the most accomplished of the duo is a small pass-catcher in Gio Bernard. This will help Dalton’s overall fantasy profile until Mixon returns.
The emergence of Tyler Boyd takes some pressure off A.J. Green and allows Cincinnati to be more aggressive in taking deep shots down the field. Dalton has a solid floor against their Week 4 opponent in the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta lost another defensive starter last week in safety Ricardo Allen (Achilles injury) and is the 4th worst in fantasy points allowed per game. The Falcons gave up over 300 passing yards and three TDs to both Cam Newton and Drew Brees so far this season, making Dalton a very good QB streaming option in Week 4.
Case Keenum | Denver Broncos
Current ESPN Ownership: 17%
Through three games, the Kansas City offense is forcing their opponents to play aggressively and to emphasize scoring. Meanwhile, the defense is hardly putting up any resistance—due to lack of talent. The wiseguys in Vegas have this game with an early total of 55. Even though the Broncos aren’t favorites, the line being at 4.5 makes this a potentially high scoring game and thus a juicy streaming target.
Keenum has the ability to put up a big passing line with weapons like Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas and rookies Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsey. Kansas City defense gave up over 400 yards in passing offense and three TDs each in both Weeks 1 and 2. Last week, Jimmy G threw 251 yards and two TDs before he left with an injury. Therefore, I’m considering Case as a solid QB streamer for the Monday night divisional contest.
Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens
Current ESPN Ownership: 8.2%
It’s surprising to note Flacco’s strong weekly finishes for the start of the 2018 season: QB10, QB11, and QB17. He does have a solid floor, but the ceiling is rather limited. Now comes a prime-time Sunday night tilt with the rival Steelers in Pittsburgh. The Steelers defensively aren’t the Steelers of the past; therefore, increasing Flacco’s ceiling in Week 4.
Flacco is no Patrick Mahomes (326 passing yards and 6 TDs vs PIT in Week 2), but Ryan Fitzpatrick also torched the Pittsburgh secondary in Week 3, throwing 411 yards and 3 TDs. Though they were able to snag 3 INTs against Tampa Bay, the Steelers defense clearly is very susceptible through the air. Thus making Flacco an intriguing streaming option.
Eli Manning | New York Giants
Current ESPN Ownership: 10.3%
Eli rebounded well in last week’s win against the Texans passing for 297 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. He’ll need to be efficient once again when the New Orleans Saints comes to MetLife Stadium in Week 4. But the Saints defense has regressed greatly from their 2017 form—ranking 31st in total passing defense, 31st in passing yards allowed, and 32nd in touchdown passes allowed. This should be a chance for Manning and the Giants to accumulate multiple fantasy points via touchdowns.
This selection is mainly for 2QB/Superflex leagues.
Current ESPN Ownership: 55.1%
Once again, the Browns defense came through with a stout effort in the Thursday night win against the Jets. Tallying 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, forcing 2 fumbles (recovering one), Cleveland is showing how potent of a unit they’ll be this season.
Following a 10-day break, the Browns travel to Oakland to face Jon Gruden and the winless Raiders. Despite having gaudy passing yards, Derek Carr’s 2:5 TD: INT ratio leaves a lot to be desired. Overall, the Raiders offensive attack has been middle of the road, to say the least. I can see Cleveland forcing multiple turnovers/sacks and controlling the game throughout. The Browns are an excellent DST streaming option despite playing on the road.
New York Jets
Current ESPN Ownership: 31.8%
After three games, the Jets defense has been a surprising decent streaming option—last week’s performance notwithstanding. Ranking 7th in passing yards allowed, 4th in sacks, and 2nd in total takeaways, New York has a defense that can be very useful if you’re in a pinch.
Traveling to Jacksonville to face the inconsistent Jaguars offense might portend good fortune for the Jets if they can make it uncomfortable for Blake Bortles and stuff their bruising rushing attack.
Current ESPN Ownership: 7.0%
The Seahawks defense decided to turn back the clock last week by holding the Cowboys to 13 points with 5 sacks, and 2 interceptions. Now, they’ll take to the road to face division rival Arizona Cardinals. In addition, rookie Josh Rosen makes his first career start for the Cardinals in Week 4. No team has allowed more fantasy points to the opposing DST than the 12.7 per game surrendered by the Cardinals. Quietly, at an average of eight fantasy points per week, the Seattle DST is knocking on the door of the fantasy top-10. They’re worth a look as a low-end streaming option in Week 4.
Current ESPN Ownership: 9.2%
The Dallas Cowboys have one of the most pedestrian offenses in the league. Outside of Ezekiel Elliott, this group is devoid of any real offensive threats at this point. That’s the main reason I’m not scared using the Lions on the road as a DST streaming option for Week 4. By the way, Detroit’s 10 sacks are tied for third-most through three games. Dak Prescott has been sacked at least five times in two of Dallas’ first three games.
Los Angeles Chargers
Current ESPN Ownership: 61.0
The Chargers have once again failed to live up to pre-season expectations—largely due to injuries. And speaking of injuries—the Niners suffered a devastating one when Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL last week. Enter C.J. Beathard who started 5 games in 2017 (1-5 record, 1430 passing yards, 4 TDs, 6 INTs). He’ll become San Fran’s starter for the remainder of the season. For that reason alone, the Chargers are on the streaming radar this week. Though, I consider this is a tepid streaming option due to the matchup (a backup QB vs. an underperforming unit).
Good Luck everyone in Week 4! And remember: #FortuneFavorsTheBold
Thank you for taking the time to read my QB and DST Streaming Options article and hopefully my selections can assist you in victory! Also check out Matt Lo’s waiver wire rankings article as well, as he ranks which players you should be targeting this week along with my streaming options. As always, don’t hesitate to check out all of the fantastic content at www.thefantasyauthority.com
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